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BIOG'S 90'S +
ACQUITTED:  Christian rock act formed in 2002 by David Seel (vocals guitar, ex-Brand), Barry Dougall (drums, ex-Brand), Andrew Taylor (guitar) & Colin McBurney (bass), who reached the final of the Martell "Battle Of The Bands" that year. The following year saw the release of their debut EP, "Secure", and a mission to become "as successful as God would allow". Acquitted played live until 2005.
RELEASE:
"Secure" (CD EP, 2003).


ADEAVE:  Graeme High School band formed in 2004 by Adam Donaldson (vocals), Glen Gardiner (drums, ex-Fightback), Mark Drummond (guitar) & Kevin Clough (bass, ex-Slaughterhook). That year they released a demo EP entitled "The Living Room Sessions". In 2005 Gardiner was replaced by Steven Jack (drums), and the band added Alex Marshall (guitar). Gardiner later turned up in Looks Can Be Deceiving. This line-up released another demo, "No Reason" in February of that year. Jack later joined / formed Idiotcut, whilst Donaldson formed Dave La Manchot.
RELEASES:
"The Living Room Sessions" (CD EP, 2004)
"No Reason" (CD demo, 2005).
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AFTERMATH:  Bo'ness based act from 2002.

AFTER MIDNIGHT:  Pub/club/covers band from 2000.

AGE OF ANGER:  Band from the 2000's featuring Dave Buchanan (drums/vocals, ex-If Munki) & Duncan McLeish (vocals, ex-Revolution), both of whom went on to form Genetik Blueprint.
AKOLAYD:  Grangemouth based four piece formed in May 2004 by Alan Gilchrist (guitar/vocals, possibly ex-Five Park Drive) , Thomas McClung (drums), Suzy McMilan (bass) & Mark Page (vocals/guitar). The band continued to gig until 2006, when they recorded a demo at Homegrown Studios in Larbert. 2007 saw the band replace guitarist Alan Gilchrist with Bob Casement (guitar/vocals), and begin playing live again, despite a short break by drummer, McClung. Gilchrist, meanwhile formed Las Tuesday. At the end of the year it was announced that McClung had been replaced permanently by Ryan Yule (drums, ex-Break Nekk Speed), however Yule was replaced in early 2008 by Keith Thompson (drums, ex-Plan B). Summer 2009 saw the band playing at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival, which they returned to the following year. In 2010 Thompson & McMilan formed Stand 3.
WEBSITE:
http://www.akolayd.co.uk

ALTERATION:  4-piece Grangemouth rock act formed in 1999 who gigged non-stop throughout the following year. In 2000 they reached the final of the Martell "Battle Of The Bands", and continued live work until 2001.

The ANARCHIX:  Three piece punk band formed in 2001 by Laura McMahon (drums/vocals), Emma Wardlaw (vocals/guitar), Gemma (vocals) & Laura (bass). The band made their debut late that year after which Gemma & Laura (bass) left, and Maria Robertson (bass) joined. They continued to play live into 2002, when they appeared at the Punkstravaganze Festival at the Martell. More dates were played in 2003 - 2004. In 2005 McMahon was replaced by Jenni, and the band rehearsed with the intention of playing more dates, however nothing came of this.
WEBSITE:
http://theanarchix.freeservers.com/

ANGELS HEAP:  Duo with Dave McEwan (guitar/vocals, ex-Lobsters) & Cameron Nisbet (guitar, ex-Throb), who played covers around the pubs in 2000 - 2004. In 2003 they appeared as part of the "Way To Blue" festival. The act re-emerged playing live in 2006 and 2007.

ANGER OF THE VICTIM:  Act from 2002 formed by Danny Nash (guitar, ex-Area 51), Allan Wand (drums), Ian Butterwick (bass) and Jonny Frame (vocals). After almost a year of gigging Butterwick left to be replaced by Lewis Hills (bass, ex-Area 51). Frame later went on to form Ghost Ride The Whip.


ANOWREXIYA:  Solo project of former Enchantica member Hypnos (guitar/vocals/bass/keyboards), formed in the mid-2000's.
APATHY:  Formed around 1998 by Geesh (Drums), Andy Hush (Guitar), Jonesy (Keyboards) and Stewart Condie (Vocals), but after procrastination disbanded in 2000. Geesh, Hush and Jonesy reformed some time later to play covers, and eventually a bassist was recruited in virtual beginner Nick Hurren. Stewart filled the vocal role whilst the band searched for a more permanent arrangement, however during 2001 Condie & Jonesy left, with Condie later turning up in Peyote. Geesh, Hurren & Hush then recruited vocalist and guitarist John and changed their name to Black Dahlia.

