“…luscious beats that could pound through any dancefloor whether in an indie bar or a packed nightclub….”

STEALING SHEEP

The electronica trio from Liverpool have been enjoying plenty of airplay on 6music as well as plenty of endorsements from other musicians. Stealing Sheep straddle the line between folky indie and electronic pop with a sound similar to the likes of Metronomy and Ladytron. At their lighter moments they could sneak their way onto Radio 1 playlists while at their darker moments they tilt towards the experimental gloom of Fever Ray and The Knife, although not to such a substantial, artistic extent.

Joking Me features luscious beats that could pound through any dancefloor whether in an indie bar or a packed nightclub. The trio’s harmonies float over sliding synth and glistening percussion. Rather than hiding behind a few dozen keyboards and laptops, the inclusion of live guitars and drums gives their performances an added dimension and an altogether fuller sound…

Stealing Sheep play Broadcast in Glasgow on April 25.

DROPKICK MURPHYS

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Formed in Massachusetts in the 90s, Dropkick Murphys have been punting their Irish-American punk for a long time now. The mix of bagpipes, bodhrans, mandolins and accordions gives the band a distinctly celtic sound. Throw in some electric guitars, aggressive drums and husky vocals and the influence of the like of The Ramones, The Clash and Sex Pistols becomes clear. There are other inevitable influences such as The Pogues and Stiff Little Fingers that come with the territory of celtic punk.

I’m Shipping Up to Boston is probably their best-known song, thanks to its appearance in Martin Scorsese’s Boston-set blockbuster The Departed. Songs like The State of Massachusetts and Flannigan’s Ball tell modern folk tales through a maelstrom of distorted punk guitar noise.

Dropkick Murphys play the O2 Academy in Glasgow on April 22.

SAM FENDER

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Fresh-faced but showing fierceness, Sam Fender is aiming to deliver something interesting and timely early on in his music career. His pop-rock sound is clearly already doing the business amongst mainstream critics, with Fender being named one of BBC’s Sound of 2018 artists alongside the likes of Sigrid and Scotland’s newest favourite son Lewis Capaldi. Songs like Dead Boys and That Sound have also seen him named BRITS Critic’s Choice winner for 2019. Although these awards are no guarantee of success, Sam will be looking to grasp the opportunity that is currently laying in front of him. If you are looking to catch a big name before they blow up into stardom, then Fender playing at Queen Margaret Union could be a good bet.

Sam Fender plays the QMU in Glasgow on May 3.

previews by Luke Hawkins