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Alter The Press! Presents: MakeThisRelate

Since joining together in 2008, Glasgow's MakeThisRelate have been steadily building a name for themselves throughout the UK. The four piece alternative rock band have played with the likes of Flood of Red, Ten Second Epic and Rolo Tomassi and more recently have performed on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam.

With a style that blends the pop-punk style of You Me At Six with the driving rock of fellow Scots Biffy Clyro and Jimmy Eat World-like melodies. Tracks like 'We'll Always Be Famous For Our Biggest Failures' and 'Stop. Look. Listen.' showcase the bands melodic alt-rock well and with an ever growing fan base, MakeThisRelate are well on their way to bigger things.

For Fans Of: Jimmy Eat World, Biffy Clyro and You Me At Six

Alter The Press: Why should Alter The Press! readers check you out?
MakeThisRelate: Alter The Press! readers should check out our band because we play songs that people can connect with and feel passionate about. We make sure each of our songs are deeply personal and honest, so we can play them with conviction and so our audience can relate to every word we sing. Our live shows are full of energy and we like to get the audience involved - we treat them like an extension of our band. Don’t just take our work for it. We’re on tour in May, if you can make it along to show it would mean a lot to us. We’re a thoroughly independent band and we work very hard at what we love, so give us a listen!

ATP: What's the story behind the band?
MakeThisRelate: We got together towards the end of 2008. We were all in the same college class and originally we formed as a backing band for Kevin’s solo project at the time. After almost a year of playing shows in pubs and youth centres, we decided that we wanted to start writing and performing as a band. We really got to know each other as performers over that period of time and it allowed us to really polish our live show. We had started adding our own unique quirks and touches to Kevin’s solo material, so it was a really natural progression and we were ready to start things under our own moniker.

We released our first EP, Pick Your Side, in September 2009 and after a few support slots with some great bands, we started building up a great local fanbase who have really helped us achieve so much as a band. After we released Pick Your Side we were lucky enough to play with some incredible bands including Flood of Red, Ten Second Epic and Sucioperro. It was amazing getting to play alongside bands we really admired and this definitely encouraged us to keep working hard, so we spent the next year or so playing as much as we could around Scotland and in September 2010 we released our second EP, One More Second Chance. Towards the end of 2010 we took our first trip south of the border and headed out on our first mini-tour so we could continue expanding our fanbase. We’ve been working hard ever since

ATP: Single highlight as a band so far?
MakeThisRelate: here are loads of moments that really stick out but I think playing to a sold out crowd in Glasgow’s legendary venue, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, just sits above the rest. Our band is all about live performance and that night was incredible. It was the most fun we’ve ever had playing a gig and the crowd was really into the show that night. There’s been a few gigs since then that have been pretty close to knocking it off the top spot but at the moment, it’s definitely the pinnacle of our gigging experience.

ATP: What are your plans for the 12 months?
MakeThisRelate: The next 12 months for our band are going to involve a lot of touring and writing. We’re heading out on our first full UK tour in May with Page 44 and we really couldn’t be more excited. We’re getting the chance to play a lot of cities where we’ve never played before and we’re very grateful that we’re going on tour with a band we love and know so well. Also, we’re working on a lot of new material at the moment so we’re planning on having a new single out fairly soon. We’re hoping to release it in the autumn and then I think we’re going to take a little time to work on a new EP or possibly a mini-album. Ideally we’d like to have that out by summer next year but we don’t want to rush it. We just want to keep progressing and developing as a band.

'One More Second Chance' by MakeThisRelate is available now through BigCartel and iTunes.

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