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DACO SEPALI:  Local band formed in early 2003 by Conroy (vocals), Dave Meek (guitar), Paul (bass) & Sean (drums). In late 2003 they re-located to Glasgow, and continue to gig into 2005, describing themselves as a cross between Kasabian and The Beta Band. The band planned to release their debut single in 2006, just after they had recruited rhythm guitarist, Pete. December saw the band announce that they had split.
WEBSITES:
http://www.DacoSepali.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/themightydacosepali

The DECLINED:  Falkirk Punk band formed September 2003 by Tom Chalmers (drums/vocals), Alan Glen (guitar/vocals) & Steven "Mario" Wisniewski (vocals/guitar) [all ex-Off The Wall] and Craig Hayworth (bass/vocals, ex-Bovine). They played their first gig at the Martell in Bainsford in December 2003, and recorded a 7 track CD EP in January 2004, which was released in September of that year. From February 2004 - June 2005 the band played 53 gigs and quickly gained recognition within the underground punk scene for being a hard working band.  In January 2004 the band had also recorded three new songs for a couple of split 7" EP's. In May 2004 The Declined won The Macmillan Cancer Nurses Charity Battle of the Bands at Jacks Bar, Falkirk, and donated the £400 prize money back to the Nurses at Forth Valley primary care. Hayworth also played three tours in summer 2004, filling in on bass for the Dangerfields from Belfast.
A Good For Nothing Records Split 7" with The Planeteers and Swordface was released in June 2005, and a split 7" with State Of Affairs was released in September 2005, to mark the bands second anniversary. A number of their songs have also appeared on various compilation CD's, both in Scotland and in America throughout 2005.  I n July 2005 the band decided to call it a day due to Glen moving overseas, and Wisniewski wishing to return to his first love of playing bass, which he subsequently did with Lost Cause. The band did a final three date tour of Aberdeen, Perth and Falkirk, finishing up dressed appropriately in funeral attire at "The Death of the Declined" gig at Jacks Bar.   Chalmers & Hayworth formed The Restless Natives, an "acoustic rock'n'roll band" in 2005, whilst Hayworth & Wisniewski considered forming a pop/punk/ska/rock band with David Blair of 12 Pointless Days, however nothing came of this.
RELEASES:
"No One Home" (CD Single, Misguided Records, February 2004)
"Sixes And Sevens" (CD EP, Misguided Records, September 2004)
"Good For Nothing" (Split 7 inch single, Good For Nothing Records, March 2005)
"Scream" (Split 7 inch single with State of Affairs, Misguided Records, July 2005)
WEBSITES:
http://www.thedeclined.4t.com
http://www.myspace.com/thedeclined

DEFECT:  Band formed around 1997 by Iain McMurtrie (guitar, ex-Toy) along with Jonathan McCreath (guitar), Peter Flett (drums) & Chris Campbell (vocals & bass). After a few months of rehearsal the band added Steven Fleming (bass). The band rehearsed and played gigs throughout Central Scotland over the next two years. In 1997 the band recorded their "Deliverance" EP.  In 1998 McCreath was replaced by Reni Hill (guitar). The band continued to gig and saw another line up change later in the year with Fleming being replaced by Gavin Hynes (bass). Fleming would later go on to play guitar for Fiorina.  In 1999 the band recorded their "Nihilism" EP and made it to the finals for T In The Park auditions but failed to win a place on the stage. Shortly after McMurtrie left (to later form Loose Lips Sink Ships), and the band recruited Paul Livingston (guitar, ex-Diablo Terrano). The band changed their name to TV-K.
RELEASES:
"Deliverance" (CD single, 1997)
"Nihilism" (CD single, 1999).

DIRTY HARRY:  Band from 2001.

DISEAZEURE:  Local metal act featuring Duncan (vocals) & Mark (guitar), both of whom went on to play with Revolution.
DOUBLE ZERO:  Band who played live in 1997, and then again in 1999 - 2000.

DYSTOPIA:  Act from 2001.

