The very welcome return of Aberfeldy!


Yes indeed!

Four years since their second album Do Whatever Turns You On, and nearly two years since they Christened 17 Seconds Records with the ‘Claire’ single, Aberfeldy return with their third album on August 23 on their own Tenement Records and a whole host of Scottish tour dates.

The album is entitled Somewhere To Jump From and the tracklisting is as follows:

Somewhere To Jump From
Mean Ol’ Misery
If I Were A Joiner
Turn the Record Over
In Denial
Talk Me Round
Play The Music Loud
California, West Lothian

‘If I Were A Joiner’ and ‘Turn The Record Over’ can be heard streaming at Aberfeldy’s myspace. And yes, ‘Claire’ and ‘Talk me Round’ are the songs that we put out as 17 Seconds Records but these are new, different versions.

Good to have you back, guys!

17 Seconds Records’ update


Lots happening over the next couple of months with the label…

Over the next week alone, we have Chris Bradley doing a live session for Leith FM on Friday at 3PM (as it happens just three days after labelmates The Last Battle played!) and Chris will also be doing an instore at Avalanche Glasgow on April 7 at 5PM. Chris’ album At the Outpost came out on Monday and has some great praise, and is available online and at good indie shops, including Rough Trade, Avalanche, Coda, Underground Solush’n and now Fopp too! If you like things digital, try iTunes or eMusic. Please leave feedback!

The Dirty Cuts are back in the studio and over the next wee while they will be playing in Glasgow, London and Edinburgh – check their myspace for details. Their follow-up to debut single ‘2 Page Spread’ should be out very soon. As ever watch this space and hassle yr local station/indie club/blogger about them.

The next release from the label will be the ‘One EP’ by the Factory Kids. This will be available as a five-track download EP from all good download stores from April 12, and this is 17SEC18, our fourteenth musical release as a label. In the name of promotion and friendship (umm, or something) we’d like to offer ‘Factory Crease’ as a free download:

Factory Kids -‘Holiday Crease.’ mp3

Aberfeldy, Escape Act and The Wildhouse have all been getting studio tans (!), and both The Last Battle and David Scott albums should be out over the next few months. There will also be more stuff to come from X-Lion Tamer very soon…

If you read the post below you will see that we’re very involved with Tigerfest this year, with X-Lion Tamer, Chris Bradley, The Dirty Cuts, the Wildhouse and The Last Battle making appearances.

And before the month is out, a very special night at Limbo in Edinburgh. See the poster at the top!


17 Seconds Records in 2010


As promised…it looks set to be a bumper year for 17 Seconds Records.

There are quite a few 17 Seconds Records-related gigs taking place in Scotland and Ireland over the next few months, see our myspace page for more details. In January alone, the Dirty Cuts and the Wildhouse are playing live on the same bill with each other back to back in Glasgow and Dundee, X-Lion Tamer is playing in Edinburgh (a free gig, no less), Aberfeldy will be playing in Dundee, and Escape Act are tearing up five counties in Ireland.

The Dirty Cuts will release their first single ‘2 Page Spread’ on download on January 25, with the 7″ to follow, and they have gracioulsy allowed us to make the b-side available as a free download:

The Dirty Cuts -‘Lips.’ mp3

The following week, as announced, the Factory Kids will release EP1, with EP2 to follow later on in the year. All being well, February will see the re-issue, digitally of the first two Wildhouse LPs, Hyenas and Poet:Saint. Their third album, Jackson ’56 will be released later this year.

March will see the release of Chris Bradley‘s sophomore album At the Outpost, likely to be preceeded by another single (watch this space, as they say). We are also going to re-issue his debut, Voices, in remastered form, later on this year.

As for the first three acts we signed, let them not be forgotten either: Escape Act have finished recording sessions with the famed producer Andy Miller (Sons & Daughters, Mogwai and Delgados, amongst others) and are mastering their sophomore album, Aberfeldy have just two more songs to record for thier third album and X-Lion Tamer is also working hard in the studio. he has been tipped as one of Vic Galloway’s Scottish artists to watch in 2010!

Phew, rock’roll…

We should also be on Spotify any day now, we have a Last FM Page, and more than 5,000 friends on our myspace, so we are getting the word around.

Want to hear more mp3s of our acts? check here at our website.

17 Seconds Records update


Yup, more news from 17 Seconds Records.

