Exposure - Sixpeopleaway
Tomorrow’s music today. This Issue: Sixpeopleaway
Despite pressure from various short-sighted industry types to fill out with extra members, Glasgow-based duo Sixpeopleaway have stuck to their guns and rightly so. Forming in the summer of last year and based around the songs of Alistair Merrick (vocals, guitar, laptop) and close friend Robert Hitchen (bass, backing vocals), the outfit make beautiful, beat-fuelled acoustic tracks which stick out like a sore thumb from the current crop of supermarket indie-touting wannabes and are all the better for it.
We drag Merrick away from an episode of Masterchef to find out more . . .
A lot of people told us to come back once we had a proper band, but to be honest I found my own voice making music this way and Bob is the only guy in the world I’d trust to help me out. Plus we want to keep it simple and keep the backing as minimal as possible.
A definite case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ then?
Exactly. I just graduated from university and this has been much more successful than any of the jobs I applied for! We’re getting lots of support, gigs are filling up with new faces all the time and we’re both having so much fun.
Did you ever imagine that your Green Day-loving teens would lead to this?
Not at all! I have been writing songs since the age of 14 and played in various bands over the years but I never thought it would go anywhere. This is all very much by accident and a wonderful one at that.
The Classic Grand, Glasgow, Wed 28 Mar; Spectrum 4, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sun 1 Apr. Sixpeopleaway’s self-titled debut EP is out now.