ENCHANTICA:  Enchantica were a cyber industrial metal band from Falkirk formed in 2002, and described themselves as one of the forerunners in the world of cyber metal. They were a two piece band consisting of Malphas (vocals/guitar/keyboards) & Hypnos (guitar/vocals/bass/keyboards). According to the Enchantica website the band has become a solo project of Hypnos, called Anowrexiya, whilst Malphas is writing music under the name A Catastrophe of Biblical Proportions.
RELEASES:
"Severing Reality" (CD, 2003).

ESCAPE:  Five piece act from 2002 formed by Matt Friel (vocals, ex-Cooper), John Wilson (guitar), Kevin Cartwright (bass), Alan Logan (drums) & Gerry Murphy (keyboards). After eighteen months rehearsal they played live at the beginning of 2004, and then disappeared, with Friel going solo.

EVERGREEN LOUNGE:  Act from 2000.

EVE SAYS ALL:  Act from 2000.

Ross FAIRWEATHER:  A former member of Shine, and frontman of Mr Nice, Fairweather has continued to play live as a solo performer since at least 2003. When Mr Nice split in spring 2006 he played Big In Falkirk solo. Fairweather continued gigging and in March 2007 supported The Zutons (and The MacDonald Brothers!) at the Glasgow Carling Academy. For this date he was backed by Dan Adams (drums, ex-Mr Nice, then playing with The Doledrums), Billy Kay (bass, ex-Mr Nice) & Ian Jamieson (guitar, who may have been ex-10%). Just before then he also supported Strands frontman Howie Payne at Rialto in Falkirk. At this time Fairweather recruited a band to record his debut album, going under the name Ross Fairweather & The Billy Shears. Fairweather began 2008 with a date at the closing night of Grubowski's. Later in the year he recruited a new act to replace The Billy Shears, called The Last Saloon.  2009 saw Fairweather release a solo track on a Behind The Wall sponsored EP supporting Falkirk Football Club on their European campaign. Fairweather has continued to gig right into 2013. 
RELEASES:
"We Are The Bairns" (CD single, 2009)
WEBSITE:
http://www.myspace.com/rossfairweather

FALLEN:  Act from 2002.

FAMOURS WHEN YOU'RE DEAD:  Act formed by Andy Hume (bass/vocals), Stuart Woodland (guitar), Kevin Carty (vocals) & Ian Buchanan (drums) as Rococco, they soon changed their name to Famous When You're Dead. Buchanan, Hume & Woodland then went on to play with Ten Bob Slider.
FEed:  Act formed in 1998 by Phil Trevis (vocals), Martin Russell, Rab Hitchin & Ali Merrick (bass, ex-Shine), who played live until 2001, when they released their debut EP, "The Fossil House" on their own Broken Records. At the same time they organised and headlined the Punkstravaganze Festival at the Martell. 2002 saw them play two more Punkstravaganza festivals and release their second EP, "Nasty". FEed played live until 2003. Buchanan (drums, ex-Jester), a founding mamber of the band then joined/formed If Munki.
RELEASES:
"The Fossil House" (CD EP, Broke Records, 2001)
"Nasty" (CD EP, Broke Records, 2002).

The FIGHTBACK:  Melodic hardcore act formed early 2004 by Douglas Bruce (guitar), Mark Fraser (bass), James McKean (vocals) & Glen Gardiner (drums). Influenced by the likes of Faded Grey, Dag Nasty, Turning Point, Count Me Out, Minor Threat & Bad Brains the band have rehearsed and gigged extensively since then, as well as recording a demo CD which has sold well. The Fightback have opened for bands such as Champion, Over My Dead Body, The Promise, Terror, Comeback Kid, Paint It Black, Maypole, Fireapple Red, The Legacy and Righteous Jams.  In Summer 2004 Danny Nash (ex-7 Stone Lighter) joined the band, whilst in November Gardiner left (to joijn Adeave) and was replaced by Martin (Ex-Engage). When Nash quit in Spring 2005, Steve Meader (ex-Sworn In) filled in for threeshows.  The band are now due to record a split 7" with The Legacy from Sheffield and record their own 7-10 track MCD.   2006 saw the band play all over the UK, as well as signing toEnglish label Dead and Gone Records. There are plans to release a 7" through them early in 2007, as well as a split 7" with US band Cash In on Assasinated Records (USA).

