With less than a month to go until The Revellers launch their new album Skeletons, rehearsals are well underway for a huge spree at The Clickimin.
The seven-piece folk rockers have been hard at work putting together the final preparations for the launch on 24th September, with freshly tanned mandolin man Erik Peterson back from South America for the gig.
Speaking to The Shetland Times this week brother Lewie admits it’s been tricky to get the band together.
However, they’re excited to be playing the new material to a Shetland audience, having gone down well in Denmark earlier this summer at the Skagen Festival.
The whistlestop trip included a spot after Mick Jagger’s brother, singing a Danish football anthem and having a go at Icelandic thunder claps.
“It’ll be good just to be playing again to be honest… we’ve not done it for so long so it’s definitely going to be the most enjoyable bit of it,” said Lewie.
“Clickimin has always been good in terms of the set-up and it’s a good venue for big, spree-style gigs”.
Lead singer Magnus Bradley said there were some more personal songs on the album, and with different members chipping in with tracks it made for a varied record.
“I’d say they’re all pretty energetic although there’s maybe a darker side as well,” added fiddle player Daniel Gear.
SIBC listeners have already been given a taste of what’s to come, with the band’s track Get Away, written by drummer John William-Halcrow, gracing the airwaves.
Halcrow was tight-lipped about the song’s meaning, though it certainly packs a high-octane, thumping bass punch.
“I love playing double bass drum and I just wanted to write a fast song, so I wrote a fast song,” he smiled.
For the full interview and the latest music news see Music Matters in this week’s Shetland Times
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