Brainglue are one of Scotland’s fastest upcoming and most exciting new bands, they’ve been together for less than a year but have already toured extensively, including gigs in Paris and Amsterdam, and are gearing up to release their debut single Psychotherapy on the 27th of this month. They have gained a reputation as one the hardest working, most entertaining and loudest live acts with sweaty, high energy performances that bring to mind Iggy and The Stooges, Jesus and the Mary Chain and The Cribs.
Frontman Ewan James Temperley spoke to The Fountain about their influences and plans for the future.
TF: So the band is called Brainglue. What’s behind the name?
We didn’t put as much thought into the name as we do with some of the other aspects of the band. It just stood out more than any other ideas we had and it seems to suit our style.
TF: Your debut single Psychotherapy is a really strong statement. What are your hopes for the future of the band? Is there going to be a longer release in 2018 or a tour possibly?
Our aim is to follow up Psychotherapy with an E.P or album. We’re going to record this live in the studio to reflect the honesty and raw energy of our shows. We’ll continue to perform as often as we have been with a longer tour and a vinyl release.
TF: As a band what are your biggest influences?
We take our influence from a lot of late sixties Garage-Rock and Psychedelia combined with the atmosphere and sonic noise of eighties Post Punk. However, we don’t restrict our sound to one influence or a handful of bands. Naturally, there will always be some musical differences present in any band, but our style of late thankfully is something we can agree on.
TF: I know you often get lumped in with the Scottish punk scene, is that something you find frustrating?
People can perceive us as they wish of course, but we feel the ‘Punk’ genre has become somewhat saturated in recent times and is stereotyped as three chord aggression without much melody and bands wearing leather jackets and safety pins. It’s become more of a uniform than free expression as it was originally conceived in the late sixties/seventies. The only aspect of us that would fit into that category is our stage show.
TF: Are you going to be promoting this with a tour, are we likely to see you play live soon?
The single will be available on all major platforms on the 27th, but the launch night is on the 25th at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh Following that on the 267h at Conroy’s Basement, Dundee, 28th at Falkirk’s Behind The Wall and finally the 13th note in Glasgow on the 29th. Ourselves and the label felt it was better to restrict the tour to Scotland as recently we have focused on performing Down South and in Europe.
TF: How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
We’ve all played separately and together in bands for a number of years and met when featured on the same bill, with the exception of our drummer, who finalised the line up about ten months ago. He effectively learned to play while touring with us.
Photo courtesy of Gareth King.