Presenting…My Tiny Robots


My Tiny Robots are a band I have been aware of for a while, but my ears have seriously pricked up (er, so to speak) with the arrival of an mp3 in my inbox.

The Edinburgh-based band have so far issued two EPs: Some of My Best Ideas’ and ‘Rock Bossa Nova Four Beat Black’ the latter from where the free mp3 comes from. Starting in October they will be releasing a series of three singles and this is a precursor to that.

What I love about MTR is the way that they show ‘anthemic indie’ and ‘experimental’ need not be mutually exclusive bedfellows.

This track is awesome; joining not just my ‘best of scottish playlist’ but also my ‘best of 2011 playlist.’ Give this a listen; you will want to hear more.

My Tiny Robots – Rock Bossa Nova Fourbeat Black by Soundandvisionpr

17 Seconds Records’ latest signing! Matt Norris and the Moon


The first time I came across Matt Norris and the Moon, they were the support act (along with Burntisland) for The Last Battle at the album launch for Last Battle’s Heart Of The Land, Soul Of The Sea.

Come March and I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of entries for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Contest, which I was one of the (forty) judges for. Matt Norris and the Moon were one of the standout entries and one of my three choices.

Eventually, Matt and I were introdiced by a mutual friend -and bizarrely, discovered that back when I was still teaching, I’d actually been a teacher at the school when Matt was still a student there. I expressed an interest in putting out some of their stuff…and we’re proud to announce that the band will be joining us here at 17 Seconds Records.

The band are Matt Norris, Tom MacColl, Dave Law, Helen Cookson and Dale Birrell. We will be doing an EP with them in the next few months.

Here are four excellent songs they have recorded:

First Light Of Day by Matt Norris & the Moon

Before There Is Frost by Matt Norris & the Moon

This Year by Matt Norris & the Moon

Tell The Land by Matt Norris & the Moon

…and here is an excellent video for ‘First Light Of Day’ directed by Julien Pearly:

Forthcoming gigs (just Scotland for now):


14th – Edinburgh Unplugged, Medina, Edinburgh

22nd – Madhatters @ Hootenanny, Inverness w/ James Mackenzie and the Aquascene

23rd – Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow w/ James Mackenzie and the Aquascene

24th – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh w/ James Mackenzie and the Aquascene


15th – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh w/ Chasing Owls & Bear Bones

Watch this space for more info…