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Sunday Mail – [3/5]

This album is a companion to a book – The Ossians – based on a band’s adventures. It’s written by Doug Johnstone, a band member of Scottish outfit Northern Alliance. This is a quirky collection of songs with a Scottish … Continue reading

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Margaret Chrystall, Highland News [4/5]

Now this is a bit complicated. This mini-abum’s the last release of a fictional band whose Highland tour is at the core of the new novel The Ossians. Seven tracks of fiendish indie, sometimes sweet, sometimes blisteringly noisy and sometimes … Continue reading

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The Scotsman, 28.03.08 [3/5]

THINGS could have turned out very differently for these guys if their volatile frontman Connor Alexander hadn’t blown their best chance for a record deal last year. The road to their demise is traced in Doug Johnstone’s new novel, The … Continue reading

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Daily Record, 28.03.08

THAT busy boy Doug Johnstone, not content with fronting the great Northern Alliance and writing a novel, Tombstoning, has gone one better. He’s put the two together and has now written a book called The Ossians and released a mini-album … Continue reading

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Malcolm Jack, The Big Issue, October 2007 [4/5]

Melancholy East Lothian trio Northern Alliance are a band of many guises. While their last record hit post-rock peaks, this one is stripped down to lo-fi basics: drum machines, synths and soft-spoken vocals. Songs about hope. swans and Maradona.

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Heather Crumley, The Skinny, October 2007 [4/5]

It feels like a mistake that this album is released at the start of October: it’s so perfectly summery, designed to be listened to in a sunny park or heard from a festival stage. Cute keyboard hooks, twinkles of guitar … Continue reading

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Rick Fulton, Daily Record, 5 October 2007

The Edinburgh-based trio of Craig Smith, Doug Johnstone and Viv Strachan release a new mini-album less than a year after album For the Grains of Sand.The Hand of God’s title track is about Maradona’s handball goal against England in the … Continue reading

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Malcolm Jack, The List, 18 October 2007 [4/5]

Named after Maradona’s infamous goal against England in the ‘86 World Cup, East Lothian lo-fi shamblers Northern Alliance’s fourth LP might seem like a jingoistic poke southwards, but in substance it’s an inward looking affair.<br /> Between slow clicking drum … Continue reading

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KM, Maverick Magazine [4/5]

New hour-long mini album continues the on-going sonic adventures of the Alliance.</em><br /> Less than a year after the album For the Grains of Sand, the East Lothian trio of Craig Smith, Doug Johnstone and Viv Strachan, who make up … Continue reading

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Sarah Laughton, Subba-Cultcha, September 2007 [9/10]

The Hand of God – the softer side of folk rock executed with subtlety and dreamy vocals. I’m no religious kid, but this might just rank up there with the kind of religious experience Arcade Fire fans have. Northern Alliance … Continue reading

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