Dundee 'supergroup' coming to PJs
Gary Fitzpatrick • Published 23 Feb 2012 09:30
DUNDEE'S new 'supergroup' Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher come to PJs on Sunday after a successful home-town launch.
At the end of January they sold out a 400-capacity venue to mark the release of their first album.
The band's members are some of the most talented artists on Dundee's thriving music scene and having played in other bands such as The Law and Luva Anna have now set up a collective to experiment and savour their wide range of tastes.
Stevie Anderson, previously of The Law, said, "We went to the T-Pot studios near Dunning last August. We were only going for three days and hoped to come away with four songs maybe.
"We've got three singer/songwriters in the band and we each came up with four songs so we came out with 12 songs and thought why not put them on an album.
"There's a new studio in Dundee called the Gardyne - it's in the college. I think they saw the potential and said we could have as long as we needed to mix the album.
"It snowballed from there. None of it's been intentional but it's all been good. To pay the college back we did a big gig at the Gardyne Theatre and that went down a storm. It was a sell-out and we sold a lot of albums.
"We'd only played three or four times together before as the full band so it was great to get that kind of response from word of mouth, Facebook or whatever. It felt great to walk out on that stage and it exceeded everybody's expectations.
"If you've got three songwriters and five good musicians there's no reason why you can't be turning stuff out constantly.
"If somebody wants to play guitar and somebody wants to play banjo and it leaves the double bass one of us will have a crack at it.
"It's more about the singer and the song rather than what's going on in the background. We're using the whole thing as a learning curve for every band member. We just swap the instruments around and just have fun with it.
"It's about being a collection of musicians and show-casing the songs. It sounds good and it works but we'd be apprehensive about getting stuck in any sort of way. Change is good."
Stevie's influences are Peter Green/early Fleetwood Mac and blues while other band members are fans of folk and country. "It becomes a big amalgamation. We throw it all in the pot and see what happens."
The band have already been booked up for festivals this summer and plan to release their album on iTunes in April.
* Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher play PJ Molloys on Sunday.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 23 Feb 12