On Thursday (22nd) FOUND will be playing their first show in Dundee at Dexter’s. Here’s the second part of the MPT interview with the band.
Having supported the Phantom Band earlier in the year FOUND have been striking out on their own this month to continue to promote ‘factorycraft’. They’ve managed to play festivals such as The End of the Road and T in the Park this summer and recently perfomed in London, Jersey and Bristol.
However their involvement with Fence in recent years has proven invaluable in helping set up shows under their own steam as Tommy Perman (bass) explains .
“The Fence model is very much about making friends and getting put on in their hometown and returning the favour. Homegame (Fence’s annual festival in Anstruther) is central to that by generating a real community of musicians.”
That community is also key to the band making a slightly longer trip than usual – to India – before the end of the year.
Tommy – “We’ll be taking part in a cultural exchange through the Fence connection and will be going to India with King Creosotoe and the Pictish Trail. Kenny Anderson (King Creosote) was over earlier in the year and has set it up. He’ll be playing with Indian musicians over there and recording some new material.
“We’re going to be playing at a massive music festival in Dehli – their equivalent of Glastonbury.”
All of this essentially rock’n’roll activity obscures the fact that FOUND are, of course, not just your average band with a slightly different origin story to most of their contemporaries.
Tommy: “The band grew out of exhibitions we’d do when we’d mess around with sound installations. It was shit originally but we’ve got a bit better since!
“As a result we have a reputation for doing strange things and unique performances and we get invited to pitch for quirky projects, usually something connected with music. There are a few things on the go but we can’t talk about them since they’re not 100% confirmed.”
One things that is confirmed is an extension of sorts to their Cybraphon project.
Tommy again: “We’ve got funding from Creative Scotland for a sound exhibition and we’ll be working with Aidan Moffat, which is amazing because we used to look up to him when we were teenagers and he was in Arab Strap.”
If this wasn’t enough, then there are also FOUND side projects like Kev’s River of Slime.
Kev – “It’s going pretty well. Earlier in the year I put out a free download EP and Gav from De-Fence is going to be putting out a split release in September/October.”
FOUND therefore have squeezed rather more into their 6 years of existence than your average indie band. But there’s one gap in their CV they will be putting right on – their Dundee live debut.
Tommy – “I’ve DJed in the city before, but the band has never played here. We’ve never been asked before!”
Support comes from Man Without Machines, the first public appearance by Martin John Henry (with band) and the Strangers Almanac.
Advance tickets for the show can be purchased online here or from Groucho’s in Dundee. Additionally myself and Andy will be delighted to sell you tix at the advance price of £7 per ticket.
The Facebook event for the show is here.
Other interviews in the series
FOUND (part 1)