ARAB STRAP:  The most successful local act of the 1990's, Arab Strap were formed in late 1995 by  Aiden Moffat and Malcolm Middleton. Moffat had previously played in Someone's Daughter, The Angry Buddhists & Bay, whilst Middleton had played in a string of smalltime local acts, including The Laughing Stock and Rabid Lettuce. The two, drawn together by a shared love of Smog and The Palace Brothers, started writing and recording. Naming the band Arab Strap after a sex device, the duo sent only two demo tapes out, and were picked up by Glasgwegian independant label, Chemikal Underground.  The first release was a single in September 1996 entitled "The First Big Weekend" which told of the bands antics over the weekend that saw Scotland dismissed from Euro '96. The song received much airplay in Britain and became an anthem for part-time "E" casualties. This was followed up a few weeks later by the bands debut album, "The Week Never Starts Round Here", a dark and claustrophobic affair. It offered few chinks of light, Arab Strap preferred the rancour and pain of a failed relationship, the sweat and the smell of dirty sex. They spoke about shit jobs and shit wages, set to brooding music. Some live shows were played towards the end of the year, with ex-Cyanide Dolls members David Gow (drums) and Gary Miller (bass) filling out the sound.  March 1997 saw the band release their second single ("The Clearing"), helped by members of Belle & Sebastian, and tour the UK as support to Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. Two months later a tour with Mogwai coincided with their debut single being used as backing for the latest Guinness advert (albeit with someone else doing Moffat's voiceover). This connection with Mogwai led to Moffat contributing vocals to Mogwai's album ("Mogwai Young Team") later in the year.

By now the band were media darlings, and their next single "The Girls Of Summer" managed to crack the top 75. A re-mix of a David Holmes track ("Don't Die Just Yet"), featuring Moffat on vocals, reached the top forty at the end of the year. The year was rounded off with a headline UK tour in December. Spring 1998 saw the band hit the top fifty with "Here We Go/"Trippy" a double a-side, and the recruitment of co-vocalist Adele Bethel. Their second album was called "Philophobia", which translated as a "fear of love", and featured nude paintings of Moffat and his then girlfriend on the front and back covers. At this time Falkirk's Provest Fowler said of the band "These people are a disgrace to Falkirk". Result! The band embarked on another UK tour, which carried on into their first European tour. A US tour in October coincided with the Spice Girls and All Saints debating the merits of Moffat and their new single "(Afternoon) Soaps" on television, a bizarre moment in the history of the Falkirk music scene.

1999 saw the band put their toe into the commercial circus, signing to Go Beat! in the UK. The move proved to be a mistake, with the label wanting more sellable product, and the band refusing to compromise. To a certain extent the whole affair halted the growing momentum of the band, and they never got back to the stage where they might have had a hit single. The first release on Go Beat! was a stop-gap live album, "Mad For Sadness", recorded at their London Queen Elizabeth Hall gig the year before, released in May. This was followed by their third album proper, "Elephant Shoe". A headline UK tour was followed by an extensive European tour supporting  The Tindersticks. They also managed to re-mix tracks for Mogwai and Dot Allison this year.  2000 was a relatively quiet year for the band, with only a Scandanavian tour in Spring and some European festival appearances during the summer to show for their efforts. However, the year did see them part from Go Beat! and take stock of their situation.

Towards the end of the year Arab Strap recorded their fourth album, "The Red Thread", which was released on their old label, Chemikal Underground, in February 2001. The band then set about touring the world, with the UK in February, Australia and Japan in March, and America in April. May saw another short UK tour followed by a more extensive European tour (supported by Bright Eyes). During this year Moffat also managed to join and appear on the debut album by Scottish supergroup The Reindeer Section. 2002 was a very quiet year for the band, with both Moffat and Middleton concentrating on solo projects, however they did manage to play some acoustic dates with the addition of Eva violinist, Jenny Reeve, and cello player Stacey Sievewright, and a short Australian tour in October. Aiden formed a mini-supergroup, The Sick Anchors, who released a single, and also contributed to the second Reindeer Section album. Meanwhile Bethel and Gow went off to form their own act, Sons & Daughters.

2003 saw a return to form for Arab Strap with the release of the"Monday At The Hug And Pint" album. This was followed by an extensive US tour supporting Bright Eyes, playing to teenagers who had heard of the main band through their promotion on "The OC". Touring this year was with their new "acoustic" line up, and later in the year they embarked on a September to November European tour, ending the year with a headline tour of North America. 
After a year off for solo work, during which Middleton also guested with Viva Stereo, February 2005 saw the band donate a song to a CD raising funds for the Scottish Association for Mental Health. The band also recorded an original soundtrack for the animated short film "Rogue Farm", and played an acoustic request show, the highlights of which were released as a limited edition album on their website in April. After this Middleton released his second solo album. However, the band had been busy in the studio, and released their new album, "The Last Romance" in October. This was followed by a November UK tour.

