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"The Skinny - Letters - Wickerman Festival Review"

We have a day of excellent music ahead of us and start out back in the Solus with a band from Edinburgh called Letters. They certainly look like they’re enjoying themselves as they play like it was one in the morning rather than the afternoon, with a leaping front man and a guitarist who was so involved in the set that it’s a surprise he didn’t topple into the photo pit. New single Flashlights is a standout track from a band that manages to be both dark and simultaneously quite upbeat; they’re fairly difficult to (pardon the pun) pigeonhole.
- The skinny


"The Skinny - Letters - Wickerman Festival Review"

We have a day of excellent music ahead of us and start out back in the Solus with a band from Edinburgh called Letters. They certainly look like they’re enjoying themselves as they play like it was one in the morning rather than the afternoon, with a leaping front man and a guitarist who was so involved in the set that it’s a surprise he didn’t topple into the photo pit. New single Flashlights is a standout track from a band that manages to be both dark and simultaneously quite upbeat; they’re fairly difficult to (pardon the pun) pigeonhole.
- The skinny


"Artrocker - Singles of the Week - July 4th 2011"

Letters
Flash! Lights
(Tape)
* * * *

Scotland really know how to feed us passionate and elegantly warming rock. Taking the booming yet emotional presence of Frightened Rabbit, Letters new single manages to incorporate a throbbingly haunting cello arrangement into soaring guitars that reach Biffy levels of power. That said, at its more subtle moments the bass, drums and cello give the song a real heartbeat. A lament for a past life, this is a gloriously euphoric single that makes me want to hear so much more by them. Investigate.
Lee Puddefoot - Artrocker


"Artrocker - Singles of the Week - July 4th 2011"

Letters
Flash! Lights
(Tape)
* * * *

Scotland really know how to feed us passionate and elegantly warming rock. Taking the booming yet emotional presence of Frightened Rabbit, Letters new single manages to incorporate a throbbingly haunting cello arrangement into soaring guitars that reach Biffy levels of power. That said, at its more subtle moments the bass, drums and cello give the song a real heartbeat. A lament for a past life, this is a gloriously euphoric single that makes me want to hear so much more by them. Investigate.
Lee Puddefoot - Artrocker


"Scotsman - Friday Five"

Blimey, where did this lot come from? It's rare that such a new band sounds so close to the finished article, so Edinburgh quintet Letters can sit back, relax and let the two tracks they've recorded do the rounds of the blogosphere. I suspect fans of power/punk/pop (delete as appropriate) acts such as Jimmy Eat World will find much to admire in the pedal-to-the-metal chorus, but for everyone over the age of 19 there's still plenty of musical meat on the bones, from the not-just-there-for-the-sake-of-it use of cello, lovely vocal harmonies and even the odd Coolio reference for good measure. Curious?
- Radar Scotsman


"Scotsman - Friday Five"

Blimey, where did this lot come from? It's rare that such a new band sounds so close to the finished article, so Edinburgh quintet Letters can sit back, relax and let the two tracks they've recorded do the rounds of the blogosphere. I suspect fans of power/punk/pop (delete as appropriate) acts such as Jimmy Eat World will find much to admire in the pedal-to-the-metal chorus, but for everyone over the age of 19 there's still plenty of musical meat on the bones, from the not-just-there-for-the-sake-of-it use of cello, lovely vocal harmonies and even the odd Coolio reference for good measure. Curious?
- Radar Scotsman


"DrownedinSound EP Review - Letters"

I had a wee tweet this month from Letters, to tell me I might like their EP Older Motion Pictures. Dark, atmospheric, with some epic-sounding drums washing over the end; well, what do you think? They were correct. - Drowned in Sound


"DrownedinSound EP Review - Letters"

I had a wee tweet this month from Letters, to tell me I might like their EP Older Motion Pictures. Dark, atmospheric, with some epic-sounding drums washing over the end; well, what do you think? They were correct. - Drowned in Sound


"Artrocker - Singles of the week 19th March 2012"

