On The Fringe! Local Band Able Faces Launch Debut EP…
Brothers Jack McNeilagh, 21, and Mark McNeilagh, 18, from Giffnock have been entertaining Edinburgh Fringe-goers at Boteco do Brasil – a lively bar and tapas restaurant on Lothian Street – prior to the release of their new EP at Stereo in Glasgow.
Get in touch with the band via their Facebook page for tickets if you fancy it – and read on to find out more about Scotland’s next big musical sensation.
The brothers, who perform their own compositions as well as covers, go by the name of Able Faces. They are planning a launch event for their EP, Change, in Glasgow’s Stereo bar on August 25th. Get yourself down there and support the local lads – their brand of Scot-pop (can we call it Scot-pop?) needs to be shared with the world.
Able Faces have been in residence at Boteco for the duration of the Fringe where they have played their own songs including “Let Me Know” and “Maryanne.” Their musical style features close harmonies, wonderful guitar work and pedal percussion.
The brothers, who have a wide-ranging repertoire, have also been entertaining the Edinburgh crowds with cover versions of the likes of Bruce Springsteen, George Ezra and even Taylor Swift.
A rousing rendition of the Beatles “I Feel Fine” goes down very well with the mixed-age group as does their cover of “Shut Up And Dance With Me” by Walk the Moon.
They don’t have any particular way of composing. With some song writing duos, one writes lyrics, the other harmonies, but Able Faces just go with the flow.
Neither do they follow the Lennon/McCartney route and take turns writing. It’s total collaboration with the two of them working together on the final sound. And what a sound it is: mature and melodious.
Last year, the lads were chosen to appear in front of a 5000-strong audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall in a varied line up as part of the Music for Youth Proms. They say they would love to do more work in London and also some gigs in Liverpool.
As well as guitar both can play piano. They are extremely talented and will no doubt go on to bigger and better things. Best catch them at Stereo tonight before they hit that mainstream!