Aerial (Scottish band)

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OriginAberdeen, Scotland
GenresIndie / Powerpop
Years active1997-2002, 2013-
LabelsFantastic Plastic Records / Syft Records / Thistime Records / Kool Kat Records
MembersColin Cummings
Mackie Mackintosh
Steven Henderson
Past membersPaul Farquharson
Dale Potter
Scott Lyon
Andy Philips

Aerial are a power-pop band who formed in the late 1990s in Aberdeen, Scotland.


Aerial are a power-pop band formed in Aberdeen, Scotland in the late 1990s. In 1999, the band signed to London-label Fantastic Plastic Records[1] and recorded and released two EPs, Signal[2] and Star of the Show[3] in 2000.

Aerial played live across the UK in 2000 and 2001, making appearances at T in the Park, Glasgow’s Gig on the Green as part of a UK-tour with label-mates Astrid and Angelica.[4] Aerial’s debut album, Back Within Reach, was recorded by Duncan Cameron at Riverside Studios in Glasgow and released by Japanese label Syft Records in 2001.[5]

Aerial announced via their Twitter page that they had returned to the studio to record a new album, to be released in 2014. The resulting album, Why Don't They Teach Heartbreak At School?, was recorded by Ben Phillips at Lightship95 in London and released in September 2014 by Powerpop Academy[6] / Thistime Records in Japan[7] and Kool Kat Records in the US. The album was featured as BBC Radio Scotland's 'Record of Note' on The Roddy Hart Show on 12 September 2014[8]



  • Back Within Reach (SYFT-020LP, 2001)
  • Why Don't They Teach Heartbreak At School? (XQER-1078, 2014)

EPs and Singles[edit]

  • Signal EP (FPS019 / SYFT009, 2000)
  • Star of the Show EP (FPS022 / SYFT013, 2000)


  1. ^ "Fantastic Plastic Records". Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Discogs". Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Star of the Show NME review". Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Highbury Garage review, NME". Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Discogs". Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Powerpop Academy". Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Thistime Records". Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  8. ^ "BBC Radio Scotland". Retrieved 12 September 2014.

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