The Tolbooth has a long-standing and decorated history of punching above its weight in bringing through some of the best indie, alternative and progressive music from across the country. Alongside this we’re equally as committed to celebrating the consistently-impressive Stirlingshire music scene, watching local acts who’ve graced our stage go on to great things. Over the two-and-a-bit years of Strange Behaviours shows we’ve welcomed the likes of Stanley Odd, The Insomniac Project, The Phantom Band, Polarnecks, Hector Bizerk, December 91, Honeyblood, The Cosmic Dead, Randolph’s Leap, The Nickajack Men and RM Hubbert to the venue. Before that, Reloaded brought through virtually every success story of Scottish indie – from Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad to Twin Atlantic and Errors.
First act announced is Edinburgh’s Meursault – renowned indie/electronic sounds from the capital that helped launch influential Scottish DIY label Song, By Toad Records. Built around the songwriting of Neil Pennycook, the band built a following through a series of EP and LP releases on Song, By Toad, before disbanding and starting afresh under the moniker Super Moon. Back with new album ‘I Will Kill Again’ the band are revving back up and reconnecting with the music and followers who kindled the fire in the first place.
Constant Follower incorporates elements of ambient and electronic music into their intense, hushed folk sound. A trio spinning quiet tales and heavy-hearted reflection to a sonically delicate background, they were a highlight at last year’s Strange Behaviours Festival and it’s great to be welcoming them back to the venue.
C R P N T R is the alias of one Mr Owen Sutcliffe, a Stirlingshire emcee with a superpower for creative lyricism and off-the-cuff enthralling delivery. At times emotionally powerful, at others unhinged and cackling, his word play flutters before your eyes and before you know it, about 3 lines have rushed through you with enough wit and raw honesty to knock you on your butt for days.
Sulka is built around the consistently ingenious songwriting of Lukas Clasen. A prolific figure, coming to the fore with his band Polarnecks, he continues his ability to tease lofi mini-anthems out of a fuzzy guitar and brittle vocal. Backed by a band who, like Lukas and Owen, came through the songwriting/performance workshops at the Tolbooth (Innes Nolan and Iain Stott), their debut album takes on an energy and urgency live, well worth seeing for yourself.
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