I Can’t Dance To This Music 4 – 8th October at Maryhill Community Hall

We’re delighted to announce the next instalment of ‘I Can’t Dance To This Music’! This’ll be the 4th outing for our all-day mini festival and it will take place on Saturday 8th of October in the Maryhill Community Hall in Glasgow. We’ll be performing as well as choosing the bands. The lineup is going to remain a secret for a while longer but previous I Can’t Dance events at the Bowlers Bar, The Glad Café and The CCA have featured music from Withered Hand, Adam Stafford, Viking Moses, Ballboy, Kid Canaveral, BMX Bandits and many more as well as comedy from Josie Long, Richard Brown and Paul McDaniel.

The I Can’t Dance gigs have been some of the best shows we’ve ever played. It’s great to be able to hand-pick the lineup and there’s always a really fun atmosphere with comedians filling in the breaks between bands. The events have gradually been growing in size since the first one in the Bowler’s Bar in 2014 and the hall in Maryhill looks like a smashing room.

Early-bird tickets for this full-day event are are available now for £15. Please watch and share the new video for Microcosm above. It was filmed at March Into Pitlochry festival by Martin Macleod.

Hope to see you in October!

Our new album, ‘Cowardly Deeds’, was released in May on Olive Grove Records.

“Cowardly Deeds compresses joie de vivre into every note and a smart, self-deprecating wit into every rhyming couplet” The National

“An absorbing, hearty, impulsive collection of songs” Gold Flake Paint

“Executed with such joyful abandon that only the hardest of hearts could complain” The Skinny

“A glorious hunk of wonky pop” Daily Record

There seems no way to stop this Glasgow-based folk-pop juggernaut” Scottish Daily Express

Album launch on Friday

Hello!

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Not long until the album is officially released. Come along and join the party on Friday if you can. We’ll be joined by The State Broadcasters and Woodenbox in the stunning venue of St Luke’s in Glasgow’s East End. Get your tickets in advance.

Here’s the video for our most recent single, Not Thinking. Thanks to Ben and Alan from Wake Up Advice for yet another great idea executed brilliantly. You can buy a special Not Thinking jigsaw from our web shop.

If you really want to do your homework before Friday, the full album is streaming for a limited time over on Gold Flake Paint.

Right. That’s all we need to say right now. Hopefully see you on Friday!

Album pre-orders, new video, new t-shirts

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Cowardly Deeds is available for pre-order! Waheey! Woop woop woop.

You can get it on blue 12″ vinyl or on CD and we’re doing some t-shirt bundles which include your choice of album format plus a stoatally lovely t-shirt for an extra fiver..

teesAll pre-orders include an immediate download of Under The Sun and Back Of My Mind (see below). Orders will be posted out to arrive on or before the official release date of May 20th (probably before). See the end of this blog post for a way of getting the album even earlier…

HEY! Guess what? We’ve got another song and video to share! This one’s called ‘Back Of My Mind’ and it’s the opening track on Cowardly Deeds. The video is by Graham Hughes and it was shot during the album recording sessions at Gran’s House Studio with engineer Keith Holmes. Happy memories.

Speaking of new songs, you can listen back to last week’s Roddy Hart Show on BBC Scotland to hear another song from the album called Shreds. It’s on around the 45 minute mark.

Tickets are on sale for our album launch at St Luke’s on May 20th. Support from Woodenbox and The State Broadcasters.

Lastly, we’ve managed to organise a last-minute Record Store Day deal with Love Music in Glasgow. They’ll have 10 copies of the Cowardly Deeds LP to sell on Saturday. Here’s Sandy from Love Music holding it. The other record is by Ette and we recommend that too.

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Have a great weekend!

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Under The Sun single, album launch + more

Huya.

Our new single, Under The Sun, is out now! Here’s the video, created for us by Graeme O’Hara.

You can buy the single on Bandcamp or iTunes. It’s also streamable on Spotify.

The album, Cowardly Deeds, is out on May 20th and we’re having a launch gig at St Luke’s in Glasgow on that date. TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! The support comes from the terrific Glasgow indie band The State Broadcasters and the terrific Glasgow indie band Woodenbox. TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!!

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We’ve had some really fun gigs recently. Thanks very much if you were an audience member or an organiser who helped them happen. I really enjoyed playing in the One Touch Theatre at Eden Court in Inverness, supporting Woodenbox. It was a different kind of venue for us but the sound on stage was amazingly clear and we had a lot of fun (despite my lack of organisational skills nearly ruining the gig twice). Here’s a reviewAnd here’s another review.

