Supporting energetic US Southern soul rockers St Paul and The Broken Bones, The Americans are presently touring their upcoming album, with The Barrowlands in Glasgow being their stop off tomorrow.
Patrick Ferris, vocalist for the band, spoke with The Fountain about the new album and their joy playing for Glaswegians.
TF: A new album, how exciting, what can we expect from that?
It’s our first full length album, and really the first proper studio recordings we’ve made altogether. The album says a lot about what we’ve been doing musically these past years, from lyrical ballads (listening ceaselessly to Dylan and Leonard Cohen), songs featuring banjo and fiddle (from years playing old-time country music), to fast, loud rockers (from the rockabilly numbers we used to play at our very first shows).
TF: And what inspired you to title this I’ll Be Yours?
I’ll Be Yours is a song on the album, and a theme throughout. The record is largely about devotion and solitude.
TF: And you are touring to promote this with a gig in Glasgow, do elaborate?
We’re on tour for a month with St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a soul band from Alabama who also have a new record out. They put on a great show, which we’ve been enjoying for weeks now.
TF: How do you find the Glasgow gig-going crowd?
Glaswegians seem to be the friendliest people on the planet. We’ve only played in Glasgow once before, but we had a great time doing it. We’ve been looking forward to the show at Barrowlands since we learned about it.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date, do you have one?
We played the Take Root Festival again this year in the Netherlands. People we’d never seen before were singing along to most of our songs. It was about as warm a welcome as you can get.
The Americans perform in Glasgow’s Barrowlands on Friday 16th November.