Pete rid­ing on Crest of a wave with new sin­gle

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Ian Bunting

Coat­bridge singer­song­writer Pete MacLeod has told the Ticket he is “hugely ex­cited” to re­lease the first of­fi­cial sin­gle from his sec­ond al­bum.

Tit­u­lar LP track ‘Crest­fallen’ hit dig­i­tal for­mats last Fri­day and the song opens with a guitar hook played by James McCart­ney, son of leg­endary Bea­tle Paul. Pete says this helps set the tone for the al­bum and leads the way to an “am­bi­ent ex­pe­ri­ence”. The tune com­bines Pete’s trade­mark knee-buck­ling vo­cals with a cho­rus that has an­themic at­tributes soar­ing through­out. He has been work­ing with renowned pro­ducer Youth, who counts Pink Floyd and Pri­mal Scream among pre­vi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tors, to craft the “eclec­tic Balearic record”.

Kirk­wood mu­si­cian Pete said: “Elec­tronic mu­sic has be­come more and more rel­e­vant and in­ter­est­ing in cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent sounds and ideas to­day.

“I lis­ten to a lot of it morn­ing, noon and night and it was some­thing nat­u­ral for me to cre­ate with my own songs, lyrics and mu­sic.

“That’s pretty much the tone of the LP. I’m very happy with the re­sult. I feel it’s a very unique and di­verse al­bum.”

‘Crest­fallen’s’ re­lease fol­lows hot on the heels of Pete’s mas­sively suc­cess­ful sup­port­ing slot for Mad­ch­ester’s finest, The Happy Mon­days.

Pete opened for the Sal­ford al­ter­na­tive rock band on eight dates of their Bri­tish tour, rub­bing shoul­ders with Shaun Ry­der, Bez and co. in front of packed au­di­ences at venues in­clud­ing Glas­gow’s O2 Academy.

The tour was to mark the 25th an­niver­sary of the re­lease of the band’s sem­i­nal ‘Pills, Thrills & Belly­aches’ al­bum, which con­tains hit sin­gles ‘Step On’, ‘Kinky Afro’ and ‘Loose Fit’.

A de­lighted Pete said af­ter the tour: “It was a true plea­sure tour­ing with the Happy Mon­days and I am very grate­ful to have had the op­por­tu­nity to play for their fans.

“The venues were mostly packed and that’s not al­ways the case when you sup­port acts, so re­spect to the mu­sic fans for that.

“I en­joyed the shows very much and the Mon­days are all great peo­ple, as well as tal­ented.

“We all got on re­ally well and I was hum­bled to re­ceive their kind words.”

‘Crest­fallen’ is avail­able now from iTunes and to find out more about Pete’s mu­sic and up­com­ing gigs, visit www.pe­temacleod.net

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