Still got a handful of new things for 2014 to round up but let’s kick off the by-now traditional MPT look back on 2014 with a break in tradition.
Normally I ask returning interviewees to do a recap of the previous year in about a dozen questions but am going to start this year’s run with a band that’s not even featured on MPT before.
I first came across Memory Man from Glasgow on the Vic Galloway show a few weeks back when Vic played their debut single ‘Felix Baumgartner’.
The band are all veterans of other outfits most notably, perhaps, Mark McClelland who was in Snow Patrol but it was guitarist Paul Mellon who has featured on the blog before as a guitarist with Martin John Henry’s live band and also in Malcolm Middleton’s Human Don’t Be Angry. The line-up is completed by Stephen Connolly (vocals) and Liam McAteer (drums).
I loved the single straight off and got it from their Bandcamp the next day. It’s one of the few songs that I’ve heard that does justice to an X meets Y description. In this case the influence of both The Smiths and Dinosaur Jr can clearly be identified in Paul’s guitar but most importantly it’s a memorable tune in its own right.
Ahead of hopefully more about Memory Man in MPT in 2015, Paul agreed to be the first to undergo the 2014 MPT Inquisition:
Your Own Music
Your own musical highlight of the year?
Recording and releasing our first ever single’ Felix Baumgartner’. Was a really happy time recording it and I think the final outcome sounds fantastic.
Favourite performance of the year?
Our first gig at Broadcast in Glasgow was probably my favourite so far. Was really busy and the crowd were really nice to us. No-one made any mistakes either so that’s always a bonus.
What’s the one thing that went wrong in 2014 you’d like to fix?
We didn’t get as much recording done as we would have liked but that will be remedied in the very near future.
What you gonna be doing next year?
We’re going to be recording more songs with the view to getting a full finished album out at some point in the next 12 months. Lots more gigs too I hope.
3 LPs you’ve listened to the most in 2014?
Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Album of the year for me)
Strand Of Oaks – HEAL
Wild Beasts – Present Tense
Best gig attended?
Tough one as I’ve been to some absolute belters this year including Mogwai at CCA, Usher Hall & The Concert Hall, Teenage Fanclub at The Bandstand, Thurston Moore at The Art School, Wild Beasts at The Arches, Johnny Marr at The Academy but I think it has to go to The Jesus and Mary Chain at The Barras a couple of weeks ago. My ears are still ringing from it now. Loud, screeching with noise and completely vital just like they were 30 years ago.
Best discovery in 2014?
Probably my favourite discovery this year along with Strand Of Oaks would be a band from Los Angeles called Wand. Their album Ganglion Reef to my ears is an incredible mix of Ty Segall to Super Furry Animals by way of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. I really like the single Continental Shelf by Viet Cong also.
Who should we be looking out for in 2015?
I’d like more people to look out for Memory Man in 2015.
Anything and Everything
Event of 2014
The Commonwealth Games was great. Loads of fantastic free gigs like the Belle and Sebastian show I went to at the Bandstand. Glasgow was really buzzing.
Hero of 2014
Morrissey, get well soon. Craig Whyte.
Lowpoint of 2014
Scotland voting No in the Independence Referendum. A heart-breaking result.
Villain of 2014
The day job is the arch-villain of any aspiring musician.
Favourite book of 2014
Morrissey – Autobiography
Favourite film of 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best piece of advice you were given in 2014
Buy more effects pedals and guitars. Although to be fair this was advice that I gave myself.
Something to look forward to in 2015
I’m looking forward to Celtic playing the new Rangers although I’m pretty sure it’ll end in a riot.
The band have two shows booked at the CCA in Glasgow on Saturday 13th December (with Holyesque) and at King Tut’s also in Glasgow on February 11th.
Here’s a live performance of ‘Felix’: