The Test Drive: The Deadline Shakes - ZealotsThe Deadline Shakes are set to release their new album, “Zealots” on November 29th. Hailing from Glasgow, these young lads have created a window to their open hearts and let the music flow through their instruments in the ways that only true Scotsman can. I have a new term (I think) that I hope you remember when listening to this. “Future Classic”. “Zealots” has all the makings of a classic album without the risk of becoming tired or cliche.

I’m usually not a fan of ballads but the slower tracks on this album, such as “When Will I Ever Learn” and “You’re Coming With Me” really stand out as well crafted soft masterpieces that can help define and become a soundtrack for that special moment with that special someone.

Don’t let that fool you, however. There is plenty of open space on “Zealots” to crank your speakers. The opener “Bright Spot In A Bad Year” evokes the still beating heart of Jeff Lynne with a 2015 twist you can’t resist. “Sweeten The Deal” is a guitar/mandolin duel with a rich chorus and raucous attitude that is almost impossible to make genuine on any record, but they do it.

“Zealots” is a testament to the the talent of the indie generation and a welcome invitation to a party that shows no sign of ending.

“Zealots” will be released on November 29th via Flowers in the Dustbin Records.

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About The Deadline Shakes:
Glasgow’s The Deadline Shakes are Greg Dingwall (lead vocals, guitars and keys), Iain McKinstry (guitars and vocals), Martin McLeod (bass), Thomas Booth (drums) and Sam Clark (piano), with Michael Muir (violin) and Kiera Pollock (vocals).

Their debut album ‘Zealots’, produced by Greg in a tiny room in the east end of Glasgow, is the product of three years of hard work following the band’s inception. Greg’s songs are often widescreen in scope, but lucidly lovelorn lyrics give the album a uniquely human quality. This is an album recorded on a limited budget that sounds like a large scale, big studio production.

Each band member is a multi-instrumentalist who has a passion bordering on compulsion to create, a drive which underpins everything they do. Even the band’s unique artwork is designed in-house by bass player Martin. Guitarist Iain has edited their music videos.

Radio support for The Deadline Shake’s singles leading up to this album release has been extensive coming from the likes of BBC’s Vic Galloway, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson together with Jim Gellatly (XFM Breakout track), Roddy Hart and and a range of DJs at stations across the world including our own JammerStream One. The band have also been championed by The List, The Scottish Sun, Daily Record, Louder Than War, God is in the TV, and Artrocker.

The Deadline Shakes have played a range of festivals including Wickerman, XpoNorth and Kelburn Garden Party. They’ve soundtracked several ‘People Make Glasgow’ TV adverts, played a live BBC Introducing radio session with Vic Galloway and played live on STV Glasgow’s ‘The Riverside Show’.


“I’d described them before as having the lush harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the angular guitar lines of The Strokes, but there is so much more than that.”
Vic Galloway, BBC Introducing Blog

“Really good, a winsome, mandolin-led blast of power-country”
The List

“Acutely infectious and adorably addictive… a quick A to Z drive by of all your guilty pleasures shoehorned into a sub four minute pop opera sweetie.”
God is in the TV

“This is excellent power-pop. They’re doing fellow Scots, like Teenage Fanclub, proud.”
Obscure Sound

“Three and a bit minutes of perfect, chiming euphony.”
Louder Than War

“Striking melody and glorious harmonies, I just can’t get enough of it.”
Jim Gellatly, The Scottish Sun

“Catchy, bouncy, melodic pop.”
Colin Jackson, Artrocker / Loud Horizon

“They are one of those bands who cannot help but make music which you long to hear on the car radio, the sort of songs which make you go the long way home so you hear them in full.”
Scots Whay Hae

“Classic pop/rock… could almost be a great ELO song.”
Tom Robinson’s Fresh On The Net