2006 proved to be a busy year, starting with the release of the single "Speed Date", accompanied by a video directed by former Skids frontman, Richard Jobson. The duo then recruited Michael (bass), Scott (drums) and Stevie (guitar/piano) and proceeded to tour Europe (February), Ireland (May), with some summer European festival dates. They rounded off their tenth year with a compilation album, "Ten Years Of Tears".
 This event persuaded them to call it a day, and after a European tour in October - December, Arab Strap played their final date at the ABC, Glasgow. Moffat then concentrated on his own project, L. Pierre, then formed The Best Ofs, whilst Middleton went solo. One time member Seivewright later joined The Poems, whilst Reeve helped out Middleton on his solo releases. 2008 saw a posthumous release for the band's soundtrack for the animated short film "Rogue Farm". The duo got together for a one-off live date in November 2011, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nice'n'Sleazies in Glasgow. 
RELEASES:
"The First Big Weekend" (7 inch vinyl single, Chemikal Underground, 1996)
"The Week Never Starts Round Here" (vinyl/CD album, Chemikal Underground, 1996)
"The Clearing" (12 inch vinyl/CD single, Chemikal Underground, 1997)
"The Girls Of Summer" (12 inch vinyl EP/CD EP, Chemikal Underground, 1997, UK charts #74)
"The Smell Of Outdoor Cooking" (7 inch vinyl single, 1997)
"Live: Packs Of Three" (7 inch vinyl single, 1998)
"Here We Go /Trippy" (10 inch vinyl/CD single, Chemikal Underground, 1998, UK charts #48)
"Philophobia" (CD album, Chemikal Underground, 1998, UK charts #37)
"(Afternoon) Soaps" (7 inch vinyl single, Chemikal Underground, 1998, UK charts #74)
"Singles" (Japanese only CD album, Bandai, 1999)
"Mad For Sadness" (live vinyl/CD album, Go Beat, 1999)
"Cherubs" (12 inch vinyl EP/CD EP, Go Beat, 1999)
"Elephant Shoe" (vinyl/CD album, Go Beat, 1999)
"Fukd I.D." (12 inch vinyl EP/CD EP, Chemikal Underground, 2000)
"To All A Good Night" (single, Chemikal Underground, 2000)
"Love Detective" (12 inch vinyl/CD single, Chemikal Underground, 2001, UK charts #66)
"The Red Thread" (vinyl/CD album, Chemikal Underground, 2001)
"Turbulance" (12 inch vinyl/CD single, Chemikal Underground, 2001)
"The Shy Retirer" (CD EP, Chemikal Underground, 2003)
"Monday At The Hug And Pint" (CD album, Chemikal Underground, 2003)
"The Acoustic Request Show" (CD album, 2005)
"Dream Sequence" (7 inch vinyl single, Chemikal Underground, 2005)
"The Last Romance" (CD album, Chemikal Underground, 2005)
"Speed Date" (7 inch single, Chemikal Underground, 2006)
"There Is No End" (7 inch single, Chemikal Underground, 2006) 
"Ten Years Of Tears" (CD album, Chemikal Underground, 2006)
"Music From Rogue Farm" (Internet album, Chemikal Underground, 2008) 
WEBSITE:  http://www.arabstrap.co.uk
AREA 51:  Formed in 2001 by David Drummond (vocals), James McLoud (guitar), Lewis Hills (bass), Danny Nash (drums) & Steven Watters (guitar). Nash later became the guitarist of Anger Of The Victim alongside another former member of Area 51 Lewis Hills. Area 51 were then joined by Andrew Drummond (bass) & Ryan Yule (drums). After around four months the Drummonds, Yule & McLoud formed Break Nekk Speed.

ARTHUR:  Formed in 1996 by Gordon Lyon (vocals), Gordon White (bass), Brian Dignan (guitar) & Ian Buchanan (drums). The band took their name from what Ringo Starr called his haircut when asked in a press conferance. The band supported China Crisis at the Falkirk Family Day in Callander Park that summer, and played at an all day festival at the Martell in December, then continued to play live into 1997 when they won the Martell "Battle Of The Bands". More dates were played in 1998, including a couple at Liverpool's Cavern venue. The band continued to play until 2000, after which Buchanan joined Rococco. Some members (including Dignan) then formed Mary Jane. The band reformed in 2004 and have been playing live since then, though Dignan & White also play with Projekt. In 2006 Dignan and White also played in the Grubowski's house band, Bad Piggy.  2008 saw Lyon form R4.

The ASSASSINS:  The Assassins began life back in early 1996 as The Baby Faced Assassins, and included Paul McAllister (drums/vocals), Paul Miller (guitar/vocals) & Glenn Nicol (keyboards bass). Specialising in punk and new wave cover versions, the band decided at the end of that year to take things a bit more seriously and become The Assassins, recruiting Alan Stead (vocals). This line-up made their debut at the Edinburgh Punk Festival, before heading for the studio in May 1998 and recording nine songs which became their debut album, "On The Level". In February 1999, Gus MacRury (bass) joined, however the band was back to a four piece that summer when Nicol departed. In early 2001, Billy Dunn (bass) joined, allowing MacRury to switch to guitar. Dunn had been around the block a bit, playing for the likes of Swine Flu and the legendary Exploited. In April 2002, the band headed once again for the studio, this time recording the "Long Time Away" EP.
RELEASES:
"On The Level" (album, 1998)
"Long Time Away" (CD EP, 2002).

