It’s well known that great live music comes out of Glasgow, and the likes of Chvrches, Simple Minds and Primal Scream have proved that to the world. So who will be the next big thing from our fair city? We’ve rounded up the best up-and-coming bands on the Glasgow scene to keep an eye on…

The Van T’s

The Van Thompson twins Hannah and Chloe are joined by bassist Joanne Forbes and drummer Shaun Hood to create their grunge/surf-rock sound. They recently played a sold-out headline gig at King Tut’s and were overwhelmed by the love they felt from the crowd, who knew every word and were more than ready for a good dance. With two EPs and a whole host of brilliant gigs under their belts, as well as their singles being featured on TV shows like Tattoo Fixers and Made in Chelsea, they’re one of the hottest bands on the scene right now, and are clearly going places.

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Thula Borah

Alternative rock four-piece Thula Borah have been creating their addictive sound since 2009 and are regularly praised for their energetic live performances. If you prefer a slightly heavier sound, Thula Borah are the band to check out. They’re playing in the regional final of The Pogues’ “A Shot at Discovery” competition next week, where they could win studio time with the band, cash for new instruments and management supervision, and if they’re good enough for The Pogues, we can get on board. Their latest EP “Near Life Experience” shows off their versatility and proves they’re not afraid to take their time, with most tracks coming in at over eight minutes long. When they’re this good, though, eight minutes is almost not long enough.

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The indie rock sound is massively popular in Glasgow right now, to the point where it can feel repetitive. PAWS, however, offer a fresh sound that’s unlike any other bands on the scene. They take the reverb-drenched alternative rock that Glasgow seems to love and add a brighter style that sounds a bit more American. It’s no surprise, then, to hear their latest album, “No Grace” was produced by blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. They have a more sophisticated style than blink’s pop punk, but it’s nice to bring a bit of sun to this grey city. With their first American tour kicking off this month, they’re already going global and could well be the next big thing to come out of Scotland.

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If you’re a fan of bands like The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen, you’ll love UNDO’s modern spin on that sound. Their debut self-titled album was released just last week and has already received rave reviews from critics. They have a melancholy vibe with indie and punk influences, and aren’t afraid of making a proper racket. UNDO are newcomers to the scene, so get into them now so you can be that guy that says you knew them before they were famous.

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Building a name for themselves after a host of successful support slots, including opening for The View at King Tut’s last month, Rascalton are one of the most talked about bands in Glasgow right now. Influenced by the likes of The Libertines and The Clash, their live shows are chaotic with a punk energy. They describe the Glasgow music scene as “the best in the UK – the potential of the bands that are emerging from the city just now is ridiculously good.” We agree, and we can’t wait for the lads’ next single to drop next month.

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***Artcile by – Shannon McGarrity***