On the radar: Lyons

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So rude is the Scottish music scene's current health it's difficult not to get carried away.

Local tunesters are being swept up by a trawl of salivating labels almost every week, while punters and promoters are involved in a mutually beneficial matrimony that spawns sardine-squashed gigs and a flu-like spread of buzz.

Of course, we in the media (hello – that's us!) lap it up; Lego-blocking gushing adjectives upon even more gushing superlatives with the unwavering belief of a blind leper in the presence of his holiness. But does the enveloping hyperbole really equate to long-term prosperity? Lyons' guitarist Andrew Cowan thinks not:

"The (Scottish music scene's] reputation is there for good reason but I don't think it's healthy for a scene to exist for so long under a blanket of constant praise," he explains. "It breeds complacency; a lot of bands include themselves in this 'hot scene' and pat each other on the back for being in it and pay no attention to the substance of what they're doing. You have to keep trying to improve your craft."

From any lesser act such cynicism would sound churlish; a mouth shooting rumble from an overlooked and under talented outfit. Yet from Lyons these words puncture like a warning shot through a scene that's thus far been very good to Cowan and his drumming cohort Fhearghas Lyon.

"We've been together for two years," says Cowan, recalling the group's first steps. "We started jamming together during summer 2007, spent six months getting acquainted with each other's style and writing and then started gigging in early 2008... We both really liked the way our first few songs turned out. That was really encouraging so we raced to get a set written so we could start playing shows."

Slight in rhythm but vast in sound, Lyons forge overarching soundstacks via an achingly simple blueprint: drum, guitar, vocals. In this technologically advanced era, such puritanical methodology comes as a refreshing salve.

"We have a wide palette of sound for a two-piece," says Cowan. "It's not just a case of being as loud as we can, we try to make the songs as dynamic as possible. Both of us sing - it's melodic music. We'll always just naturally jam a riff and beat to begin with and keep everything loose and raw and creative as the song grows. But when we're finishing a song we get very particular about detail."

It's the finite attention and the subsequent execution that's brought Lyons into the ears of the nation's gig-goers, with the band recently stepping out with east-coast rabble-rousers We Were Promised Jetpacks. Not that Lyons are aiming to recreate the hype-drenched furore of the Fatcat band, of course:

"It's not really about thinking in terms of achievements," says Cowans. " You just have to keep playing and writing and getting to new audiences. I hope that we can show as many people as possible our music in the time that we're given to do it."

Catch Lyons at the following shows:

23 Jul @ Captains Rest, Glasgow

24 Oct @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh.

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