AUDIO ENGINES:  Act made up of various ex-members of The Banned.
AURORA:  Band from around 2003 - 2004 featuring Jamie Rodgers (bass, also with Whumff), Lewis Wilson (guitar) and John Walker (drums). They played together for around a year, recording an EP ("You're A Star") and getting some internet radio play from contrabands. There was another local band with the same name around 1994. Wilson may have gone on to join Bravado.
RELEASES:
"You're A Star" (CD EP, 2004).

The BANNED:  Formed iearly 2002 by Chick Malarky (vocals), Sharon McGregor (& Malarky) (guitar), Frazer Malarky (guitar, ex-Water), John Paul Fitzpatrick (Japes) (bass) & Peter Griffis (Pedro) (drums). They were a low key rock band, mixing folky singer/songwriter material with a distinctive rock sound. The band played their first gig supporting Skinflats at the Bowhouse Hotel six weeks after forming. A month later (March 2002) they played a gig in Firkins, then subsequently a charity gig in the Ellwyn. Fitzpatrick then left and was replaced for a short while by Peter's son, Luke, before Chick took up bass.   An EP (of 9 tracks) was recorded but never released, some tracks included Ian Moore (from Quixote) and Ben Davidson (from Skinflats). McGregor left the band in November 2002, eventually forming The Restless Natives. The band is still going in some form, and are recording under the name Audio Engines.

BAREFOOT:  Barefoot came about in late 2000 after a drunken conversation between Beauty School Dropout drummer Andy and ex-Happy But Twisted (probably the prime Alloa band of the 1990's) frontman Chris at the wedding of Happy But Twisted guitarist Pete. Ex-member of The Panics, Si was recruited, and early in 2001 four tracks were recorded at Pulse Studios in Stirling. When Si then left to form his own act, The Ritalins, the band worked through two guitarists in the next year, ex-Skintwire Alan, and former Engage member, Paul. This line-up recorded a single, "Something's Admitted", after which ex-Turtlehead guitarist Gary Cunningham joined. The single led to the inclusion on "The Instant Singles Collection Vol. 1" on the Boss Tuneage label. The band played at the all-day "Punkstravaganza" festival at the Martell in 2001, and also supported The Selecter at The Engine Room later that year. Whilst Cunningham left to form his own band, guitarist Steven was recruited, giving the act a fuller sound. The Day I Snapped guitarist Richie helped out with the recording of the debut album (for Boss Tuneage) in 2003, before permanant member David McIntosh (of Shatterhand) joined. The album, "Only Souvenirs", was released later that year, after which the band came to an end.
RELEASES:
"Something's Admitted" (CD single, 2001)
"Only Souvenirs" (CD album, 2003).
WEBSITE:
http://www.barefoot-online.co.uk

The BATTLEFIELD BAND:  

BENIGN MYTH:  Rock/funk/metal act formed in October 2003 by Mogli (bass), Chris (drums) and Bob (guitar). For about eight months they were an instrumental band looking for a vocalist. They tried out a few people, but no-one was suited to their style (they were looking for someone like Zack de la Roche from Rage Against The Machine - "crazy, fast & determined"). They eventually found their man in Ricky. Taking their influences from Rage Against The Machine, One Minute Silence, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Incubus, Benign Myth used all of these together to create their own unique style. They recorded their debut demo in early 2005 and released these recordings in July, completing a short Scottish tour with Canadian band Zeroscape. The end of the year saw them lose vocalist Ricky, and begin a fruitless search for a replacement.
WEB
SITE:
http://www.Benign-Myth.tk

BLACK CAT BONES:  Blues act formed in 2004 by ex-members of The Juke Joint Boogie Blues Band Bruce Tait (bass), Steve Williams (saxophone), Simon Harmer (drums) & David Bateman (guitar) & Ian Moffat (guitar). The band lasted a short period of time before Tait moved to the United States. In 2007, back in the UK, Tait joined The Saltshakers, later being re-united with Moffat in Bad Luck'n'Trouble.
BLACK DAHLIA:  Black Dahlia were formed in late 2001 by ex-Apathy members Nick Hurren (bass), Andy Hush (guitar) & Geesh (drums), along with John (vocals/guitar). A demo was recorded at Hurren's house in April 2002, and the following month the band played their first gig. After a second gig Andy quit the band, only returning to play a date in December. This time the line-up was Hush (vocals/guitar), Hurren (vocals/bass) & Geesh (drums). The success of the gig pursueded the band to carry on, and after an idle spell in 2003, when only one gig was played, Geesh was replaced by Andy's brother, Fraser. 2004 saw Black Dahlia venturing out into Glasgow, however work commitments meant that the band faded away, and the Jodie Jones murder case also meant that they reconsidered their choice of name.

