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Grace Pettis: So many people have come up to me and told me their deeply personal stories

Landon, is a deeply personal, true story-song written as an unabashed apology from Grace Pettis to her best friend for not being there when he came out right after high school. The Indigo Girls were so behind the song that they agreed to sing on it.  Growing-up in a small town in Alabama, Pettis grew up in a homogenous community steeped in a traditional Christian faith. Deconstructing bias with each masterfully poetic lyric, Pettis puts her own youthful, “traditional” values under the microscope, and has released this track. She spoke with The Fountain about the track and plans for the remainder of the year.

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Lauren Ann: Lucy is ultimately about a love triangle among friends

Having built a following with songs she released herself while still in school, Lauren Ann began working with producer Declan Legge (Jealous of the Birds, Ciaran Lavery), who helped shape her raw song-writing into fully realised productions. The Northern Irish alt indie-pop artist has now signed with label Faction Records the same day she left school, and has released new single, Lucy. She spoke with The Fountain about the response to the track and what she has in store.

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Michael Cassidy: For us it’s just amazing to see people build new relationships and work together in large groups

Initiated and run by Scottish Music Centre and funded by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) and PRS Foundation, Hit The Road provides early stage musicians age 14-19 the opportunity to learn about the live industry before embarking on a professionally managed tour. Michael Cassidy, Hit The Road Project Manager, spoke with The Fountain about the project, what stage in the project they are at and who might be suited for this project, having helped many in their careers prior.

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Hector Who Lived: I’m very excited to get it out into the world!

Bristol-based indie-pop / electronica artist Hector Who Lived released his debut single Monkey on October 15th. Hector has an array of musical achievements under his belt since his move to Bristol in 2017, having played venues such as The O2 Academy Oxford, The Bullingdon, Jericho Tavern and Truck Festival with his band The Outside. Hector spoke with The Fountain about the new music as well as his plans for performing live soon.

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VEPS: They’ve loved the song since day one and have been very supportive of our creative decisions

Following the release of their nineties tinged track Ecstasy, Oslo’s VEPS have unleashed their raw Girl On TV. The track, which is accompanied by a stunning self-directed video, is the second to be taken from their forthcoming EP Open The Door, out via Kanine Records. VEPS spoke with The Fountain about the track as well as the pleasures of working with Kanine.

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Ali & The Parade: We’ll be releasing the rest of the Losing Sleep EP and then playing some shows in and around Glasgow

Scottish alt-pop newcomer Ali & The Parade has released of latest single Losing Sleep. This exciting new material from Glasgow-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Ali Robertson is written about the early stages of a new relationship. The Fountain caught with Ali to discuss the response to the new single and plans for the rest of 2021, which includes some live shows.

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MEMES: The story of a heavy night is a well trodden path so maybe that is resonating

New single, Heavy Night, by local band MEMES is the first in a run of releases produced by Darwin Deez. Inspired by the steady streams of people making their way home via Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street, the bustling track pairs the band’s lyrics with jagged guitars. The lads from MEMES spoke with The Fountain about the response the single has received as well as some shows coming up in Scotland at the tail end of 2021.

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