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” ScottishDaily Express
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!
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..
All 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.
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.
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 review. And 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.