Out today TwinsTown’s Say Goodbye to the Summer (Official Music Video) features the band playing at The Twa Tams in Perth. Watch the story of the day as the band and fans set off from the Fire Station in Dunfermline and rock the place with a blistering set before wrestling breaks out with Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants.

TwinsTown – Say Goodbye to the Summer (Official Music Video)

TwinsTown and friends at the glen gates, Dunfermline.

Once upon a time I was fine

I knew exactly what I wanted to do

Stop, won’t you pause and rewind

Cos lately, lately, lately I haven’t got a clue

Say goodbye to the summer…

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The superb 40 second intro, quite long for TwinsTown, is followed by a well structured, tuneful and fairly conventional indie pop song.

There’s no more sunsets in your eyes

There’s no more drinking ’til the early sunrise

No more Monday morning long lies

You’re out of holidays and alibis!

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The deceptive complexity of Say Goodbye to the Summer is revealed in the chorus as it points to a deeper meaning.

Say goodbye to the summer

Say goodbye to the sun

Say goodbye to the summer

Say goodbye to everyone

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The last line of the last chorus, “Say goodbye to everyone,” makes me wonder; is this a simple goodbye to the summer, or is this someone on their last knockings, the summer being a metaphor for life.

I suppose I’ll never know. It’s not as if I can just phone these superstars up and ask. They’re busy preparing for their appearance at the EH6 festival on Saturday 27th November.

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Tickets are now available for TwinsTown and Special Guests at the Whanga Records Christmas Party, PJ Molloys, Dunfermline, on Sunday 19 December.

TwinsTown and Special Guests at PJ Molloys for the Whanga Records Christmas Party, 2021.

Whanga Records Christmas Party presents TwinsTown and Special Guests – Tickets

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TwinsTown will play Whanga Records’ studio, 2a Chalmers Street, Dunfermline, on 8 October with support from 1/4 Chubz and there are some tickets left. Here is the braw poster created by Mariam Amhaz, Whanga Records marketing executive, followed by Mim’s own description of the event.

TwinsTown play Whanga Records poster by Mariam Amhaz.

TwinsTown gig coming up Friday 8th October from 7pm at Whanga Records – £15 on the door and BYOB. Email whanga@whang-records.com or speak to the boys for an advance ticket at £10 🙂After party at The Old Inn from 10pm. Limited capacity for this exclusive gig so get your space bagsied now 🎶🍻🥳LIVE MUSIC IS BACK – FLARE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

TwinsTown outside The Creepy Wee Pub before their last gig.

Breaking News

In breaking news Anthemesque is released today and we wish Birrell or Biscuit every success. Here are all the details taken straight from https://www.whanga-records.com/label-releases

Birrell or Biscuit – Anthemesque
Release Date – 1/10/21

Listen through your preferred streaming service here

Watch the music video here

‘Anthemesque’ is the latest single from Birrell or Biscuit.

This is as raw, open and brutally honest as music gets. Everything is laid out there. The anger and despair of a break up; sung, screamed, cried, over a dark brooding track that brings the passion and atmosphere to it’s peak. With choruses soaring through the melody and worming their way into your own psyche to be stuck there forever.

Where bands like Glasvegas end, is where Birrell or Biscuit begin. This is a man on the edge, laying his soul bare. A soul full of whisky and love! 

Giving his lost love an anthem…esque.. The accompanying video is as brutal as the track and leaves the listener / viewer as heartbroken as the man himself.

Craig Birrell of Birrell or Biscuit wearing Katy McGukin’s straw hat last seen in the video for Anthemesque. Reports suggest ransom negotiations are at a delicate stage. Fingers crossed the hat will eventually be returned safely.

Please feel free to share this post and keep an eye out for the crowdfunding page to save Katy’s hat.

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Yesterday the new 1/4 Chubz – Cut Me Down video was released, provoking much discussion amongst patrons at The White Gates, especially the former miners who participated in the strike 1984/85.

