Exposure: William Douglas and the Wheel
- Kelly Smith
- 20 October 2009
William Douglas and the Wheel - I'll Be Your General
Another goodie to fly off the Edinburgh live rumour mill this year is four-piece rock 'n' rollers William Douglas and The Wheel. With the catchy, melodic soul of The Beatles an obvious influence, as well as the rambunctious rock of the Rolling Stones, this is the kind of music that makes you want to slam back a few bottles of beer, hug your friends - and enemies too - and then sing all the way home. Drummer Ian 'Stoddy' Stoddart spoke to The List briefly about The Wheel and exactly where you can find them, as they are not to be missed.
When and how did William Douglas and the Wheel come to be?
We have been together about three years. William (vocals, guitar) met Chris Agnew (bass, vocals, guitar) at an open mic. I (drummer) got asked to fill in for the previous drummer and stayed at the party! Austen George (guitar, backing vocals) arrived recently to take the guitar job and after many a night at Dr Ruby's and the late spots at the Jazz Bar. The Wheel rolls!
What kind of music inspires you to make your own?
This week we've been mostly listening to Beatles remastered, Neil Young, The Kinks and Stax!
Have you guys recorded any music of late?
We recorded I'll be Your General, a song that was kickin' around William's kitchen for a while, at Jewel and Esk's new studio with help from a friendly engineer called Frankie. We had three hours to get it done.
Do you have any regular gig slots anywhere?
Regular gig is at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh on Saturdays from 6 until 8.30 pm. We are the rock 'n' roll infiltrators!
Favourite Beatles album?
Fave Fab Four album is....Sergeant Pepper's Mystery Revolving White Rubber Road For Sale.
William Douglas and the Wheel play Saturdays at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, from 6 to 8.30pm.