Mar 082012

Fridge Magnets are beginning to get the notice and acclaim they deserve. Music companies are getting interested, and the act has just won a major music award. Magnet Steve Winton tells Aberdeen Voice about that experience.

The awards are the Scottish Alternative Music Awards created by Richie Muirhead in 2010, and the only awards of their type in Scotland. The chosen venue for the annual ceremony this year was The Garage in Glasgow.
Nominees are selected by a panel chosen from throughout Scotland and ranging from gig promoters to Radio DJs.

We were nominated for Best Electronic Act with four other established Scottish acts. It then went to public vote on the SAMA website. Over 18,000 votes were cast for the whole competition, double the number of the previous year.

We were delighted when our name was read out as winners, and to be honest we were shocked. The other acts, notably Rustie and Discopolis had an amazing year in 2011 and we really didn’t think we would win.

We were also fortunate to be asked to perform at the awards. There was a 700 capacity sell out and we played in front of heavy-hitting Scottish music industry people such as Radio 1’s Ally MacRae, Vic Galloway and In:Demand presenter Jim Gellatly. All of them commented on how impressed they were with our performance and all three subsequently played our track on their radio shows the following Sunday and Monday.

It was a great opportunity for us to play in front of a crowd that hadn’t seen us, in some cases hadn’t even heard of us before, and we seemed to win them over. The Facebook and Twitter pages were going crazy the following day, commenting on how well we did. We then went on to play the official after-party at a smaller venue in Glasgow and sold it out as well. It was probably the best experience we have had thus far as a band.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who voted and we’re delighted with the win. Our next gig in Aberdeen is at The Tunnels on March 24.
To whet appetites before then, here are two Fridge Magnets videos

Death of Rock N Roll
Feeling Grows  

Feb 232012

By Suzanne Kelly.

Electro wizards Fridge Magnets have been nominated in the Best Electronic Act category at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

Fridge Magnets have already shared big stages with Calvin Harris, Alex Metric, Japanese Popstars and Burns and have played at T in the Park and Rockness.

With this nomination, they appear to be going from strength to strength. Their early demos have already been featured on Radio 1 and the Glaswegian/Aberdonian outfit are attracting attention from some big London labels.

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards ceremony takes place at the Garage, Glasgow on 1 March and you can cast your vote at by clicking Fridge Magnets in the Best Electronic Act category.

See them live:

1st – SAMA Awards and after-party, Glasgow
16th – Doghouse, Dundee
24th – Tunnels, Aberdeen
30th – 20 Rocks, Falkirk

13th – Chambre69, Glasgow with Hot Chip DJ Set
18th – Death Disco, London
21st – The Nest, LondonMay
5th – Hootenanys, Inverness

1st – Devils Disco, Edinburgh

View videos: 

Death of Rock N Roll video
Feeling Grows video

For further information:

Barry Saint
Studio 11
10 Acklam Road
0208 968 8236

Nov 052010

By George Anderson.

As a very mature student of the Open University my first encounter with an OU disco was a stark reminder that although youth is wasted on the young, only they have the energy to give it a good airing.

The night started well enough. Anita and Liz were on their third flagon of Pimms Number One by the time I arrived. I was just wondering how far out I should push the boat — would I start with a small Cinzano and work myself up to a pre-bed cocoa around ten or cast caution to the wind and line up thirty quid’s worth of randomly selected shots and let rip?. I was intoxicated by the choice.

Anyway, I must have gone down the ‘Let ‘em Rip’ route because less than an hour later I found myself asking Caroline to marry me by shouting in her ear during a 90 decibel rendering of some nonsense by Justin Trouser-Snake.  She declined of course but she will have to live with that decision for decades after I’ve been fitted with the wooden boiler-suit and chucked into a hole in the ground back in my home village.

To alleviate the pain of Caroline’s refusal I concentrated on Katie and tried to work out where on Earth she was getting her energy from.  She was dancing as if she’d just got out of Pankhurst prison on remand and the wanton abandon with which she now thrashed her arms about was a condition of her bail.  Had she somehow managed to access an energy source known only to the ancients? Was she in possession of a rogue batch of ultra-concentrated Lucozade Sport?

I ran out of hypotheses to explain Katie’s adrenalin levels around the same time I ran out of steam and it was time to go before I asked Caroline to marry me again, just in case she hadn’t understood the question the first time around. I slipped away quietly, as I tend to do on these occasions, knocking over a table of drinks and falling downstairs on my way out.

Sadly, the night came too suddenly to a close. I had waited faithfully for the Disk Johnny, or whatever they call those fellows who crank the handle on the radiogramme at social functions nowadays, to play a long playing record I recognised. When finally he laid hands on ‘Can’t Touch This’ at a quarter to two in the morning, I ran all the way back to my chalet and dug out my special edition MC Hammer dancing trousers. But by the time I got back the dance hall was as empty as a church on a Saturday night.  I skulked back to my chalet and fell into bed. But not before I spent an hour or so trying to take my MC Hammer trousers off over my head.  In Scottish culture, this is a sure sign of a great night out.