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Third party (At Sneaky Pete's)

Updated: Feb 17, 2022

A Glasgow-based group of young indie rockers new to the scene come to Edinburgh for their first show out of their local town--and the famous Scottish indie rock venue, Sneaky Pete's.


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“[Third Party's] music is fresh and new, influenced by contemporary Glaswegian artists such as The Dunts and Rascalton, but calls back to indie classics, too. The result? An exciting, original, intense sound that you can dance to.”

Last Friday, I met Third Party, a group of 17 and 18 year-olds from Glasgow performing outside of their native town for the very first time--in the famed Scottish indie music venue, Sneaky Pete's . Having such an exciting opportunity so early on in their career explains why there was so much energy, and raw excitement, the moment they began to play. Even during soundcheck, you could tell how thrilled they were to be there, playfully warming up with the famous guitar riff from The Vapors' "Turning Japanese" and joking around with the kind of banter that's reminiscent of an episode of The Inbetweeners.


When the music finally began, in the neon-lit darkness of Sneaky Pete's, Third Party wasn't just having fun anymore: they were serious with the music, giving each other visual queues throughout each song, moving their bodies seamlessly to the beat. Considering that their songs sound like of a combination of The Arctic Monkeys, The Fratellis, and The White Stripes' most famous bass-heavy songs, you can imagine just how strong their rhythm game was. Their music is fresh and new, influenced by contemporary Glaswegian artists such as The Dunts and Rascalton, but calls back to indie classics, too. The result? An exciting, original, intense sound that you can dance to. Drummer Nicky Jennings played with power the whole time, and Jon Stewart's lead guitar playing was quite impressive, giving each song its own specific shape.


After their set ended, I chatted with the boys to learn a little more about the band. They talked about their songwriting process, how "most of it is a collaborative effort," and how it's inevitable for any band in the indie music scene to be influenced by The Arctic Monkeys. When I asked Paul O'Brien, the lead vocalist, how he thought it went at Sneaky Pete's, he said "our best gig yet, to be honest." And when I asked them what Friday means to them (a question I will ask all bands on here), Tony Mowatt, the rhythm guitarist, said, "Forget about your shite week." Paul simply said, "Friday means Bucky." In other words, the very answers you'd expect from a bona fide up-and-coming Scottish indie rock band.


Check out their Spotify page here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3WNBckJ1bYzBW325Y7wj7n .

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