We’re all about promoting new music, and more importantly new bands, at GIGsoup. Keeping up with the hundreds of promotional emails can be a little time consuming at times and I’ll be the first to admit that we occasionally miss some great material. However, for some reason (and no one can explain why) we all seem to have discovered this band, and at the same time, and we all seem to love them. Good PR or extremely good luck? Either way, Kilmarnock’s Fatherson are now firmly on the GIGsoup radar.
So, what is it about Fatherson that make them stand-out from the norm? Clearly they’re talented musicians. Ask any of the 500 audience members at their last sold-out Glasgow show and I’m sure they’d all agree. There is a real freshness to this rock music. Latest single “I Like Not Knowing” is testament to this. Secondly, and this is what we all love, is front-man Ross Leighton’s singing-accent (think James Allan – Glasvegas). It’s fantastic to hear that brash Glasgow accent transcending into the vocal performances on not only the latest single but also last year’s release ‘Mine for Me’.
This foursome are well travelled. They’ve already supported the likes of Idlewild, Panic at the Disco, Frightened Rabbit and Twin Atlantic. In 2013 the band also appeared at The Great Escape in Brighton, This Is Fake DIY at The Old Blue Last in London, Stag & Dagger at the ABC 1 in Glasgow and the Main Stage at Rockness. Not a bad CV to date.
The good news for current fans of the band and for those whose interest has been tweaked, is that the debut album ‘I Am An Island’ (released via A Modern Way) has been given a 7th April 2014 release date. Keeping it in-house, the album has been produced by the band’s tour manager Bruce Rintoul rather than opting for an outside producer. The band spoke last year about the release “We spoke to quite a few big name producers who have worked on some of our favorite albums, but at the end of the day we decided the best plan was to go with Bruce because he knows the band inside and out,” Bass guitar player Marc Strain explained. “Again we sent it off to a number of big name engineers, but we just ended up with Bruce and Lewis Gardner, who plays with the band Prides, to mix the album. It keeps it close to home. If you have so many talented people on your doorstep, you might as well use them and it lets us keep more control over everything.”
To hear tracks from ‘I Am An Island’ then check out the band at one of the venues, below. The foursome will be supporting ‘Lonely the Brave’ (another tip for the top)…
26th January 2014 – Glasgow, King Tuts
27th January 2014 – Manchester, Deaf Institute
28th January 2014 – Leicester, Academy 2
30th January 2014 – London, Cargo
31st January 2014 – Aldershot, West End
1st February 2014 – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
4th February 2014 – Southampton, Joiners
5th February 2014 – Leeds, Cockpit
7th February 2014 – Norwich, Open
8th February 2014 – Cambridge, Junction 2