Niall Woods (Polly Scattergood)
This last year has been one of the busiest years of my musical career. Between finishing the Master Performance course at Tech Music Schools and heading out on various tours between Ireland and England, it has been a tremendous journey. In Ireland I tour with both “The Amazing Few” and “Dreams Of Violence”. With two albums and an EP ready to go in Ireland and on iTunes 2009 is sure to see more gigs in Ireland with both Projects.
Another artist I have recorded and gigged with is BUX, with two albums in the pipeline and some very good press in Spain, it is looking like a Spanish leg will be booked to promote album number 2.
Polly Scattergood has released her album worldwide and having done countless radio session including BBC’s Dermot O Leary, Rob Da Bank, Janice long to name a few. Highlights of the last year have been selling out Cargo, the Roundhouse, Camden Barfly, plus a sell out UK Headline tour and recording in BBC’s Maida Vale Studios. In the first week of her album release this is what the press had to say:
Polly Scattergood Album Out Monday 9th March 2009 - Some of the reviews this week:
"A fantastically dark and unsettling debut. Deceptively light on the ear at first, Polly´s curious mixture of the everyday and the fantastic carries a serrated knife-edge. The musical backdrops - odd piano loops, discreet guitars, flutters of synth and adeptly deployed electronic percussion - frame songs in which you can´t get away from what Polly emotes. She has set a high-water mark for herself with this debut that she can and surely will surpass. The mind boggles - in a great way - as to exactly what she´ll be up to in 10 years time." - NME - 8/10
"Dazzling... one of the year’s most compelling debuts, brimful of vivid confessional lyrics and wild flights of musical fancy. She sounds like a little girl lost, her cute voice carried along by playful pop tunes, but closer listens reveal some deeper, darker, sometimes disturbing undercurrents." - The Sun - ****
"Dark and disturbing magic. Singing in a trembling voice, here Kate Bush and Tori Amos are obvious reference points. Her subject matter is more fractious than either, but she´s also capable of ethereal, uplifting pop symphonies of extraordinary beauty such as Unforgiving Arms and Nitrogen Pink." - Uncut - ****
"Scattergood´s eccentric muse is slightly out of kilter with the times. The sound is lo-fi gothic, acoustic instrumentation, punctuated by PJ Harvey-style electronic beats, and the vocal brings to mind Björk and Kate Bush at their maddest. Not an easy listen, but a bold, brave debut." - Mojo -