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Arab Strap's David Gow and Adele Bethel put an edge on their previous band's sardonic nature for Sons and Daughters. Love the Cup finds Gow (drums), Bethel (vocals/guitar), Ailidh Lennon (bass/mandolin), and Scott Paterson (vocals/guitar) causing a rumpus with their merry folk-rock blend. The seven-song selection is pure grit, with traditional Scottish folk and blues-rock bits. Sons and Daughters pretty much pay tribute to the original Man in Black, Johnny Cash, throughout Love the Cup and the set list itself sifts through Cash's template of love, God, and murder. Mandolins and guitars create a fracas on "Fight," while the rockabilly-tinged eponym to Cash and hankering licks of "Broken Bones" showcase Sons and Daughters' more brassy side. Love the Cup is a love affair with traditional folk music. Sons and Daughters collect themselves in a cranny of classic poetry and music and in turn, they use their surroundings to craft one of 2003's more interesting albums.


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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