Aidan Moffat takes Bill Wells collaboration album Everything’s Getting Older on tour
Falkirk poet and ex Arab Strap member set for Oran Mor show
‘Yeah. I might have personality issues,’ Aidan Moffat deadpans, while sipping on a tea. He’s explaining his knack for writing equally candid lyrics about ‘unemotional, nasty shaggers’, ‘lonely sollipsists’, sixty-year-old women, squaddie-shagging girls or, as on his upcoming album with avant-garde Falkirk musician Bill Wells, doting fathers. Everything’s Getting Older is a beautiful (some of the string arrangements would slay even the most stone-hearted), jazz-flecked collection of stories, tender and coarse by turns, which sees the Falkirk poet and ex Arab Strap member reflecting on mortality, human conception, and on slightly more familiar ground, ‘pumping’.
‘If I hadnae done the one song about sex… I mean, Bill did say after I did it, “Thank fuck for that. I’d be really disappointed if there wasn’t something completely filthy on the album”.’ So in ‘Ballad of The Bastard’, Moffat translates a German play from 1900, La Ronde into modern-day Glasgow, where sleazy bosses, groupies and married men hop between each other’s beds.
But Moffat’s trademark inebriated debauchery takes a relative backseat compared to previous releases, replaced by lines about daytime funerals, or the arrival of his now two-year-old son, Samuel Batman. Moffat talks often about ‘the boy’, who can be heard sleeping soundly at the end of the record. He’s the reason Moffat’s not had time for many gigs recently, but he wants a busy touring schedule this year, including this three-pronged live gig featuring his solo material, his band The Best Ofs, and his work with Bill Wells. ‘If you include the audience, it’s gonna be a bit like a foursome with Aidan Moffat.’
(If You) Keep Me In Your Heart, is released on Chemikal Underground on Valentine’s Day. Everything’s Getting Older will be released on Mon 9 May.
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Wed 16 Feb