A FAMILIAR face represents the Highlands in the latest Netsounds Unsigned showcase night at Mad Hatters on Friday
Singer-songwriter James Mackenzie has teamed up with friends and fellow musicians to front the hard pop sound of Verona and recently made an appearance at the Brew at the Bog Festival at Bogbain Farm.
Not just a home town gig for Invernessian Mackenzie, this will be a special night for Verona as it also doubles up as the launch for the band’s debut single, Lifeline (check out the video below).
Joining Mackenzie in Verona are previous members of his former band The Aquascene, along with Andy Davidson (The Now/Iain McLaughlin & the Outsiders) and James Reid (Astronot).
Also on the bill will be Glasgow songwriter Quinny joining Verona .
"We’ve been fans of Quinny’s music for a wee while now and his track Rumours even cropped up in our Best of 2013 Mixtape," Netsound’s Jame Macdonald said.
"So we are feeling farm and fuzzy that we have finally managed to lure him onto one of our nights. Quinny (Peter Quinn) writes, records and plays music with or without a band — depending how many friends he has that week. For his current Scottish tour he has managed to secure some friends so we will be treated to the full band at Mad Hatters on Friday 23rd May."
Also from Glasgow and paying a return visit to Netsounds Unsigned are So Many Animal Calls.
"The Glaswegian foursome are a band we have watched closely over the past few years and they make lovely t-shirts too," Macdonald said.
They return to Mad Hatters on the eve of the launch of their second EP, Burden, which is set for release on 26th May via Bloc+Music.
"We’ve heard it and it’s their most accomplished release to today capturing their dynamic pop-rock sound and anthemic riffs shifting from laid back to sing-along euphoria, but always passionate and powerful," Macdonald added.
Doors open for the free show at 10pm and the live music will be followed by a DJ set until 3am.