Hello! Our new album is out now on Fika Recordings!!!
It’s been a long time in the making and we’re verrrry pleased with it. It’s really upbeat and sunny and I think it captures the full band better than ever. Pete produced and mixed it and Vicki did the graphic design (using photography by Greg Ryan) so it’s been a real team effort.
Our album release is getting closer and closer and I’m very pleased to share a new video for the opening track, Moment Passed. Clash are premiering it HERE.
The video was filmed on Findhorn beach by Graeme O’Hara and the song is available to download and stream from all the usual places. It’s the lead song from our forthcoming album, Spirit Level, which is out on 26th February on Fika Recordings. You can pre-order it on LP, CD or digital here.
Find Moment Passed from Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music etc.
Hi! We’re over the moon to present our new album, Spirit Level. It’s available to pre-order from Fika Recordings. The official release date is 26th February 2021 and we’ve got some singles on the way before that, including one called Up In Smoke which is now streaming on Bandcamp (and you’ll get an instant download when you pre-order).
It’s a big, bouyant album that makes the most of the full 8-piece band and it’s available on limited edition sky blue/white splatter vinyl, CD or digital. Today is a #BandcampFriday, with all proceeds going directly to labels and artists so your support, as ever, is really appreciated.
I’d love to be telling you about our plans for a launch gig, but those are on ice for now. Fingers-crossed we can get together for a party in the new year. In the meantime, I’m singing some songs on Facebook Live tonight at 8pm.
Hello! This blog was feeling a bit unloved… does anyone still use band websites? The growing list of social media channels (I’ve got a Patreon now!) demand a lot of attention so apologies to anyone out there relying on this page for updates. Basically, anything you’ve missed is on Bandcamp. Since lockdown, I’ve been channeling lots of time and energy into DIY recording. You’ll find two full Randolph’s Leap albums, a fake live solo album and a country-pop album under my cowboy robot pseudonym A.R. Pinewood. Check it all out here.
I’ve also been releasing a new song every month through my Song Club on Patreon. You can sign up for a monthly subscription and receive a new recording every four weeks. Join here!
I’ve been doing some online gigs, usually on Facebook Live. The next one is at 8pm on Friday 6th November which also happens to be a #BandcampFriday and we just might have something brand new and very exciting in store…
Hi. I hope you’re doing alright. I should have been seeing some of you in person this week but in light of the cancelled tour this’ll have to do instead. It probably doesn’t need saying, but all of our live dates are off until further notice. I wanted to turn this situation into something positive though, so I spent the week in my wee home studio recording new music. It was a really enjoyable experience and a bit of an experiment. I finished the music on Thursday evening and put it online via Bandcamp and social media on Friday. Thanks so much if you’ve already downloaded it. If not, it’s called (You Can’t Put The) Brakes On Love, it features my first-ever Motown song and you can find it HERE.
Since last year, music-related work has been my primary source of income through songwriting, touring and other project work (here’s a link to a fun teaching project I worked on in January) so I’m incredibly grateful for your support at the moment.
Hello pals. Hope you’re having a good year so far. We’ve got gigs coming out our ears and I hope you can join us for a show. I’ll list all of the individual dates below but the key points are that we’re celebrating 2020’s LEAP year status with a couple of full band shows in Glasgow and Edinburgh at the end of February/start of March. 2020 also happens to mark 10 years since we started releasing music. Crazy. Thanks for your support over the last decade. If you can join us please do, I think they’ll be really great gigs.
After that, I’m on a UK tour in March with David from Broken Chanter and Niamh from Moonsoup. We’re going all over the place in a “songwriters circle” type guise playing acoustic versions of songs from our back catalogues. It’ll be dead lovely.
Then in April we’re taking the full band to London, Ramsgate and Sheffield. We don’t manage to take the band this far too often so please come along if you’re nearby or spread the word to any friends/family who you think might enjoy our nonsense.
I was in Glasgow at the weekend recording some finishing touches for our new album. I’m very pleased with it. It sounds different to anything we’ve done before and I think it’s by far the best we’ve captured the full band sound. Lots of texture and layers. Good songs too, I think.
Thanks for reading. Hopefully catch you soon.