FIORINA:  Formed 2004 the line-up in early 2005 was Gaz (vocals), Steven Fleming (guitar, ex-Defect), Andy Green (bass, ex-Grain), Kev (drums) & Tam Connelly (guitar). Fiorina worked extremely hard on their overall sound prior to hitting the live scene. Through a fusion of eclectic influences and a shared love of brutal heavy metal their sound drew mainly from metal and hardcore, which maintains a melodic edge whilst remaining separate from the stereotypical metalcore sound. They made their debut at Jacks Bar, Falkirk, in 2005.  Early 2006 saw the band record three tracks at Urban Studios in Glasgow, and also advertise for a drummer to replace the departed Kev. This led to the recruitment of Dutch exile Elwin, a veteran of various metal bands in Holland, on drums. This connection saw them play some dates in the Netherlands in November.  At some point both Gaz & Connelly also played with If Munki.  After a year of relative inactivity, Fiorina recorded some tracks at Urban Studios, Glasgow early in 2008 for a new release.
WEBSITES:

http://www.myspace.com/fiorina
http://fiorina.proboards43.com


FIVE PARK DRIVE:  Band formed in June 2004 by Liam Davis (vocals/guitar), Stevie Black (guitar/vocals, ex-Strand), Billy Kay (bass/vocals, also with Mr Nice), Steve Honeyman (keyboards, ex-Small Mountains) & Johnny Rough (drums, ex-Circle). A month later they played their debut gig at the Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow, and continued playing small venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as London, Southampton & Brighton (which were hosted by ex-Jam drummer Rick Buckler). An early member may have been Alan Gilchrist (guitar) who went on to play with Akolayd)  2005 saw the band play a fortnightly residency in Best Bar None, Stirling, whilst continuing a busy live schedule. Their sound was described as a mixture of The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Paul Weller and The Bluetones.  In October 2005 Five Park Drive played as part of the "Way To Blue" festival, and at the end of the year got through to the final of a Scotland wide "Battle of the Bands" sponsored by Carling. This led to a support with The Bluetones at The Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh in March 2006, by which time Rough had been replaced by Daniel Adam (drums, also with Mr Nice). Rough went on to play with Sleeper Train. The band continued their live schedule, including a date at Big In Falkirk in April, whilst recording tracks for a new EP. The band had to take a rest from live work in the summer due to a wrist injury substained by drummer Adam, and then were dealt a further blow by the departure to London of bass player Billy Kay (he would later return to the area, and was seen helping out Ross Fairweather and The North Country Ramblers). He was replaced by Stirling bass player Iain Hamilton (ex-Encierro), only for the band to then lose Daniel Adam. Drummer Mark Feeney, also with Blue Vintage City, replaced him. The group then threw themselves into live work again, ending the year with a support slot to former Jam drummer Rick Buckler.

2007 saw them continue their live work, with a UK tour in spring, taking in a date at Liverpool's Cavern, and a support to the Complete Stone Roses. Towards the middle of the year they parted company with Honeyman (who went on to join The Vesparados), continuing as a four piece. The band then went into Glasgow's Q10 studios and recorded their debut single, "Panic", with Franz Ferdinand and Idlewild producer Larry Primrose. By the end of the year Black was also playing (bass) with The Doledrums.
2008 saw the band drop from public view, only to return at the end of the year with a line-up of Davies, Hamilton, Feeney & Jamie Haffey (guitar). The band then supported former Seahorses frontman Chris Helme, and former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss, as well as a date at the Barrowlands supported "From The Jam".  Feeney went on to play with The OK Social Club, whilst Haffey joined Davey Horne.
RELEASES:
"Panic" (CD single, Double Plus Records, 2007)
WEBSITE:
http://www.myspace.com/fiveparkdrive

FLUX:  Act formed in Aberdeen in 2003 by Bonnybridge vocalist and Guitarist David Taylor. When he moved to Edinburgh he added Jamie Robb (bass), Niki Boyle (drums) & Douglas Shanks (guitar). Influenced by The Cure, The Replacements & Husker Du, the band competed for a place at "Big In Falkirk" in 2006.

