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Arts / New band gives local rock scene welcome boost

The Fiction have released their debut single Boneyard

A NEW local alternative rock band formed during lockdown have released their debut single.

The Fiction’s new track Boneyard is available from today (Friday) on digital platforms – although it has already been receiving spins on local radio station SIBC.

Back row, left to right: Joe Robertson and Barrie Scobie. Front row, left to right: Keirynn Topp and Chris Coles

The group’s genesis stemmed from Keirynn Topp (vocals, guitar) and Barrie Scobie (bass), who previously played together in rock band Dig Deep.

On guitar is Joe Robertson, while drummer Chris Coles completes the line-up.

Boneyard doffs a cap to bands like Muse and Royal Blood, with Topp’s impressive vocals giving the tune a melodic sheen.

Topp is well known for his solo singer-songwriter work, while Scobie also plays in metal and rock bands Ten Tonne Dozer, Bulletfarm and DeLorean.

He is joined in Delorean by Robertson, who has previously played in other acts such as Mopery and Tequila Mockingbird.

Murray Arthur was previously part of the project but after deciding to back out he was replaced on the drumstool by Coles, who plays in rock group Crossfire and produces his own solo material.

Once lockdown restrictions eased the band began practising, with a set of original tunes and covers of acts like Queens of the Stone Age and Audioslave soon worked up.

It is, of course, unclear when live gigs may return to the local scene as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

The events industry has taken a huge blow since the outbreak earlier this year.

Lighting and audio technicians Keith Morrison and Derek Hendry were out in Lerwick for second time to light up venues red as part a nationwide show of support for the industry.

Mareel, Clickimin Leisure Complex and the Garrison Theatre were all lit red on Wednesday night.

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