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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE | AFM

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Kelvin Fast Track Through The Circuit"

If you are looking for a new anthemic indie rock band dripping with Glasgow appeal, then look no further, Kelvin has arrived! And with support now coming from Simple Minds, you should definitely keep an eye on this lot!

Forming in February, after a bunch of experimental gigs last year, Andrew (Guitar), Bradley (Bass), Connor (Vocals & Guitar) and Michael (Drums) decided to take music making seriously by starting Kelvin.

Giving up their jobs and sticking a fork in the ground, the lads planted the seeds that would allow them to flourish. Kelvin has been grafting within the live music sector in Glasgow and beyond since 2013.

Sounding incredible with newfound signature style, their hard work seems to be paying off as they’ve captured the attention of several influential bodies, including Jim Gellatly.

The highly regarded Scottish Music Maestro will this week play Kelvin’s debut single, ‘Punching Bag’, as his Break Out Track on XFM’s Drive Time Show on Thursday (23rd July).

Kelvin 3Also, Simple Minds gave Kelvin a shout out and recommendation on Social Media yesterday morning, Kelvin reported this was an ‘unbelievable honour.’

This follows on from months of gigging, getting on national TV and being featured on local radio.

Specifically, the above mentioned include: Kelvin playing a live set on STV Glasgow, having their band story aired on Clyde 1, completing an Irish Tour, gigging in several cities from Dublin to Galway, taking over a stage in Manchester, Liverpool, Luxembourg (!), Edinburgh (Sneaky Pete’s) and several places in Glasgow.

One of their most successful gigs was at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (King Tut’s) when they supported Darlia.

With a great response at King Tut’s the first time round, they’ve been booked back in. This time Kelvin will headline and play out the final night of the King Tut’s Summer Nights Festival on 30th of this month!

I eventually caught up with the fast movers in the flesh when they headlined the SAMAs (Scottish Alternative Music Awards) 2nd acoustic showcase event.

Their set followed on from 3 other fantastic acts: Josephine Sillars, Michael Cassidy and Gerry Cinnamon (Gerry also played the T-Break stage at T in The Park!)

Connor shared his feelings about being part of the successful SAMA experience:

“Exciting man, really cool to be part of it, there’s a good atmosphere”

“Michael Cassidy and Gerry Cinnamon are great, it’s good to play beside these guys and get into the Scottish scene a bit more. “

Kelvin 5bSo when seated on the ground floor of the Citizen M Hotel, Kelvin played us 7 tracks.

Debut single Punching Bag was one of them. It’s a confident rhythmic melody interspersed with hearty bass lines, ratcheting drums, the lyrics alone are worthy of whistles and gushing cheers. Hard hitters like Bloodlines pull at the senses and smacks you with compassion; it’s another great representation of Kelvin.

Fast Track Ways also featured and is a favourite; this is a song that covers the intensity of soul breaking moments being flipped into something good. Turning things around and going from pain to power.

I also think Kelvin is a band that has sought out the power in what they do, found their voice and strengthened it for the good of their main mission. I love how each song has an intriguing story, but this one and its lyrics ties in quite well with overcoming adversity and winning an internal battle. Fast Track Ways is just one of many anthems in their superb set list.

I could sum up Kelvin’s sound as tall glass of hot chocolate: rich, filling, and deliciously smooth on the ear, and of course damn hot.

The acoustic set really does do them justice, and brings the depth of Kelvin’s sound to the forefront.

So it’s no wonder their full throttle gigs sell out!

One year in the making and the differences between their performances when I first saw them then and now is striking: noticeable in tone, audience interaction, and vibe.

Front man and lead singer, Connor, definitely has a persona that translates well at gigs.

Interacting with the audience included asking if ‘Man in the hat’, liked what he was hearing. And before, ‘Begging and Pleading’ started; Connor suggested those that had been dumped leave.

K6Their set had a cool, friendly, responsive feel, more so compared to the Luxembourg audience who I’m told:

“…didn’t know what we were talking about”, Connor.

Despite the language barrier, Kelvin must have impressed, as they have been asked back! Although a second visit may be on the pipeline after the band completes their summer gigs.

