Showcasing Scotland

A very healthy crop of eight Scottish bands headed out to Texas this year. Some - like Sons and Daughters and Frightened Rabbit - are SXSW veterans, and it can't be a coincidence that they also have a following on the far side of The Pond.

When it comes to rock bands crossing the Atlantic, our little nation consistently punches above its weight. From Teenage Fanclub, Orange Juice, The Fire Engines, Jesus and Mary Chain, Belle and Sebastian, The Delgados - to more recent festival circuit crowd-pleasers like Franz Ferdinand and The Fratellis - Scottish acts are more influential than they have any right to be.

And one of the most important things a fledgling band can do is fly to Austin in March to endure a gruelling schedule of gigs, margaritas and barbecued meat.

With help from Vic, we followed these ambassadors of the Scottish scene to Texas to see how they got on.

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