The nights are getting cold but we still have some hot gigs to come! We are warming up for our November gigs, the second to last at Counter Culture at The Record Factory. It’s one Glasgow corner round from where we started the year, at The Hidden Lane Studios and planning a trip back to that neighbourhood has put this great year into perspective.
The early months of 2015 kicked off with furtive behind the scenes action. We jammed, out of the limelight, writing and developing our sound. Pleased with our results, we took our new sound to a studio (fittingly) new to us, just off Sauchiehall Street in The Hidden Lane. From there emerged our second EP, Between the Bricks.
Launched on March 1st it was perfectly timed for a tour that included March of the Mods gigs across the country – and new territory for us as a band.
As well as finding ourselves on some familiar stages, we’ve been very fortunate this year to hit some new stages and reach new audiences. With two months to go it’s already been an incredible year.
Taking to the stage again at the notorious Cavern Club the night Between The Bricks dropped was incredible. It was an auspicous first venue to play our new tunes, and we loved every minute.
As March rolled on we relished the chance to rock Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms as part of This Feeling, our debut gig on the East coast. It was a big success and we loved every minute. A hectic few days followed, including Manchester’s Band on The Wall, then another new city for us, London, The Blues Kitchen. The tour rounded off on familiar turf at Glasgow’s ABC2 – where we had moved up the bill from 2014. What a great feeling!
Returning to old haunts like McChuills in Glasgow and The HAC in Irvine this summer was great. A sell out gig, like the one we played at The HAC, left us fairly chuffed with ourselves and looking forward to our biggest headline gig to date, in March next year at The Magnum Theatre in March.
Hitting a London stage for the first time this year was huge but we were made so welcome and, as we were sure we would, fitted right on in.
The energy that we get from playing alongside other bands is immense. Sharing a set with local talent like Holy Ghosts, Seaside Sons and the Mona Lisa’s gives us the chance to soak up the fantastic creative energy in Scotland right now. Those nights definitely make us proud to be part of the local scene!
There will always be venues and events that mean a lot to us, especially close to home. We are unendingly grateful for the support that has allowed us to reach new cities and fans this year.
Shades and Champers is one of those local events which conjures great memories for us as a band. Last year at Prestwick Airport was incredible and we’re looking forward to raising the roof again at Glenburn Club for our final gig of the year.
2015 has been another rollercoaster year but ever onwards and upwards. We’re looking forward to The Magnum Theatre, and whatever else lies ahead.