Kevin Quinn: on the beat of the Fife music scene

Methil band Healthy Minds Collapse, from left, Andrew Malcolm, brother Colin Malcolm and Gus Schroder
Methil band Healthy Minds Collapse, from left, Andrew Malcolm, brother Colin Malcolm and Gus Schroder

Healthy Minds Collapse released their debut album this week.

Butterfly Skin is a powerful rock effort with ‘Puppet’ an instant stand out. Available now from ITunes and Amazon, this album will hopefully put the Methill band firmly on the map.

Despite not winning the recent Mercury Music Prize, King Creosote has not looked back since receiving his nomination earlier this year. Things just seem to get bigger and bigger for the workaholic veteran of over 40 albums, with the singer-songwriter now being asked to support Irish singer Sinead O’Connor at one of the prestigious Mencap Little Noises Festival, next month. The series of shows are curated by radio DJ Jo Whiley and staged at St John-at-Hackney Church in London.

Dunfermline band Modern Faces are basking in the glory of their recent free release, ‘Pravda Scrolls’, which now has an accompanying video available on YouTube. After going down a storm at the hugely popular London club night ‘This Feeling’, the boys have been asked to play the night’s first show in Scotland, this Friday, at the Caves in Edinburgh. They will take to the stage alongside Zak Starkey’s band the Penguins and other up-and-coming acts Dexters and the Stagger Rats. With the NME deputy editor also there for a DJ set, it’s an excellent opportunity for the band to get some amazing exposure.

The big gig in Fife this week is the charity fundraiser organised by Tomas Bird and the Blonde Spirit for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The six-piece headline this show at the Greenside in Leslie on Friday, and are joined by two top Fife bands in Crayons and the Lost Generation. £5 charity donation on the door.