Deer Leader is the moniker set up by Stuart McQuarrie, Ross Prentice and Robin Pringle, and currently releasing through Last Night From Glasgow. Having reworked their sound over the last few years with the help of revered producer Andy Miller, the boys have moved away from purely instrumental, strengthening their lyrics. They have just dropped new track Four Deuces, which they spoke with The Fountain about, as well as their plans for 2020.
TF: What inspired the title Four Deuces?
Robin: The Four Deuces is the name of fictional bar in a Tennessee Williams play. It’s mentioned in passing by the characters, but it’s a den of vice and avarice and that, along with the idea of chance, really played into what we were trying to get across in terms of toxic masculinity within the song.
TF: How would you describe the track in one sentence?
Robin: Creeping dread coming through the back room wall of your mind.
TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?
Ross: I wouldn’t say we idolise too many artists, or at least we don’t hold up anyone that we agree on as a unit. Not that there aren’t musicians we all find inspiring. Maybe it’s something about getting a little older. Perhaps it sort of takes you away from holding up these acts or artists that sparked and shaped your will to get involved and be musical, a sort of slow fade towards being more influenced by yourself and each other. If I foolishly attempt to speak for each member, then I’d say Robin could talk excitedly about literature and film that influences his lyrics and sort of director-style approach to our music; Stuart pulls some interesting influence from his work in visual design, I think anyway, he might tell me to piss off, but he approaches songwriting with this patient, designers approach, happy to iterate and tumble through the creative process. I get excited about either bouncing off of what other people, reacting, am not particularly patient for better or worse, and also influenced or inspired by working with equipment I don’t fully understand; maybe just the potential for happy accidents.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?
Deer Leader has been this sort of lumbering beast; toiling away, and in short, after the single there will be more and more from us. As well as the current single we already feature on Last Night From Glasgow’s Isolation Sessions where we covered a track by our label mates Lemon Drink-the proceeds of which go to helping Glasgow venues during lockdown. In terms of the rest of the year, there will be a follow up single and further releases via Last Night From Glasgow. However, we’ve been fairly productive during lockdown, so we’re hoping to get recording as soon as it’s safe to do so. These days we’re like some sort of fruit tree. You plant it, tell everyone you’ve planted it, and you see the tree, but it takes it’s sweet time to actually bear any fruit. But now there’s just hunners, we’re in season and just hope some folk like our fruit at the end of the day.