Marcus FORD:  Jazz guitarist Ford moved to Falkirk in 1999, and has stayed ever since. He is one of the UK's leading fingerstyle jazz guitarists, and has performed all over Europe and further afield with a number of ensembles, including award winning vocalist Niki King. He has also made many broadcasts for BBC Radio. 2005 saw him perform at the Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh, in Shanghai as part of a Burns Night celebration, and at the launch of the new Aston Martin at the Falkirk Wheel.

The FULL PICTURE:  Falkirk act formed in 2000, from their previous name of Stone Ocean, by Jake Gillespie (bass), Scott Gillespie (vocals/guitar), John McGregor (drums) & Crawford Sibbald (guitar). They supported The Grim Northern Social at the Martell in 2001, and Biffy Clyro at the same venue the following year. In 2003 the band turned up at the MTV awards in Edinburgh and played a set on the back of a lorry. They changed their name to The Carnival in 2004. 

GENETIK BLUEPRINT:  Four piece rock act formed by local lads Dave Buchanan (drums/vocals, ex-Age Of Anger) & Pat (bass, ex-Little Joe Crow), along with Duncan McLeish (vocals, ex-Age Of Anger) & Mark McCarroll (guitar/vocals, ex-Revolution), in 2003. After recording their debut EP demo in 2004, the band re-entered the studio in April 2005 to record a challenging 6 songs spread across 2 CDs. "Calculate" was released later on in 2005 and gained the four piece opening slots on the Selfish Cunt & The Psyke Project Scottish tour dates. The band continue to gig into 2007, even supporting Amen towards the end of that year.
2010 saw the band recruit new members, with Pat being replaced by Paul Stewart (bass, possibly ex-Sentinal) and Michael McCarroll (synth).
RELEASES:
"Calculate" (CD EP, 2005)
WEBSITES:
http://www.genetikblueprint.com
http://www.myspace.com/genetikblueprint

GIVE WAY:  Band fromed by brothers David Bennie (vocals guitar, ex-solo) & Charles Bennie (ex-A Rose For Emily), along with Lee Campbell (ex-Orange) in 2000. They gigged extensively until 2003 when they were forced to change their name to 7past5 by another similarly titled act. 

GRAIN:  Falkirk/Cumbernauld based band formed in 2000 by Rab Coverdale (guitar/vocals), Goldie (drums), Andy Green (bass) & DJ Kutz (decks), Grain continued to play live and in 2001 reached the final of the Martell "Battle Of The Bands". They then continued to play until 2004. Green later joined Fiorina, whilst Coverdale joined Glasgow band Godplayer.
WEBSITES:
http://www.geocities.com/grainmanuk

The GREASE MONKEYS:  Band formed by in 2002 by Fraser Sanaghan (guitar/vocals) & David Watson (drums/vocals), both of whom formed Legionnaire two years later.

The GRUBOWSKI'S ALL STARS:  House band for the Grubowski's jam sessions, formed in September 2003 by David Dowell (drums, ex-Raw Elvis), Jondi (keyboards/vocals), Robbie Lesuik (bass, ex-Pistolstar), Craig Henderson (guitar, ex-Cooper) & pub owner Ronnie Jenkins (percussion). Vintage drummer Stan 'the man' Kieslar now also plays alternating weeks. A version of the Grubowskis House Band - known as the Grubowskis Allstars - plays pubs locally with Alan on drums. Dowell also plays with a few other bands now, notably The States from Glasgow, and Projekt, as well as doing sessions on Cal's new single. A new house band for Grubowski's, Bad Piggy, was put together by Dowell in 2006. Lesuik went on to form The Saltshakers.