1/4 Chubz – Cut Me Down (Official Video)

1/4 Chubz standing up in their Cut Me Down video reflecting on the miners’ strike 1984/85.

As you can see the video reflects on the miners’ strike and the miners who stood up to a government determined to defeat the workers with violence and lies.

A miner from Blairhaw was killed at Orgreave, ran over by a coal lorry that didn’t stop. We thought that would never happen. We thought we lived in a civilized country.

Wull Morris, Landlord, The White Gates
Riot police at Orgreave guard the convoy ultimately responsible for the death of a miner from Blairhall.

The Chubz’s video shows the convoy in action.

I knew your lies…

All you do is cut me down

1/4 Chubz

The video is of course a Whanga Records production directed and filmed by me, so thanks to the Chubz for giving me the opportunity to add to the growing voices demanding justice.

TwinsTown play Whanga Records

In TwinsTown news the next gig is at Whanga Records’ studio, 2a Chalmers Street, Dunfermline, on 8 October and here is the braw poster created by Mariam Amhaz followed by Mim’s own description of the event.

TwinsTown play Whanga Records poster by Mariam Amhaz.

TwinsTown gig coming up Friday 8th October from 7pm at Whanga Records – £15 on the door and BYOB. Email whanga@whang-records or speak to the boys for an advance ticket at £10 🙂After party at The Old Inn from 10pm. Limited capacity for this exclusive gig so get your space bagsied now 🎶🍻🥳LIVE MUSIC IS BACK – FLARE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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Our Whanga Records executive Craig Birrell is rock ‘n’ roll.

Birrell or Biscuit – Anthemesque (Official Video)

Watch Craig giving it laldy by clicking the link above.

Craig Birrell, before giving it laldy in the official video for Anthemesque.

Directed and filmed by our PR and photographer, Joe Graham, at Whanga Records’ rehearsal and recording studio at 2a Chalmers Street, Dunfermline, Craig gives an amazing, dramatic performance, like a modern-day Richard Burton. Sorry young yins, let’s say Joaquin Pheonix or Daniel Day-Lewis instead. I watched There Will Be Blood recently and Day-Lewis was astounding.

Actually, there was blood in Anthemesque. I was agog. I only said that because I love that word, agog. I fully expected spectacular method acting and full commitment from Craig. I’ve not known him long but he is an extremely talented writer, producer and performer who gives it his all, every time.

It’s an angry song…

Craig Birrell in a scene from the official video for Anthemesque.

Thanks go to Whanga Records’ marketing executive, Mariam Ahmaz, who sourced the still working TV for scenes reminiscent of the Sex Pistols or the Clash. I think we forgot to switch it on though. I’ll take the blame for that. Apologies to Mim who was working in The Old Inn and missed out on her usual cameo role.

Thanks also go to Harry Dixon. The Duke appeared in the Anthemesque video; he’s the one fiddling while Rome burns, or more accurately, playing bass whilst Birrell destroys Whanga.

TwinsTown’s Harry ‘The Duke’ Dixon crowns Craig Birrell with a straw hat at Whanga Records, Dunfermline.

We asked Harry to look disinterested as Craig’s mad turn grows but I couldn’t fit him into the main shot. Like the true professional that he is he worked his way in and fulfilled his role perfectly. Respect to The Duke, the Robert De Niro or maybe Keanu Reeves of TwinsTown.

I love Harry Dixon in Anthemesque. The Duke! Flare it!

Coming soon

Craig co-founded Whanga Records with Stuart Barrett and big Barrett is rock ‘n’ roll too. Look out for him in the forthcoming 1/4 Chubz video for Cut Me Down alongside band mates John Simpson and Trroyy Lleggatt (spelling from Facebook – that can’t be right!?).

I expected Cut Me Down to be the first music video directed and filmed by me for a few years now, however I was delighted when Craig asked me to do Anthemesque in only 24 hours and fortunately I was available at short notice.