With booming cellos and a rhythm that gallops along to shotgun drumming, ‘The Halfway House’ is a dark and desperate song that pulls you in on its surging journey, as you ache for Scotland’s excellent Letters to find their way home. More Arcade Fire meets Frightened Rabbit goodness ahead of the release of their debut EP in May.
Lee Puddefoot - Artrocker magazine


"Artrocker - Singles of the week 19th March 2012"

With booming cellos and a rhythm that gallops along to shotgun drumming, ‘The Halfway House’ is a dark and desperate song that pulls you in on its surging journey, as you ache for Scotland’s excellent Letters to find their way home. More Arcade Fire meets Frightened Rabbit goodness ahead of the release of their debut EP in May.
Lee Puddefoot - Artrocker magazine


"Herald - Letters EP review"

(God Is In The TV Records)

I'VE been watching for Edinburgh five-piece Letters since hearing the dark cello underlay of their debut double-A single Grand National/Pipe Dreams early last year. A couple of other singles followed, both proving this particular renegade from the classical canon can add a distinctively mournful instrumental colour or a uniquely biting rhythmic drive to the typical indie set-up. Their new four-track EP features their best writing yet. There's a melancholy grandeur to the title track, while Torrens makes even more of the band's natural oppositions: Mikey Ferguson's high, floating vocals against the depth of Georgie Williamson's cello; the long, bowed notes of that same cello against the sharper rock distortion of Ed Ellis's guitar. From Time To Time is proof they're growing in confidence with every new song. Buy at www.wewriteletters.bandcamp.com or godisinthetvrecords.bigcartel.com/product/letters-older-motion-pictures-ep. - Herald


"Herald - Letters EP review"

(God Is In The TV Records)

I'VE been watching for Edinburgh five-piece Letters since hearing the dark cello underlay of their debut double-A single Grand National/Pipe Dreams early last year. A couple of other singles followed, both proving this particular renegade from the classical canon can add a distinctively mournful instrumental colour or a uniquely biting rhythmic drive to the typical indie set-up. Their new four-track EP features their best writing yet. There's a melancholy grandeur to the title track, while Torrens makes even more of the band's natural oppositions: Mikey Ferguson's high, floating vocals against the depth of Georgie Williamson's cello; the long, bowed notes of that same cello against the sharper rock distortion of Ed Ellis's guitar. From Time To Time is proof they're growing in confidence with every new song. Buy at www.wewriteletters.bandcamp.com or godisinthetvrecords.bigcartel.com/product/letters-older-motion-pictures-ep. - Herald


"Letters - Single of the month - five stars"

After February’s “Pipe Dreams”, Letters amazingly remain unsigned, although their stock is inevitably and justifiably rising. This new track allows the Edinburgh band to further explore their own developing sound. It starts with a bleaker, Cello driven movement planted with a melody that stridently positions itself over the seeping, pulsing bass line. Almost half way in, there’s an ingenious smuggling in of a drum beat, before a complete song explosion unleashes the fireworks for the final minute. Here the spine tingling burst of guitars and live acoustic instruments blow up like an atomic orchestra, sweeping the northern themes around you like a cool blast of nu-Celtic rock – big, dark and glorious, "Flash! Lights!" is a mountain top anthem stuffed with romance and grandeur. We haven't heard the last of this lot...


MMMMM - Manchestermusic.co.uk


"Letters - Single of the month - five stars"

After February’s “Pipe Dreams”, Letters amazingly remain unsigned, although their stock is inevitably and justifiably rising. This new track allows the Edinburgh band to further explore their own developing sound. It starts with a bleaker, Cello driven movement planted with a melody that stridently positions itself over the seeping, pulsing bass line. Almost half way in, there’s an ingenious smuggling in of a drum beat, before a complete song explosion unleashes the fireworks for the final minute. Here the spine tingling burst of guitars and live acoustic instruments blow up like an atomic orchestra, sweeping the northern themes around you like a cool blast of nu-Celtic rock – big, dark and glorious, "Flash! Lights!" is a mountain top anthem stuffed with romance and grandeur. We haven't heard the last of this lot...