Robin GUTHRIE:  Robin Guthrie was born on the 4th January 1962 in Grangemouth, and spent most of the 1980's and 1990's playing with The Cocteau Twins. His unique style of guitar-playing and songwriting (not to mention his deft production skills in the recording studio) have earned him the respect of musicians throughout the world.  Working at first with Will Heggie, and since with Simon Raymonde, Guthrie has played guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and other instruments over the years, plus programming, sampling and sound processing.  Guthrie originally set-up the record label Bella Union with Raymonde, and he now works and lives in France with his wife, Florence, and their two children. He is also the proud father of Lucy Belle, his daughter with fellow Cocteau Twin Liz Fraser.  In addition to his work as a producer and engineer, Robin's latest musical collaboration is Violet Indiana, with singer Siobhan de Maré (formerly of MONO).
Guthrie's first solo record, "Imperial", was released in March 2003 by Bella Union.  Guthrie has created some of the most beautiful music of recent times and is widely regarded as a musical visionary. The distinctive sonic landscapes that have become his trademark are on display both throughout his recorded work and now his live concept performaces; the Lumière.  Recently Robin has collaborated with Harold Budd on the soundtrack to Gregg Araki's "Mysterious Skin", as well as introducing exclusive new material from 2006 album "Continental". This album was toured around cinemas in the UK in June, along with an accompanying movie.  At the end of 2006, Guthrie appeared alongside his daughter, Lucy Belle, on an album by Mahogany entitled "Conectivity". Towards the end of the year he recorded a track with former Ride vocalist Mark Gardiner.  Summer 2007 saw Guthrie take his live work to South America for a short tour. 2007 was also of note for producing Annie Barker, Heligoland & Resplandor, as well as collaborating with Ulrich Schnauss, Manual, Apollo Heights, The School of Seven Bells, Colour Kane, and Harold Budd.  In February 2008 her toured Italy, Chile & Argentina, followed by an appearance at a film festival in Mexico. During the summer Guthrie re-mixed Goldfrapp, whilst playing guitar on tracks by Honeychild Coleman and Kate Havenik. Towards the end of the year Guthrie picked up a Q Inspiration award for his work with The Cocteau Twins.  In 2009, Guthrie released an album with former Ultravox! frontman, John Foxx, entitled "Mirrorball", and a solo EP called "Angel Falls" in June. This was followed by a solo album, "Carousel", in the summer. The year ended with the release of an EP, "Sunflower Stories".  2010 saw Guthrie continue his production work for Annie Barkewr, whilst recording a new album with Harold Budd in Italy, entitled "Bordeaux". He also found time to record the soundtrack for the movie, "Kaboom".   2011 saw Guthrie working in the studio with Heligoland & Sealight, before embarking on a US tour in the summer with Brendan Perry.   2012 saw the release of a new album, "Emeralds".
RELEASES:
"Imperial" (CD album, Bella Union Records, 2003)
"Continental" (CD album, Darla Records, 2006)
With John Foxx: "Mirrorball" (CD album, Metamatic Records, 2009)
"Angel Falls" (EP, 2009)
"Carousel" (CD album, 2009)
"Sunflower Stories" (CD EP, 2009)
With Harold Budd: "Bordeaux" (album, 2010)
"Emeralds" (album, 2011)
GUEST APPEARANCES:
Mahogany, "Conectivity" (CD album, 2006)
Honeychild Coleman
WEBSITES:
http://www.robinguthrie.net/
http://www.myspace.com/robinguthrie

The HARBOUR ROAD ANGELS:  Were local veterans Alan Robertson (vocals/guitar/bass/drums, ex-Bairns) & Dawn Robertson (vocals, ex-Bairns). In 2002 they recorded a self-financed album, "Precious Little Cargo", at Homegrown Studios in Larbert, helped by a large cast of local musicians including Greg Drysdale (drums) (of The Blue Rockets), Fay Godfrey (vocals), Alex Irvine (guitar/harmonica, ex-International Pop Assassins), Eddie McKenzie (bass) (of The International Pop Assassins), Darren Nimmo (guitar, ex-Osiris), Rhiannon Nimmo (drums, ex-Osiris), Davy Paterson (drums, ex-Mikifin), Grant Paterson (bass, ex-International Pop Assassins), Alexis Provan (keyboards/flute), Andy Taylor (production & various instruments, of Kalamazoo) & Martin Walker (guitar, ex-Bouncy Castle).  Dawn Robertson died in April 2009.
RELEASES:
"Precious Little Cargo" (CD album, 2002).

