Scout­ing For Girls mark 10th birth­day in Bir­nam

Perthshire Advertiser - - THE TICKET - Ross Gardiner

Hit Lon­don poprock band Scout­ing For Girls is bring­ing its 10th an­niver­sary tour to Perthshire this au­tumn.

Band mem­bers are cel­e­brat­ing 10 years since the launch of their de­but epony­mous al­bum, and are tour­ing the UK and Ire­land from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber.

Lead singer and gui­tarist Roy Stride, bass gui­tarist Greg Chur­chouse and drum­mer Pete El­lard are stop­ping at Bir­nam Arts Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 1, be­tween gigs at In­ver­ness Iron­works and Glas­gow’s O2 Academy.

Be­tween head­lin­ing Perth Fes­ti­val of the Arts in 2014 and star­ring at T and the Park in 2008 and 2010, the band has plenty of fond mem­o­ries of play­ing in the area and mem­bers have been look­ing for­ward to play­ing in High­land Perthshire for years.

Roy said: “We’re ex­cited for the whole tour, but the High­land and is­lands stretch has been a dream of ours since we started.

“Robert Hicks, our pro­moter, has been a long-term fan and friend of the band since we started and put us on Bel­ladrum all the way back in 2007. We’ve been try­ing to find a way to do this tour since then be­cause we love this part of the world so much.

“It’s hard to have a bad gig in Scot­land - the peo­ple are so friendly and up for a party. They love their mu­sic and they know how to en­joy them­selves.

“The first time we played T in the Park I re­mem­ber the big­gest thun­der­storm com­ing out of nowhere as we started play­ing Elvis Ain’t Dead, but no­body cared – if any­thing, it made them go wilder!”

As part of the 10th an­niver­sary, the band has taken part in nu­mer­ous fundrais­ers for Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety, an idea in­spired by Roy’s mother’s strug­gle with the ill­ness.

He ex­plained: “My mother de­vel­oped de­men­tia in the later years of her life.

“It’s such a hor­ren­dous dis­ease that im­pacts on the whole fam­ily that I felt com­pelled to get in­volved in try­ing to raise both money and aware­ness.

“As it was our 10-year an­niver­sary, we’ve set our­selves 10 fundrais­ing chal­lenges to com­plete over 2017.

“We started with Dry Jan­uary, which was very bor­ing, but we have also done the Sil­ver­stone Half Marathon and the full Lon­don Marathon. We’ve a few more chal­lenges to com­plete be­fore the year is up but we’ve al­ready raised £10,000 which makes me very proud.”

The band has thor­oughly en­joyed the oc­ca­sion and are mark­ing the mile­stone with an al­bum re-re­lease along with the tour.

Front­man Roy added: “We’ve re-re­leased the orig­i­nal al­bum on vinyl for the first time and we also re­leased a live al­bum from our Great­est Hits Tour.

“Next month we re­lease a brand new al­bum called ‘10 add 10’. It fea­tures 10 brand new songs and 10 of our big­gest sin­gles, all to cel­e­brate not hav­ing a proper job for 10 years!

“On top of that, this tour will be our long­est Pete, Roy and Greg can’t wait to take the Scout­ing For Girls 10th an­niver­sary tour to High­land Perthshire

and largest since we started.”

Roy re­called the buzz when the band first re­leased ‘Scout­ing For Girls’ and the thrill of get­ting a record deal, and ev­ery­thing that went with it.

He said: “We were just so ex­cited about ev­ery­thing! We had been to­gether for ten years be­fore any­one took any in­ter­est so we had

com­pletely given up on the idea of ever get­ting a record deal.

“When it came, we just grabbed ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that we could. Ev­ery­thing was ex­cit­ing and new, from go­ing on the ra­dio, play­ing on TV, go­ing back­stage at fes­ti­vals, meet­ing your he­roes... that and a lot of free beer!

“We never ex­pected any suc­cess. Our only hope was

that we could keep go­ing long enough to re­lease an­other al­bum. I still pinch my­self daily that this re­ally is my ‘job’.

“It doesn’t feel like ten years. It’s gone by way too fast.”

Roy put hav­ing vir­tu­ally the same lineup since the band’s for­ma­tion down to be­ing one of the key fac­tors be­hind their suc­cess

“I’ve known Pete since I

was eight and Greg since I was 11 - we’re closer than most fam­i­lies! Even the new boy Jamie O’Gor­man has been with us nearly a decade!”

Tick­ets, priced at £25.25, are still on sale for the Bir­nam con­cert and can be pur­chased at www.seet­ick­ets.com/ event/scout­ing-for-girls/ bir­nam-arts-cen­tre­dunkeld/1098317.

It’s hard to have a bad gig in Scot­land - the peo­ple are so friendly and up for a party

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