First of all, today sees the release of the second single on the label from Escape Act, our sixth single in all. It’s called ‘Cabin Fever,’ it’s available from all good download services and it’s got this rather excellent video:

This is made up from footage of the band’s trips to Glasgow to record their debut album, Loosely Based On Fiction.

If you’re looking for more free music – try here for free samples from the Wildhouse, Chris Bradley and X-Lion Tamer.

There’s lots of live dates coming up over the next few months – including this coming week! Chris Bradley plays Edinburgh tonight and Glasgow on Thursday, while Aberfeldy’s Riley Briggs is doing a special solo spot on Saturday in Edinburgh – find out about it all here.

Our night in Glasgow at the 13th Note was fantastic and saw excellent performances from four of our acts -the Dirty cuts, Escape Act, X-Lion Tamer and Chris Bradley. There will be more of these…watch this space…

And, as a reminder, the Escape Act single is just £1.58 to download both tracks. Go without yr morning coffee and support a cottage industry, not the coffee industry, for just one day.

More exciting music from 17 Seconds Records!


Yup, folks it’s all busy around 17 Seconds Towers.

Having just released our fourth single, X-Lion Tamer’s ‘I Said Stop’ (coupled with his excellent cover of Galaxie 500’s ‘Tugboat’), and with October seeing the release of Chris Bradley’s ‘Bored Little Rosie’/’The Man I Love’ single, just to say that November will see the release of the sixth single, ‘2 Page Spread’ by The Dirty Cuts. It’s absolutely brilliant, and we’re really excited about it. The single is streaming over at our myspace

Remember: you can play your part too: blog about it, tell your friends, hassle people to play it -whether it’s podcasts, national radio or at clubs…THE MORE COVERAGE THE BETTER! Oh, and obviously go and buy it when it comes out.

Forgotten what the other 17 Seconds Records singles are?

Well, they’re still available for download from iTunes, eMusic etc…

Aberfeldy -‘Claire’ (17SEC1)

X-Lion Tamer -‘Neon Hearts’ (17SEC3)

Escape Act -‘God Says EP’ (17SEC4)

Remember, this is a cottage industry, so by supporting us you are fighting against the man…or something.


Two rather nice examples of people spreading the word

a) On the sixth day blog have done a post on The Dirty Cuts

b) Matthew of Song, By Toad blog has included X-Lion Tamer’s cover of ‘Tugboat’ on his latest Podcast

I’m back! And 17 Seconds Records have a new signing!!



After nearly a week off – something to do with IPs, or summat, 17 Seconds blog is back up and running. Not for lack of trying. Many thanks to the readers -particularly Ken and JC – who got in touch with me to let me know (I was on holiday in Switzerland) and Mrs. 17 Seconds for helping me get it there.


Yesterday, 17 seconds Records signed their fifth artist, Chris Bradley. Last year Chris released his debut album, Voices. In this hallowed blog, no less (!), I wrote: “To describe him as a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist is rather like saying that Tiger Woods is quite good at golf, or that the Williams’ sisters are rather good on the tennis court: an understatement that doesn’t begin to get to grips with the facts. Quite simply, on the evidence of these songs he is one of the best.”

Since 2007 he has been a member of Aberfeldy, who are also on 17 Seconds Records, and were our first signing. Chris’ second album is nearly completed and his first release for the label will be the double A-side single ‘Goddess Of Love’/’The Man I Love’. The later is a touching tribute to his father.

As well as playing as part of Aberfeldy next weekend at Belladrum, Chris will also be playing on August 23 at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh and at the Linkylea Festival, Haddington on September 12.

Pop over to his myspace and make friends. Then watch this video from his debut Voices:

Chris Bradley -‘To My Ears.’


Then go and buy his debut album Voices, which can be found physically or on digital format, including at eMusic, iTunes, Napster and Amazon.

Forthcoming 17 Seconds Records-related gigs

Chris Bradley -‘To My Ears.’

There will be various 17 Seconds Records-related gigs taking plac over the next few months, so why not shout about it?!

First up, The Leith Festival will have performances from the following:

X Lion Tamer: On Sunday June 7 (yes, tomorrow) Tony T plays at The Village, on stage at 21:00.

