New Music in November
As it is 1st November, I'll start with the appropriately named November Lights.
The 1st verse is repeated before another chorus that is expanded to contain extra lines. I love a band that writes good choruses and November Lights hammer this one home another couple of times before finishing the song in 3 minutes and 30 seconds - another good sign, far too many bands push their songs beyond 4-minutes for no real reason.
I caught up with the James Hopkins, the bands singer and songwriter to find out a little more about the band. Check out the interview below.
1. How and when did the band get together? And how quickly did your sound come together?We played our first show in November of last year (hence the name)...so we consider that to be the time we formed. Finding our sound is arguably still in progress but we all individually and collectively know what we are striving for. The vision between us is pretty clear.
2. Where are you from?
3. What are your influences?
We are starting to write more and more together but the single was written by myself and then brought to the band...but I always say that it's a group effort because the song is no where near finished until everyone in the band gets their hands on it. Bring you home came together pretty quickly. We're happy with how it worked out.
4. ‘Bring You Home’ is excellent, was that one of the first songs you wrote as a band?
5. How pleased have you been by the reaction to your debut video/single?
6. Any other plans before the end of 2015?
7. What are you hoping to achieve in 2016?Playing to as many people as possible in different places. We start the year with our first show in Dundee then have a big Glasgow show that we can't yet disclose. In general it's a massive year for us with lots of stuff planned. We are working on our first E.P due out in spring time and we'll be playing shows around that release. Then it's on to festival season.
We are huge fans of Prides, Fatherson and the LaFontaines, not to mention we played a show with the later two. That was amazing and we learned a lot. It's amazing to see so many bands coming out of Scotland, the music scene here is one of the best. We're proud to be a part of it.
8. Are any other young Scottish bands catching your attention?