High­landers hit the chart heights with sur­prise suc­cess for very first sin­gle

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A NEW High­land band called Tide Lines made a shock en­try into the of­fi­cial iTunes down­load charts this week, less than 24 hours af­ter be­ing launched.

For­mer Skip­in­nish boys Robert Robert­son from Lochaber and Ross Wil­son from Mull joined forces with Ali Turner from Al­ness and Gus Munro from Glas­gow, launch­ing their new band on Sun­day evening with a sin­gle and ac­com­pa­ny­ing mu­sic video called Far Side of the World.

By Mon­day morn­ing, the song was rapidly ris­ing up the iTunes of­fi­cial down­load charts to the dizzy heights of 68 – ahead of pop­u­lar tracks by Cold­play and Bey­once, as well as Adele’s Hello.

Far Side of the World, writ­ten by lead vo­cal­ist Robert, is es­sen­tially a love song which com­bines West Coast ref­er­ences to Lochaber and the He­brides with a fresh and eclec­tic feel to the mu­sic.

It is not the first time a High­land band has ex­pe­ri­enced suc­cess in the charts – Robert and Ross achieved sim­i­lar with their pre­vi­ous band, Skip­in­nish – but it is the tim­ing of it that has sur­prised them.

The first 24 hours of the band’s ex­is­tence saw Tide Lines go from to­tal ob­scu­rity to a Face­book page with more than 3,000 fol­low­ers and an over­all post reach of over 64,000. Robert said: ‘Con­sid­er­ing Tide Lines lit­er­ally didn’t ex­ist in the pub­lic do­main un­til Sun­day, we gen­uinely didn’t know what to ex­pect when we re­leased our first sin­gle, and we were fairly ner­vous.

‘The pos­i­tive re­ac­tion to Far Side of the World has come as a mas­sive re­lief, and the fact that it has charted is an un­ex­pected bonus for us – so we’re re­ally grate­ful to ev­ery­one who has bought the sin­gle or fol­lowed us on­line.’

Tide Lines will launch their band live at Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val next month.

Far Side of the World is avail­able on iTunes and all other dig­i­tal down­load plat­forms.

To view the band’s new mu­sic video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzbzMRy in yE.

You can also find out more about the band on their Face­book page at www. face­book. com/ weare­tide­lines/.

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