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Inverness indie-rock band The Citrus Scene offer up fresh twist on genre with new EP Ready When You Are and summer gigs at Butefest, Live@Troon and supporting Calum Jones at Ironworks


By Staff Reporter


TEENAGE daydreams are alive and well in Inverness – as indie-rockers The Citrus Scene launch their debut EP.

Ready When You Are –is available for download on a number of music sharing platforms from Friday.

Band members Aidan Ryles, Finlay Bradshaw, Brodie Smith and Robbie Cooper got together when they were all in the same music class at Culloden Academy. Aidan and Finlay started practising guitar and drums together in 2017 when they were 14. They were soon joined by Brodie, and then Robbie, and have held regular band practices as a four-piece in a spare room at Finlay’s house since spring 2018.

In March the four new EP track – You Cry Way Too Much, Girls and Money, How to Get Away with Murder and The Coming Age – were recorded during three sessions with producer Steve Bull at the Glachbeg Farm recording studio on the Black Isle. The EP was mastered by Mark Morrow in Edinburgh.

Robbie said: “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Steve as he knows how to produce good solid tunes. In our view each song on the EP is different and we think it shows our ability to play different indie/alt rock tunes.

“We’ve also got a few festivals and gigs arranged for the summer. We’re supporting Calum Jones at the Ironworks in June alongside Glasgow lads Chris Greig and The Merchants. We’re also booked to play at Butefest in July and will be the headline support at Live@Troon Under 18s Mini Festival in August.”

The tracks were written by Finlay, with input from the other band members – Aidan co-wrote the music for You Cry Way Too Much. The songs focus on issues affecting teenagers, including nights out and concerns about climate change.

Finlay said: “Life’s been going at a million miles an hour all of a sudden, juggling school and music. Apart from Robbie, we’re all sixteen which, if you say out loud that we’re releasing music professionally on platforms that are worth multimillions, it sounds almost made up to me. It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

Aidan added: “This year has really taken off for us and I couldn’t be prouder of the band and our growing number of supporters, which includes our brilliant families and friends. We are passionate about writing and performing and excited about what the rest of the year has in store for us.”

The boys hope the EP will lead to further gigs to finance their ambitions to release an album by the time they are all left school – Aidan and Finlay will start sixth year soon, Robbie left school recently with plans to go to college and Brodie works in the family business.

Brodie said: “From four schoolboys practising in a room to a sold-out Ironworks gig and now an EP, we’re just excited that more people will get to listen to our music.”

The Citrus Scene’s EP will be available from May 24 on all major platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and iTunes. They will be supporting Calum Jones at the Ironworks on June 14, will play Butefest on July 26 and will be the headline support at Live@Troon Under 18s Mini Festival on August 17.

For more information visit The Citrus Scene Facebook page.



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