Sat 29th Feb – GLASGOW The Old Hairdressers LEAP YEAR anniversary show. Full band + support from Jo Mango TICKETS
Sun 1st March – EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s LEAP YEAR anniversary show. Full band + support from Hailey Beavis TICKETS
Wed 18th March – CARDIFF The Moon Cardiff trio with Broken Chanter & Moonsoup TICKETS
Thurs 19th March – LONDON The Empire Bar trio with Broken Chanter & Moonsoup
Fri 20th March – RAINHAM The Oast trio with Broken Chanter & Moonsoup TICKETS
Sat 21st March – MANCHESTER Gullivers trio with Broken Chanter & Moonsoup TICKETS
Sun 22nd March – MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth Social Club trio with Broken Chanter & Moonsoup TICKETS
Fri 27th March – KILCHOAN Puffin Coffee trio with Broken Chanter & Moonsoup
Sat 28th March – NEWPORT-ON-TAY Rio Community Centre trio with Broken Chanter & Moonsoup
Thurs 16th April – LONDON Empire Bar FULL BAND
Fri 17th April – RAMSGATE Music Hall FULL BAND + Seazoo TICKETS
Sat 18th April – SHEFFIELD Shakespeare’s FULL BAND TICKETS
Hello! Hope you’re doing well. We’ve just released a brand new Christmas single. It’s an upbeat singalong about dead celebrities, climate change, Brexit, Heathrow Airport, the year 2019 and setting things on fire. It’s called Christmas, Burn It All 🔥 and we’re donating all of the proceeds to the environmental charity Friends of the Earth Scotland. Here’s the video, directed by our wonderful bassist Vicki and featuring some musical pals:
It would mean a lot to us if you could help raise some money for the cause. So please pay for a download from any of the platforms mentioned on THIS LIST. We’d recommend Bandcamp as you can choose how much to donate. The single also comes with an acoustic b-side.
We’re celebrating the single with a full band Christmas gig at Glasgow’s Glad Café on Thursday 12th December. Yup, general election day. It might be a good place to come and hide from the chaos for a few hours. There’ll be a Christmas Karaoke session before and after our performance and all of the ticket money is going to Friends of the Earth Scotland. Get your tickets HERE.
It would be great to end the year by giving a nice big gift to the environment so please download and consider sharing the song with others.
Merry Christmas when it arrives and thanks for your support. We have a new album coming in 2020 and some other exciting plans. See you soon!
This is a long overdue update. Thanks if you’re one of the lovely people who came along to a gig in April/May/June. I’ve been playing a lot of shows, mostly solo but also some incredibly fun full-band shows in Glasgow and Findhorn. We played two 45-minute sets in Findhorn, so I really enjoyed compiling the setlists for that one. We included something from every album, including the new one which is still being recorded. Those gigs reminded me how much I love my bandmates and how lucky I am to have them. I’m ridiculously excited about how the new album is sounding so far – it’s bursting with melody and we’re having lots of fun with the arrangements. We recorded the noisy bits in a studio and we’re overdubbing the rest ourselves so it’ll take a while to finish but it allows us to take our time and get it sounding as good as possible. I think you’ll like it.
If you’d like to help us fund the ongoing production costs of the album, we have a new t-shirt design in stock. It continues the optician theme of our smash hit Hoping To See and comes in a range of sizes, from small human to extra-large human. In a time of dwindling music sales, merchandise like this really helps us keep the band afloat so visit our shop HERE if you’d like a shirt.
I’ve really enjoyed the recent spell of solo touring. It’s a different experience to playing with the band but has its own benefits. The gigs are more “intimate”, I guess, and it’s much more financially viable so means I’ve been able to play in some far-flung places like Shetland, Orkney, Mull, Skye and Knoydart. It was a lot of fun touring with The Burning Hell who might be the most charming band I’ve played with in their ability to win over a room full of people. They should be hostage negotiators. Singing hostage negotiators. It was a pleasure supporting James Yorkston again last month as well. He’s an amazing songwriter and his new album is a belter.
The other thing I’ve been working on is an album of songs inspired by one of my favourite novels. Wild Harbour by Ian Macpherson was written in 1936 and predicted the outbreak of a second world war. In the story, the central characters decide not to fight and instead live out their days in a cave in the Cairngorms. I’m still at the writing stage but it’s sounding very folky in tone and I’m also talking to Right Lines who created the Isle of Love theatre show and we’re hoping to adapt Wild Harbour for the stage, with the songs being incorporated into the show. There’ll be quite a few checkpoints to pass first, but fingers-crossed. I’ll update you as things move along.
Have a lovely summer!
Saturday 27th July – IndieTracks Festival. FULL BAND.
Saturday 10th August – Glad Cafe, Glasgow. FULL BAND.
Friday 4th October – Hypercoaster @ Monifieth Book Shop. SOLO.
Saturday 12th October – Old Cinema Laundrette, Durham. SOLO.*
Thursday 17th October – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh. SOLO.*
Friday 18th October – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. SOLO.*