The Scottish Enlightenment

The Scottish Enlightenment

 Edinburgh, Scotland, GBR

The Scottish Enlightenment makes skeletal, reverberant ecclesiastic rock, threaded with lyrics that beautify the darkness and light up the ugliness. The following bands ripped our sound off: Low, Grizzly Bear, Arab Strap, Sigur Ros, Yo La Tengo, Nick Cave. We understand though, it is very good.


Every mother is a teacher and every father is a preacher...from forth the loins of these two professions, a quartet of star-crossed musicians take their life...spread up and down the east coast of Scotland like marmite...(where we lay our scene)...before, we rattled around up in the sandstone and granite eaves of Scottish churches...ebbing and flowing on ecclesiastic elastic...each one of us broke on the shore of The Scottish Enlightenment in successive waves...the David's were crushed together upstairs in O'Neils in freshers' week, Aberdeen, 1998...David had Angus by the genes but he hit the road in 2002 to preach the gospel...Michael pulled up in a battered Renault Clio in the precipitous slope of Buffies Brae, number 25, Dunfermline, 2005, as the cold of winter lost its white knuckled grip on the year...and everything started to grow again...Angus appeared at the door in 2007 ready to hang up his traveling cloak for a few years...thus The Scottish Enlightenment...

The band signed to lauded Glasgow label Armellodie Records in 2010 and released 2 EPs and an album in a year, all of which were praised by local and national music press, and received extensive airplay on BBC6 Music and BBC Scotland.

If Sonicbids allowed, The Scottish Enlightenment would be described as ecclesiastic rock with a shoegaze/slowcore/dreampop inheritance. Something like that anyway.

Other people say:

"A sonic and spiritual delight that soars into your heart and wont let go...Epic and glorious." The Daily Record
"single guitar notes...are now dropped into the songs without hurry, allowing the simple but infectious melodies to sink in at their own pace" Song, by Toad
"The music is like a rougher Explosions in the Sky, tremoring and reverbing at the brink of eruption (4/5)" The List
"The Scottish Enlightenment echo winter well, with skeletal guitar lines as brittle and bare as tree branches and a settled pace as quietly insidious as snow fall (4/5)" The Skinny
"one of the best releases that I have heard all year. ‘All Homemade Things’ could possibly be my favourite song to come out this year, I can’t get enough of it." Peenko Blog


"Volo Ut Sis" LP (2006 Moojuice Records)
"Eyes" Single (2007 Moojuice Records)
Pascal EP (2010 Armellodie Records)
Little Sleep EP (2010 Armellodie Records)
St Thomas LP (2010 Armellodie Records)

Set List

All Homemade Things
Earth Angel
The Soft Place
List Right
Drip Feed
If You Would Try a Bit Harder
Get My Limousine
The First Will Be Last
Little Sleep

Typical set list = 30-40 mins (6-7 of the above)
Maximum set list = 60 mins (all the above)