Because not only are they headlining and closing out the King Tut’s Summer Nights festival on 30th July, they are planning on releasing their single in August, and will also go on a single tour in October. And I was given further news regarding their support slots later this year. I can confirm the acts Kelvin will be supporting are BIG. Definitely check back on their Website and Facebook/Twitter feeds for updates!

Impressed with their work ethic, fantastic songs and slick style, advancements can be put down to the whole team, but most importantly I believe their manager, Marc McStay, is pivotal to Kelvin’s success. The Playlist Unearthed founder is leading the band in all the right directions.

With his finger on the pulse, Marc contributes to the music scene in a major way, and helps others in the business where he can.

With eye-contact you can’t fail to comprehend as business, Andrew, Bradley, Connor, Michael and Marc know the drill. You get the feeling Kelvin is in training for a huge event. A certain level of respect is felt through the atmosphere; this isn’t just a pastime for them, music making is a way of life now. And they want to ensure it’s an amazing one. It’s all packed into a night’s work, from talking to me, playing their souls out, to connecting with other musicians and then zooming home straight after the doors shut.

K7Although in the short time I got chatting to the lads, it’s nice to know they work hard and play hard, enjoying a beer or two and maybe even some Fifa. Asked about one of the things they loved when on tour in Ireland, Connor responded with:

“Guinness with a dash of blackcurrant, that’s what you call a cocktail over there!”

Well, that’s that settled then.

Kelvin may be a bit on the professional side. But I think that’s partly why they are so damn good

In fact, you might find yourself singing along with them when they belt out:

“I’ve found the good, I’ve found the gooood!” – Fast Track Ways by Kelvin. - Harsharan Hoonjan

"Tenement Trail 2015: the bands wave two"

Making a name for themselves alongside big acts in the Scottish scene Baby Strange and Tijuana Bibles, Kelvin are steadily creeping towards much wider recognition. Their track ‘Punching Bag’ was recently XFM’s track of the day while a sell-out show at King Tuts somewhat bolsters their status as an up and coming band to be taken seriously. Kelvin’s slick rock sound is polished and poppy, think radio-friendly Kings of Leon, and with such succinct and confident song writing this four piece will be picking up fans at will when October comes around. - Tenement TV

"Willie McStay's Son Aims for Chart Success With New Band"

Former Scottish footballer and Coach Willie McStay is used to hitting the back of the net and climbing league tables but his son has a different kind of chart climbing success in mind.

Marc McStay gave up his full time job in February to manage local band Kelvin, after he was blown away by new material they had written.

He completely rebranded and renamed them and took them on tour to build up a fan base.

They recorded a demo and sent it to several producers and companies.

It was picked up by Jim Lowe who produces music for the Stereophonics and he was so impressed he flew the band down to London to record a track.

Marc said: "I was just blown away when I heard their music. So that was me, left my job and I've been their full time manager since February.

"I've always been a music fan and have been really into discovering bands before they go big. I saw James Bay at a gig with ten people and within a year he was massive. So, I've always been trying to get into bands really early.

"I played football when I was younger, obviously I come from a big footballing family but that didn't work out because I broke my ankle. I went to uni and went down the path of being a web developer and I was doing that for three years, at a desk doing nine til five. I set the playlist up in my spare time and somehow stumbled into being a full time manager.

"It's bizarre how things like that happen, but it you meet talented people then it just happens." - Clyde 1

"REVIEW | Kelvin - Punching Bag"

Glasgow band Kelvin haven’t been around long but damn, have they made an impact quickly, gaining quite the fanbase, in addition to garnering the attention of many big names, from radio DJ Jim Gellatly to the legendary Simple Minds. And judging by their debut single Punching Bag, it’s no surprise as to why they get lots of love. - Local Music Scene


Still working on that hot first release.



This Glasgow based 4-piece burst onto the scene with their infectious indie riffs, big guitar driven melodies, and anthemic sounds. Since Kelvin's launch in February the band have won over fans and critics at an exciting pace with their powerhouse live set and energetic performances. The tremors from Kelvin's initial impact were felt as far as London peaking the interest of Grammy award winning producer Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, The Charlatans) who recognised the bands potential. The band have been working closely with Jim over recent months recording their debut singles between Stereophonics home studio in London and Grouse Lodge International Studios in Ireland. Kelvin are now fresh off the back of a UK & Ireland tour, and their debut single is set for release in September 2015. 

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