For any Inverness audience members who were disappointed that they didn’t get to hear the punchline to Pete’s joke, he told it the following night at the Stirling Tolbooth and you definitely weren’t missing out. I can’t say my jokes fared any better though (unless maybe stony silence / mild groaning / suppressed retching are signs of amusement in Stirling?). Good gig though and we were were looked after by the Tolbooth staff.

I also had a great time at the Leith Depot on Thursday night, playing solo alongside Haystack Monolith and Gummi Bakko. Thanks to the lovely audience for listening to the songs and chatting to me afterwards and well done to Ian from Glint Recordings for hosting such a nice night.

Lastly, there’s a new EP out by The Smart Set which is the work of former Randolph’s Leap keyboardist Gareth. Give it a listen.

Bye for now.

Adam

New music, Glastonbury and some Cowardly Deeds on the way in May

The new album is here!

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It’s called Cowardly Deeds, it’s a 10-song album and it’s coming out on May 20th! Keep an eye out for more updates on the launch gig, singles, videos and how to pre-order the album. It feels really good to get the ball rolling on a new release. We had a great time making this one and are really looking forward to sharing it so thanks to everyone who has shown an interest in our music and enabled us to keep making it.

If you’d like a preview of what the album sounds like, head over to the Glastonbury 2016 Emerging Talent Playlist. We’re delighted to have been longlisted to play the festival this year and have uploaded a brand new song called Under The Sun. It’ll be the first single from Cowardly Deeds and there’ll be a music video coming soon.

Talk to you very soon.

GIGS!

We’re travelling northwards for some great full-band gigs in March as well as a solo show for Adam in April. Details are as follows:

Sat March 12th – March Into Pitlochry, Pitlochry Town Hall (5pm stage time)

Fri March 25th – Inverness Eden Court w/ Woodenbox

Sat March 26th – Stirling Tolbooth

Sat April 9th – Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer, Kirkcaldy Adam Smith Theatre w/ James Yorkston, Linton Kwesi Johnson & Katherine Joseph

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November update

Hello!

Long time no blog.

It’s been a busy year for us, musically and otherwise. Amid all the gigs and festivals there have been weddings, overseas voyages, house moves and job changes. Iain’s multifarious talents have landed him a job in Birmingham so you may notice a new face behind the drum kit. That face is attached to a body and that body belongs to a person. His name is Adam and he has red hair so I’ve naturally taken a shine to him. Welcome aboard Adam! Lang may yer snare rattle.

My big change is that after 7 years of living in Glasgow I’ve moved to a small village in Stirlingshire. It’s quite a change of pace. Glasgow is a mad place and such a strong cultural force so I definitely miss certain aspects. But the countryside provides so many other things that I’ve been looking for in life. I’ve even discovered that the driver of the mobile library is a fan of the band. That’s a key Randolph’s Leap demographic right there.

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Music-wise, we’ve been getting artwork and a few videos ready for the next album. Just waiting for an ETA from the manufacturers and then we should be able to set a release date for 2016. The sooner the better as far as I’m concerned. It’s an exciting stage, and an odd feeling, drawing a line under everything and putting it in someone else’s hands. It’s amazing that all of the mixing, mastering and artwork creation can be sorted out via an internet connection – the files have been back and forth from Glasgow to London, Cardiff, Finland and even Thailand – but it’s nice to finally be yanking it out of cyberspace and turning it into something real.

I’m really pleased with the album. I’ll keep the title a secret for a bit longer. It has a different sound to previous stuff we’ve done. It’s a studio album, recorded semi-live and it has a robustness and energy to it that I think feels quite fresh. I’ve got really good memories of the recording process and I think the songs have been captured in a way that sounds like a bunch of friends having fun together. Which is nice. We’ll save anguish, trauma and violence for the next record.

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Rolling out the red carpet for new drummer Adam Florence

We’ve got some end of year gigs coming up. First is Girl Effect #2 at Mono this Thursday (November 26th). I will be playing a couple of solo cover versions of girl group songs. The event is a fundraiser for Scottish Women’s Aid and the lineup is cracking.

Then we have headline gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We’re at the Hug & Pint on Saturday 28th November and the Summerhall on Friday 4th December. Support for Glasgow is Urvanonic and Edinburgh is Martha Ffion. Both are excellent.

Finally, we’re doing an acoustic set on December 18th for the Flourish House Christmas Meal Fundraiser. It’s at the Hug & Pint again with performances from Finn LeMarinel and Carbs (who you may remember from ICDDTM#2) plus DJing from members of Franz Ferdinand and Happy Meals. Flourish House is a charity that enables people with mental health difficulties to gain a sense of well-being and the money raised from this show will pay for members to have Christmas dinner together. So please come along to that and help support the cause. No excuses.

