Category Archives: Disaster for Scotland

Stuart Wright, Rocksound, July 2004 [8/10]

Who? Scottish three-piece: Craig Smith (bass, guitar, keys, drum machine), Doug Johnstone (guitar, drums, vocals, keys) and Viv Strachan (vocals) Sounds Like? The true Celtic folk sounds and moods that heavily influence Will Oldham with shades of Ian Curtis in … Continue reading

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Bernhard Bessing, Is This Music?, Summer 2004

Hurrah. Just in time for Euro 2004, a timely reminder of where the Scottish backslide really started which will show why Scots will console themselves with cheering on France and Croatia. Our national football team has never recovered from the … Continue reading

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Laurence Arnold, Comes With a Smile, Summer 2004

I’m glad I have this record. Not just because it’s good, but because it solves the mystery of who to contact and say ‘thanks’ to. The last Northern Alliance album, ‘Hope in Little Things’, came into my possession from I … Continue reading

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Stuart McHugh, The List, 10.6.04 [4/5]

Perhaps ‘celebrating’ the halcyon era of Scottish football, when humiliation was unexpected and ignominious rather than matter-of-fact; Northern Alliance make suitably downbeat alt.folk of a kind rather suited to Anstruther’s celebrated Fence label. In the mid-90s you’d have called it … Continue reading

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Unpeeled, June 2004

A band that has never played live, has collectively cut back on fags to get more booze down their necks is a band to be cherished, particularly when you discover that Northern Alliance sing songs about identity, homesickness, love, marriage, … Continue reading

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Clare Harris, Big Issue, 27.5.04

A cynic might say that Anstruther-based Fence Records have carved themselves a nice niche market in twee. But I’m no cynic. The latest release from the ubiquitous collective’s Picket Fence series is a selection of songs from Edinburgh’s Northern Alliance. … Continue reading

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