BLADDERED:  Punk rock/new wave covers band formed in 1994 by Dougie Mackie (bass/vocals, ex-Europe After The Rain), Liam Wilson (drums, ex-Stealer), Guy Gibson (guitar), Ali Bell (vocals, ex-Tunnelvision) & Scott Steele (vocals/guitar). The following year they recruited Davy Paterson (drums, ex-Fat Davy & The Denny Brass), which allowed them to continue playing right into 2005, often supporting touring punk and tribute acts. In 1998 they released an EP called "Moochie Pogo", and the Mackie brothers played a one-off gig with Those Meddling Kids. When Gibson passed away he was replaced by Gus Rae (guitar, also of Fat Davy & The Denny Brass). Mackie also played with Clash tribute act Combat Rock, Fat Davy & The Denny Brass, and more recently The Cool Jerks, Fire Exit 77 & Jam Pact, whilst Paterson is also a member of Brighawk. Bladdered also recorded the Falkirk Football Club song which is played before games and at half-time. The band played a one off at the Martell in December 2006 at Dougie Mackie's 40th Birthday, and then played a couple of dates in 2007 as well, and their annual Christmas date in 2009.  In April 2014 Paterson went missing from home, and the subsequent police search tragically found his body.
RELEASES:
"Moochie Pogo" (CD EP, 1998)
WEBSITE:
http://www.bladdered.net
http://www.myspace.com/falkirkbladdered

The BLUE ROCKETS:  Glasgow based instrumental rock'n'roll saxophone-led band from the early 2000's featuring Grangemouth drummer Greg Drysdale. During this time Drysdale also helped out in The International Pop Assassins, The Harbour Road Angels & Jill Hepburn.
BLYSS:  Act formed in 2002.

BONE IDOL:  Bo'ness based act from 2002 formed by Johnny Lapsley (guitar/vocals/keyboards), Robert Purdie (piano/vocals), Jack Purdie (drums) & Steven Martin (bass/vocals). Lapsley, Robert Purdie & Martin later played with Fearless Dave, whilst Jack Purdie joined Butch & The Bandits.

The BOOGIE CHILLIN' BAND:  Act formed in 2002 by members of The Monstarz Of Roc, Linton Osbourne (vocals), Gary Campbell (guitar bass), Calum McLean (guitar/bass), and David Dowell (drums). Originally the plan was to make a tribute band to play heavy rock - AC/DC, Led Zepplin and The Who, however they ended up working straight away in pubs as the Boogie Chillin' Band whilst we worked on their main Monstarz of Roc show. They played gigs all over Scotland, and started the Grubowskis Jam in February 2003, which the band did on a weekly basis until August 2003 when they split.

The BOTTLENECK BLUES BAND:  The Bottleneck Blues Band was formed by Davie Hair (sax/harmonica, ex-Nothin' But The Blues) during 1999 to play Chicago style electric blues. The original band line-up included Bob Laidlaw (bass, ex Nothin’ But the Blues), Mark Lyon (guitar, ex-Smokehouse Blues Band), Ali Gibb (vocals/sax, ex-Breakfast Boyz), Stuart Winton (guitar) and Alex Bruce (drums, ex-Bluejays). Bruce left and joined Itchy Feet, and was replaced by Rich Davidson (ex-Pegusus) in early-2000. Later that year Lyon and Laidlaw left the band, which necessitated a re-shuffle, with Gibb playing guitar (in addition to saxophone & vocals), and ex-Scaramanga bass player Dougie Crichton standing in until a permanent bass player was found (at which point Crichton joined Midlife Crisis). The bass slot was filled by Karl Altendorf in early 2001, and the band continued to play local gigs with that line up until 2002, when Davie Hair left to move to Aberdeen, where he joined Souled Asylum, a 15 piece soul band. The Bottleneck Blues Band continued as a four piece until 2004 when it was decided to call it a day.

BOVINE:  Local rock act formed in 1996 by Steven Tosh (drums), David King (vocals/guitar) & Adam Stafford (bass vocals), who played one date at the Martell before Stafford left to form Y'all Fantasy Island. A year later he was replaced by Andy Hill (guitar/vocals) and, in October 1998, Craig Hayworth (bass). This line-up recorded a three track demo at Mainframe Studios, Grangemouth in May 1999, and again in June, and released a three track CD EP with the tracks "Tell A Lie", "Angry Red Member" & "Go" early in 2000. Tosh left the band for five months in July 2000, and although a couple of people were auditioned, no one replaced him. He returned towards the end of that year. Bovine continued and played at "The Lark In The Park" in Grangemouth in 2001. That year they also supported both TV Smith & The Selecter locally and reached the final of the Martell "Battle Of The Bands". Late in 2001 the band recorded three tracks in Riverside Studios, Busby, which they released the following year as the "Worried & Wasted" EP. This recording session also yielded their debut mini-album, "Something In The Water" in January 2003 on Shatterhand's Mythical Records. 2002 also saw them playing at the Punkstravaganze Festival at the Martell. In July 2003 Hayworth left to form The Declined, and King switched to bass. Adam Stamford then began working with the band again in a songwriting capacity, before rejoining them on second guitar. They released a new CD EP entitled "No Horizon" in 2004, with tracks being played on Jim Gellatley's Beat 106 show. The band continued to gig regularly until 2005 , and re-emerged late in the year with a new line-up of King, Hill, Tosh and original member, Adam Stafford (guitar, also with The Chuck Norris Machine, Y'all Fantasy Island & solo). The band began work on their new album, provisionally entitled "Fishtank Theory" in an abandoned house, with Tommy Blair producing, which they planned to release in 2006, however with a change of direction they also changed their name to Waroffice. Tosh, King & Hill also played in punk covers band The Rabid Dogs, whilst King & Hill were also in The Chuck Norris Machine.
RELEASES:
"Tell A Lie" (CD EP, 2000)
"Worried & Wasted" (CD EP, 2002)
"Something In The Water" (CD mini-album, Mythical Records, 2003)
"No Horizon" (CD EP, 2004)
WEBSITES:
http://www.bovine.freeservers.com
http://www.angelfire.com/nv/bovine

