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Bratakus — are these sisters the UK’s most remote punk band?

11 June 2019

Growing up in a village in the north of Scotland would usually be considered a peaceful, tranquil existence.

But if you fancy forming a band and playing a niche style of punk, then living in a small, isolated community could create a problem.

Guitarist and singer Breagha Cuinn didn’t know any other musicians who lived near her, but told TUNE how forming a punk band – Bratakus – with her sister Onnagh turned out to be a great idea.

Intra-band politics, for example, are much less of a problem.

“You don’t have band arguments because we know each other so well. It runs pretty smoothly.”

You can be as noisy as you want ’cos there’s genuinely no one around to complain
Breagha

One benefit of the isolation that comes with living just outside Tomintoul is that you can make as much noise as you want; there aren’t any neighbours nearby who might complain.

Onnagh and Breagha can rehearse freely in the family home because their parents were part of the Glasgow DIY punk scene.

Although grateful for their parents’ love of punk, Onnagh and Breagha wanted to discover bands themselves. Bikini Kill sparked both sisters’ passion for the wider Riot Grrrl movement.

Breagha said, “I don’t know how many Riot Grrrls are in Moray, but I hope we can spread the message.”

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