‘They Shoot Music Don’t They’ is a video blog from Austria that has filmed some of the world’s best new bands on the streets of Vienna. Recently, with some help from Matthew, they visited Scotland to capture some of our finest bands in unusual places. With their permission, we are delighted to share their brilliant films with you. This week, Withered Hand on an Edinburgh rooftop:

They Shoot Music Don’t They Goes Scotland – Introduction

“February can be pretty shitty”, Matthew from Song, by Toad briefed us. It was clear that if we were going to Scotland in February, this would not be for the good weather. We were coming for the good music. Our intention was to catch up with musicians that we wanted to meet for a long time already, to discover new bands that we’ve never heard before – in short to gain an insight into the lively Scottish (indie-)music scene and to share these manifold impressions with you. In two weeks we got to work with 13 bands in 3 different places.

#1 – Withered Hand

“Welcome to the Willson Home” is written on the front door of the flat, where Withered Hand’s Dan Willson lives with his wife, his two kids and the kitty. It is a stone-grey dwelling house in the West of the city, not a classy part of town, but one with the certain charm of what you might call the “other” side of Edinburgh. After a cup of black tea we follow Dan up on a shaky ladder to the windy roof. With a view on the brewery, the rugby stadium and a church (there’s always a church wherever you look in Edinburgh!) in this residential area under the grey and cloudy sky, Dan aka Withered Hand goes for a stirring performance of “Religious Songs”. It is too freezing to stay outside for another song, so we climb down again and settle in the staircase with the neighbours coming back from work. Once the background noises come to an end and the bike has been leant again, Dan plays “No Cigarettes” and a breeze of sadness fills the staircase. With the reverberations of that episode we get back altogether in the cosy kitchen for a chat and another cup of black tea with the pleasant Willson family, while the kids help their dad out drawing in the guestbook.

Withered Hand – Religious Songs


Withered Hand – No Cigarettes


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