Catch ye soon!

Adam

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‘Most Clunky’ Live Album released + Riley Session Catch-Up

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Hello.

Hope everyone managed to enjoy Record Store Day or at least some of the blazing sunshine that we had in Glasgow and Edinburgh. I had a nice tour of some record shops, playing four short gigs to promote our new live album ‘Most Clunky’.

It’s now officially released!

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I’m really pleased with it. It was recorded at Kid Canaveral’s Xmas Baubles at Portobello Town Hall at the end of last year. I think it captures us at a good time. It was the last of many gigs in 2014 and I think we sound like a really solid band. We’d just recently finished a two-week recording session for the next studio album so it was a nice celebratory gig. The set consists mainly of Clumsy Knot songs which have had time to evolve a bit and develop their own live identity. Songs like Light of the Moon, Microcosm and Foolishness of Youth sound pretty different to the album versions. I like that.

You can preview Foolishness of Youth and Unnatural below.

 

Most Clunky is available on multi-coloured 12” vinyl complete with digital download code. It looks pretty lovely.

You can buy it from our online shop right here.

It’s also on sale at the following record shops:

Underground Solu’shn (Edinburgh)   //  Coda (Edinburgh)  //  VoxBox (Edinburgh)  // Unknown Pleasures (Edinburgh)  //  Love Music (Glasgow)  //  Monorail (Glasgow)  //  Music’s Not Dead (Bexhill-on-Sea)  //  Norman Records (Leeds)

And via Lost Map.

We’ll also sell them at gigs. We’ve got a couple of great-looking shows coming up. We’re at the Newcastle Mining Institute on April 25th with The Artisans and Slow Decades and then Edinburgh Summerhall on May 7th with The Son(s) and Book Group.

We did a live session for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music last week. We played Foolishness of Youth, I Can’t Dance To This Music Anymore and Microcosm and I reckon it sounds awright. It was nice having the novelty of an upright piano. You can listen back on iPlayer for the next 26 days. By which I mean it’s available for the next 26 days. I’m not advocating 26 days of repeat listening.

Catch you soon I hope.

Adam

Live Dates

APR 25 – Mining Institute, Newcastle Upon Tyne, The Artisans single launch

MAY 2/3 – Brew at the Bog Festival, Inverness

MAY 7 – Summerhall, Edinburgh with The Son(s) & Book Group

MAY 22 – PJ Molloy’s, Dunfermline with Tuff Love

AUG 22 – Hardwick Live Festival, Durham

AUG 29 – Electric Fields Festival, Dumfries

SEP 4/5/6 – Bingley Music Live Festival, Bradford

Marc Riley Session, Live Album, Teatowel, New Gigs + more

Hello. How are things? Adam here.

We’re really pleased to be heading back to Manchester on April 16th for our third Marc Riley session on BBC 6Music. The programme starts at 7pm and we’ll be playing three songs. It’s a great show.

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We’ve got some stuff happening for Record Store Day on April 18th. We’re releasing a live album called ‘Most Clunky’ on vinyl. Recorded at Kid Canaveral’s Xmas Baubles at Portobello Hall last December and consisting of 9 songs mostly taken from Clumsy Knot (hence the anagram title), it sounds better than any of us can remember playing so really looking forward to letting you hear it. I will be playing some solo in-store performances on Saturday 18th at Love Music in Glasgow as well as Underground Sol’shn and VoxBox in Edinburgh. We’ll post specifics nearer the time.

Thanks to everyone who came to I Can’t Dance To This Music #3. We had an amazing time. I was at the venue for 16 hours* but enjoyed every minute. The bands and comedians were all as terrific and funny and punctual and well-dressed and sweet-smelling as we could have hoped for and we managed to sell out the CCA which took us by surprise. There are nice reviews from Rave Child and Manic Pop Thrills and some great photos which I’ll post at the end of this blog.

We released Isle of Love, our final single from Clumsy Knot, and it’s available on our website as a teatowel + postcard bundle which includes a download code for a series of remixes. There are only a few left. The I Can’t Dance To This Music t-shirts are back in stock too.

Lastly, we have a bunch of new gigs lined up. The next big Scottish full-band show is in Edinburgh on May 7th. It’s in the amazing Summerhall Dissection Room as part of the Nothing Ever Happens Here series. We’re big fans of the other bands on the bill, The Son(s) and Book Group, so I reckon it’s going to be a real belter.

