Glasvegas set for 2011 UK tour
Glasgow band record ten track as-yet-untitled second album with Flood
The last time this writer spoke to Glasvegas frontman James Allan, in advance of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party last year, he sounded absolutely shattered after two years of touring and promoting on the back of the band’s hugely successful debut album. Having been off the radar for an entire year, did he manage to get a break? ‘James’ idea of a holiday is sitting writing songs,’ laughs the band’s bassist Paul Donoghue.
‘We spent four months in Santa Monica writing the new album earlier this year, and I think the only time he and Rab (Allan, guitarist and James’ brother) were on the beach was when I kicked our football out the window and one of them had to go and fetch it. I spent the whole time in a hammock.’ It sounds like the life, but they did manage to pull together ten songs for recording sessions with Flood in London later in the year, and Donoghue says they’re very happy with the as-yet-untitled second album. He says redemption comes up in James’ lyrics a lot, and that these new songs still sound recognisably like Glasvegas, despite where they were created.
It wasn’t all plain sailing, though, as drummer Caroline McKay left while the group were in Santa Monica. ‘It was her decision,’ says Donoghue. ‘I just don’t think she was having so much fun any more. We’re all still talking, though, it was really amicable. She’s doing well. So now we’ve got a new drummer, Rab sent up the Batlight for a girl from Sweden called Jonna Lofgren who plays standing up just like Caroline. I think she’s a bit too good for us, mind you. She knows the songs better than we do already.’
Touring Scotland from Thu 6–Sat 15 Jan, check listings for details