wrest combines emotive lyrics with soaring guitars, in pursuit of something meaningful, whilst also Scottish indie. Four-years in the making, Coward of Us All packs in raw sentiment alongside light and dark melody, across the album’s ten tracks. The band spoke with The Fountain about how they came to be and how they also got to perform in the vaults of Edinburgh.

TF: A new album, how exciting, what has the reception been like so far?

This is our first album, and we’re really looking forward to launch day on Thursday 30th May. We’ve recently gone live with our prelaunch of the album (wrest.band/album) and the response has been great so far. It’s been good to see more people coming along to gigs and singing the singles back to us, and we’re looking forward to letting more people hear our music very soon.

TF: What inspired you to title it Coward of Us All?

Coward of Us All is from a lyric, which pops up in a couple of places on the album. It’s about the realisation that beneath it all, we all have the same human flaws, we’re all in this together-type of thing. We wanted to write something that felt honest to us that hopefully people can relate to, and it ties in quite a bit with ideas running throughout the album.

TF: And will you be promoting this with a list of exciting tour dates?

Yes, we’ve got a busy few weeks of shows to come, leading up to our Glasgow album launch at the Hug and Pint on 7th June. From there, we’re planning to tour more extensively throughout the rest of the year across the UK.

TF: Where has been your favourite gig to date?

We’ve played a lot of great gigs, but one that sticks out for us was playing Mary King’s Close in the underground vaults in Edinburgh. It’s an underground street where people used to live until it was sealed up during the plague. They don’t usually host gigs down there, so we were really lucky to get the shout. It’s a really atmospheric place to be and was great to get the opportunity to play there.

TF: And how did wrest come to be?

We’ve played in bands together for years, some of us since school. wrest has been in a writing and recording phase for a few years leading to this point between Stewart, Craig and Stephen, but we’ve only properly pulled together with the addition of Jonny Tait on drums as of late last year.