Friday, 7 September 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - The Son(s)

The Son(s) a.k.a. Karl, is an example of getting your head down and making bloody good music.  Not one to adopt the infuriating spam that can clog up Twitter and Facebook feeds, instead The Son(s) lets the music do the talking.  And boy should you listen.  Recent album 'Leviathan' was filled with sensational tracks, mixing folk/Americana/dream-pop with ease.  Read our review of that album here.  But haud the bus.  Before you go, have a read at what The Son(s) had to say when we asked him some questions.

Hello, how are you?

Good, good. Foo's yer Doos?

It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

Sure.  We make music for decrepit waltzers, old broken down bumper cars and dilapidated music halls.  Our music is influenced by other music.  By beer, whisky and by the odd things that people do or say everyday.  I love Grizzly Bear and harmony music.  Dougal likes the Cocteau Twins and plays in a Van Halen/Phil Collins tribute band, so he brings those influences to bear.  Calum likes Hare Krishna and sings like Gerard Love from Teenage Fanclub.

What's your song writing process like?

Well usually one of us will bring in a song and the other two will either contribute or not.  Usually it's me who brings in the song and the other two don't tend to contribute.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Expect Jessie J.

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

My replica Saturn V and launch tower made from plastic bottles and packing tape of course!

What have you got planned for the second half of 2012?

I'd like to play some music live.  Currently, unsuccessfully, hunting band.

At Scottish Fiction we focus on new Scottish music, how do you as a band view the Scottish music 'community'?

It's plain to see that at this moment there are a great many more highly creative musicians and songwriters than a country this size should have any right to produce.  There are also a great many enthusiastic and supportive writers, blogs/bloggers and labels here.  Together that's a great combination and it means that it's possible for Scottish based musicians have a platform for their music which used to be only open to you if you moved to London.

What other Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

I don't see Eugene Twist getting much attention and yet he should.  Withered Hand (does he count?) he should count as almost every song he writes is a jewel.  Meursault, eagleowl, Randolph's Leap, Call To Mind, King Post Kitsch, Pronto Mama, Monoganon, State Broadcasters, Jo Mango, Ambulances, Drunk Mule, Evil Hand/Bottle of Steven, Adam Stafford, almost all the Chemikal Underground and Fence Records stuff.  There's too much good music being made to write a comprehensive list.  Really, just dive in!  There's very little poor music around.

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?

A woman gets on a bus with her baby.  The bus driver says: ''Ugh, that's the ugliest baby I've ever seen!'' The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming.  She says to a man next to her: ''The driver just insulted me!''  The man says: ''You go up there and give hum a piece of your mind.  Go on, I'll hold your monkey for you.''

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