Other gigs include a solo support slot at Henry & Fleetwood‘s EP lauch at the Glad Café in Glasgow on April 11th. Anyone who caught their set at ICDTTM#3 will know how good they are. Can’t wait. After that, we’re supporting The Artisans at The Mining Institute in Newcastle as they launch their new single. We’re also playing in Dunfermline with Lost Map labelmates Tuff Love on May 22nd and we have a festival slot at Electric Fields on August 29th. The lineup for that looks great. Here’s a full list of upcoming gigs:

APR 11 – Glad Café (SOLO), Glasgow, Henry & Fleetwood EP launch

APR 25 – Mining Institute, Newcastle Upon Tyne, The Artisans single launch

MAY 2/3 – Brew at the Bog Festival, Inverness

MAY 7 – Summerhall, Edinburgh with The Son(s) & Book Group

MAY 22 – PJ Molloy’s, Dunfermline with Tuff Love

AUG 22 – Hardwick Live Festival, Durham

AUG 29 – Electric Fields Festival, Dumfries

SEP 4/5/6 – Bingley Music Live Festival, Bradford

Catch you soon!

Adam
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Running order for ICDTTM3 on Saturday

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Hello.

Our third I Can’t Dance To This Music live event is happening at the Glasgow’s CCA on Sauchiehall Street THIS SATURDAY. The amazing, award-winning, DIY hero of comedy JOSIE LONG was added to the bill this week. She’ll be doing some stand-up as well as compering. Her own Glasgow Comedy Festival show has sold out but there are still some tickets available for our event from these places:

We Got Tickets

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Adam wrote a guest blog for Gold Flake Paint this week. It talks about the ICDTTM gig as well as our single release for Isle of Love + remixes. There’s a little video which was shot in Shetland and previews some of the remixes. Have a look at it here.

Here are the running times for Saturday. Hope to see you there.

2PM DOORS OPEN

2.30PM – KATE CANAVERAL

3:10PM – PAUL McDANIEL (COMEDIAN)

3.20PM – PREHISTORIC FRIENDS

4:10PM – ANDREW LEARMONTH (COMEDIAN)

4.20PM – VIKING MOSES

5:15PM – RICHIE BROWN (COMEDIAN)

5.25PM – EAGLEOWL

6.00PM DINNER BREAK

7:20PM – JOSIE LONG (COMEDIAN)

7.30PM – HENRY & FLEETWOOD

8:15PM – JOSIE LONG (COMEDIAN)

8.30PM – WITHERED HAND

9:25PM – JOSIE LONG (COMEDIAN)

9.30PM – RANDOLPH’S LEAP

10:40PM – JOSIE LONG (COMEDIAN)

10.50PM – TIGERCATS

11.30PM LIVE MUSIC CLOSE – GOLD FLAKE PAINT DJs DOWNSTAIRS

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Hello.

Following the announcement of Tigercats, the musical lineup is now complete for I Can’t Dance To This Music on March 21st at Glasgow’s CCA.

Tigercats are a fantastic, feel-good band from London. They’ve just released a new album called ‘Mysteries’ on Fortuna Pop. We’re absolutely delighted to have them on board.

The lineup now looks like this:

* Tigercats

* Withered Hand (solo)

* Eagleowl

* Prehistoric Friends

* Viking Moses (solo)

* Kate Canaveral

* Henry & Fleetwood

* Randolph’s Leap

* Andrew Learmonth (stand-up)

* Paul McDaniel (stand-up)

* Richie Brown (stand-up)

* Gold Flake Paint (DJs)

There is one more comedian who we’ll announce nearer the time. Tickets are still £12 but this will only last until the end of the month. From March 1st they’ll go up to £15. For 8 bands and 4 comedians, we still think that’s a bargain. Get tickets here.

In other news, we’re steadily putting plans together for the year. There are a bunch of gigs in the pipeline, including newly announced shows in Edinburgh and Newcastle (see below). We’re also finalising a live mini-album and putting the finishing touches to our brand new, full-band studio record.

Catch you soon!

GIGS
MAR 7 – Royal British Legion, Lerwick, Shetland
MAR 21 – CCA Glasgow – I Can’t Dance To This Music III
APR 25 – Mining Institute, Newcastle Upon Tyne
MAY 2 – Brew at the Bog Festival, Inverness
MAY 7 – Summerhall, Edinburgh
AUG 29 – Electric Fields Festival, Dumfries
SEP 5 – Bingley Music Live Festival, Bradford