Alan BRAND:  Perth born, Falkirk based acoustic songwriter, writting mostly instrumental pieces, who performed regularly at the Acoustic Kitchen songwriter nights in 2004 - 2005.

BRAVADO:  Formed in Grangemouth school during 2003 by Chris Blair (bass), Chris McAuley (vocals/guitar), Chris Paton (drums) & Lewis Wilson (guitar). Bravado tried recording at home with unsatisfactory results, however a trip to Homegrown Studios led to the release of their self-titled debut EP in 2005.  Wilson may have also been in a band called Aurora, whilst Paton later joined Higher Ground. Wilson then joined Goodson. Blair moved to Newcastle where he formed Boogie Down. 
RELEASES:
"Bravado" (CD E.P., February 2005).

BREAKNEKK SPEED:  A 4-piece rock band from Falkirk with a heavy, grungy, funk sound. They were formed in mid-2002 by brothers David (vocals) and Andrew Drummond (bass), along with James McLeod (guitar) and Ryan Yule (drums), all of whom had been members of Area 51. After a few months the band started writing their own material and eventually played their first gig at IROZMUSIC "Battle of the Bands" in Bannermanns, Edinburgh. After four rounds of heats, Break Nekk Speed found themselves coming runners-up in the final in late February 2003, held at The Bongo Club, Edinburgh. Meanwhile, a few gigs were played around the Central belt. Practising twice a week and writing new material, the band decided to record their first demo at Groove Tunnel Studios, Loanhead. This earned the band valuable recording and studio experience. 2004 saw Break Nekk Speed start regular gigging, with plans to play south of the border in 2005, however in summer 2006 they split. The Drummond borthers then formed Triggers Brush, whilst Yule joined Akolayd.

BREAKPOINT:  Act from 2002 who reached the final of the Martell "Battle Of The Bands" that year.

BRIGHAWK:  Bonnybridge Hawkwind tribute act formed in July 1998 to play a support to Bladdered. Line-up was Danny Coyle (vocals, ex-Fat Davey & The Denny Brass), Paul Mann (guitar/vocals, ex-Nepenthe), Ray Easton (drums, ex-Fat Davey & The Denny Brass), Vince Fitzpatrick (guitar), Warrie Mann (keyboards, ex-Cage) & Alan Feighan (bass). Following  summer rehearsals they recruited Tam Winters (keyboards, ex-Nepenthe) for a date in Tobermory. This line-up continued until Fitzpatrick (1999) and Easton (late- 2001) left to be replaced by Davey Paterson of Bladdered. They occasionally played live for a few years, recording a four track CD in June 2005. The only word from the band in 2006 was a performance at the Martell in December, however Coyle has also been working solo under then name of Danorakfelspar.
WEBSITE:
http://www.geocities.com/brighawk

BURN:  Formed in 2002 by Michael Schofield (vocals/guitar, ex-Lesson One) with Pete Baillie (drums/vocals), Gordon Mathers (bass/vocals) & Peter Aitken (guitar). They played one gig at Lafferty's in Grangemouth after which Aitken left and the name was changed to Cabal.

The BURT/MacDONALD QUARTET:  Jazz act formed by ex-solo George Burt (guitar) & Raymond MacDonald (saxophone) in the 1990's, along with George Lyle (bass) & Allan Pendreigh (drums). The four piece were augmented by Nicola MacDonald (vocals/melodica/whistle). Raymond MacDonald had previously helped out in Glaswegian acts Mount Vernon Arts Lab & Future Pilot AKA, as well as being a member of The Hung Drawn Quartet. Lyall ws a member of the Green Room Trio, and Pendreigh had played with the likes of Art Themen. The act delivered two albums in 1998 and 2000, and also helped out Lol Coxhill on a couple of early 2000's albums. Burt later formed The Urban Tonkerers.
RELEASES:
"Oh Hello" (CD album, 1998)
"Big Brothers" (CD album, BMA Records, 2000)
With Lol Coxhill:
"Tsunami" (CD album, FMR, 2001)
"Coxhill Street" (CD album, FMR, 2002).

