Fatherson – 'We're not a heavy rock band, we're not a folk band, we're not an indie band. Just somewhere in-between.'
- Henry Northmore
- 13 June 2018
Scottish trio discuss their forthcoming album as they get ready for TRNSMT
Fatherson signed to King Tut's Records in 2011 working their way up the Scottish indie scene with sets at T in the Park, Rock Ness and Belladrum and tours with Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Twin Atlantic and Idlewild. Two albums into their career (2014's I Am an Island and 2016's Open Book) the Ayrshire trio are gearing up for their first date at TRNSMT with a special acoustic cover of a Stereophonics' classic.
We caught up with Ross Leighton (vocals/guitar), Marc Strain (bass) and Greg Walkinshaw (drums) to talk about indie rock, new music and Arctic Monkeys' new album.
How would you describe your own music?
Ross Leighton: Uplifting sing-along rock with an indie twist.
Marc Strain: With guitars, drums and bass.
RL: We're not a heavy rock band, we're not a folk band, we're not an indie band. Just somewhere in-between.
When will we hear any new music?
MS: We did a bunch of touring and festivals last year that culminated in doing both of our albums in full at the Art School. A retrospective thing, because we'd just been in the studio in Glasgow writing every day. So instead of just intensively trying to write a record we went in a few days a week just having fun with it. Earlier this year we went to a studio just outside Leeds to work with Claudius Mittendorfer, which is a brilliant name for a producer.
Greg Walkinshaw: Great name, even nicer guy.
MS: He's worked with some amazing bands [including Johnny Marr, Weezer and We Are Scientists]. We got it tracked and mastered and literally just got it back last week. So I'd expect some new music out by the end of the year [Sum Of All Your Parts has now been confirmed with a release date of 14 Sep].
What can you tell us about the new album?
MS: We basically recorded the whole album live which we'd never done before, it's not something you really do in the modern age, you just track everything separately, it was a really good experience.
RL: It was freeing because when you go to play it live there's none of that bullshit because it was just three guys in a room making music.
MS: The whole writing process was the three of us in a room almost starting again. Getting back to what we liked and didn't like, we were very focused. Everything fell into place after that, the sound of the album is not crazy different but it is a very different sounding album. We've got to a place where we're really proud of the album and feel confident people will love it. At the end of the day we love it.
Did you learn anything playing the previous albums back-to-back?
GW: It was a really fun way to draw breath, when you are in the depths of making new music you can end up down the rabbit hole. We played 36 songs to a crowd of people who really wanted to hear them, so it was a really good exercise for us, I think it helped the final months of making the album.
Looking forward to TRNSMT?
MS: Very much so. Its our first show in a wee while and it's home turf. We were briefly at the Sunday last year and it seemed like a really nice festival. Nice vibes.
RL: It's exactly what Glasgow's been needing. The phoenix has risen from the ashes and has turned into this amazing inner city festival.
You play the same day as Arctic Monkeys, are you fans?
GW: I really dig the new album [Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino], its been getting a harsh time from some people but I think its a really interesting direction to take. It's more of a Last Shadow Puppets direction certainly compared to [2013's] AM, which was the pinnacle of Arctic Monkeys-ness, if you know what I mean, and they've just turned it on its head. I'm really looking forward to seeing how they translate that into a live show and how they mix it with their older material. I think it'll be a really interesting, weird, eclectic show.
Fatherson play TRNSMT, Glasgow Green, Sun 1 Jul.