Wales has got its music playing English Literature students so there was nothing to the stop their Scottish counterparts making a similiar fuss. I was pointed in Gdansk’s direction by one of the lecturers (thanks Prof!) at Strathclyde University and was immediately struck by their ambition. Gdansk are a quartet with an unusually fine eye for taking the gloom of Joy Division and fizzing it up with the jangling thrills of the Wedding Present. As you’d expect Interpol also get a look in but somewhere between the fertilizing influences and the intriguing translation has appeared a ripe new sound that is seeping in melody. If you are quick you’ll be able to pick up a clutch of new songs from Gdansk at their myspace. Probably won’t be up there for long though because some lucky label is going to bag them in the very near future. According to lead man Andy Campbell ‘Kicking A Television’ is a live favourite and it’s easy to see why with its shimmering chords and feisty rhythms this is just made for an unforgettable end of gig blowout. Gdansk is Poland’s largest seaport but did you know it is also Scotland’s brightest new band. An album ‘F Number’ is in the works. KD
Gdansk – Kicking A Television
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