Three Scottish music names have emerged from the various posts in the industry as CHECK MASSES with their debut single DRIPN ANGEL, bold, fresh and with a wide berth of influences. Separately, Vic Galloway, Saleem Andrew McGroarty and ‘Philly’ Angelo Collins have helped shape the sound of Edinburgh through underground gigs, club culture and broadcasting. It will be interesting to see how they shape it with this sound. The Fountain caught up with Vic Galloway (VG) and Andy McGroarty (AM) to discuss their 2020 plans in more depth.
TF: You have a new single out, how did you decide upon the title Dripn Angel? As three artists, all with strong personalities and opinions of music, it can’t be easy to make these decisions.
Vic Galloway: The title of the song is in the first line of the lyrics, written by Philly in this instance. He says the song was inspired by watching the film Angel Heart. It dabbles with blues mythology and the futility of trying to make a deal with the devil.
Andy McGroarty: We try to make decisions as democratically as possible. We all have strong personalities in music and elsewhere, as you say… but somehow there’s a chemistry and synergy between us. We are all old pals, and eventually we come to an agreement!
TF: What has the reception been like so far?
AM: So far it seems that the reception has been really positive! We have had quite a few reviews and they all had nothing but good things to say, so that’s great!
VG: We’ve some great radio play and lots of streaming playlist action too. For a brand new band with a debut single, we are pretty chuffed. People like the sound of the song, the production, the lyrics and the vibe… It seems to work LIVE too. We end the set with it!
TF: I know this is your debut single release, but can we look forward to an EP or LP from you this year? We haven’t heard anything like this with this hybrid of influences in a while…
AM: Thank you! We will be releasing another single in a couple of months, possibly a third single and then there will be a full album released on vinyl with the Triassic Tusk label.
VG : The album looks great with Bernie Reid’s artwork and some great sleeve design. It is varied in texture with lots of influences and ideas colliding on there – hip-hop, psychedelia, soul, dub, rock’n’roll and acoustic flavours.
TF: You are launching the single in Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms, what inspired you to host it there?
VG: The Voodoo Rooms are superb. The black and gold aesthetics suit us and the sound system is great. It has a touch of class but is still rock’n’roll.
AM: We love the Voodoo Rooms. We know Kyles who runs it and with the help of Tonia from Fresh Produce we decided to go for the Speakeasy as we wanted a nice cosy, intimate vibe on the night.
TF: What else can we look forward to from Check Masses this year?
AM: We are now starting to get booked for quite a few gigs, so hopefully you will see us on the bills of cool venues and festivals.
VG: We believe we have something special here. Hopefully there will be more new music released towards the end of the year too. We’re just getting started!
Photo courtesy of Laura Meek.