Cloud of Starlings
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Cloud of Starlings

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock Classic Rock




"Live gig review - March 2017"

Next up onstage (...and this is where I myself start to get a little hazy, I blame the pre-gig drinkies) were melodic rockers Cloud Of Starlings, a band who I have already liked for a while anyway, so can confidently say I would have enjoyed the shit out of them. If only I could remember. Friend number one said they were the best band of the night though when I chased up the details a few days later, he went on to class them as 'tight as fuck, I would totally buy an album, would probably even have danced to them, if I could dance', friend number two said he only remembers the first bad, and then waking up with most of his clothes still on, including his shoes. Friend number two probably doesn't get out much. I would recommend you check these guys out though, there is a reason I have them up as one of my top Glasgow bands at the moment, you will realise why as soon as you listen to a couple of tracks online. - New Hellfire Club

"EP1 Review"

Since their inception in early 2013, Cloud Of Starlings have grown into a solid rock outfit. Their blues-rock Americana style will sit well with hard rock fans and indie kids alike. They don’t reinvent the wheel and they wear their influences on their sleeve but that is no bad thing. Their penchant for sweeping guitar driven classic rock make them very pleasing on the ears.

For a band who love to play music while drinking, they’ll have no trouble entertaining those of us who like to listen to music while drinking. EP1, as an introduction to the band, is a fine way to spend 15 minutes of your evening while enjoying a beer. Or, in keeping with the music, some of your favourite old Tennessee whiskey.

Those influences are written large on this EP, given it includes Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, The Black Crowes, some Hendrix for good measure, it’s something the band should be unconcerned with. They’re all there on opening track ‘Black Heart’. The song is structured around a looping riff and a gravelly blues-rock vocal. It’s a song that manages to sound like a Black Crowes song, without sounding like any of the Black Crowes’ actual songs.

Second track ‘Fire’ is more of a slow burner, with a singalong chorus it builds from a brooding, fuzzy, acoustic intro and another ‘from the classic’s’ riff until all four band members are rocking, before fading out again with that brooding fuzzy acoustic. More of this would be pleasing. Third song ‘Turn Me On’ is their crowd pleaser. A ballsy rocker with an 80’s arena rock solo in exactly the right place. It’s their set closer and it’s easy to see why.

To describe all three songs here; if you like American rock, from the 70’s to the 90’s, then this EP should have plenty of appeal. Their most recent gig, on February 9th at Ivory Blacks in Glasgow, was their third of a year where they aim to have the festival crowds of Scotland rocking.

Cloud Of Starlings don’t mess about and you’ll be able to check them out around Glasgow as well as festivals around the country this summer. As the band say, “Keep your eyes on the sky”. - Music Scramble


Our new 4 track EP 'New York' is available now on all major streaming platforms. 



Cloud of Starlings are a 3 piece Melodic Rock band from west of Scotland. Pairing subtle low-fi verses with heavy choruses and screaming guitar solos Cloud of Starlings take you on a sonic journey through soaring highs and crashing lows. Taking inspiration from the likes of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Joy Division, Jimmi Hendrix and Pink Floyd they have created a sound that incorporates elements of rock, grunge, funk and acoustica. Their full blooded sets have everything from the stomping anthem ‘New York’ to the Black Crows inspired bluesy groove of Like a Stone and the Indy rock groove of Lessons Learned. They have played various venues across Glasgow, the highlight being opening the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games stage on Brunswick Street, and while at home in small sweaty venues their sound is also well suited for the larger stage and they hope to better this amazing experience in the future.

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