Published: 05/12/2013 12:47 - Updated: 05/12/2013 18:25

Inverness band up for top award

Written byMargaret Chrystall

Garden Of Elks. Picture: Euan Robertson
Garden Of Elks. Picture: Euan Robertson

AN Inverness band is among the five best emerging acts in Scotland battling it out to win the chance to play at Scotland Week 2014 in New York.

Garden Of Elks originally featured Inverness musicians Niall Strachan and Ryan Drever, alongside Kirstin Lynn from Glasgow.

The band is currently using different bassists, but the Elks will line up with the other four Scottish acts - The Holy Ghosts, The LaFontaines, Fatherson and the Cairn String Quartet - at Wednesday's final in Glasgow.

The winner of the competition - organised by the charity Nordoff Robbins - will be announced by the panel of music industry experts onstage that evening.

Garden Of Elks formed last September, Niall explaining before the band's first gigs: "After about two years of talking about it, I got us all together in a rehearsal room in Glasgow."

Featured below is the video of the band's second single,This Morning We Are Astronauts, which was originally launched on limited edition cassette tape in January. Fraser Walker took the video footage, Matthew Scott (PAWS) did the recording and Alan Douches mastered it.

Niall confirmed that the band was planning to record again with Matthew in the new year for a January release, possibly of their album.

"So far we’ve written about 50 songs," he said right back at the start."And we want to get lots of releases out this year.

"We want this band to be really prolific and to play lots of gigs."

The band believes in being hands-on. Niall individually recorded the 30 limited edition cassettes of This Morning We Are Astronauts!

At the time, he described the Elks music as "like a rainbow exploding".

The live Nordoff Robbins final will be held in Glasgow at the Garage's G2 on Wednesday (Dec 11) and it will mean a busy night for Niall.

He explained: "I'm also playing another gig with Bronto Skylift the same night in Glasgow, so it's going to be interesting!"

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