Hiva Oa, a multi-national three-piece based in Edinburgh continue the already fine tradition in excellent artists attached to mini50 records.
On September 7th they release their first album, ‘The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss’. After the fantastically brooding single ‘Badger’, released earlier this year, the album is something to be anticipated with relish.
Two of the three band members recorded an interview (link below), at the end of August and expound on their origins, the forthcoming album launch and how difficult some people find it to categorize their material – including themselves!
Find links to the band after the interview and the atmospheric video to ‘Badger’. Enjoy…
At the beginning of May, voters across the country will have the opportunity
to elect a raft of new civic leaders to their respective councils. In doing so
they can display their satisfaction or displeasure with the performance of both
grass-roots candidates and their affiliated national parties. We live in
interesting times and although the Conservatives have very little to lose in
terms of popularity north of the border, the Liberal Democrats and Labour
could well be bracing themselves for a seismic shift in fortunes in areas of
historical strength. This may bode well for the SNP, but it may also revive
interest in the smaller parties and independent candidates.
A political movement now experiencing a surge of support and political gains
across Europe is the Pirate Party. Despite the somewhat amusing moniker,
this movement is attracting many who are disillusioned with the high-handed
dictates of the political elite and their apparent attacks on personal privacy and
The pirates have now landed in the UK and will be fielding candidates in Scotland.
Pirate Party Interview
Pirate Party 2
Editing: Fiona Greig
Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (www.smartsound.com/royalty-free-music/incompetech)
Photograph courtesy of Philip Hunt