Album of the Year 2016 – Jim Gellatly (Amazing Radio) ‘The best gig I’ve seen in years’ / Top 50 Albums of 2016 - Vic Galloway (BBC 6Music / BBC Scotland)
Having established themselves as one of the most exciting live bands on the Scottish music scene in 2016 (Nominated for Best Live Act at SAMA Awards 2016 / headline show at T in the Park’s TBreak stage) MIRACLE GLASS COMPANY topped it off with the release of their Owen Morris-produced debut album ‘MGC 1’on VoxBox Records in October. Fusing psychedelic rock’n’roll with pop sensibilities, blistering musicianship and three unique voices, The List said the album ‘conjures up memories of the Lennon/McCartney partnership at the peak of their powers’ and Scottish music guru Jim Gellatly named it as his album of the year, describing it as ‘timeless, a future classic’.
WILLIAM DOUGLAS (vocals / bass), ANDY DUNCAN (vocals / drums) and AUSTEN GEORGE (vocals / guitar) came together in early 2014 with two aims: (1) create a sound that would both capture the power, energy and melody of the rock’n’roll music they loved, and appeal to a modern audience; and (2) push the boundaries of what a threepiece band can do, with each member singing lead vocals, harmonising, and playing their instrument to the highest level whilst delivering high energy performances and connecting with audiences through their passion and commitment. With both their live show and debut album recognised as being at the pinnacle of new music across their native Scotland in 2016 the band are ready to kick on and build on their already growing UK fanbase in 2017. They have already launched ‘Late Night in the Big City’, a brand new bi-monthly residency at their spiritual home The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh and squeezed in a mini-UK tour including a headline show at 93 Feet East in London. Having preceded the album launch with a triple single release showcasing all three lead vocals (Higher Than High released on 3rd May - ‘a psychedelic sun drenched beauty’ Netsounds, Big Beat on 3rd June - ‘ridiculously catchy’ Vic Galloway, and The Hidden Light on 3rd July – ‘swaggering, direct and pleasingly heads-down’ The List), the band have held back some of the album’s big-hitters and are very excited about releasing T.R.O.U.B.L.E. in April, with an accompanying video created by Scott Morriss (The Bluetones)
Despite recording their debut EP ‘Turnaround’ before they had finished writing the songs, the title track was named ‘track of the month’ in November 2014 by The Scotsman and was playlisted by BBC Radio’s music maestro Vic Galloway. Having stepped onto the live scene with a last minute show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a slot at Rally & Broad (turning a spoken word night into an all out dance party), the band sold-out their debut headline show in Edinburgh’s illustrious Voodoo Rooms in September. This performance resulted in a blistering live EP released in December 2014, and also drew the attention of producer Owen Morris, who approached the band and insisted that he record their debut album. Live shows then followed in London, Chester, Dundee and beyond at the start of 2015 as the band built their fan base and honed their sound for the studio. Recording started in March 2015 at Cava Studios in Glasgow. Summer 2015 saw the band grace the stage of the Hidden Door Festival and Kelburn Garden Party, as well as being invited to perform at the first of Alan McGee’s ‘Creation Sessions’ live shows in Edinburgh, and supporting The Bluetones on their 20th Anniversary UK Tour. This year got off to a flying start with the band supporting the legendary Rezillos at a refugee benefit gig in Edinburgh before heading west to take part in King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut’s New Year’s Revolution Festival, championing the bands to watch in the year ahead. A headline slot in Dundee for Independent Music Week and a first gig at the legendary Dublin Castle in London followed. The band were back on tour supporting The Bluetones across the UK in April supporting the release of Higher Than High, and
made explosive appearances at the Cavern Club, Meadows Festival and XpoNorth in June following the release of Big Beat. July saw the band on the road again in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Chester supporting the release of The Hidden Light, as well as establishing themselves as a crowd-pleasing festival band with their T in the Park and Belladrum Tartan Heart appearances. As purveyors of all things beautiful VoxBox Records recognised that MGC 1 deserved something a bit special and released the album on limited edition, heavyweight blue vinyl (as well as CD and digital), with a gatefold sleeve featuring photography by Owen Morris himself. Following the sell-out Edinburgh launch night in October Vic Galloway invited the band in to play a live session on his BBC Scotland show, before they embarked on a UK tour including a packed Notting Hill Arts Club for the band’s first London headline show, carrying that beautiful blue vinyl along with them. Having appeared on numerous ‘best of 2016’ lists for both their live show and their album, 2017 looks set to be a big year for MGC.
‘timeless, the sort of thing that conjures up memories of Merseyside in the 60s and the Lennon/McCartney partnership at the peak of their powers’ The List on MGC 1 ‘three-part harmonies that would give Crosby Stills & Nash a run for their money... a new world class band’ Louder Than War “Miracle Glass Company are the next big thing” Mark Morris (The Bluetones) ‘The three best singers I've heard in a long time’ Chris Beltran, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut ‘Together they produced insane waves of majesty in vocal form’ Rebel Bear
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