First published on The Alternative UK July 27, 2017 As a working musician, at the end of every gig I play, I bow to my audience. I do this because on stage I am in a position of power. I have the loudest voice in the room and these people have respected me enough to offer […]Read More Bow To Your Audience: a musician’s take on how power is changing in the UK
First published on Pure Moth. Like many artists working in the record industry I’m on an independent label having had the obligatory major label experience. I’ve seen both sides of the industry at work and am aware of the failings and strengths of each. With this in mind I would like to suggest that if […]Read More Are we betraying David Bowie’s Legacy?
First published on Pure Moth. The great European author and semiotician Umberto Eco once posited the idea that the Erasmus project, so beloved of students wishing to spend a free year at another university in the EU, should be extended to all professions. Far from being confined to the elitism of higher education, it should […]Read More Eight billion tribes of one
Originally printed in New Statesman 01/05/15 Just noise? These days you’d be hard-pressed to find any credible indie rock kids willing to admit they’re Status Quo fans. There are no breakbeats, hip hop samples or underground indie kudos here. It’s just the old guard cranking out the same old hits of yesteryear, pushing nostalgia tours […]Read More Frank Sinatra, Future Islands and Status Quo: a musical history of the SNP and Scottish Labour
First Published in New Statesman 29/08/14 I despise nationalism. I despise patriotism. I hate bagpipes, I hate kilts and tartan and I hate the cringe inducing shouts of “wha’s like us” in bars across the nation at closing time on drunken Saturday nights. I love the other countries we share this little island with. I […]Read More Why I changed from a ‘No’ to a ‘Yes.’
First published on stv.tv The day of our show at the Benicassim festival in Spain and I found myself alone in the dressing room a couple of hours before we went onstage. There was a knock on the door and two guys introduced themselves and came in. They were in charge of filming the performance […]Read More Summer music festivals: On the road with Attic Lights, part four
First published on stv.tv A good few years ago, at the very beginning of our career, before we ever released an album, I did an interview with a magazine and they asked me to name my favourite city. Being a wee guy from Glasgow who had hardly ever been anywhere, I said the first thing […]Read More Summer music festivals: On the road with Attic Lights, part three