Awards nod for TeenCan­teen’s de­but al­bum

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Jonathan Ged­des

A La­nark­shire band have been long-listed for this year’s Scot­tish Al­bum of the Year award.

TeenCan­teen re­leased de­but ef­fort Say It All With A Kiss last year, and it’s now on the 20 strong list of records. The al­bums will be cut to 10 be­fore the fi­nal verdict is an­nounced, and the shortlist un­veiled on June 15. Then the win­ner will be an­nounced on June 28 at a cer­e­mony at Pais­ley Town Hall. Singer Carla J Eas­ton, from Car­luke, was de­lighted that the al­bum has been nom­i­nated. She said: “We took a bold move try­ing to re­build a new Wall of Sound with our pro­ducer Stephen Watkins, es­pe­cially with the de­ci­sion to record and mix in mono, tak­ing our time to craft a piece of work that was a state­ment of pure unadul­ter­ated pop with a post punk beat­ing heart.

“Say It All With A Kiss mak­ing the SAY Awards long list isn’t just a great achieve­ment for us but also for the many com­mit­ted fans we have that helped us to fin­ish it through our

cam­paign. “We are thrilled to be one of three all fe­male bands in­cluded on the list and are very proud to rep­re­sent Last Night From Glas­gow (their in­de­pen­dent, crowd-funded record la­bel).

“This was truly a record con­ceived, recorded, funded and re­leased with a DIY ethos at its core.

“It is tes­ta­ment to the many fans who be­lieve in sup­port­ing new mu­sic and art- they made this pos­si­ble.”

Say It All With A Kiss had glow­ing re­views upon its re­lease, prais­ing its mix­ture of stomp­ing clas­sic pop, girl group vo­cals and in­die rock.

Since the al­bum has been re­leased the band - Carla, gui­tarist Chloe Philip, bassist Sita Pieracinni and Deb­o­rah Smith on drums - have re­leased an EP, Sirens and this Friday, June 2, they will play one of their biggest gigs to date, sup­port­ing the Divine Com­edy at an out­door gig at the Kelv­in­grove Band­stand in Glas­gow.

Last year’s win­ner of the SAY Award was the singer Kathryn Joseph.

The win­ning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize, pro­vided by long term Award part­ner Cre­ative Scot­land. The nine runners up will each be awarded a £1,000 prize, as well as an ex­clu­sively de­signed piece of art­work from the SAY Award De­sign Com­mis­sion.

Other acts on the shortlist in­clude Fright­ened Rab­bit, Teenage Fan­club and East Kil­bride mu­sic leg­ends the Je­sus and Mary Chain.

Visit www.teencan­teen.co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion on the band, or www. sayaward.com for fur­ther de­tails on

the award.

Prize TeenCan­teen could win the SAY Award

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