MMMMM - Manchestermusic.co.uk


"First new buzz band of the year"

The first new buzz band of the year has arrived in the form of Edinburgh’s Letters. This week they remedy the fact that they have yet to play a gig or have a release, and these milestones should see interest in the 5 piece rocket.
The first offering is a double A side release of The Grand National and Pipe Dreams (below), which will see any hype justified.

The band exhume an extremely striking brand of indie pop which has a resonating quality. The topic is often of woe, but the songs are uplifting, and the delivery absorbing.
The juxtaposition of prominent cello and processed drums, and the tendency to give songs that big push at the end earmarks this as something special.
Pipe Dreams is particularly impressive and already stands out as one of the best songs of the year.
You will be able to download both tracks from the band’s website from February 16th (this Wednesday), the same day they debut live in Edinburgh. Glasgow folk can catch them at King Tut’s on March 4th, email the band for cheap tickets.
The band have put down the gauntlet and stated that they are going to be impressive live – they certainly are on record, so I’m inclined to believe the hype in this case. - Favourite Son


"First new buzz band of the year"

The first new buzz band of the year has arrived in the form of Edinburgh’s Letters. This week they remedy the fact that they have yet to play a gig or have a release, and these milestones should see interest in the 5 piece rocket.
The first offering is a double A side release of The Grand National and Pipe Dreams (below), which will see any hype justified.

The band exhume an extremely striking brand of indie pop which has a resonating quality. The topic is often of woe, but the songs are uplifting, and the delivery absorbing.
The juxtaposition of prominent cello and processed drums, and the tendency to give songs that big push at the end earmarks this as something special.
Pipe Dreams is particularly impressive and already stands out as one of the best songs of the year.
You will be able to download both tracks from the band’s website from February 16th (this Wednesday), the same day they debut live in Edinburgh. Glasgow folk can catch them at King Tut’s on March 4th, email the band for cheap tickets.
The band have put down the gauntlet and stated that they are going to be impressive live – they certainly are on record, so I’m inclined to believe the hype in this case. - Favourite Son


"Friday Freebies"

Letters
When Letters first burst onto the scene at the start of the year I must admit that I was a bit taken aback by the amount of hype they got from many of my fellow blogger friends. After hearing their new single, 'Flash! Lights', I have to put my hands up and admit that I was wrong, as this song is a wee belter and best of all it's free. You can download yourself a copy for free using the following link.
- Peenko


"Friday Freebies"

Letters
When Letters first burst onto the scene at the start of the year I must admit that I was a bit taken aback by the amount of hype they got from many of my fellow blogger friends. After hearing their new single, 'Flash! Lights', I have to put my hands up and admit that I was wrong, as this song is a wee belter and best of all it's free. You can download yourself a copy for free using the following link.
- Peenko


"Letters New Single"

It is rare that a band turns heads from just the opening chord of a song but Edinburgh indie artists Letters, do just that twice, with their debut double a-sided single. Two stunning tracks which deliver freshness and originality and for a group that only formed the in the back end of 2010, it is scarily exciting what they could achieve in the future from this confident and accomplished start.Pipe Dreams instantly grabs your ears and senses with its dark haunting cello beginning blending with Mikey Ferguson’s evocative vocals, sound tracking the reminiscent tale painted by what on the surface seem simple lyrics, but create a vivid portrait of a life and reality. Throughout the track the rest of the band burst into action as it ebbs and flows elegantly, Dougie Fuller’s bass morosely dances adding to the sense of failed hope and cellist Georgie Williamson’s accompanying vocals a wonderful balance.

Letters have a mesmerising sound, The Grand National, again deceptively simple at first glance, is a wonderfully layered track of ideas, sound and emotions. There is a natural flare to their song writing going on these 2 songs and I for one am eager to follow their progress in the months ahead. They tell of their lives, home towns and growing up within with a vibrant and enthralling sound and lyrical flare others can only dream of. Ed Ellis, guitar and Kerr Donaldson on drums finish off this quintet, every element an exact fit in the inventiveness that is Letters.

