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Declan Welsh is often described in the usual generic fashion – exciting, young, Scottish talent – and the people who write this are stating facts. But that doesn’t really describe the confidence he has in his own ability to make something simple have such an impact. The way he delivers a song or a poem sends the listener to another place, where they can contemplate the meaning behind the words he utters. The social awareness in his lyrics show that he thinks beyond the years of his relatively short life. As he sings a song about being a “lad” in the Glasgow club scene he paints a harsh, but fair picture – Declan is not himself, a lad, but a young man who will become something special – well, more special than he already is.

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Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5 are twelve-to-fourteen-strong and have descended upon Paisley’s Bungalow to a packed reception.

It was with good reason the venue was packed out. Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 were there to rip the place apart with their tongue firmly in cheek, and at times firmly on the keyboard. Bringing their fun culture and satirical hit setlist to Paisley for the first time – I doubt it’ll be the last.

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Delphi are the epitome of local band who have the ability to go places. The Paisley five-piece made the most of their chance to impress in the SAMA Showcase spotlight, even with a couple of covers including Britney and Adele – which I have to admit, I enjoyed.

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With their lively disco-pop synth show, oddly-named The Vegan Leather gave a packed out Bungalow a lift at the start of a great showcase evening courtesy of the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I saw the group take the stage but I’m glad I was down early enough to see the multi-instrumentalists perform an upbeat and diverse performance.

All images © Alan K. Gray

Pronto Mama are another band I’d never seen or heard before last night’s headline at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards Showcase for Paisley Music Week. It was another reminder that there are so many decent bands outputting great music and although you can never listen to everything, it’s important to get out and support local bands creating live music that can get a whole venue vibing on their riffs.

All images © Alan K. Gray

The night before releasing the latest single from their self-titled debut album, ‘I Need Something’ – which was played to close the set to well deserved, deafening applause – We Came From Wolves played to an eager crowd in Glasgow’s Audio venue.

All images © Alan K. Gray

Start Static returned to Glasgow last night to take on a venue they’d never played before. During their lively set, the growing were treated crowd to the hits and a couple of new songs, to their delight. Another energetic and fun set that set proceedings up for the nights headline act.

All images © Alan K. Gray

On Friday evening I had the privilege of attending a secret gig at New Hellfire Club, at the request of one of my favourite bands out there – Start Static. The likeable lads from Glasgow took some time out of their busy touring and recording schedule to put on a stripped back show which showcased the acoustic side of their repertoire. Friday also saw the release of Start Static’s latest single ‘Big Ideas’ which you can view further down the page.

All images © Alan K. Gray

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