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