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Father­son Nov 2, Bar­row­lands, Glas­gow

Kil­marnock-founded trio Father­son may have got to­gether in 2011 but with re­cent al­bum Sum Of All Your Parts, they’ve re­cap­tured the gang en­ergy of those ear­lier days.

Hard-grafters seem­ingly al­ways out on tour or work­ing on new ma­te­rial, Father­son – vo­cal­ist/gui­tarist Ross Leighton, bassist Marc Strain and drum­mer Greg Walkin­shaw – wrote and recorded the LP dur­ing an in­tense pe­riod work­ing from an old telecomms build­ing in Ibrox.

“It was just us and a guy who had a com­puter server room, and he was never there, so we had it to our­selves,” says Leighton. “It wasn’t a proper stu­dio, it felt more like a glo­ri­fied bed­room and that’s kind of how we treated it. It felt like we were kids again.”

Hav­ing sup­ported the likes of Biffy Clyro, Fright­ened Rab­bit, Idlewild and Kings Of Leon, the band were able to clear the decks, give up the day jobs (for a while, at least), and fo­cus on “just be­ing in the band”.

“Though we’ve had to have some very un­der­stand­ing bosses over the years, we don’t take it for granted that we’re very lucky to be able to fo­cus on mu­sic just now,” says Leighton. “None of us are par­tic­u­larly greedy, and we reckon that if you’re able to cover your ex­penses through play­ing tunes, that’s great. That’s why we work so hard on it.”

Aside from the soar­ing pop of lead sin­gle Mak­ing Waves and sparks-fly­ing rocker The Land­scape, Sum Of All Your Parts was all writ­ten in that glo­ri­fied Ibrox “bed­room”. There are some sur­prise guests, such as Old Traf­ford poet Isa­iah Hull and Welsh singer-song­writer Sarah How­ells, aka Bryde, who per­forms at the Aber­feldy Fes­ti­val on Nov 2.

On Father­son’s new sin­gle Charm School, a slab of bass­driven in­die rock, the band are backed by Kris Platt and Danny Mor­gan of Blue Amer­i­cans, the duo who sup­port them on this Bar­row­lands date. On Novem­ber 3, Father­son will head­line The Al­ter­na­tive Peers Ball at Ed­in­burgh’s As­sem­bly Rooms fol­low­ing sets by The Xcerts, The Spook School, Martha Ffion, Bossy Love and a trio of SAY Award nom­i­nees BABE, Best Girl Ath­lete and Kobi Onyame.

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