5 Reasons To Go See - 1990s
- Emma Newlands
- 30 April 2009
ABC2, Glasgow, Sun 3 May.
- They love numbers more than Carol Vorderman does Not content with their numerical moniker, the band’s latest single is called ‘59’, a slice of summery pop harmonies released on Rough Trade Records, the label that signed the weegie trio after their sixth gig.
- They can turn a bus journey into a sociological study A reliable source says that ‘59’ eulogises the 59 bus in Pollokshields, ‘which comes approximately once per lifetime and goes from Narnia to Brigadoon via Pollokshields’. Singer Michael McGaughrin explains: ‘It’s the only bus you want to get on in Pollokshields, even if it’s going in the wrong direction. The song’s about me taking this bus and checking out the girls … with gammy eyes.’
- They get their inspiration from unusual sources Their new album Kicks references Mongolian warlords, bears, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Baader-Meinhoff and Scientology. But most of the songs are about ex, current, future and fictional girlfriends.
- They’re fearless rhymers ‘The Box’ off the new album follows the line ‘back in your box’ with ‘because that’s the place I keep my pants and socks’.
- They’re cosmically minded McGaughrin is a Scorpio. Fellow band members Jackie McKeown and Dino Bardot are an Aquarius and a Taurus respectively.