One year has flown by since Scottish duo Love Sick released their debut single ‘Bullet’, and what a year indeed!
What an incredibly successful first year Love Sick have undergone! September 2017 saw the release of their debut single ‘Bullet’ and they haven’t looked back since. The track received its first spin from MistaJam on BBC Radio 1Xtra and was subsequently played by Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1. It was also added to Spotify’s Young & Free and New Music Friday playlists, and Apple Music’s Best of the Week and A-List: New Artists playlists. As a result, ‘Bullet’ hit 100k Spotify streams in its first week and reached No. 16 in the Spotify UK Viral chart, while Love Sick themselves landed the top spot on Hype Machine! What an entrance!
As if that wasn’t enough, a month later, ‘Bullet’ received support from the one and only Elton John who played the track on his Apple Beats 1 show! Love Sick went on to release an accompanying video and a stripped-back version.
‘Bullet’ received a spin from Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland in November. Love Sick finished off the year by thanking their new fans for their support by releasing a free download of their amazing reworking of Kate Bush’s ‘This Woman’s Work’.
The Scots wrote their next single, ‘Hope’, over Christmas and kicked off 2018 with a preview on Radio 1, thanks to Phil Taggart, and it was subsequently released in January. We didn’t have to wait long until ‘What I’d Do’, their third single, was out in March. In the meantime, ‘Hope’ was placed at the top of Spotify’s Indie Pop playlist!
April was a big month for Love Sick as they played their debut show at NICE N SLEAZY, Glasgow supported by fellow Scottish artist Scholesy. The duo went on to release the video for ‘What I’d Do’ which they explained on Facebook, “We made over one night in Glasgow for £50 on a VHS camera we got from a flee market”. Plus they opened for the eminent Mabel at O2 ABC Glasgow!
After all that excitement, Love Sick headed out on a Highlands tour with ST.MARTiiNS and HYYTS, stopping off at Aberdeen, Inverness, Elgin, Ullapool and Dundee.
Now in full swing of touring, Love Sick performed at Liverpool Sound City, Live at Leeds and The Great Escape Festival in May, before heading to Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Scotland in August.
Last month, Love Sick performed a set at Drygate brewery, Glasgow for Drew John Barnes’ I AM exhibition before releasing ‘Fever’, the first track from their upcoming debut EP. They stated on Facebook: “Fever is the feeling when someone has made you second best and the twisted realisation that while you know they’re not for you, you can’t stop being attracted to them“.
The single was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday and New Pop Revolution playlists, and received a spin on BBC Radio Scotland. The pair went on to play Loopallu Festival in Ullapool and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow for TENEMENT TRAIL.
Coming up, make sure to catch Love Sick at Poetry Club, Glasgow and Bermondsey Social Club, London in November!
Love Sick provided us a more personal insight into their year: “The last year since releasing “Bullet” has been amazing. The song has now had more than a million streams, and seen support from Elton John (!) and plays across Radio 1, 1xtra and KCRW amongst others.
“One of the most exciting changes has been setting up a live show. We have toured all over our native Scotland, playing places as far away as Ullapool which is almost as far north as you can go in the UK. That gig also led us to be asked back to play our first mainstage show at a festival called ‘Loopallu’.
“We also retreated back to Glasgow in this time to write new material and we built our very own studio in the east end of the city. It felt great to get away from the hustle of London, a retreat which brought a calmness and helped fuel our creativity leading to us writing a bunch of new songs. From this our new EP “No Sleep” was born.”