Introducing The Medicine Priests

On the 17th of June, The Bungalow in Paisley hosts the final of the Party at the Palace Battle of the Bands competition. The prize is a slot on stage playing to the Festival crowd over the weekend in August.

We decided to meet up with all four finalists to introduce them to the Musicscramble readership and find out how they’re feeling about the upcoming event.

The third band in the final are The Medicine Priests, we sat down to get to know them better.

Who is the band and where do you come from?
We are The Medicine Priests from Greenock/Glasgow.

Could you introduce the band members?
Anthony McElwee – Vocals, Guitar
George Russel – Lead Guitar
Ben O’conner – Bass
Robert McIndewar – Drums

How long have you been together and where did you meet?
We have been together for roughly a year, we met in college and are all former students of WCS Greenock formally known as James Watt College.

How would you describe your sound to our readers who have not yet heard you?
We are a Pop Rock Indie band with a twist of Punk and psychedelia, our songs consist of catchy melodies and sing a long choruses.

What is your one stand out track everyone should hear?
‘Someone Special’ (which is) the lead single from our debut EP. The music video can be found on our Youtube channel. Full EP ‘Cure for Anxiety’ can be found on Spotify, Apple Music & all other major streaming sites.

Tell us about the heats of the Party at the Palace Battle of the Bands….
How important is these kinds of events for up and coming bands?
It is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience, network with industry insiders and expand your fanbase.

Did you feel the competition was tough in any of the rounds you took part in?
We have been impressed with every band we have seen so far, we came in first place in the quarter finals but the semi finals was difficult as our front man Anthony McElwee was competing against his old school friends in ‘The Sinsheimers’ who are a very good band.

Were you surprised when you got through?
We were very surprised on the night, The Sinsheimers have been together for 5 years and are very experienced. They have great tunes and strong stage presence but in the end it’s down to who the judges liked most.

How are you feeling about playing the Final on 17th of June?
We are keeping ours fingers crossed and spirits high, it has been a tough couple of months with some of our equipment being stolen the same day that we made our TV debut, but thankfully all items have now been recovered. The experience re-shaped our attitudes by making us stronger and closer than before.

What can fans expect from your live show at the Final?
We will be focusing on dynamics and stage presence for the final, playing our strongest set list with the volume turned up to 11.

What would winning and getting to play at the Festival mean for you?
It is a fantastic opportunity to gain national exposure, new experience and expenditure of our growing fanbase. This years line up is very well suited to our style and it would be great to see the audience’s reaction to our songs.

Apart from at the final, where can people check out your music, keep in touch, and follow your movements?
Our debut EP Cure For Anxiety is available on Spotify, iTunes & Apple Music.

We are available on all social media platforms. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

You can catch The Medicine Priests, as well as three other excellent bands at the final in The Bungalow in Paisley on the 17th of June. Come, support your local music scene.

Gareth Fraser
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