Glasgow, County Dublin
“Multipart harmonies, lush orchestral string arrangements and a powerful folk-rock wall of sound.” -
“Class stamped all over a powerful performance. If there’s any justice, bigger things surely await
this generation’s newest favourite pop band.” - The Herald
“Seriously infectious...a future big hitter.” - Vic Galloway
“Kemy is one of Scotland’s finest young song writers and has a way with a chorus that I’m
covetous of.” - Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol
“You make sweet music and leave people smiling along the way.” - Jo Whiley, BBC Radio 2
Since winning the 2010 Tartan Clef Scottish Music Award for Best Emerging Talent at the end of a hectic ﬁrst summer in action, Aerials Up have been restlessly driving forward with Glasgow born frontman Alan Kemlo at the helm and a rapidly-snowballing fanbase in tow.
Kemlo’s edgy, poignant and deeply personal lyrics soar above a wall of beautifully played, often unusually rhythmical strings provided by Cat Calton (violin) and Ruth Campbell (cello), and are lifted higher again by the perfectly matched vocal harmonies of Dublin songstress Debbie Morton. These beautifully crafted melodic compositions are driven by a solid rock backbone, provided by Neil Mulholland (guitars), David Murphy (bass) and Chris Grant (drums).
The band’s debut EP, ‘Superglue’, was released to critical acclaim in April 2011, and saw the band pick up airplay and live sessions with the likes of Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Scotland), Jim Gellatly (Amazing Radio, Radio Magnetic), Jo Whiley (BBC Radio 2), Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6) and Ally McCrae (BBC Radio 1).
As much a credit to the band’s studio performance as this is, it is on the live stage that they are truly in their element. Their electric performances have converted audiences up and down the country supporting (amongst others) The Futureheads, Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini, The Airborne Toxic Event, Ash, and Howling Bells. They have also set festival stages alight, performing at Wickerman Festival, Focus Wales, GoNorth!, Belladrum and
most notably two consecutive T In The Park appearances - ﬁrst headlining the BBC Introducing Stage in 2010 and a triumphant return on the T-Break Stage in 2011.
Outwith festival season the band have racked up a great many successful headline shows in Glasgow, Stirling, Dundee, Inverness, Edinburgh and London. Aerials Up have just released their latest single, 'I AM' on Kittiwake Records. The next single will be released in March, followed by their forthcoming album, which will be backed by a full UK tour.
With much more new material in the pipeline, a faster than ever increasing following of fans and industry alike and an invitation to showcase at Canadian Music Week and Irish Indie Week, Aerials Up are heading into 2012 with seemingly unstoppable momentum.