Tide Lines - ‘two pints and a vodka and Coke’

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

As we signed copies of our de­but al­bum im­me­di­ately af­ter our launch gig, one con­fused gen­tle­man ar­rived at the head of the cue and asked for two pints and a vodka and Coke, writes Robert Robert­son. The poor chap had waited for a con­sid­er­able time to get to the bar - only to re­alise he had been stand­ing in the wrong queue and had, in fact, reached the merch tent! For us, it had been an equally mind-bog­gling sort of day.

We had awo­ken in Glas­gow that morn­ing to find our de­but al­bum,

Dreams We Never Lost, in the top 20 of the UK down­load charts and trend­ing on iTunes, but our sub­se­quent op­ti­mism soon turned to dread as the weather be­gan to de­te­ri­o­rate.

On reach­ing Con­nel, flashes of light­en­ing, roars of thun­der and tor­ren­tial rain brought about a si­lence in the van as we all con­sid­ered the like­li­hood that our al­bum launch was go­ing to be a washout.

We ar­rived at the fes­ti­val site to find the artist area en­gulfed in a del­uge of rain wa­ter.

As I sat in the artist tent re­string­ing my gui­tar, how­ever, it sud­denly oc­curred to me that the deafen­ing noise of the rain bat­ter­ing off the roof of the tent had be­gun to ease.

To my ela­tion and to­tal dis­be­lief, I emerged from the tent into beau­ti­ful sun­shine. The thun­der storm had cleared the air and the dark clouds were dis­ap­pear­ing into the dis­tance.

K9 Kev and Rory O’B got the au­di­ence buzzing from the stage. The party was on and we were soon look­ing out onto a sunkissed and packed Moss­field.

The crowd was rar­ing to go and af­ter all the prepa­ra­tion and a morn­ing of weather-in­duced panic, Oban Live, thanks to the en­thu­si­as­tic fes­ti­val go­ers, turned out to be the ideal al­bum launch.

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