Spotlight: Loch Awe


Time to get back to the business of blogging, I suppose. Christmas holidays from the blog lasted a wee bit longer than expected, but I’m sure you didn’t miss me that much.

Anyway, since it is New Year, we better have a first foot. Enter then Loch Awe’s Matthew Healy to tell us a bit about the band.

Who are Loch Awe?

Loch Awe are Jack, Joy, Oliver, Daniel and Matthew; four Edinburgh University students, and one college student, who started a band as a form of procrastination.

What do you sound like?

Imagine the worst band you’ve ever heard, ever. Good, now that your expectations are suitably lowered, go have a listen to us, and we should definitely sound better than you thought we would.

How did you all get together, and what made you stay together?

Jack and I (Matthew) recorded a few songs together back when I still played solo under the (now-dead) moniker We, the Plural. We asked Joy to sing on a few of the tracks, and Oli to drum and liked the sounds so much we decided to ‘make it official’. More recently we added Dan on bass to fatten the sound out nicely.

Debut EP was written and recorded in just two weeks, was the short timescale intentional, or did it just work out that way?

It started out more as a joke than anything. After finishing up ‘Lullaby for a Digital Sea’ (the first song we recorded) in one afternoon I said to Jack “if we keep going at this rate we’ll have an album in two weeks”. And lo and behold, we did.

Loch Awe are more popular on Facebook than Keith Chegwin, and the album is amongst the most popular for things tagged Scotland and Edinburgh on Bandcamp. Happy with how things are going then?

Very happy! And, to be honest, surprised. We did the record on my laptop and, as you mentioned, to a very tight deadline, so for so many people to have downloaded it is absoltely fantastic. The Keith Chegwin thing is probably the best part, though.

What or who do you have in your sights to become more popular than next?

Konnie Huq, everybody’s favourite ex Blue Peter presenter, only has 434 fans so I think we’ve got a pretty good shot at being more popular than her within the next few months.

Since we’ve stumbled into a new year let’s go all “year in review” style and ask, although the band was only been around for about half of 2010 what have been Loch Awe’s highlights?

Certainly our first (and, until March, only) gig is up there. Reading the reactions to the album so far has been a bit special, too. I think I’ll be a bit soppy though, and say the real highlight is the amount of fun we’ve had hanging out, writing and playing music together

And any moments you’d rather forget about?

Not really, but I guess they’ve got to come eventually. Maybe we can have a wee update this time next year and I’m certain there’ll be something embarassing to go here.

Any other bands around at the moment you’d recommend?

A list of our band-friends: Andrew Lindsay, Reverie, Shambles Miller, So Many Animal Calls. Ooh, alphabetical! (Also, apologies if I missed anyone…)

Any you’d avoid like the plague?

Kings of Leon. I don’t know what it is, as there’s nothing particularly offensive about their music, but I just get very angry when I hear it…

What do you have planned for the next few months?

We’re recording a few demos for our second album within the first week of the new year, and we’re doing them IN A STUDIO! We’re awfully excited about that. That aside, however, we’ve got a show with Trapped Mice at Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh on March 5th that I think should be rather good, and we’re supporting Andrew Lindsay at his EP launch, although we don’t have a date for that yet.

Finally, quirky interview questions, fun and harmless, or generally a bit of a waste of time?

It depends if the interviewee gives interesting answers. Ultimately it’s for the reader to decide, though, isn’t it?
Thanks Matthew for being the first person through the Aye Tunes door this year. If we have an awful 2011 we know who to blame.
Loch Awe’s Artificial Life from a Digital Sea was one of our favourite releases last year. If you haven’t heard it yet go and get your ears round it. You can listen below and download it for free here.
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