DROPKICK, The Wellgreen, Al Shields
‘Those who have yet to latch onto them are surely missing something special….Indie, powerpop, accomplished harmonies, alt.country tendencies. What’s not to love?’ The Herald newspaper (UK)
Edinburgh-based Dropkick released their latest album, Balance the Light, in March 2016 on Rock Indiana records. ‘Balance The Light’ is Dropkick’s most accomplished and creative collection of songs to date, demonstrating a growing maturity and confidence in their songwriting and arrangements. ‘Balance The Light’ showcases the ear for melody and harmony that has helped Dropkick’s music appeal to a growing band of fans around the world and is their most varied album of material to date. The album has gained many positive reviews and was also featured as the Record of Note on BBC Radio Scotland’s Roddy Hart show.
This year has been one of the most successful for the band. Following a sold out launch show in Germany, the band played a short Scottish tour and also appeared as the Belladrum festival. They follow this hometown show with a headline Spanish tour and an appearance at The Darvel music festival.
‘There’s a controlled exuberance to these songs, a maturity; they are masters of their craft, each song works, the components fitting seamlessly, the sound a joyous machinery humming in harmony….A career high.’ Americana UK website
‘A guarantee of Instant melodic fulfilment….Dropkick triumph in giving new edge to familiar themes.’ (R2 Rock n Reel Magazine, UK)
‘….you could argue that Wilco and Teenage Fanclub contain a bit of Dropkick in them, sharing hook-laden songs with irresistible harmonies. Opening tune ‘Save Myself is extraordinary.’ Is This Music? Website (UK)
The Wellgreen combine classic sixties songwriting, early powerpop and psychedelia on top of vintage recording techniques to create a familiar yet fresh & original sound.
Having toured extensively over the last 2 years supporting Euros Childs & Stevie Jackson (as well as providing drums, bass, guitar and harmonies for both on their respective sets & records), 2013 saw The Wellgreen release their second album, Grin And Bear It on their own label, The Barne Society.
Al Shields is an Edinburgh-based songwriter, with influences rooted in old-time country, folk and blues music.
“Songs about bad work, bad luck and bad lovin’ show his ability not only to evoke the spirit of the lone bluesman, but also to pen some mighty fine tunes into the bargain” – Edinburgh Spotlight