Exposure: Findo Gask
- Emma Newlands
- 22 October 2008
Findo Gask - Va Va Va (Disco Mix)
Who are Findo Gask?
They are Gerard Black, Gregory Williams and Michael Marshall who met at St Andrew’s High School, Kirkcaldy. Now based in Glasgow, legend states that they spent a year practicing in singer Gerard's bedroom above Nice n Sleazy's. But it wasn’t until they recruited former Flying Matchstick Men member Gavin Thomson – who brought with him a wealth of electronic equipment and is worryingly described as liking technology ‘in a slightly sexual way’ – that things turned a corner for them.
What do they sound like?
Sending critics into raptures, they have been hailed as making ‘giddy pop epiphanies’ and ‘off-kilter perfection’ including everything from sublime choral harmonies to skittering beats. Their debut 12” Va-Va-Va, released on Optimo’s label last December, was described as ‘staggeringly good … just an astonishing record’ by Radio 2’s Radcliffe and Maconie.
Who do they like?
They cite Cocteau Twins, Associates, Beach Boys, Rex the Dog and Cornelius as influences as well as music from computer games – they love We Love Katamari. Not only that, but the synth-loving quartet have put their remixing skills to great use for the likes of The Long Blondes and Midlake. And they’ve played with Franz Ferdinand, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and Dirty Projectors.
I only listen to anything described as ‘perfect celestial pop’ where each band member has some classical training – do they fit the bill?
They sure do! New single ‘One Eight Zero’ (‘heady pop sparkle in unexpected shapes’) is released on 1 December.
Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, Fri 24 Oct (with The Week that Was); Hallowe'en Ball @ Glasgow School of Art, Fri 31 Oct.