A GREENOCK bassist and his band have seen off competition from hundreds of artists to be in with the chance of winning a spot at Scotland’s biggest music festival.

Bottle Rockets are one of eight acts shortlisted in BBC Introducing’s Scottish Act of the Year competition.

A public vote is currently underway, with the winner securing a slot at TRSNMT, two recording sessions with BBC Radio Scotland and a bespoke PR campaign.

Made up of Greenock’s Andrew Cummings, singer Kenzi Murray, guitarist John Tamburrini and drummer Sam Rae, Bottle Rockets formed in Glasgow in 2021.

The post-punk and new wave-influenced band ended 2023 on a high playing the Barrowlands as part of the Tenement Trail festival, as well as winning Best Rock/Alternative at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

Speaking about their BBC Introducing nomination, they said: “We just really want this, we want to be in a band and we want to play music, whether that’s recorded or playing live.

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“It’s something that we all really strive for and we’re all really passionate about and we’ve been going to gigs all our lives and we just love it.”

Bottle Rockets face competition from Fourth Daughter, Bee Asha, Majesty Palm, Dutch Wine, Quiet Houses, Becky Sikasa, and rEDOLENT.

Voting is open until 11pm tomorrow. To cast a vote, go to bbc.co.uk.