I love Modern Studies. I mean, they’re great at music and awesome fun to hang around with, sure, but most importantly they make me look like some sort of record label genius by being organised, hard-working and having an absolute fuck-ton of fantastic ideas and then making them happen entirely under their own steam. I pretty just have to sit here, look smug and enjoy the songs, but I promise you this is all them.
For those of you who loved their first album (which my envelope-addressing hand and yacht in the Bahamas tell me was an awful lot of you) and keen to hear the second, well the release date may be a wee way away yet, but they have booked a three-date run of shows at Stockbridge Church during the Edinburgh Festival to play their second album, accompanied by the full glory of Pete Harvey’s Pumpkinseeds, as well as a brass and gospel choir section.
As a label this is one of those ‘well I have no idea, but face it, it’s going to be fantastic isn’t it’ moments. They will be joined on the bill by the phenomenal Lomond Campbell, and I urge you to buy tickets asap.
And for those of you who cannot wait, well they are also playing the excellent Sea Change Festival this year, as well as supporting C Duncan on three of his UK dates in May:
May 12th, Band on the Wall, Manchester (supporting C Duncan) (Tickets) May 13th, The Leadmill, Sheffield (supporting C Duncan) (Tickets) May 14th, The Caves, Edinburgh (supporting C Duncan) (Tickets)
Sets by Modern Studies and Lomond Campbell will be accompanied by intricate arrangements played by renowned ten-piece string section The Pumpkinseeds, with brass and gospel voices, in what promises to be a spectacle of contemporary indie talent.
After the success of debut album Swell to Great (★★★★ MOJO (#19 best LP of 2016), ★★★★ Scotsman, ★★★★ List), Modern Studies will present – for the first time – material from their ambitious follow-up LP (to be released early 2018).
Lomond Campbell’s 2016 album Black River Promise (★★★★ Scotsman, ★★★★ Record Collector, ★★★★ List) will be presented in its entirety.
SOUNDING will take place over three nights – 20-22 August 2017 – during the Edinburgh Fringe, in the beautiful Stockbridge Church, a Georgian building with stunning acoustics.
The show will feature special projections, an exclusive publication and downloads given out free to ticket holders, and a bar run by The Glad Cafe.
50 ‘early-bird’ tickets at £8 (inc booking fee) are available here for each night.
Once sold, tickets will go on general sale at £12 through the Fringe Box Office.
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