New Scottish music: Scumpulse

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The casual observer of Scotland’s music scene could easily be forgiven for thinking that when it comes to rock and metal, things don’t get any more raucous than Biffy Clyro and their many copyists.

However, Edinburgh band Scumpulse are living proof that a parallel universe exists in which every song goes up to 11. Describing their sound as “punk-infused black metal,” the four- piece released their debut single Broken Reflection last autumn. It incorporates guitar skills last heard during the golden age of axemanship in the 1980s, while introducing social commentary to an oeuvre usually associated with other lyrical themes. Scumpulse are about to embark on their third UK tour, which begins on 1 April at Edinburgh’s Banshee Labyrinth, where they will be headlining the nine-act bill at Vomfest, a festival they founded two years ago. For those who can’t make it, they also play a mini set at our Wide Days showcase on 22 April.

• Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born to be Wide music industry social events and seminars, www