Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Grant from unsigned Glasgow band Weekend Debt to find out more...
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The band is Grant Scott, Calvin Smith, Harvey Boyle and Russell Mcinnes. Myself, Harvey and Russell all met whilst in High school in Lanark, then later met Calvin at University. I can’t really remember how we came up with the name. I think we were just out one night and it came to us.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My influences have stayed the same from when I started getting into music really. David Byrne from Talking Heads will always be my idol ,the man is a genius. I have always loved Scottish acts, so I take a lot of my influence from local acts. Anyone can influence me, as soon as I hear something I like I will try use those ideas similar.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say our sound is very Indie Rock. But we take a lot of parts of punk and alternative music. We don't really have 'a sound' and I think that's what makes us a bit different and stand out.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest release ‘Living Under The Influence’ is a collection of all the different types of music we write. There are some indie anthems but also some heavier parts. When writing the EP we wanted to let people hear what we can do in different genres and I hope it has turned out that way. A lot of work was put in to making this record and we are all happy with the final outcome.
What’s your local music scene like?
The local scene is Glasgow is brilliant. Everyone supports everyone else and everyone is mates with one another. If you go to The Priory or Broadcast any night of the week, you’ll find mates in other bands. The talent that Glasgow has been producing lately is unreal and it's only going to get better and better.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Hopefully by the end of the year we will have a few more singles recorded and hope to get a few good headline shows. For now we are just trying to better our sound and keep writing. We decided to take a little break at the end of last year/into this year which helped us recuperate and really focus on writing and enhancing our live show.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I’d love to collaborate with someone massive like Alex Turner just to see how they write their songs. At the same time, I would love to collaborate with someone totally out there and just see what we come up with, like Chaka Khan or Marlena Shaw.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
The funniest thing about our performances is Russell’s dancing... Nah there hasn’t really been anything funny happen at a live performance. The night before a gig once we were practising and Calvin thought he was Iggy Pop and took a dive off the stage where the drums sit. He smacked his head off a light and we ended up in A&E for like 2 hours at 4 in the morning. There was absolutely nothing wrong with him but he thought it was the end. Typical guitarist.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Buy me a pint of Tennents and we can be mates all night, simple as that!