Describing themselves as alt-pop, Glasgow-based Plush combine Alice Niel’s vocals and lyrics with bass, guitar and arranging courtesy of mechanical engineering student Andrew Joseph.
Inverting the usual approach of building a live following and then putting the their tracks out, the pair instead have opted to release a string of singles before taking to the stage. Their strategy is already paying off: their second track, Stitch It Up, has just been crowned single of the week on Radio Scotland.
An upbeat earworm, it has set the band up well for when they decide to launch their live set. In the meantime, look out for regular releases as the band records more tracks. (Not to be confused with eighties disco act Plush or Liam Hayes’ acoustic pop vehicle with the same name.) www.facebook.com/weareplushband
Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar and social night Born To Be Wide. Their next event takes place in Edinburgh’s Mash House on Thursday and is a Christmas party with guest DJs. For free tickets and info visit www.borntobewide.co.uk
AIM is a trade body established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK’s independent music industry. The sector produces some of the most exciting and popular music in the world, and makes a huge contribution to the country’s economy. AIM’s 800+ members include the largest labels in the world, small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music. For more information visit www.musicindie.com