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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.