Blue light brigade
THERE'S a story about soldiers drinking in an army pub, getting increasingly boisterous.
They are boasting of their bravery to each other.
In the corner of the pub sit a small group of men quietly drinking. One of the drunken soldiers asks the barman why they are not joining in the fun.
"Those men are Royal Marines," the barman replies, "and they have nothing to prove".
In the Scottish music scene, Ambulances wear the green beret among a host of untalented infantry imbeciles. They consistently release excellent music without making a song and dance about it.
Their tracks have been remixed by Steve Mason, formerly of The Beta Band and famed producer Kramer flew in to Scotland from the States to produce their 2009 debut album 'The Future That Was'.
The Press spoke to the band's Scott Lyon, while he sat on the backstep of his home "up Methil Way", sunning himself beside Winston, his 11-year-old lurcher.
DP: A lot of interviews I've read suggest Ambulances are a mysterious band. Why is that?
SL: It's because we can't afford to pay for photo sessions (laughs). Everyone gets the story wrong - they call us 'The Ambulances' or say we're from Glasgow...it's just rubbish communication. We want to be on front pages of magazines.
DP:'Feeling Sick' was recorded at the Substation in Rosyth - is this the first time you've recorded with producer Michael Brennan?
SL: Aye. We had heard he had worked with Primal Scream and lots of other bands, but the one that did it for us was when we heard he had done sound for Puff Daddy, we were like 'yes!'
DP:How did you get The Beta Band's Steve Mason to remix previous Ambulance songs?
SL: He's an old pal from years ago, from scooter clubs. I wasn't really a scooter boy, but I went about with them. I had a crap version, but they were all into their 1960s Lambrettas.
DP:Will the forthcoming album be remixed?
SL: I think Steve might do a remix, and we think we will get (famed US producer) Kramer and Cian Ciaran from the Furries (aka Super Furry Animals). So maybe once the album has died down a little bit, say after two days, we can promote it that way.
DP:You play the Moscow Radio club in April - do you prefer the stage or the studio?
SL: We haven't played live much, and we're looking forward to it. We always want to record, we just don't have the money to do it all the time. It's been a long time. We lost our drummer and were in a dark place so we decided we had to do something and it kept us busy.
'Feeling Sick; is released digitally and on limited edition 7" Vinyl on Friday 6th April. Ambulances play alternative/electro club night Radio Moscow on Friday 6th April at the Windsor Hotel, Victoria Road, Kirkcaldy. For more information visit. http://ambulances.bandcamp.com/