Let’s be real for a moment – it’s been a pretty average year for me. On top of this, the old ennui always sets in pretty hard around the last few weeks of Winter, and with Spring being a little slow to pick up its game in the warmth department, that lacklustre passion for staying alive has been lingering a little longer than I’d prefer.

That said, I’ve been trying my darndest to re-engage with life and get excited about my place in this world over the last month, and one thing that helped me to do this was a little band brought to my attention via a Facebook event alert I received the other week.

Further investigation revealed that somewhere along the way I must have shown interest in this band called Obscura Hail as I’d already ‘liked’ their band page, hence the invite, even though I had no idea who they were. Before I got too excited and responded with my standard non-committal indicator of ‘interested’, I thought I’d better do more research and have a listen to what they do. So, off I went to the band’s Soundcloud where I heard this:

Did you listen to it? Stop what you’re doing and listen to it. It’s ok, I’ll wait.

Right, now we’re on the same page.

What I heard was instantly likable and I soon found myself gushing about the track to a friend, describing it to them as somewhere between Jose Gonzales and Boards of Canada. Feeling inspired, I then spent a little time going through the rest of their tracks.

The band draw from many influences and the diversity of sounds on display is very promising in that they manage to deliver a unique and recognisable sound of their own.

If Laces is any indication of what’s in store for us on the album upcoming album Pallbearer, consider me a fan.

So yes, the band will be playing a gig next week at the Edinburgh Castle in Brunswick and that’s as good a reason as any to get out and visit the old local.

These guys are all over social media, so if you like this track and, like me, can’t wait to hear the new stuff, get along and follow them online so you’re in the loop. Even better, why not join me at the gig. See you there.

Where: Edinburgh Castle Brunswick

When: Thursday 11.10.18 @8pm


Pallbearer by Obscura Hail is due for release on the 15.11.18

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