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The Grim Northern Social are a 5-piece band performing all self-written material. During the past year they have attracted considerable notice - They were nominated 'Best Unsigned Band' at 'In The City 2001', they were one of ten bands chosen from hundreds who were selected by MIC magazine for recommendation to major labels.
The magazine sent their song 'Snap The Imposters'. The same song was named unsigned record of the week by Joe Taylor in the influential 'The Tipsheet'.
Critics have already described The Grim Northern Social as "the bastard sons of working class heroes", a fitting indication of the eclectic blend of ambient frequencies, wounded ghost-like lyrics combined with explosive choruses and fractured guitar howls of urban fantasy...
...Making the stratospheric soundscape of The Grim Northern Social something special, with its sweeping, spanning layers of modern ambience and classic indie bluster.
They have been in the studio recording new material for the past few months. Recently they have been involved with an industry orientated event called 'Go North' in Aberdeen. They were featured on a CD distributed by Music Week, they played a live session on Radio Scotland's Vic Galloway show and played their first gig at the Glasgow Barrowland supporting Del Amitri.
The Grim Northern Social were also featured on a new music show airing on national television STV in April 2002. They just played 2002's T In The Park and have supported Elvis Costello at Edinburghs Corn Exchange.
As many who have seen or heard the band predicted, The Grim Northern Social are now signed. Their label, as singularly independent as the band themselves, is One Little Indian. The band marked the deal by introducing themselves to the USA at the CMJ Music Marathon, playing two storming sets and getting New York tongues a-wagging. America remains a priority to the band and more visits are planned.
The band released their debut single, 'Honey', in May and are in the process of scheduling touring for the early part of next year. Indeed, they hope to be gigging throughout the year and will release their debut album in the summer.
So 2003 promises much for a band already described by top Scottish DJ Billy Sloan as "the fastest rising band in Scotland".