Awards nod for TeenCanteen’s debut album
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
Prize TeenCanteen could win the SAY Award