We are absolutely delighted to have two home-grown acts from the North of Scotland for our Christmas Takeover with Mad Hatters in Inverness.
First up a band who featured on some of our earliest podcasts and who could lay claim to be the only band that have had all their releases/demos featured on our humble podcast. There’s a reason for this. They are outstanding.
Call To Mind originate from the Scottish Highlands and draw influence from musical heroes such as Sigur Rós, The National and Kate Bush. They create beautiful evocative soundscapes in part influenced through their love of Scotland’s dramatic outdoors.
They released their debut EP in 2010 and went onto play a string of festivals including RockNess, goNORTH, Bellaldrum, In The City and Iceland Airwaves. The band also performed a session for BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway and received critical acclaim from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, Glasgow podcART, Music Week. Charlatans front man Tim Burgess described them as “sonically mind-blowing”.
Since then the Glasgow based quintet has been quietly working away at writing songs for their much anticipated debut album. In October they released the lead track, A Family Sketch with the album The Winter Is White due for release in early 2014 by Scottish DIY label Olive Grove Records.
Christmas Takeover will be the band’s first appearance in Inverness since their triumphant gig at goNORTH in June this year. They are also confirmed to play at Celtic Connections in January as part of the Olive Grove Showcase.
Joining Call To Mind will be chirpy indie-pop combo Be Like Pablo. Hailing from the small fishing town of Forres, the band have drawn influences from the likes of Weezer, Ash, Silver Sun and Ben Kweller.
The quirky 5-piece produce their own blend of perfect powerpop songs with lush girl/boy harmonies and sound like they have wonderful fun doing so. Their catchy as hell music has won over a wide spectrum of fans and they have wowed audiences at the likes of RockNess and Belladrum.
Their debut album The New Adventures, was guided by producer Brian McNeill (of charting 80s synth pop act China Crisis) and and it’s no surprise their radio friendly tunes have received acclaim from NME, Steve Lamacq (BBC6 Music), In:Demand/Amazing Radio’s Jim Gellatly and The Sun.
Christmas Takeover is FREE entry and starts at 9:30pm and continues right through until 3am with a special euphoric festive Netsounds DJ set featuring the best indie/rock/pop/dance/soul/hip-hop/80s/90s/whateverwefancy.
Christmas Takeover will be Netsounds Unsigned’s last outing for 2013 before we take a wee break from everything in January.