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First They Crashed Your Celidh . . .

. . . now they're in your disco. On their first two albums Sons and Daughters sounded like a rough edged bunch of Johnny Cash fanatics who'd burst into a celidh and turned it into, well, an evil celidh, with their unique brand of folky, rocky tales of murder and mayhem. While this was fantastic it had been (in my mind inferior!) bands like The Gossip, who two years ago were supporting S&D, that have gotten all the attention from the music press. On this record they've changed tack slightly. Opener Gilt Complex is still Sons and Daughters of old, bursting straight out from the speakers and instantly grabbing you with it's chanting and raw guitar. However the next track Split Lips unveils the bands new poppier leanings, mostly attributed to the production of Bernard Butler. So is this a good or bad thing? Well that's easily answered. It's mostly brilliant. The band seems to have found a new range of styles avoiding the accusations of lack of variety which could have been labelled at their previous efforts. Adele's voice has got even better (a single listen to Darling is enought to proove that!), the choruses are catchy and there's still that rough edge which has always made them such an exciting band. The dark lyrical tone of the previous albums certainly hasn't altered in the slightest! The band and Butler must both be commended for managing to take a poppier direction without sacrificing what made the band so appealing in the first place. It isn't perfect but not many albums are. If there was a 4 and half star button I'd be pressing it right now. Sons and Daughters have shown that they're just as confortable creating an evil disco as an evil celidh and it could just get them the adulation they deserve.

This is a Gift indeed

28 days and 2 Listens in and already i can tell this is going to be one of my albums of the year. With the rest of guitar based independent bands disappearing up their own egos, all following one another's leads and never getting out of whatever gear it is they sre stuck in, it's just so welcome to hear something so refreshingly diferent. I mean, who else sounds like Sons and Daughters? The album starts with the not so sideways swipe at all that is fake and famous; "Gilt Complex" that we already know and love and which shows that there are at least still four people involved in rock and roll for the correct reasons. Then the record goes on to do something rather surprising. Still quirky and fresh but now they've gone all anthemic, with accomplished basslines and Scott Paterson's familiar psychobilly riffs backed now with intricate guitar melodies that might just be the product of a 12 string Rickenbacker. Each track gaining a catchier chorus than the last. Each new strain of Adele Bethel's voice leaving me wondering why this band aren't stellarly famous. Oh, no wait a minute, I already know why that is, because they're not trying to be. Now, if you'll excuse me, i have a third listen to attend to. Ba Ba Ba Ba Da Ba, Ba Ba Ba Ba Da Ba!

Awesome Jock Power!

Saw these guys supporting the Editors and the were flugging awesome! Dunno how i've never heard of them before.


Formed: 2001 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Glasgow's Sons and Daughters don't follow the indie pop formula made famous by their counterparts (Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura). Adele Bethel, David Gow, Scott Paterson, and Ailidh Lennon, who formed the group in 2001, compose a rough-cast folk-rock sound similar to the likes of Smog and Cat Power. Prior to getting together, Bethel (vocals and guitar) and Gow (drums) toured and recorded with the Zephyrs and Arab Strap. Paterson (guitar/bass) chiefed March of Dimes for a short time while Lennon...
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