Hymn For Her, Awkward Family Portraits, OceanCode

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Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.”

The duo certainly covers a lot of musical territory in Smokin Flames. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led U.K. music critic Steve Bennett to call H4H’s sound “a riotous, rocking roadkill stew,” while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones.

Impressively, the two create their “ripsaw sounds” (Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar: “The Riff Monster.”

Awkward Family Portraite are a new and upcoming, Glasgow based, folk and Americana band playing their first headline gig at the Seven Song Club. Featuring Andrew Herrington on Bass, Millie Kidd on Drums, Timmy Allan on lead guitar and Julen Santamaria on guitar/vocals.

Carefully marrying the genres of folk, pop and rock together to create a distinctive sound with catchy melodies and clever hooks, OceanCode are a four-piece folk-pop band coming together from all across Scotland.

Formed in Edinburgh in late 2016, the band features vocalist/guitarist Ruth Gillies from Inverness, bassist Morgan Smith from Aberdeen, guitarist/vocalist Peter Wall from Dumfries and drummer David Burns from Glasgow. Since forming, they have received warm reactions from shows at Sneaky Pete’s, The Mash House, Electric Circus, King Tut’s and Mad Hatters.

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