First sight: Findo Gask

Findo Gask

What's a Findo Gask?

A very old settlement in Perthshire, but also an amazing new band with the same name.

Why amazing?

They play perfect celestial pop: a blend of synths and guitars, reminiscent of Cocteau Twins, Japan, Talking Heads, even a bit of Beach Boys - all topped off with the voice of an angel (actually, the voice of Gerald Black).

You're not just saying that because they're managed by a Guardian contributor, David Peschek?

No, honestly. Believe us, it would be easier if they were rubbish and we could ignore them, thereby evading such aspersions. But if you don't trust us, Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie call them "staggeringly good". And Franz Ferdinand invited them on tour.

Not bad for a band from a remote outpost.

Well, they don't live in Findo Gask. They're from Fife, where they all had classical training, and are based in Glasgow. For a year, their rehearsal space was in Gerald's bedroom, above the venue Nice'n'Sleazy's - which made them determined to make a more heavenly racket than the bands whose music would waft up from below.

Where can I hear them?

Their debut single, Va-Va-Va, is out on Monday on OSCarr. It's limited to 1,000 copies. But if you miss out, you can hear three tracks - including the single - at myspace.com/findogaskuk

· This article was amended on Friday January 4 2008. Findo Gask, which we described in the article above as a very old settlement near Perth in Ayrshire, should have been located in Perthshire. This has been corrected.

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