State Broadcasters – A Different Past 

State Broadcasters – A Different Past


Release Date: 24th March 2017

Label: Olive Grove

 Format: 12″ Heavyweight Vinyl, CD and Digital Download 

A Different Past is the long awaited third album from Glasgow four-piece, State Broadcasters. Never ones to rush things, the State Broadcasters have meticulously crafted an album which fuses their distinct Scottish sound with sweet pop-soul songs; creating a modern day sophisti-pop record in the process. The album will be released on 12″ Heavyweight Vinyl, CD and Digital Download on 24th March 2017

State Broadcasters – Photo Credit : Martin Henry

The former Danny Kyle award winners celebrate the release of their third album with launch nights at The Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh on Friday 24th March, then on Sunday 26th March they are playing at St. Peter’s Church in Glasgow . The State Broadcasters achieved wide critical acclaim for their 2009 debut The Ship and the Iceberg, and for the 2012 follow up, the darker toned Ghosts We Must Carry, which the Sunday Mail heralded as “one of the best Scots albums so far this year”.


The title, A Different Past, is a slight at the nostalgia industry as the album encourages the listener to believe that we now live in a kinder and fairer society than we ever have done, despite all the bad news of our current political landscape. We should embrace the world we live in today rather than revisiting and revising memories of our youth and trying to convince ourselves it really was all great fun. The album also showcases a more playful, upbeat side of the band, while containing enough of their trademark tear jerking melancholia to keep long term fans happy…ish.

Photo Credit : Martin Henry – State Broadcasters


The State Broadcasters are a core four-piece, comprising of: Pete MacDonald (Randolph’s Leap) on piano, trombone and vocals; Gillian Fleetwood (The Duplets, De Rosa) on harp, synth and vocals; Cameron Maxwell (Rachel Hair Trio) on double/electric bass, trombone and vocals; and David McGinty (Endor, Fake Major) on guitar and vocals. They are occasionally joined by Andrew Samson (Stanley Odd) on drums and Susan Appelbe on cello.

Album Launch Shows

Friday 24th March – The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh

Sunday 26th March – St. Peter’s Church, Glasgow 




Track Listing: 

  1. Break My Fall  
  2. I’ll Sing With Ya!
  3. Feelin’ Alive  
  4. Cycle Home Drunk 
  5. Folding  
  6. Crap Village  
  7. Braced Against The Cold
  8. The Girls From The Catholic School  
  9. Let The Wolves Roam 
  10. Ribbons