white band

a higher profile in 2007. By Lor­raineWil­son

The Herald - Arts - - Arts -

View is some­thing that doesn’t con­cern the mem­bers of Spare Snare ei­ther way. There seems to be a con­sen­sus that they re­gard them­selves as a Scot­tish band first.

Alan says: “When we started here, we were kick­ing over the bins a bit; there were a lot of Dundee white soul boys. We would al­ways play to big­ger crowds out­side Dundee. Peo­ple here would ask how the gig went but not make the ef­fort to go. I think the at­ti­tude in Dundee is chang­ing though, and that is prob­a­bly down to Snow Pa­trol and the View …”

You may have been count­ing, but there are five mem­bers around the ta­ble. New­est re­cruit, key­board player Adam Lock­hart is by far the qui­etest. Maybe it’s new boy syn­drome, or maybe he’s just quiet, but when ques­tioned about join­ing he says it’s the most “re­laxed” band he’s ever worked with. And it seems to be the case. The dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties each bring some­thing of their own to the ta­ble when it comes to writ­ing and record­ing.

Bur­nett hints at a higher profile in 2007, and if the li­cens­ing works out, the JohnPeel ses­sions may be brought to­gether on one album. This is, af­ter all, the band that came 46th in a poll of the 50 Best Scot­tish Bands of All Time, above Dundee soul boys the Av­er­age White Band. Is that the sound of an­other bin crash­ing to the ground? Spare Snare play King Tut’s WahWahHut, Glas­gow, on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 28. Tick­ets cost £6 from www.tick­et­mas­ter.co.uk (0870 169 0100) or cash only from the venue at 272a St Vin­cent Street. Gar­den Leave is out on Chute Records, PO Box 211, Dundee, DD1 9PH, price £6. Or­der from www.wearethesnare.com Visit www.mys­pace.com/sparesnare

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