Tuesday 17 July 2012

Battle Of The Bands: Round 2

Time for Round 2 of Battle Of The Bands, the Scottish music duel to end them all!  A fortnight ago, myself and Neil from Scottish Fiction pitted our wits against each other in the opening bout.  Hair was pulled, tears were shed... by both parties, as it ended up a draw with Neil's Seams proving the Top Trumps equals of my very own French Wives.  That was then though...

Since that stalemate, Team Kowalskiy have been holed up on a deserted isle in training and on a healthy diet of raw Eiggs.  That's actually half true as I've roped in The Pictish Trail to fight my corner with me.   Neil's getting his 'hawners' from Stirling's Brazil Exists.  To think, they were once firm favourites around these parts.  Do you know what else exists?!  Your beds!  And now they've been made, you're gonna have to lie in them... now it's personal boys!

Before we do battle, here's a quick recap of the all-important rules.  You can read them in full over here though!  As Neil had first dibs on choosing the three attributes we'd be playing with last time, this round it's my turn.  I'm banking on Johnny's 'longevity' and gone for Years Since Formation, Twitter Follow Ratio and Average Age.  For each of the three, the person with the highest gets one point, with both getting a half-point in the event of a draw.  Losers... well they get zilch!  Here's how these two great Scottish musical pugilists shape up.  As before, all stats were correct at the time of battle.  All that's left is for me to say ding ding, Round 2...

And the result of Round 2... by a 3 points to zero whitewash is... Team Kowalskiy!  My one-man Lynch-mob had those Stirlingshire lads pinned up against a Fence all through the contest and gave each of those five a bunch of Fifes!  And more importantly, as a result, Scottish Fiction is now Trail-ing in the series by one!  Seems I Pict well this time 'round.  Johnny Lynch certainly brought his A(way) Game tonight... I'll stop now.

Has to be said though that this was my turn to pick, so the ball is back in Neil's court in a fortnight's time and I'll need to prepare for what is sure to be a big backlash.  Again though, it's not really about me or Neil... it's all about the music!  So, here's the real reason why we both chose the folk we chose.  First up, it's The Pictish Trail.  Now, it goes without saying, as he's one of the main men over at Fence Records, he can't do wrong in my eyes, or ears.  He'll be releasing The Summer Is Empty Of Idiots on the 6th of August as part of Fence's new Buff Tracks 7" EP series.  My appetite's already been whetted by the single Michael Rocket and the brilliant video which goes along with it.

If you're lucky enough to be going to Away Game (jammy buggers!) up in Eigg this weekend, then Johnny will be one of the headliners.  Remember to pack your wellies!

On to Brazil Exists now.  I love these boys.  I think I've mentioned that a few times already this year.  So much so I'll forgive them for siding with the opposition!  Their Hermit EP was released a while back and is available from all good online downloadists... like iTunes and Amazon MP3.  Here's the pick of the bunch.

So that's it for this round.  Team Kowalskiy will take a narrow one point lead into Round 3 next fortnight.  Can Scottish Fiction level the scores, or will my next band further compound his misery?!  Find out on the 31st of July.

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