The added plus for you the listener is that this will be released as a free to download single on February 16th, and to have an advance tasting of the tracks go to the bands website http://www.wewriteletters.co.uk to have a listen. - Rockpulse


"Letters New Single"

It is rare that a band turns heads from just the opening chord of a song but Edinburgh indie artists Letters, do just that twice, with their debut double a-sided single. Two stunning tracks which deliver freshness and originality and for a group that only formed the in the back end of 2010, it is scarily exciting what they could achieve in the future from this confident and accomplished start.Pipe Dreams instantly grabs your ears and senses with its dark haunting cello beginning blending with Mikey Ferguson’s evocative vocals, sound tracking the reminiscent tale painted by what on the surface seem simple lyrics, but create a vivid portrait of a life and reality. Throughout the track the rest of the band burst into action as it ebbs and flows elegantly, Dougie Fuller’s bass morosely dances adding to the sense of failed hope and cellist Georgie Williamson’s accompanying vocals a wonderful balance.

Letters have a mesmerising sound, The Grand National, again deceptively simple at first glance, is a wonderfully layered track of ideas, sound and emotions. There is a natural flare to their song writing going on these 2 songs and I for one am eager to follow their progress in the months ahead. They tell of their lives, home towns and growing up within with a vibrant and enthralling sound and lyrical flare others can only dream of. Ed Ellis, guitar and Kerr Donaldson on drums finish off this quintet, every element an exact fit in the inventiveness that is Letters.

The added plus for you the listener is that this will be released as a free to download single on February 16th, and to have an advance tasting of the tracks go to the bands website http://www.wewriteletters.co.uk to have a listen. - Rockpulse


"Thing of the day"

LETTERS – Grand National / Pipe Dreams (self release) - We like Letters and we especially like that they live up to their name and actually write letters. If fact they sent an email to say a letter was on the way, and indeed it was, I have it here, we like getting letters. We’d like Letters anyway, letter writing or not; Letters are from Edinburgh, there’s five of them in the band, they have a rich full-bodied sound, a warm embracing sound, a timeless sound. Rich, organic, lush strings, cello; Dark Cello Pop Noiseniks is what they call themselves;they're not really noiseniks, this isn’t noise and they don’t sound like niks, no, this is lush warm rich soothing sound. Debut single and two perfect pop songs – very much pop songs - classic pop basslines sewn together with those orchestral strings, that rich voice, a pocket world atlas, the post it notes they write and god knows how they’ll cut to the core of it. Evocative warmth, beautifully affirming chorus dreams, wide screen expansiveness, entangled male/female melodicness, rather refined and nothing seeming to be bringing anyone down really. Letters have a beautiful sound, a gloriously warm intensity, a timeless pop sensibility, a hopeful sound, a strangely nostalgic sound, a sound from that time back there where you still had a touch of childhood hope left in there. They really shouldn’t be so full of self-doubt, and their Pipe Dreams tell us we’ll all be fine in five minutes, persevering because they want to, calm yourself... Both songs are as strong as each other, coming up in such a stylish manner… Might be something special happening. Refined pop with a warm classical glow. A significant band just might be emerging here, confidently coming up for air… - Organ Art Zine


"Thing of the day"

LETTERS – Grand National / Pipe Dreams (self release) - We like Letters and we especially like that they live up to their name and actually write letters. If fact they sent an email to say a letter was on the way, and indeed it was, I have it here, we like getting letters. We’d like Letters anyway, letter writing or not; Letters are from Edinburgh, there’s five of them in the band, they have a rich full-bodied sound, a warm embracing sound, a timeless sound. Rich, organic, lush strings, cello; Dark Cello Pop Noiseniks is what they call themselves;they're not really noiseniks, this isn’t noise and they don’t sound like niks, no, this is lush warm rich soothing sound. Debut single and two perfect pop songs – very much pop songs - classic pop basslines sewn together with those orchestral strings, that rich voice, a pocket world atlas, the post it notes they write and god knows how they’ll cut to the core of it. Evocative warmth, beautifully affirming chorus dreams, wide screen expansiveness, entangled male/female melodicness, rather refined and nothing seeming to be bringing anyone down really. Letters have a beautiful sound, a gloriously warm intensity, a timeless pop sensibility, a hopeful sound, a strangely nostalgic sound, a sound from that time back there where you still had a touch of childhood hope left in there. They really shouldn’t be so full of self-doubt, and their Pipe Dreams tell us we’ll all be fine in five minutes, persevering because they want to, calm yourself... Both songs are as strong as each other, coming up in such a stylish manner… Might be something special happening. Refined pop with a warm classical glow. A significant band just might be emerging here, confidently coming up for air… - Organ Art Zine


