Pete’s latest of­fer­ing wows in­dus­try big­wig

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Ian Bunt­ing

A leg­endary mu­sic la­bel boss who has worked with some of Bri­tain’s big­gest in­dus­try names has hailed Coat­bridge rocker Pete MacLeod’s sec­ond EP as “one of the best records I’ve ever been in­volved with”.

The fol­low-up to Pete’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed de­but al­bum Rolling Stone lured for­mer Cre­ation Records supremo Alan McGee out of re­tire­ment; no mean feat con­sid­er­ing Alan counts Oa­sis, Pri­mal Scream and The Je­sus and Mary Chain as for­mer clients.

The as-yet-un­named record, pro­duced by renowned mixer Youth, sees Pete take a dif­fer­ent turn from Rolling Stone with tracks hugely in­flu­enced by dance and elec­tron­ica.

It saw him travel to Ibiza clutch­ing a bun­dle of lim­ited white la­bels of bril­liant first sin­gle Mino­taur as he looked to chal­lenge him­self.

Pete said: “It is Youth-pro­duced but I’d say I co-pro­duced it. The ar­range­ments are al­most com­pletely mine. Ob­vi­ously he brought some of the sounds to the ta­ble.

“As a solo artist you can do what you want. I write so many songs in dif­fer­ent ways. With Mino­taur I’ve four ver­sions and three are acous­tic.

“It’s made me a more ac­com­plished song­writer. I want to chal­lenge my­self.

“When I was with Alan [McGee] in Lon­don we talked about the idea, then he called Youth. We met and talked about it and Alan was think­ing an EP then he saw the chem­istry and said we were in for an al­bum.

“This record is a sur­prise. Life is un­pre­dictable. The most im­por­tant thing for a mu­si­cian is to evolve.”

Alan McGee was ful­some in his praise: “Pete MacLeod is one of the most tal­ented mu­si­cians I have ever worked with.

“His new record is stun­ning. He’s as goods a singer as Liam [Gal­lagher] or [Richard] Ashcroft. An ab­so­lute top shelf vo­cal­ist.

“The song­writ­ing and match­ing of Youth as pro­ducer and Peter as artist is mu­si­cal alchemy.

“These songs show Peter’s vo­cal range, which is phe­nom­e­nal. The al­bum is one of the best records I’ve ever been in­volved with.”

Pete plays at the 02 Academy Glas­gow with in­fa­mous nineties’ band Happy Mon­days on Novem­ber 15 then a head­line show at Hug and Pint on Great Western Road in Glas­gow on De­cem­ber 17; tick­ets avail­able from www.we­gottick­ets. com/event/333873 For more on Pete’s mu­sic, visit www.twit­


Tom Hid­dle­ston, Mia Wasikowska and Jes­sica Chas­tain star in haunted house hor­ror Crim­son Peak.

The latest creepy vi­sion from the cre­ative mind of di­rec­tor Guillermo del Toro is set in the late 19th cen­tury. Crim­son Peak is show­ing at Show­case Cin­ema in Bail­lieston from this Fri­day; call 0871 220 1000 to book tick­ets. Rock on The Com­bat Rock lads have two dates in Coat­bridge

Dance in­flu­ence Pete chills on the beach in Ibiza

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