At the core of the The Leg’s musical boot-room are the long-term trio of mercurial vocalist and driving force Dan Mutch; cellist, producer and one-man scratch orchestra Pete Harvey; and percussive polymath Alun Scurlock (formerly Alun Thomas). The three have played together for the best part of twenty years, recently augmenting with guitarist and pedal doctor James Metcalfe and returning compadre John Mackie on bass, the swelling ranks making for a sound more fulsome and addictive than ever before. Paul Vickers joined The Leg, adding Peel sessions of experience to the band, and the band have just released their new album. The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss the album in more depth.
TF: You have a new album out, that must be exciting?
Yes we’re enjoying finally getting the music out there. Its taken a while for us to get this set of songs together but it’s been worth it, as it’s a really exiting mix of styles and the band is bigger now, which means our sound has got much fuller with new twists in the arrangements.
TF: And what has been the reception been like to Jump, can you elaborate on what inspired the crux of it?
So far the reviews have been positive. We are always seen as been a fairly out-there experience – we do try to push ourselves and on the whole I think we make the journey as enjoyable and mind opening as possible.
TF: And how do you feel this differs from previous releases?
It’s better. I think it’s our best record which is progress. The arrangements are more thoughtful and we just lock together well as a band at the moment. Two extra members means less holes. Sometimes holes are good but often they need filled as well.
TF: Can we look forward to seeing you live soon, touring with it anytime soon, particularly here in Scotland?
Yes we had a gig at St.Vincent’s Chapel in Edinburgh on the 6th December. We’re putting together a tour in February too – most dates still tbc, but we’ll be at the Glad Cafe of Feb 7th.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
The Leith Depot gig we did recently was really fun – it was the first time we had played in a long time, and lots of people showed up.