"New Waves"

There’s something stirring about the cello. Listen to and witness its use by bands such as Arcade Fire, Smashing Pumpkins and even heavy rockers System of a Down to see how its employ can evoke untapped emotions of sadness, strength and ambition. Now add to this list a new band from Edinburgh who very much make the most of the four string bowed beast. They’re called Letters. Whilst Breaking More Waves doesn't often dip its foot into classic rock structures Letters have just enough of a difference to make us want to do so.

Letters do big music. Not in the sense of the numbers in their group – of which there are five – but the way that their sound is expansive, rocket fuelled and aiming higher and higher. Their debut single The Grand National released last month is musically like its title – an exciting heart pounding race of explosive jumps that storms to a glorious finish and the flipside Pipe Dreams, is muscular enough to whack the bell on a fairground high striker all the way to the top.

It’s very early days for the band having only formed in the winter of 2010, but based on these two fairly intensive and impressive songs, (you can download both legally and for free below) there’s a good chance that Letters could be worth keeping an ear and eye out for. If you want to check them out live Letters are playing gigs in Scotland this month and hope to expand into shows throughout the UK in spring time, with a new EP to follow in April. - Breaking more Waves


"New Waves"

There’s something stirring about the cello. Listen to and witness its use by bands such as Arcade Fire, Smashing Pumpkins and even heavy rockers System of a Down to see how its employ can evoke untapped emotions of sadness, strength and ambition. Now add to this list a new band from Edinburgh who very much make the most of the four string bowed beast. They’re called Letters. Whilst Breaking More Waves doesn't often dip its foot into classic rock structures Letters have just enough of a difference to make us want to do so.

Letters do big music. Not in the sense of the numbers in their group – of which there are five – but the way that their sound is expansive, rocket fuelled and aiming higher and higher. Their debut single The Grand National released last month is musically like its title – an exciting heart pounding race of explosive jumps that storms to a glorious finish and the flipside Pipe Dreams, is muscular enough to whack the bell on a fairground high striker all the way to the top.

It’s very early days for the band having only formed in the winter of 2010, but based on these two fairly intensive and impressive songs, (you can download both legally and for free below) there’s a good chance that Letters could be worth keeping an ear and eye out for. If you want to check them out live Letters are playing gigs in Scotland this month and hope to expand into shows throughout the UK in spring time, with a new EP to follow in April. - Breaking more Waves


"I and Love and You"

he hottest new band in Scotland right now. Their debut single is released on February 16, the same day the play their first ever gig, at Henry’s Cellar Bar in their native Edinburgh. “No band I’ve seen that comes from our part of the world is better than us live. And that’s only going by how good we are in practice,” said singer Mikey Ferguson in an interview with Kowalskiy – such declarations would make them seem like cocky little fuckers if their ambitious indie-rock-with-cellos sound wasn’t so monumental. They’re also playing Glasgow’s King Tut’s on March 4 in support to Wild Palms and Song Of Return - The Pop Cop


"I and Love and You"

he hottest new band in Scotland right now. Their debut single is released on February 16, the same day the play their first ever gig, at Henry’s Cellar Bar in their native Edinburgh. “No band I’ve seen that comes from our part of the world is better than us live. And that’s only going by how good we are in practice,” said singer Mikey Ferguson in an interview with Kowalskiy – such declarations would make them seem like cocky little fuckers if their ambitious indie-rock-with-cellos sound wasn’t so monumental. They’re also playing Glasgow’s King Tut’s on March 4 in support to Wild Palms and Song Of Return - The Pop Cop


