Artist: Bwani Junction
Release: Fully Cocked
Label: Aksatak Records
Release Date: November 2011 (2012 Recognition)

Picked by:
Alexis Hooper | Label Manager

“NME called them a ‘Glastonbury Institution in the making’ this year, and that’s just what they are! After the release of ‘Fully Cocked’, the band have gone from strength to strength playing T in the Park, Hard Rock Calling, Great Escape, Lee Fest, Latitude and the Isle Of Wight Festival. They also won Best Newcomer in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. With a new album set for Spring 2013, you need to do your homework and listen to Fully Cocked to see how it all began.” – Alexis Hooper

Bwani Junction’s ‘Fully Cocked’ may have been released at the end of 2011, but this past year has seen it receive major recognition. The sparkling debut album comes from a young rock band with distinct Afro-Scottish influences; unsurprising given that they come from Edinburgh and their lead-guitarist was taught to play by his counterpart in the legendary Bhundu Boys. Using a grant from Creative Scotland, the album was recorded at Chem 19 with award-winning producer Paul Savage at the controls, then mastered by Noel Summerville – previously known for his work with The Clash, The White Stripes and the Bhundu Boys.

The band’s curious moniker was derived from the title of a 1956 feature film set in an Indian railway town – whilst the label name is the result of a deranged axeman attacking one of their gigs. Ever generous, the lads give away ‘train tickets’ at every show – each one featuring quirky artwork by band members or their hardcore fans (now known as ‘The Queensferry Contingent’).

 

 


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