Central Scotland post punk four-piece, the Media Whores, have been nominated for a prestigious Hyundai Mercury Prize for their critically acclaimed third album, Dangerous Minds.
The Mercury Prize promotes the best of UK and Irish music and the artists who produce it. The ‘Album of the Year’ prize strives to introduce new albums from a variety of musical genres to a wider audience.
Dangerous Minds has won plaudits from critics since it was released last year. It scored 9/10 from music industry magazine Vive le Rock, praised as a post punk alternative to mainstream musical thinking.
‘Probably the most politically significant album by a UK band in decades,’ said New York music journalist, Fred Nader.
‘What we have here, dare I say it, is punk rocks first ‘concept’ album. Its boots are imbedded in punk rock – its energy and power, its anger, its attack on the establishment. They take all of that and they merge it to a range of musical styles that has hook laden tunes and earworm choruses.
‘The Media Whores deserve some serious attention and some reward for their relentless gigging schedule over the last couple of years.’
Over the past year that relentless gigging has seen them appear on the same stage as Big Country, Spear of Destiny, The Damned and Stiff Little Fingers.
The band’s manager Ally Gemmell said: ‘Critics are universal in their praise for us as a band with a message. The subject matter of our material couldn’t be more relevant, welfare cuts, big business greed, fracking and body shaming are all explored. The album really grasps the feeling that we are living through a period of time that could change the way we live forever, Dangerous Minds for dangerous times.’
‘Mercury is all about celebrating the variety of different musical genres being produced in the UK and I’m delighted we will have a chance to demonstrate to judges that there are still bands out there producing music with something to say.’
The Media Whores are playing King Tuts on July 4 before heading to London to play the world renowned 100 Club on August 12. Tickets for the Glasgow show from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twelve shortlisted albums will be announced in July with the overall Mercury winner unveiled at a ceremony at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on September 14.
Photo of Media Whores by Stuart Westwood Photography