BUZZBOMB:  Bathgate/Falkirk punk band formed in 1997 by Fuzz (vocals), Billy Ross (bass/vocals), Stu (guitar/vocals) & Tony (drums). Regular gigging helped them build a following through supports to the likes of The U.K. Subs, The Vibrators & 999, as well as an appearance at the Punkstravanganza Festival at the Martell in 2002. Vocalist Fuzz left in 2005, with Billy & Stu taking over. The end of that year saw the band sign with new Glaswegian label Room 21, with some tracks to be contributed to a compilation album in 2006. February 2006 saw the band complete a short Scottish tour with Even In Blackouts, then play a date at a high security prison. May saw the band supporting Goldblade at the Tavern, Grangemouth, whilst they finished the year supporting punk legends, The Vibrators.  2007 saw the band continue live work, whilst Stu put together a new side project with members of 3 Steps Down & I Stand Alone. Drummer Tony left the band in the summer to pursue his musical ventures with Ion Charge. He was replaced by Brett (ex-Z/28), and the band continued to gig.  In April 2008 they supported Sham 69 in Glasgow, before releasing their debut album, "Eight The Hard Way". Around this time, drummer Brett ran the London Marathon.  The band continued into 2011. 
RELEASES:
"All American Zero" (CD single)
"Eight The Hard Way" (Album, 2008)
WEBSITES:
http://www.myspace.com/buzzbombband

CABAL:  Formed in 2003 by ex-Burn members Michael Schofield (vocals/guitar), Pete Baillie (drums/vocals) & Gordon Mathers (bass/vocals). Initially the band went through a couple of lead guitarists before making the decision to go as a three piece in 2004. Playing an eclectic mix of covers (1960's to the present), with tracks by The Who, U2, The Stone Roses, The Killers, The Small Faces, Talking Heads, The Clash, and many more, as well as some original material, the band have gigged regularly into 2007. Whilst working on their debut CD, Schofield left in August 2007. The other two members of the band plan to continue working together.
WEBSITE:
http://www.freewebs.com/cabalrocks/

The CAINE ROOMS:  Act formed in the 2000's by ex-Cage guitarist Phil Harley.
CAL:  Local singer songwriter, born Michael Callaghan in 1963, who turned to performing in 1991 when recovering from a serious back injury. He decided to further develop his musical talents by attending Perth College, and was a student there for three years, attaining an HND in "Rock Music Performance". He also won the "Outstanding Adult Learner Award 1993" and won the "Sound Control Music Trophy 1993 - 1994".
He supported Fish at the Martell in late 1995, before auditioning for the job of frontman with Runrig (he was unsuccessful!). After a year of working in a factory Cal returned to further education where he attended Edinburgh Jewel and Esk Valley College in 1996 - 1997 and achieved his Advanced Diploma in "Film And Television Music".  Cal is one of the busiest pub performers, with 2 - 3 gigs a week, and to date has released four self-financed albums. 2004 saw him release his fourth album, "Calling You", on his own Cal Music label, and complete German and Polish tours. He has continued his gigging schedule in 2005, complete with a support to Midge Ure at Stirling's Albert Hall. He also entered Cava Studio, Glasgow, and recorded a double A-side single, "Scotland, A Part Of Me" & "The Rose Among The Heather", which was released in spring 2006. This single featured Grubowski's Allstars drummer David Dowell.

2006 saw Cal continue his furious gigging, including a couple more supports to Midge Ure. In 2007 he supported former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro on a Danish tour. He also recruited a band for some live dates of Mikey Grant (keyboards), Kenny McLean (bass) & Adam Thompson (drums). The year ended on a high with Cal winning the "Festival4stars" National Songwriting Competition. Cal kept up his non-stop live schedule throughout 2008, once again taking part in the "Festival4stars" singwriting competition, however this time in the International category. In August/September he undertook a series of dates in Canada. Cal continued to play into 2009, including some dates with Sandi Thom in February. August & September saw him complete a short Canadian tour. Work continued, and by 2012 he was being backed by David Lindsay (drums), Graham Brown (bass) & Ross Munro (keyboards). This line-up played at T In The Park that year.
RELEASES:
"One Of One" (cassette album, 1996)
"Vintage Years" (cassette album, 1998)
"(Scotland) A Part Of Me" (CD album, 2000)
"Calling You" (CD album, Cal Music, 2004)
"The Rose Among The Heather" (CD single, 2006)
WEBSITE:
http://www.calmusic.co.uk

CANOVA:  Grangemouth band formed in 1998 by Scott Canova (vocals), Gary Grace (guitar), Slimboyhun (bass) & Willie Green (drums, also with Cooper & Little Green Apples). Sounding a bit like a cross between Radiohead & The Doors, they continued to play until 2000, a total of five times before Grace lost interest.

The CARNIVAL:  Falkirk act who began life as The Full Picture before changing their name to The Carnival in 2004. The line-up was Jake Gillespie (bass), Scott Gillespie (vocals/guitar), John McGregor (drums) & Crawford Sibbald (guitar). They were followed by a film crew during 2005 as part of a documentary about a band starting up. They released their debut single "Children Of The Legends" in 2005, followed quickly by a self-titled EP. In Autumn they recorded a live video for their single, "Suicide Trend". The band made a return to live work in 2007.
RELEASES:
"Children Of The Legends" (CD EP, 2005)
"The Carnival" (CD EP, 2005)
"The Colours That Made You" (CD album, 2005)
WEBSITE:
http://www.thecarnivalrock.com

CASUALTIES:  Act from 2002.