"CMU Approved"

Edinburgh five-piece Letters formed early last year, instantly marking their guitar pop sound out from the rest by adding a cellist to the line-up. This adds a darker element to their sound, which, coupled with their tendency to leap on the distortion pedal as songs draw to an end, and my weakness for vocals sung in a Scottish accent, it makes for a winning formula. The band's debut double A-side single, 'The Grand National/Pipe Dreams', out on 14 Feb, showcases two incredibly strong songs, merging downbeat lyrics with upbeat rock and meaty hooks. If they've got more songs like these in their arsenal they could have a very bright future indeed. And you'll have ample opportunity to discover whether or not they have those songs when they tour the UK from March to May. - CMU Daily (Unlimited Media)


"CMU Approved"

Edinburgh five-piece Letters formed early last year, instantly marking their guitar pop sound out from the rest by adding a cellist to the line-up. This adds a darker element to their sound, which, coupled with their tendency to leap on the distortion pedal as songs draw to an end, and my weakness for vocals sung in a Scottish accent, it makes for a winning formula. The band's debut double A-side single, 'The Grand National/Pipe Dreams', out on 14 Feb, showcases two incredibly strong songs, merging downbeat lyrics with upbeat rock and meaty hooks. If they've got more songs like these in their arsenal they could have a very bright future indeed. And you'll have ample opportunity to discover whether or not they have those songs when they tour the UK from March to May. - CMU Daily (Unlimited Media)


Discography

Spring/Summer 2013 - Debut Album 'Letters' currently being produced with Tom McFall (Bloc Party, Regina Spektor, Weezer, Biffy Clyro)

May 2012 - Debut EP - 'Older Motion Pictures' (GodIsInTheTV Records)

Played on Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, XFM, Forth 1, Clyde 1, Tay FM and Amazing Radio

March 19th 2012 - Single - 'The Halfway House'
(GodIsInTheTV records)

Played on Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, XFM, Forth 1, Clyde 1, Tay FM and Amazing Radio

July 2011 - Single - 'Flash! Lights'

Released as a free download from the band's website www.wewriteletters.co.uk/music

Played on Radio 1, BBC6 music, XFM and earned a place on Jim Gellatly's 'Scotland's best Under the Radar Album' on Amazing Radio

March 2011 - Double A-side - 'The Grand National/Pipe Dreams'

Released as a free download from the band's website www.wewriteletters.co.uk/music

both songs played on Radio 1, BBC6 music, XFM and Amazing Radio

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Bio

Letters were born amidst the ruins of desolate Scottish fishing towns and Edinburgh city centre bohemia in the winter of 2010. Five strong, Mikey, Georgie, Dougie, Kerr and Ed occupy their ranks

Letters are currently recording their debut album with super producer Tom McFall (Regina Spektor, Bloc Party, Weezer, Biffy Clyro, REM)

Letters are played frequently on Radio 1, BBC6 music, XFM and playlisted on Amazing Radio.

Letters have played the Rockness, Wickerman and GoNorth festivals and have supported Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild and one little indian outfit 'Wild Palms'

Press:

"I'm loving it" (Steve Lamacq-BBC6 music)

"This is fantastic, so huge and expansive. I cannot wait to hear what this band do next." (Ally McCrae - Radio1)

"...booming cellos and a rhythm that gallops along to shotgun drumming...Arcade Fire meets Frightened Rabbit goodness." (Artocker magazine)

"Dark, atmospheric, with some epic-sounding drums washing over the end...I like it!" (DrownedinSound)

"This particular renegade from the classical canon can add a distinctively mournful instrumental colour or a uniquely biting rhythmic drive to the typical indie set-up. Their new four-track EP features their best writing yet." (The Herald)

"Cello or no cello, Letters are a million musical miles away from most other acts. While the tracks they’ve made available so far demonstrate a knack for a nice harmony, the music is very much plugged in...the blog buzz surrounding Letters is already intense. But they’re a confident bunch and it already sounds like there’s an appetite for their crisp alt rock" (Scotsman)