This August we recorded – WEFT – The third album in our series of
Sound Cycle will be releasing WEFT with a celebratory launch concert at
Over the Summer of 2019 Sound Cycle, the Scottish Borders Youth Music Forum have been workshopping and recording with young musicians from across the Borders and across many points of the musical spectrum.
This collection of music is our 3rd release in our trio of albums: Weave, Warp and Weft.
The titles reflect the variety of musical styles , techniques and influences of these talented young artists, and is also a reference to the rich and unique industrial heritage of the Borders.
As well as the brilliant musical performances , the often intimate and moving subject matter of the recorded songs is a unique insight into the concerns, attitudes, hopes and aspirations of many of the young musicians, and a unique reflection on many of the issues concerning young people today. Relationships, identity, environmental concerns, self esteem, and sometimes sheer hedonistic joy , are all captured and expressed within the tracks on Weft.
MEET THE ARTISTS
3 Out Of 4
3 out of 4 are a fast maturing alternative rock/punk band, who have been workshopping with Sound Cycle over the last few months, notably during The Tinderbox Sessions. Their catchy melodies and harmonies are underpinned by energetic and powerful rhythm section, and they are releasing their first EP to coincide with the album launch. we have included two tracks from their EP on Weft , Deck of Cards, and Night To Remember.
3 Out Of 4 are Sam Johnston- Electric Guitar and Lead Vocals ,
Ryan Hutchison – Electric Guitar and Backing Vocals
Max Foggin – Drums , Bass and backing Vocals
Head over to our BANDCAMP PAGE for a sneak preview !
Becc and Forth
Becc and Forth are Rebecca Williams – Guitar and Vocals , and Kris Caswell – Bass and Vocals . Becc and Forth are a sibling duo who have been playing together since childhood. They combine honest lyrics with beautiful harmonies to create a unique, memorable sound and their special connection on stage and in the studio brings their music to life. They have contributed two powerful songs to the album, both addressing the climate emergency and environmental sustainability.
No Planet B is a heartfelt plea to society and the World’s Governments to realise that we have to change our ways and find a more sustainable way of life,in order to save species and our planet from the Climate Emergency.
Originating from Peebles & Bathgate in the summer of 2017, Cameron Boak (rhythm guitar/vocals), Lewis Mackenzie (lead guitar), James Muir (bass) and Euan Russell (drums), formed the Alternative Rock band “Metropolis”, and became Geckohead in 2018.
Geckohead are a powerful and dark four piece rock band who have composed two new pieces for the album, the four piece combine dark metal sounds and impassioned lyrics. Geckohead continue to make a name for themselves across the Borders and beyond with their powerful sound.
Evie Archenhold is a 15 year old singer/Songwriter who has been singing since she could talk. Her songs are inspired by life as a teenager. She tries to make her songs relatable to all young people.
Evie has brought two thoughtful and thought provoking songs to the Weft album, her maturing songwriting has touched upon issues of identity , self confidence , friendship and trust . She has been assisted by Max Foggin, 3 out of 4’s drummer, who contributed some great drumming to her recordings.
Erin’s songwriting continues to develop and she has brought two very moving and intimate songs to the album, written from personal experience, touching on love and conflict, sung beautifully with heartfelt candour . She too was assisted by some great drumming from 3 out of 4’s Max Foggin.
Rory Gibb, who goes under the stage name Louvre Doors, contributed a musically sophisticated ,reflective and thought provoking song, “For a Picture.It’s light and breezy delivery belies a darker lyric, addressing issues that affect Rory on a daily basis. Rory played and sung all the parts on his recording, bass , guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals , drums and keyboards.
LISTEN TO FOR A PICTURE HERE
At 12 years of age guitar prodigy Fin is the youngest recording artist to contribute to Weft, and his song “Looks Don’t Count” is a classic piece of lyrically mature rock and roll!
Last but certainly not least, having performed with Sound Cycle’s boutique music festival Summer Daze at Harestanes, Abbey Brass Youth Group came in and filled the Mac Arts Chapel with their massive sound, and are showcasing their talents here with a track entitled Pulsar.
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If you’d like to get in touch email James@youthBorders.org uk
We are grateful to Youth Borders and the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Creativity fund for for their continued support towards the Sound Cycle project and in enabling us to bring this , our third album project , to fruition.
We’ve made two great albums already, with brilliant performances on both, from some uniquely talented musicians from all over the Borders. Check them out on these links: