Voting has opened for the 2013 Scottish Alternative Music Awards, henceforth known as the SAMA's. The public vote will remain open for the next ten days, giving you all the chance to shape how the awards are dished out.
Once you've voted, then you can pick up tickets for the awards show here which is being held at The Garage on Sauchiehall Street on Friday 8th March. Hosting the event again is Billy Kirkwood, with live acts still to be announced.
Perhaps, like me, you're not the biggest fan of public votes. Afterall, what do the public know? Well fear not, because I'm here to
Best Rock / Alternative
Nominees - Culann, Baby Strange, Duke, Fat Goth, Cleavers, M A D I S O N
Scottish Fiction Pick - It can only be Fat Goth. Their outstanding second album 'Stud' dropped earlier this month, and none of the other nominees can touch them in terms of the finished article. If Fat Goth don't pick up this one, I'm throwing a strop.
Best Hip Hop
Nominees - GASP, S-Type, WERD (SOS), Solareye, Team Kapowski, Young Fathers
Scottish Fiction Pick - Strange to me that Solareye is nominated ahead of his collective Stanley Odd. However even by himself Solareye still nudges it over Young Fathers as my pick.
Best Live Act
Nominees - United Fruit, Vigo Thieves, Stanley, Meursault, Roadway, The OK Social Club
Scottish Fiction Pick - I imagine, and indeed have been informed, that Meursault are tremendous live. Ashamedly though, I've never seen Neil Pennycock's men live, and have to back United Fruit for this one. Seen them twice live. Both time they destroyed it.
Nominees - Honeyblood, The Holy Ghosts, Model Jet Pilot, Ded Rabbit, Miss Irenie Rose, Miss Lucid
Scottish Fiction Pick - Honeyblood. By virtue of the fact that they are Honeyblood. This is also a poor selection of bands to choose from. Vote Honeyblood.
Nominees - Plum, Roman Nose, Fonik, Discopolis, Them & Us, CHVRCHES
Scottish Fiction Pick - What the fuck does it matter, it'll clearly be CHVRCHES that win. They are currently unstoppable, and with damn good reason to. Actually this is the category with the most talent in it, and will CHVRCHES will run away with it, each of the other acts could pick up a lot of points too. Bit like the SPL really.
Nominees - Little Fire, Michael Cassidy, Cara Mitchell, William Douglas & The Wheel, Jemma Tweedie, Alex Hynes
Scottish Fiction Pick - Who, who and who? Even if I had heard of any of the others it would still be Michael Cassidy. Case closed.
Nominees - What The Blood Revealed, Prelude To The Hunt, Sectioned, Bear Arms, Trial & Error, Lords Of Bastard
Scottish Fiction Pick - Metal is not, nor never will be, a genre I dabble in much. The best of the bunch in my opinion are Bear Arms.