Apologies to the 1/4 Chubz, although I’m sure that, like me, they don’t mind accommodating a friend and musical colleague.

In the meantime you can watch both Whanga founders in TwinsTown’s official video for Callum Paterson’s Broken Song. Barrett is on the bass and Birrell is pretending he knows how to work Big Daddy’s camera (although he knows now as I gave him a crash course after he bought his own camera).

TwinsTown – Callum Paterson’s Broken Song (Official Video)

Other official music videos you may like

Birrell of Biscuit – UFO Space Disco

TwinsTown – Dive In

TwinsTown – Welcome to my World

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I like to think that if Callum was still alive he’d approve of TwinsTown covering his Broken Song as a charity single. As we approach what would have been his 32nd birthday, 27 September, Whanga Records have now produced the official music video.

TwinsTown – Callum Paterson’s Broken Song – Official Music Video

Cob Harrower filmed the live band and thanks also go to everyone who shot the Facebook stills and video, plus our video stars in the crowd. I was delighted to complete the final edit and hope it’ll bring happy memories to everyone who takes the time to watch it.

You can donate £1 or more to charity, Andy’s Man Club, by downloading the song from bandcamp.

TwinsTown – Callum Paterson’s Broken Song – Download

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Callum’s Facebook header.

RIP Callum.

TwinsTown’s new single Welcome to my World, the second from their forthcoming debut album Brankholm Brae, has been played on The Mickey Bradley Record Show on BBC Radio Ulster. We love the Undertones and Mickey’s show. He’s dead pan funny. Big thanks to @MickeyUndertone.

…officially completely original…

Michael Bradley

You can listen immediately below:

TwinsTown’ Welcome to my World on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Mickey Bradley Radio Show.

You can read all about it here:

TwinsTown – Welcome to my World – The Courier

Watch the music video here:

TwinsTown – Welcome to my World – Music Video

Listen or download on your choice of streaming service here:

TwinsTown – Welcome to my World – Links

TwinsTown at The Glen Gates, Dunfermline.

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Apparently Briana Corrigan cited unacceptable laddishness when she left The Beautiful South. I was surprised to read that as both The Housemartins and The Beautiful South struck me as being bastions of political correctness.

When Graeme Galloway of Stirling City Radio decided to seek similar he turned to Dunfermline and our very own Fife bastions of political correctness were happy to oblige.

Briana, have no qualms, even the slightest traces of unacceptable laddishness have been edited out of this broadcast.

Tracklisting

  • UFO Space Disco – Birrell or Biscuit
  • Top of the Pops – Birrell or Biscuit
  • Welcome to my World – TwinsTown
  • Dive In – TwinsTown
Birrell or Biscuit, Whanga Records and TwinsTown on Stirling City Radio with Graeme Galloway. Pictures from Whanga Records HQ, Chalmers Street, Dunfermline, and TwinsTown’s video shoot for Dive In at The Blue Pools, Powmill.

Contrarian

Of course, ever the contrarian, Stuart Barrett immediately set about his Whanga Records podcast.

Briana, do not, I repeat, DO NOT, click the link below (and this is the post edit version).

Big Barrett’s Whanga Records podcast episode 5

Who remembers Bill Grundy?

Stuart Barrett, Whanga Records executive, pictured here playing with his seminal band 1/4 Chubz.

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First things first, if we haven’t already invited you to vote for TwinsTown – Dive In can we please extend that courtesy now: https://amazingradio.com/shows/audition/poll

Clicking the link above, you can find TwinsTown – Dive In by scrolling down to second from last on the poll.

Thank you for your kind support.

In other news John Murray hosted a menagerie on k107fm. I was going to write a few words on this momentous happening but some things just have to speak for themselves. Personal responsibility is trending right now therefore the onus is on you; you can click below to listen or click to exit.

