Label Releases 2021
Here is where we showcase to you where we're at with the latest releases from Whanga Records. Follow us on all the usual socials to let us know exactly what you think, or if you want to get involved or arrange a chat to discuss how we can work together, drop us a line using the deets on our Contact page.
TwinsTown and My Pet Rocket
I Don't Know What I Want for Christmas
Released - 11/12/21
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MERRY XMAS from TwinsTown and My Pet Rocket, and of course us at Whanga Records!
All profits from Bandcamp downloads go to charity!
'I Don't Know What I Want For Christmas' is a Xmas cracker born from this collaboration.
The artists teamed up after appearing on the same bill at The Twa Tams in Perth, alongside Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants. Hugh provides the introduction for the music video, which is available on YouTube now.
Produced by Robin Wynn Evans at his T-Pot Studios and also featuring a special guest appearance by Billy George (best known as the lead singer of Honk), this song is a celebration of the season, endorsing all festivities, including brussel sprouts.
“The boys are full of Christmas cheer,” explained My Pet Rocket. “We are all very happy with our new Christmas single and it's been great fun working, not only with TwinsTown, but with Billy, Robin and, of course, Hugh, whose video intro is awesome”.
Released - 13/11/21
Frantic Chant are a four piece 'psychedelicious' rock`n`roll band from Leith.
Seven albums, countless E.P’s, singles and compilation tracks into their existence and there’s no sign of letting up from Frantic Chant. This time it’s new single, 'Sail On', their first release through Whanga Records.
Frantic Chant have shared stages at various festivals and gigs with an eclectic range of artists including The Charlatans, Mark Ronson, Jesse Rae, Space, Johnny Vegas and Basement Jaxx. This probably helps explain why they are hard to pin down into one genre. We like to think of them as Leith's answer to Brian Jonestown Massacre!
Say Goodbye to the Summer
Released - 7/11/21
As winter approaches, here is a slice of sunshine to brighten up our lives.
Hailing from Dunfermline, Scotland, ‘Say Goodbye To The Summer’ is the beaming third release from TwinsTown's soon to be released debut album, Brankholm Brae, via Whanga Records.
This is classic TwinsTown; trademark infectious guitar melodies and raw vocal harmonies from the twin lead singers, intertwined and layered to give that extra emphasis on their subtley provoking lyrics.
However, if you scratch beneath the surface of the bright, happy melody, there is a darker side to the lyrics, where Summer, on this occasion, could be a look back into a more carefree youth, free of the trials and tribulations of the present day.
There are big hints of The View and this is definitely a sing-a-long anthem that reminds you of indie rock and roll’s glory days.
Birrell or Biscuit Anthemesque
Released - 1/10/21
‘Anthemesque’ is the latest single from Birrell or Biscuit.
This is as raw, open and brutally honest as music gets. Everything is laid out there. The anger and despair of a break up; sung, screamed, cried, over a dark brooding track that brings the passion and atmosphere to it's peak. With choruses soaring through the melody and worming their way into your own psyche to be stuck there forever.
Where bands like Glasvegas end, is where Birrell or Biscuit begin. This is a man on the edge, laying his soul bare. A soul full of whisky and love!
Giving his lost love an anthem…esque.. The accompanying video is as brutal as the track and leaves the listener / viewer as heartbroken as the man himself.
Welcome To My World
Released - 3/9/21
''Welcome To My World”, the hotly anticipated follow up single to “Dive In”, from your new favourite band, TwinsTown. This shows a darker side to the boys’ unique and honest song writing. It delves into the mind and life of the twins, with a bittersweet juxtaposition of darker undertones throughout the verses, before taking you on to a melodic, soaring sing along chorus that has you hooked after the opening line.
Cut Me Down
Released - 16/7/21
'Cut Me Down' is the second release from the newly reformed 1/4 Chubz - a huge change in direction from the previous ballad, 'Until We Meet Again'. This single is about a man standing up against the world and fighting back; taking all the things life throws at him - head on. Think of it as the soundtrack to your summer of revolution.
