“Stadium sized melodies and four-part harmonies without diving headlong into a pool full of cliches…”
– MOJO Magazine
The band will also release an EP for Record Store Day entitled Three Blind Wolves Love Music, a taster from the EP – ‘The Maybe Forest’ – is available to stream now on the band’s Soundcloud page.
Their recently released singles, In Here Somewhere and Parade, could easily be compared to artists like My Morning Jacket and Neil Young but there are moments where the band move beyond their trademark Americana influences. “Honey Fire” crescendos into an ambient wall of sound, suddenly transforming into a grungier chorus. “Slow Summer Deer” is big, bold and brilliantly indie yet “When The Garden Gets Near” is more intimate – just Ross Clark on his acoustic guitar. It feels as though the band are pushing and pulling you through a journey of emotion.
The band will be on tour throughout May in the UK and supporting Wintersleep in Europe to promote the album.
- 4th May – Brew at the Bog, Inverness
- 5th May – Big Beach Ball, Aberdeen
- 6th May – Knust, Hamburg, Germany (supporting Wintersleep)
- 7th May – PrivatClub, Berlin, Germany (supporting Wintersleep)
- 9th May – Strom, Munich, Germany (supporting Wintersleep)
- 10th May – Gare De Lion, Switzerland (supporting Wintersleep)
- 11th May – Mad Bonn, Dudingen, Switzerland (supporting Wintersleep)
- 12th May – Albani, Winterthur, Switzerland (supporting Wintersleep)
- 15th May – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow
- 16th May – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow
- 17th May – 20 ROCKS, Dundee
- 18th May – PJ Molloys, Dunfermline
- 19th May – Comlongon Rocks, Dumfries
- 21st May – Oporto, Leeds
- 22nd May – Night & Day, Manchester
- 23rd May – Dempseys, Cardiff
- 24th May – Sebright Arms, London
- 25th May – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
Parade, gained support from John Kennedy (XFM) and Vic Galloway (BBC Radio 1 Scotland) with the band also being asked to perform a session for Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2). Their second single, In Here Somewhere, saw the boys take to the road with fellow Scots Frightened Rabbit, supporting the northern leg of their tour.
Singer Ross Clark started out as a solo artist playing gigs in Glasgow, after meeting David Cleary (lead guitar, backing vocals, mandolin), Kevin Mackay (bass, backing vocals) and Fearghas Lyon (drums, backing vocals) from their own musical adventures, the four bonded instantly and formed a band. Over the past three years they have toured across the USA, Canada, The Netherlands and the UK extensively, including showcasing at SXSW, CMW and Eurosonic in 2012 and major festivals such as T in the Park, Hop Farm and The Great Escape.
Their mini album Sound of the Storm in 2011 had The List hailing them as a “countrified Modest Mouse”. The Skinny compared them to Bright Eyes and Bon Iver whilst Rolling Stone noted comparisons to the Decemberists. More recently The Vinyl District hailed the boys as “the most important new band to emerge from Scotland this year”.
Sing Hallelujah For The Old Machine is released on 27th May 2013 via Instinctive Racoon.