The continuing rise of Letters

lettersI have featured the rather fine Edinburgh noiseniks Letters on this blog before, both last year and earlier this year.

It’s privilege to be able to feature them again. Two important things you need to know:

Firstly, they released the awesome (****) Older Motion Pictures EP a couple of months ago, the follow-up to the brilliant ‘The Halfway House’ single. You can get it from all good digital distributors. Although some were ready to cry ‘foul!’ last year when people got very excited about Letters before they had even released a record or played much by way of gigs (I saw one of their earliest, supporting The Last Battle), tracks like ‘Torrent’ and ‘Older Motion Pictures’ show a band who are continuing to grow, to the point that they are firing on all cylinders.

Stream it below, and then go and buy it.

Not only that, but on August 14 they will play a late night slot at The Space in Edinburgh, as part of The Fringe. This will take place form Midnight. Nightowls and music lovers, get yourselves along.

The continuing rise of Letters


Edinburgh five piece Letters release their new single ‘The Halfway House’ today. The self-described (but very accurately) dark cello pop noiseniks have made it available to download from their bandcamp page for just a pound. Go without a coffee tomorrow and help them plough all the money that they’re going to make on the single on their debut EP which is called Older Motion Pictures and is scheduled for release on May 19. I’m looking forward to hearing it.

Stream ‘The Halfway House’ here. They were tipped by many as a band to watch last year, and on the strength of this track I’d argue that ‘they’ are most definitely right.

If you missed out on earlier recordings (tut tut, I did feature the band here over a year ago) try these for size:

and here

They are playing the following dates in March in Scotland, so pop along if you haven’t been to see them already (or even if you have!):

21st – Glasgow – Captain’s Rest

22nd – Inverness – Hootanannys

23rd – Thurso – Newmarket Bar

24th – Skye – Saucy Mary’s

25th – Edinburgh – Wee Red Bar



Edinburgh five-piece Letters have certainly got parts of the blogosphere in a tizzy already.

They are: Mikey Ferguson (Lead Vocals/guitar), Georgie Williamson (Cello/Vocals), Kerr Donaldson (Drums), Dougie Fuller (Bass) and Ed Ellis (Guitar, Vocals). They just released their first, free-download only single ‘Grand National/Pipe Dreams’ last week. The Pop Cop declared them ‘the hottest new band in Scotland’ on his blog, before they’d played a gig. Their debut gig was the launch for the free single, which saw them supporting the Last Battle at Henry’s Cellar Bar (a great night, by the way!). They’ve also been championed over at Kowalskiy, for whom they gave this rather tongue-in-cheek interview. This single is certainly an excellent starting point.

Check it out…

LETTERS- GRAND NATIONAL by Soundandvisionpr

LETTERS- PIPE DREAMS by Soundandvisionpr

…and if you like it, Download it for free here at their website.

There is a physical EP following in April. They support Wild Palms on March 4 at King Tut’s, Glasgow.

Let me know what you think…

17 Seconds Records update…and more so!


Yup, one of those posts where I blow not so much my own trumpet (ahem!) as those of the artists we are privileged to work with…and some of those artists that they’re playing with.

First up, if you’re thinking of heading to the Dylan Uncovered Night at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, this Thursday (February 10) the very first act on will be our Chris Bradley, whose album At The Outpost was the first physical album release on 17 Seconds Records last year. The night will also feature Song, By Toad Records’ Yusuf Azak as well as Esperi, Norman Lamont, Hookers for Jesus, The Sundancer, Shock and Awe, Edinburgh School for the Deaf, Issac Brutal and the Trailer Trash Express, and Tribute to Venus Carmichael. Chris will be on at 7:50.

Fiction Faction released the first release of the year on the label last week with ‘Apparitions’ playing in Glasgow twice and London (their support act for the first Glasgow gig, who they then supported at their single launch the following week was Armellodie’s CD/EX (AKA Chris Devotion and the Expectations), whose debut single ‘I Need Your Touch’ is very good indeed. Fiction Faction are next playing live on March 29th at the Captain’s Rest, Glasgow when they support Scanners. Scanners are shortly to release their new single ‘Salvation.’

The Last Battle, meanwhile are extremely busy (as ever). Tomorrow they are playing at Bloc in Glasgow and it’s free. Nada. So go. They will also be supporting Kid Canaveral at EDinburgh Royal Collge of Art on February 26, and two more dates further afield in March: the Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore (March 19) and Musa Art & Music Cafe, Aberdeen (March 20).

They will also be playing with the rather excellent Letters at Henry’s Cellar Bar on February 16.

Letters are about to launch a free single of which this is the rather ace ‘Double A-side’:

LETTERS- PIPE DREAMS by Soundandvisionpr