New album – Spirit Level

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.

Thanks again. Hope you’re doing fine.

Stream the single and pre-order HERE.

All the best,

Adam

Autumn 2020 update

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…

Catch you soon!

Adam

New emergency album!

The summer’s going to bring us light…

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.

Hope you’re staying safe and staying home!

Adam

Gigz galore

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.

Adam

Live dates:

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

🎄Christmas single and gig

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!

Randolph’s Leap


I Can’t Dance To This Music comes to Edinburgh

We’re bringing our ‘I Can’t Dance To This Music’ all-day mini-festival to the East coast for the first time with a sports day special at Leith FAB Cricket Club on Saturday 21st September.

There will be live music. There will be comedians. There will be competitive sporting activities. There may even be some dancing.

Performing will be:

Hailey Beavis, Hamish Hawk, Happy Spendy, Pocket Knife, Randolph’s Leap, Squiggles & You Tell Me plus our hosts, comedians Zara Gladman & Richard Brown!

Entry is guaranteed when you buy our Sports Day training playlist sampler: https://www.musicglue.com/olive-grove-records-1/events/2019-09-21-i-cant-dance-to-this-music-sports-day-special-leith-fab-cricket-club

Please note the event is over 18s only. Sorry parents. And children.

Also there will be a very reasonably priced, cash-only bar.

This show is being organised in collaboration with The Gentle Invasion and Olive Grove Records.

Summer update + new t-shirts in stock!

Hello! Hope you’re doing well.

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 setting of Wild Harbour

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.

Wild Harbour meeting with Euan (Right Lines)

Have a lovely summer!

Adam

UPCOMING GIGS:

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.*

Saturday 19th October – Braemar Gallery. SOLO.*

*Supporting Broken Chanter

Scottish tour in April

Adam is off on tour around Scotland with Canadian indie-poppers The Burning Hell in April! We’re also delighted to say that the Glasgow show on 24th will be a full band Randolph’s Leap gig. Here are the full dates with ticket links:

April 18: The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin – TICKETS
April 19: Gable End Theatre, Hoy, Orkney
April 20: The Sound Archive, Kirkwall, Orkney – TICKETS
April 21: The String cafe/bar, Lerwick, Shetland – TICKETS
April 23: Mediterranea, Stirling – TICKETS
April 24: The Blue Arrow, Glasgow *FULL BAND* – TICKETS
April 25: An Tobar (Comar), Tobermory, Mull – TICKETS
April 26: Knoydart Community Hall, Knoydart
April 27: SEALL, Sleat, Skye – TICKETS
April 28: Clarks on Lindsay Street, Dundee – TICKETS

This should be a blast. Adam has played alongside TBH a few times now and they’re great fun. Humorous and heartwarming stuff.

Not long after that, the full band are heading up to Findhorn to play the Universal Hall on 11th May.  TICKETS! Really looking forward to returning here for the first time since the memorable closing night of The Isle Of Love. Not too far from here either:

In other news, we’re working away on the next album with some studio time booked in March.

All the best,

Randolph’s Leap

Isle of Love at the Universall Hall, Findhorn

Solo gigs starting this week

Photo by Andy Catlin
Adam will be playing a special solo set at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow on Tuesday 27th November followed by a few more shows across Scotland, supporting Malcolm Middleton and Canadian indie-poppers The Burning Hell. It would put a big smile on his little face to see you there.

FULL DATES:

27 November – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow (Sundown Song Nights launch),  TICKETS.

29 November – Tunnels, Aberdeen (supporting Malcolm Middleton), TICKETS.

04 December – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow (supporting The Burning Hell and Broken Chanter), TICKETS.

05 December – The Tooth & Claw, Inverness (supporting The Burning Hell), TICKETS.

To whet your appetite, here’s an acoustic version of Hoping To See, recorded in Leith during the Isle of Love tour.

Hoping To See is available as a Lost Map postcard which comes with a download code for special, alternative versions. BUY IT HERE.

Thanks!

Worryingly Okay OUT NOW

Hello!

An overdue blog, this one. If you weren’t already aware, our new album Worryingly Okay is out now on Lost Map Records! We’d recommend the CD version as it comes with a lovely map of Scotland and a lyric book, all designed by Peggy-May Chapple and David Galletly. BUY IT HERE!

It’s a lo-fi album recorded by Adam during a period of semi-isolation having moved away from Glasgow to the north east of Scotland. The majority of the music is performed by Adam and sees a return to the DIY home recording style of Randolph’s Leap’s early releases. The album explores connections to people and places (Hide A Thing, Mull, Television) dances with politics (Geopolitical Blues, Lungs) and even describes the absurdity of a fictional relationship with an optician (Hoping To See).

Watch the video for Television HERE.

If CDs aren’t your thing, you can find Worryingly Okay in the following places:

SPOTIFY

APPLE MUSIC

BANDCAMP

Thanks everyone who has been to a gig recently. We had a terrific time playing a couple of stripped-back shows in the National Museum of Scotland last week and here’s a wee review of the Lost Map 5th birthday gig we did with Kid Canaveral at the Rum Shack.

Image by @atom_man on Twitter
Image by @sarahcowie on Twitter
Image by Mike Melville

Massive thanks to everyone who came to the Isle of Love shows as well. It was so much fun. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to writers Euan Martin and Dave Smith, director Mark Saunders and the cast of actors (John Kielty, Amy McGregor, Ross Allan, Deborah Arnott and Kevin Lennon) for putting it all together and making it a success. The soundtrack compilation is available on CD from our web store.

We’re currently booking solo and band gigs for the rest of 2018 and into 2019 so we’ll hopefully see you somewhere soon.

If you’re a promoter and would like to book us then please contact gail@laughingdogmusic.co.uk.

Image by Lloyd Meredith