HEADING SOUTH:  New Country act put together by Lorna Marjoribanks (vocals, ex-Missing Link) in 2000.

HEAT:  Band from 2002-03.

Jill HEPBURN:  Singer/songwriter Hepburn (vocals/guitar) was a veteran of open mic nights when she met up with Les Makin (keyboards/bass, ex-Concorde Jams, also helped out The International Pop Assassins) & Greg Drysdale (drums, ex-Nimmo Brothers, also helped out The International Pop Assassins) at Falkirk's "Acoustic Kitchen" in 2004. This led to recording and a release, "Groovy Enough For Two" on Seminal Records in 2005. At the end of the year she returned to live work with a support in Stirling to Martin Stephenson.  After intermitant live shows, Hepburn released her debut album, "Snowflake", in 2010, which became album of the week on BBC Scotland's Ian Anderson show.  2012 saw the release of a second album, "The Lantern Has Fallen" recorded at the Tolbooth in Stirling, and produced by Martin Stephenson. The album featured Kenny Brady (violin/mandolin/vocals, ex- Fall) & Alex Irvine (ukelele, ex- International Pop Assassins).
RELEASES:
"Groovy Enough For Two" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2005)
"Snowflake" (CD album, 2010)
"The Lantern Has Fallen" (CD album, 2012)
WEBSITES:
http://www.jillhepburn.com
http://www.falkirkmusicscene.co.uk/seminal

HESKEY:  Act who were formed in 1998 by Stuart Blackwood (vocals/guitar, ex-Blue Jays) & Robbie Lesuik (bass, ex-Alaska), along with Andrew Baker (keyboards, ex-Borderline), David Murphy (guitar/vocals) & Don Watson (drums). Watson was soon replaced by Andy Denolm (drums, ex-Jellytone) and the band began recording their debut album on Arran in the summer. Baker and Lesuik left previous to this (with Baker possibly being the same Dru Baker that played jazz?), with Lesuik forming Pistolstar. Niall Anderson (bass, ex-Jellytone) joined at this point, allowing the band to play live to promote their self-titled album. In 2001 Blackwood appeared onstage playing guitar beside his hero, Neil Finn, at the Armadillo, Glasgow. Heskey appeared at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park in 2002, supporting Snow Patrol, The Cosmic Rough Riders & Bob Geldof. In 2003 Blackwood also formed Soundcradle (with ex-Heskey drummer Don Watson) as an outlet for his own songs. The four piece played since then until 2006, though with less frequency, until eventually Blackwood left to concentrate on Soundcradle, with the other three members forming Retro Gnome.
RELEASES:
"Heskey" (CD album, 1998)

HIGHER GROUND:  Grangemouth based covers band formed in 2003 by Raymond Struthers (vocals), Alan Dougall (guitar), Larry Thomson (bass) & Gavin Morrison (drums). They continued to play up until 2005, by which time Thomson had been replaced by Larry Denholm (bass). The band then planned to cut a demo early in 2006. At the end of the year they announced their intention to release a version of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" for charity. 2007 saw more live work for the band, which was not slowed down by Morrison leaving to concentrate on his other band Coriolis. He was replaced by Chris Paton (drums, ex-Bravado), however he returned for a final date in May 2008, after which the band split for good.  Summer 2009 saw them playing a date at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival, before Struthers formed Fire It Up. 

HONEY BUG:  Edinburgh based act formed by local keyboard player Nigel Frayling-Kelly (ex-Walking Monuments To D.N.A.).
WEBSITE:  http://www.honeybug.com
HOAX:  4-piece Grangemouth punk band formed by Kat Sharp (vocals/guitar), Emma George (guitar/vocals), Steph Liddle (bass) & Anna Miele (drums). Initially using the name Random Decision (The Super Strokable Carrots and The Amputated Humans were also considered!), the foursome played some dates in 2004, before becoming Hoax. Live dates have been sporadic since then, however in July 2005 they supported the BMX Bandits at a BBC Scotland outdoor event in Grangemouth. The band continued to play into 2006, during which Sharp & George formed Cadenza.
RELEASES:
"Hoax" (CD EP, 2005).