CHAPTER FOUR:  Folk act formed in the early 1970's by Tommy Quinn, Peter Davie, Robin Duncan & Ian Scott. They continued to play for the next 34 years until Quinn's death in 2009.

The CHRISTIE TRIO:  Grangemouth born Christian vocal trio formed by siblings Heather, Alan & Ruth Christie. The trio began their singing career in the church choir, before releasing their debut album in 2003, which reached number 3 in the European Gospel Music charts.
RELEASES:
"Undying Love" (CD album, 2003).

The CIRCLE:  Denny based act formed by Steven Hodgeson & Shaun Aitchison, who started playing live in 1997, releasing their debut single "Hatstand". Towards the end of the year they appeared on Central FM. The band then continued to play live until 2001. Drummer Johnny Rough later played with Five Park Drive.
RELEASES:
"Hatstand" (single, 1997).

The CLAN GREGOR SOCIETY PIPE BAND:  The Falkirk based Clan Gregor Society Pipe Band, founded in 2001, is a rising force in pipe band competition. The band was established by members of the Scottish branch of the Clan Gregor, which has membership throughout the world. In 2003, the band won four out of five of the "Major" pipe band competitions in grade 2, including the World Championship and began its first season in grade 1 in 2004. In this season, the band placed 8th in the Major's aggregate tables (or Champion of Champions tables), beating many established G1 bands. They repeated this placing in 2005 and have continued to show impressive results.
Tom CLARK:  Ex-Bitter Sweet guitarist who released his own solo album, "Dreamland", in 2000. He may have later been a member of Pure Malt.

CLASS A:  Bo'ness based act from 2002

COMBAT ROCK:  Clash tribute act formed 1998 by Mark Hannaway (vocals/guitar, ex-Jonesboys), Dougie Mackie (bass, also Bladdered & Fat Davy & The Denny Brass) and his brother John Mackie (guitar/vocals, also Fat Davy & The Denny Brass). The brothers continued until 2001, when they supported Stiff Little Fingers in Glasgow, and played at "The Lark In The Park" in Grangemouth. The brothers later formed The Cool Jerks.

Lee CONNARS:  Act who played at "The Lark In The Park" in Grangemouth in 2001. The line-up was Pat Johnson (drums, ex-The Deed), Jamie Paton, Jason Moore & Davie Wilson. Johnson went on to play with Sunlight, whilst Moore joined Workingman's Deed.

lThe COOL JERKS:  Tight live act formed 2002 by Ross Cunningham (drums, ex- and still helping out with The International Pop Assassins) specialising in New Wav/Punk covers, Dougie Mackie (bass/vocals, ex-Combat Rock, also Bladdered) & John Mackie (vocals/guitar, ex-Combat Rock). The band played regularly around Scotland until 2005, when they also began to play as Jam Pact, a Jam tribute act. At the end of a busy year they played at a Joe Strummer tribute concert at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow.  Summer 2006 saw Cunningham leave the band to start up his own DJ business, being replaced by Kenny MacInnes (drums, also Twin Lizzy),  However Cunningham rejoined in December in time for a second Strummer tribute in Glasgow. A busy live schedule continued into 2007, including a support to Eddie & The Hot Rods in Glasgow, however the band split in April, with John Mackie & Ross Cunningham rejoining with MacInnes to form The Vesparados, whilst Dougie Mackie formed The Media Whores in 2008.
WEBSITE:
http://www.thecooljerks.net

COOPER:  Formed 1998 by Matt Friel (vocals), Craig Henderson (guitar), Puff (bass) and Willie Green (drums, ex-Little Green Apples) who continued to play live until 2001. In 2000 Puff & Green left when they showed a lack of desire to play their own material, and was replaced by David Dowell (drums, ex-Mudshark, also Raw Elvis) & Jamie Rodger (bass, ex-Orange). Cooper played at "The Lark In The Park" in Grangemouth in 2001, during a year of heavy gigging, and were heavily influenced by Queen, covering about 8 or 9 of their songs. They split in January 2002 for "the usual reasons". Henderson later played in the Grubowski's Allstars, whilst a version of Cooper hosted Grubowski's jam sessions in 2003. Meanwhile, Friel had been forming Escape, who started to play live the following year. Rodgers joined 7past5, whilst Dowell later joined him in Whumff. In the meantime, Walker formed The Monstarz Of Roc.

COYLE:  Band from 2002.

Martin CROSSLEY:  An accoustic performer, previously a member of Tibor & Chiliryder before going solo. In 2004 he set up the "Acoustic Kitchen" songwriter nights, where he showcased his sensitive material.

Neil CROSSLEY:  Ecentric solo keyboardist/vocalist who made a name for himself locally by playing drunkenly at the Acoustic Kitchen songwriter nights in 2004/2005.

 
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