Here’s the track listing:

  • Double Trouble
  • Welcome to my World
  • Dive In

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Harry ‘The Duke’ Dixon, an authoritative media performer, who knew?

I need a Mars Bar

Hey raid the Spar

To help me through the day

I need a Mars Bar

I’ve had ten so far

It helps me, makes me

Work, rest and play

It helps me, makes me

Work, rest and play

Written By: Michael Bradley / Damian O’Neill

Mars Bars is my favourite song by The Undertones, bar none. Yeah, yeah, Teenage Kicks, I know, but Jimmy Jimmy, the A-side to Mars Bars, is better, as is the magnificent My Perfect Cousin (and I have a cousin called Kevin but I was tops at Subbuteo). True Confessions is better and the list goes on. John Peel was wrong.

Michael Bradley is not wrong. Tweeting as @MickeyUndertone he nails it when he says TwinsTown get an A* for music.

Michael Bradley from The Undertones is a legend and he gives TwinsTown an A* in music.

Hey, and the B for art isn’t bad either. Having just scraped a C I’d have loved a B in art. I’m lovin’ Micky Undertone’s grading almost as much as I love his lyrics. Here’s some more, this time from My Perfect Cousin.

He’s got a degree in economics

Maths, physics and bionics

He thinks that I’m a cabbage

‘Cause I hate University Challenge

Even at the age of ten

Smart boy Kevin was a smart boy then

He always beat me at Subbuteo

Cause he flicked to kick and I didn’t know

Written By: Michael Bradley / Damian O’Neill
“He flicked to kick and I didn’t know.” Calm down, calm down.

You can tell I’m a fan… so what!? It’s The Undertones. Young people sit down, this is not about you. The Undertones: the best band from Northern Ireland ever. That’s not even an opinion, it’s their official status over there. Indulge me here.

Don’t look so surprised

You’ve been telling me lies

It’s hard to wake up to your makeup

So please take off that disguise

All your true

Your true confessions

Written By: Michael Bradley, John O’Neill & Damian O’Neill

What’s that? I’m supposed to be writing about TwinsTown, aye!? Oops, sorry ’bout that, but TwinsTown aren’t really cutting edge. Michael Bradley @MickeyUndertone says so on his BBC MB Record Show. You can listen to him say it.

The Mickey Bradley Record Show, July 2020.

It’s great having someone like Mickey offering TwinsTown such positive feedback.

Cutting edge on a Friday night, who needs it!?

Mickey – I hope I can call him Mickey – likes Mark’s piano and Whanga Records too.

Great piano from Mark Guyan who famously did not play keys with The Darkness. Mark does not believe in a thing called love. His band name is The Darkness. Phew, glad we cleared that up. And Whanga! What a name!

Well, I say Mickey likes Whanga Records, I doubt he’s met them in person. Check this oot.

Stuart Barrett and Craig Birrell, founders of Whanga Records, and what a name it is, honouring the Māori heritage of late friend and former 1/4 Chubz frontman Callum Jake Paterson Whanga.

Then again as a punk icon I guess Mickey might like big Barrett’s 1/4 Chubz and Craig’s Birrell or Biscuit. I hear he has played UFO Space Disco and Top of the Pops. Find out more at Whanga Records.

Finally, a big thank you to Michael for all his work with The Undertones – my childhood benefitted enormously – and on his excellent The Mickey Bradley Record Show on BBC Radio Ulster. I’ll be tuning in again TwinsTown or no. Most of all, of course, thank you to Mickey for playing Dive In and for getting those pesky twins telt. “Plenty more fish in the sea” is a romantic turn of phrase. The song is not about fish. You’d think the writers would know what they’re writing about but it takes a music legend to keep them right.

Oh, I almost forgot, please vote for Dive In by using the link below and feel free to share this post widely encouraging others to join in the vote for TwinsTown.

https://amazingradio.com/shows/audition/poll

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Dive In is the first single from Brankholm Brae, the stunning debut album from TwinsTown.