Chris Bradley: Monday 8th June, The Dockers Club, 17-17a Academy St, Leith. Chris is on at 10pm with support from Kat Healy at 9pm. Chris isn’t signed to 17 Seconds Records as a solo artist, but he is part of Aberfeldy, and his solo album Voices last year got a glowing review from this blog. To whit: ‘To describe him as a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist is rather like saying that Tiger Woods is quite good at golf, or that the Williams’ sisters are rather good on the tennis court: an understatement that doesn’t begin to get to grips with the facts. Quite simply, on the evidence of these songs he is one of the best.’

Aberfeldy (with support from the Gillyflowers) 11 Jun 2009 20:00 will be playing at the Leith Festival again also at Leith Docker’s Social Club,Edinburgh.

Chris Bradley will also be playing:
27 Jun 2009 at 20:00 at The Outsider Festival, Rothiemurchus
19 Jul 2009 at 20:00 at Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Aberfeldy will be playing:
16 Jul 2009 at 20:00 Dundee Rep Theatre (Riley, solo spot) Dundee, supporting the Hazey Janes
15 Aug 2009 at 20:00 Rowchester Music Festival, Near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Scotland

This has been a busy week for the label, including our third release. If you click here you can see our entire catalogue laid out on eMusic. Which is quite exciting, and you can also buy the releases at iTunes. If you do buy the releases, please leave feedback, we are human too!

17 Seconds Records website/17 Seconds Records Myspace

Make friends with us, we only bite if you spam us…

17 Seconds Records – an update


Yup, an occasional update about the record label that’s the sister to this blog (or something).

The second week in May will be an excellent opportunity for people to see 17 Seconds Records acts in Scotland.

On May 8, Aberfeldy and X-Lion Tamer (see below) play at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh as part of Tigerfest.

May 9 sees Aberfeldy play as part of Beepfest in Glasgow at the School of Art, while on May 10 The Gillyflowers play at Cabaret Voltaire as part of Tigerfest on a bill that also includes The Stantons and Le Reno Amps.

And yes, I did say X-Lion tamer. the enigmatic Tony T has decided that in order to avoid confusion with an American act of the same name, he will now record as X-Lion Tamer.


See you there!

Aberfeldy -‘Love Is an Arrow.’ mp3

X-Lion Tamer -‘Life Support Machine.’ mp3

Baby, I can’t wait!


Okay folks get ready for May!

The weekend of May 8-10 in Edinburgh will see all three 17 Seconds Records acts playing at Cabaret Voltaire, and I am very happy and excited about this. This is part of Tigerfest, and both us here at 17 Seconds and Matthew at Song, By Toad are ‘curating’ a night. Matthew’s night is on May 7 at the Bowery, and features Meursault, Inspector Tapehead and The Japanese War Effort.

Friday May 8 sees Aberfeldy, with support from Ex Lion Tamer, at Cabaret Voltaire. Tickets are now on sale from Tickets Scotland, Ripping Records and Ticketweb priced at £10.

Sunday May 10 sees The Gillyflowers play with Le Reno Amps and The Stantons at Duty Free at Cabaret Voltaire. Yup, Duty Free is FREE to get into!

Doors open at 7PM for both shows.

Aberfeldy -‘Love Is An Arrow.’ mp3

Ex Lion Tamer -‘Life Support Machine.’ mp3

The Gillyflowers -‘Country Boy.’ mp3

See you there : )

17 Seconds Records latest release and news


yup, just wee update…

This is Ex Lion Tamer (below) who tomorrow (Monday March 9) will release his first single through us.


The download-only single (for now!) is called ‘Neon Hearts’ and should be available from all the usual suspects: iTunes, eMusic, Napster, Tiscali, TuneTribe, MSN, Oxfam,, MTV and Sonic Selector.

This release is 17SEC3, 17SEC1 being the 7″/download of ‘Claire’ by Aberfeldy and 17SEC2 being this, the free download of ‘Life Support Machine’ made available through this blog and the 17 Seconds Records website.

Ex Lion Tamer -‘Life Support Machine.’ mp3

If you are UK based, the single can be bought for a mere 79p (£1.58 if you buy it with the b-side). Take a packed lunch and make a difference!

There was also an interview with yours truly in The List which was great! In addition to this which was cool too…

Meanwhile, gigwise, Aberfeldy are playing at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen on Monday March 9 (yes! tomorrow!), and Ex Lion Tamer plays the Voodoo Rooms as part of Limbo on Thursday March 12.

Have a good one…