Straight from the heart of the Auld Reekie cometh The 10:04’s, aka the indie quartet of Steven Bolton (vocals, guitars), Danny Scrimshaw (vocals, guitars), Paul Haddow (drums, backing vocals), and Johnny Tracey (bass, backing vocals). Having already packed all of Edinburgh’s music venues and supported the likes of Razorlight, Ash, British Sea Power and fellow Scots We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Proclaimers, and The View, these young lads are quickly establishing themselves as one of the most promising bands in the UK.
While their catchy debut single SOS displayed a band full of potential who followed in the footsteps of The Libertines, The Strokes, and The Buzzcocks, it’s their anthemic follow-up Lights Out that actually puts them on the map. Sporting a darker sound that veers into Joy Division territory, this post-punk-infused gem is way more ambitious than its predecessor, and its insanely brilliant amalgamation of growling guitar hooks, glacial synths, pulsating bass lines, and pounding drums, all topped off with Steven’s distinctly gothic baritone, will undoubtedly strike a chord with fans of Editors, White Lies, and the ’80s “grey overcoat” scene.
If The 10:04’s maintain the same pathos and brooding quality of Lights Out in their future outings, their debut album is going to be a triumph. Keep an eye on them.