Birrell or Biscuit
Top Of The Pops
Released - 16/7/21
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The song harks back to the days before Later, MTV and YouTube, to when all bands dreamed of was being on BBC’s Top of The Pops, and watching your record rise up the charts because of it. TOTP is a brilliant slice of pure Scottish indie/punk.. like Glasvegas with a sense of humour.
Released - 2/7/21
Presenting you Dunfermline’s dream team, TwinsTown, fronted by infamous identical twins Donald (The Hornet) and Stuart (Smackay) Mackay. The brothers have more than earned their rock n’ roll stripes playing in previous bands Wingnuts and Wölves, when they performed as far afield as Amsterdam, and not to mention in the rock n’ roll Mecca of The Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow.
The twins recruited Wayne Robertson (The Wasp) on the sticks, who has a wealth of experience in his own right, most notably with Dunfermline legends, The Falcons. Next came local guitar hero, Harry Dixon (The Duke), who can smash out a tune on anything with strings. To complete the current line-up is Mark Guyan (The Darkness) on keys, with the less said about this man the better; a classically trained nutter…
The new found tribe took a trip up to Tpot Studios in Perthshire to record their debut album with producer, Robin Evans, the guy responsible for The View’s critically acclaimed debut, “Hats off to the Buskers”. This was funded by local hero and band manager, Billy George (Big Daddy), out of sheer belief and passion for Twinstown’s uniquely inspiring rock n’ roll anthemic bangers, which, by the way, seem to be in a never ending supply.
Callum Paterson's Broken Song
Released - 11/6/21
Written by Callum Jake Paterson Whanga, a hugely talented singer/songwriter, and frontman of the 1/4 Chubz.
Callum could write comedic songs that had people laughing and laughing, such as Toon on a Tuesday, or Baboon. The lyrics, and his own personal style, were unlike any other. His natural ability to make people laugh, and really bring something to the good times, was what made him stand out.
But, there was a darker or deeper side to him, that only really came out expressed through his own music. Broken Song was a real example of this, whilst still showing his charm and wit.
Broken Song was a track he wrote while living in New Zealand with his Dad, about a relationship he had over there - only he can really know the meaning of the lyrics, or what he was thinking at the time. Who are we to speculate.
Now, coming up for the two year anniversary of Callum's death, TwinsTown have recorded his song at Whanga Records, the music label set up in his honour, and included Callum's original accoustic performance, which can be heard introducing and ending the tribute. This will be released in time for the 13th of June; the last day we heard him laugh and sing.
Birrell or Biscuit
UFO Space Disco
Released - 14/5/21
Leaving home at 16 to live the London rock n’ roll lifestyle, Craig has finally come home, launching his own solo career following major band success in the Old Smoke. And thank f**k he has because his new track is right on the money. Released on his own independent label, Whanga Records, UFO Space Disco is the psychedelic indie anthem we’ve all been waiting for.
A multi instrumentalist, Craig writes, sings, plays, records, mixes and produces everything himself. This boundless talent comes together to create a raw mixture of grit and spirit, giving a unique sound that is all his own. There is only one direction for Birrell or Biscuit and that is world domination – be part of it.
Until We Meet Again
A song for their best pal and front man, taken too soon 13/6/19 - aged 29.
1/4 Chubz were formed in 2012 by Callum, John and Stuart after a drunken party. They set about learning their instruments and writing raw energetic indie/punk tunes that were admittedly rough around the edges, but definitely delivered.
Six years later, Chubz front man and main songwriter, Callum, sadly took his own life. A day that hit the rest of the band very hard. After Stuart and John met up for the first time in years, at Callum’s funeral, they started jamming again and John put a melody to words Stuart had written in the aftermath of Callum's death. This song became Until We Meet Again, feat Mariam Amhaz on violin.