When it comes to getting yourself noticed, few showcases are as effective for Scotland's unsigned musical talent as T Break
. Every year at T in the Park
, Scotland's biggest music bash, the winning bands are rewarded with a set in the T Break tent, in front of a whole host of potential new fans, music writers and industry scouts.
Almost 1,400 entries have been whittled down to just 16 by the judging panel, so here we reveal each winning act, with a few words on where they're from, what's been said so far, what they sound like, and how many MySpace hits they have (just as an at-a-glance indication of their current status).Tango in the AtticFrom?
"The more I hear from them, the higher I rate them" - Vic Galloway, Radio 1Sound?
Vampire Weekend with Fife accentsMySpace hits:
Alloa/Yetts O Muckhart/StirlingHype?
"We haven't stopped listening to the music since we've been off tour" - MySpace commentSound?
Brash, wide-eyed indie-rock songsMySpace hits:
Oban, now GlasgowHype?
"Your set was ace last night" - MySpace commentSound?
Wearily uplifting singer-songwriter in the Stephen Fretwell mouldMySpace hits:
My Cousin I Bid You FarewellFrom?
"You can already imagine crowds singing with drunken glee" - UsSound?
Unashamedly huge rock music with a delicate heartMySpace hits:
39,639Play: The Contented Hearts
The French QuarterFrom?
"This band create the big sonic soundscapes loved by later Radiohead albums" - Daily RecordSound?
Brooding, ambitious post-rock of the quiet-loud-quiet varietyMySpace hits:
Punch and the ApostlesFrom?
"One of the best live bands in the world right now" - Jim Gellatly, Radio ScotlandSound?
Stomping olde-world blues and folk, with sax and accordionMySpace hits:
Ming Ming and the Ching ChingsFrom?
"Ming Ming fuse the visceral horror-schlock stomping of The Cramps with Josef K's iconoclastic rumbling" - UsSound?
See above, with added adrenalinMySpace hits:
20,285Play: Show Off
Dead Boy RoboticsFrom?
"Two fellas construct something wonderful out of the dance/ noise/punk/electro sound they’ve been building" - The ListSound?
Synth-fuelled electro for the XBox generationMySpace hits:
12,133Play: Cloud Sequence Animals
"You write lovely songs" - MySpace comment [And we've been meaning to feature them on the blog for ages - Ed]Sound?
Indie for grown-ups, with handclaps and stirring crescendosMySpace hits:
We Are Trapped in KansasFrom?
"Scotland's most accomplished math rock act" - UsSound?
Intricate, spindly guitars underscore yearning vocalsMySpace hits:
"Shimmy Shake is big bro, like the eastern vibe" - MySpace commentSound?
Ballsy hip hop with an exotic edgeMySpace hits:
"Nice harmonies you've got" - MySpace commentSound?
Achingly sweet indie-pop with girl-boy harmoniesMySpace hits:
"Punky indie nonsense, for fans of Mclusky, Shellac, Hot Club De Paris" - PromoterSound?
Skewed, propulsive indie-punkMySpace hits:
"Great gig there lads" - MySpace commentSound?
Bass-heavy electro-rock crossoverMySpace hits:
Brother Louis CollectiveFrom?
"Louis and his collective are surely destined for a larger stage" - Sunday MailSound?
Polished indie with a Scottish accent, flute and pianoMySpace hits:
"Incorporate dance music theory with rock practice to create concise blasts of breakneck pop" - TenTracks.co.ukSound?
Math rock ambitions meet off-kilter guitarsMySpace hits:
36,145T in the Park takes place at Balado, near Kinross, 10-12 JulyWords: Nick MitchellWhat do you make of the T Break winners? Discuss...
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