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UK tour takes Scottish band south of the border
Glasgow band The Strange Blue Dreams are embarking on a 10-date UK tour, including shows in London, Liverpool, Bristol and, on April 3, Birmingham at the Kitchen Garden Cafe. To celebrate, they have released a new single, Twilight Zone, accompanied by a video full of reminders of their home city.
They try to always include iconic Glasgow buildings in their music videos – and Twilight Zone is no exception. It is set in Jaconelli's Café, around the corner from Partick Thistle FC's Firhill stadium, a Glaswegian institution. In the late 1950s local rockers would congregate to hear the latest imported 45s and the deco chip shop stylings have been used in the likes of Tutti Frutti and Trainspotting.
Continuing the deco theme, scenes were filmed in Swing, an art deco-styled basement cabaret venue in Hope Street. The video also features the talents of one of Swing's regular acrobat performers, Jamie Lee McNaughton. Eagle-eyed Glaswegian pop pickers will also spot a cameo from Biff Smith of the band A New International.
The Strange Blue Dreams consists of David Addison on lead vocals and guitar, Ross Wilson on drums, Duncan Kennedy on guitar, David Rae on mandolin and vocals and Richard Anderson on double bass and vocals. They originally met when they formed as The Shiverin' Sheiks, playing reinvented music from various '30s, '40s and '50s bands.
United by a love of high fidelity 20th Century pop music that ranges from High School Doo-Wop to Dixieland and Tin Pan Alley, their sound centres around an admiration for maverick songwriters like Ennio Morricone, Nick Lowe and Roy Orbison. The BBC's Vic Galloway describes them as "a Glaswegian version of the legendary pop, rock n' roll and country Nashville A-team session aces of the late 1950s".
The five-piece spent years on Glasgow's live circuit and released a single that was listed on the BBC Scotland weekly rotation charts and landed them a Glastonbury slot. Encouraged by this, they recorded more songs, wangling free studio time where possible, or going DIY in the small garage in which they rehearse. They completed their debut album whilst still playing six nights a week.
The Strange Blue Dreams 2018 UK tour dates:
March 16: Jamboree, London; March 17: Hootananny, London; March 21: Caledonia, Liverpool; March 24: Village Hall, Coldingham, Eyemouth;
March 29: Clarks, Dundee;
March 30: Schooner, Newcastle;
March 31: Oran Mor, Glasgow;
April 3: Kitchen Garden Café, Kings Heath, Birmingham;
April 4: Mother's Ruin, Bristol.
April 6: Craigdarroch Arms, Moniaive.