IMMUNE:  Formed 1999 by Paul Deans (bass), Michael Thom (vocals/guitar) & Chris Catley (drums) all ex-Pretty Kamikaze. The band performed in to 2009. 

INDIANA BLUE:  This Falkirk/Denny band consisted of Gus RAMSAY (guitar/vocals), John McTAGUE (vocals/guita), Louese (keyboards, Denny) and George SMITH (drums). The photograph was taken at a wedding in The Maharatta, Grangemouth in 2000. Gus also played with Sheer Loonacy and Cuckoo.

IN IT FOR THE MONEY:  Denny High School based band formed in 2000 by Peter Dyer (vocals), John Keith (guitar) & David McNaughton. Dyer later formed Undercurrent, whilst Keith formed Johnny & The Giros.

INSTANT FOREST:  Instant Forest formed on a summer's day in the year 2000. Fellow martial artists William Treeby and Dickson Telfer (of Out Of The Swim) found that they not only had a passion for free sparring and breaking boards, but also a love for music. So, armed with an old keyboard and a cheap bass guitar, the duo used a naff music package for drum loops and began creating. Instant Forest are currently working on a 10-track album.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/instantforest
INTAKE:  Falkirk/Stirling based band from 1999 - 2000 featuring future Turtlehead bass player, Richard Bruce, and Ian (guitar) who later formed I Stand Alone.

The INTERNATIONAL POP ASSASSINS:  The International Pop Assassins started off as ex-Diesel Kings & Sublimes frontman Eddie McKenzie with a host of helping hands. They were Initially put together in 1997 with Greg Drysdale (drums, ex-Martin Stephenson), Alex Irvine (guitar vocals, ex-Strawberry) & Alan Shields (bass, ex-Spank!). Shields proved too untamable, and was replaced by Grant Paterson (bass, ex-Sublimes) in 1998, allowing the band to play a few live dates. The band's first single "Lo-fi Elvis On Acid" was released on vinyl at this time, and was a Steve Lamacq "Single Of The Week", as well as receiving airplay on the John Peel show. The band, however, failed to capitalise on this, disappearing for a few years. In this time Drysdale joined The Blue Rockets, and McKenzie, Irvine & Paterson helped out with The Harbour Road Angels. Irvine later played with Jill Hepburn.  In 2000 McKenzie worked with ex-Bay guitarist Ronnie Young, however the inspiration to continue was not there. Over the next two years he worked with Ross Cunningham (bass / vocals, ex-Moondogs), recording and playing some acoustic shows, until Cunningham formed The Cool Jerks (an act which McKenzie was very briefly a member of right at the start!).

2004 saw the act re-emerge as recording artists, with the release of three season-themed singles, each more ambitious than the last. By this time the band was only McKenzie, helped out in the studio by Ross Cunningham (guitar/bass, also with The Cool Jerks), Greg Drysdale (drums/saxophone/stylaphone, also with Jill Hepburn), Neil Hathaway (violin), Alex Irvine (harmonica), Carlo Madden (trumpet), Les Makin (piano/guitar, ex-Concorde Jams, also with Jill Hepburn), Claire Scougall (vocals) & Jenni Simpson (vocals). These EP's were then compiled into an album, "Three Miles" at the beginning of 2006. The end of the year saw McKenzie work with Drysdale, Makin & Andy Pratt (guitar, ex-Mr Nice) to release an E.P. entitled "Underneath Skin Pages".  2007 saw McKenzie release a long promised album ("PS") recorded entirely on a Playstation, alongside an acoustic single entitled "Songs From The Acoustic Kitchen". The latter also featured Pratt on guitar and organ, who had now become a permanent member of the band. The duo then began work on a punk/dub EP, entitled "Howl", with help from Drysdale & Makin again, which was released in early 2008.  Next on the agenda was a return to live work, with Ross Cunningham (drums, also with The Vesparados) returning, along with Johnny Mack (bass, also with The Vesparados). This line-up made their debut at Rialtos in March 2009, and then played a well received date at the Grangemouth Homecoming festival in the summer. September saw the band release their third album, "Death, Divorce & The Prison Yard", featuring ten tracks, chosen by public vote from a potential eighteen. This time also saw them begin to gig throughout Scotland, building up a strong live reputation.

Live work continued into 2010, however things took a step backwards when Cunningham suffered a cycling injury which forced him to give up drums. At this point Mack decided to step aside and concentrate on his other act, The Underground Jam, allowing Cunningham to move onto the bass. The band then recruited Willie Green (drums, also with Lieutenant Stardust), and continued to record their next album. A return to live work was made in November, after Pratt returned from paternity leave. This line-up lasted for three gigs, after which the band reverted to the previous Cunningham/Mackie/McKenzie/Pratt formation in January 2011. More live dates were undertaken throughout Scotland over the next few months, including the Grangemouth Music Festival and a support with Fife band Val Verde at Fifefest. Towards the end of the year, the band released a new album, "Revolution Tonight", and continued to gig into 2012, including performances at the Grangemouth & Falkirk Bandstand Festivals. September 2012 saw the band release a new single, double "A" side "Burning" & "Lifeboats", before apparently giving up live work. The band were nominated for a Scottish Music Award for the album, before V=Cunningham left to form The Tombstone House Band. McKenzie then made the act a studio based band, and began recording with Jason Taylor (drums/guita/bass/keyboards, also with Mosca).  Pratt also worked with The Last Saloon (between 2008 - 2010), whilst Cunningham was a member of Easy Tiger in 2010. Both Cunningham and Pratt were in The Special Guests from 2011 - 2012, with McKenzie joining in 2013.
RELEASES:
"Lo-fi Elvis On Acid" (7 inch vinyl, Seminal Records, 1998)
"When She Rains E.P." (Internet single, Songs For Danielle, 1999)
"Spring" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2004)
"Summer" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2004)
"Fall" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2005)
"Three Miles" (CD album, Seminal Records, 2006)
"Underneath Skin Pages" (CD EP, Seminal Records, 2006)
"PS" (CD album, Seminal Records, 2007)
"Songs From The Acoustic Kitchen" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2007)
"Howl (A Blues For The Pop Star)" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2008)
"Death, Divorce & The Prison Yard" (CD album, Seminal Records, 2009)
"Revolution Tonight " (CD Internet album, Seminal Records, 2011)
"Burning/Lifeboats" (CD/internet single, Seminal Records, 2012).
WEBSITE:
http://www.falkirkmusicscene.co.uk/seminal/
http://www.myspace.com/internationalpopassassins

IN VEIN:  Act from 2002.

I STAND ALONE:  Came to life in the Spring of 2004 with a line-up of Soap (vocals), Iain (guitar/vocals, ex-Intake) Richard Bruce (bass/vocals, ex-Turtlehead) & Robert Francis (drums, ex-Turtlehead). After getting the line-up sorted, the band have been out and about playing anywhere for "juice and crisps".
I Stand Alone released a split 7 inch single with US band Handgun Bravado early in 2006, using two tracks recorded in September. At this time the also recorded their own single, with tracks called 'Scene Bingo', 'Lifetime', "Fully Op".
The band was then bolstered by second guitarist Steve Meader (ex-In The Clear), and returned to the studio in September. Meader lasted a short period of time before leaving, and the band then split early in 2007. Francis then put together a new (as yet unamed) band with members of Buzzbomb & 3 Steps Down.  This band were unconnected to another local band, Stand Alone.
WEBSITE:
http://www.istandalone.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/xistandalonex

 ITCHY FEET:  Covers act from 2000 - 2003 featuring Alex Bruce (drums, ex-Bluejays), Sandy Black (vocals, ex-Juke Joint Boogie Blues Band) & Stuart Little (ex-Dangerous Brothers). Both Bruce & Black have since formed another act, Blue Dubh.

 
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