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Local Music Scene by Brian Anderson
Glasgow Eyes managed to get a quick chat with The Muldoons one of the superb bands currently on the amazing Glasgow music scene at the moment. A Paisley indie band who are getting ready to play this years West End Fesival so come and check out a great night of home grown talent.
You can catch them live at Òran Mór on the 21st June ( next Friday ) and there are some tickets left for the event.
Here is the chat…
Why the band name the Muldoons
It was originally a bit of a bad use of our singer Gerry Mullens second name. Kind of stuck…
When did you guys meet and what year formed
We’re 5 guys all from Paisley, some of us grew up together. For the record we are Davy, Andy, Gerry, Bobby and Greg. Met/formed in the early 90s…. some of us were students at Paisley Uni, we had a few lineups early on but settled quickly. We stopped playing sometime in the mid/late 90s after we didn’t win a T-Break final and the world was listening to Britpop . We were persuaded to play a one-off gig a couple of years ago at the Bungalow in Paisley. We haven’t stopped. Yet.
Greg was in the Church Grims before he joined the Muldoons. Sadly they broke up and never reformed – they frequently pop up on re-issue releases, mostly on Cherry Red. Their album Plaster Saints was a real inspiration to us and ‘Mr Watt Said’ was just re-released on Cherry’s ‘Big Gold Dreams’ album.
What’s the process of writing and making music
We are very lucky to rehearse and record in a farm near the Irn Bu factory in Cumbernauld. Next door to a byre. Gavin Paterson who runs it is a fantastic producer and engineer. We are 80% of the way through (slowly) recording our first album. This was our primary motivation to get back together, we had only released stuff on cassette etc in the 90s, we felt the songs deserved to be properly recorded and performed. We are also writing and performing new songs though won’t release any till we’ve documented the songs we wrote back then…
What are your influences
We all listened to post-punk / indie etc growing up the in the 80s….. We were influenced by the bands around Paisley like Close Lobsters / Church Grims and the usual suspects from the 80s C86 bands/Smiths/Housemartins/
Orange Juice/Wedding Present etc etc…. we also were playing a lot of 60s garage and Doors/Velvet Underground also etc… We have no intention of creating a new genre of music….
What do you guys enjoy about being in a band
We’re pretty miserable – you’d never know we enjoy it !!!
If you could change the music industry today what would it be
Big money has taken control of music distribution – anyone can make & distribute music these days which is good, but almost no-one can get paid. People need music in their lives, there needs to be a better solution.
The biggest problem being in a band today biggest challenge
At our stage in life handling work, kids etc Was much easier when we were students !
Do guys have a label
We have our own label called BeSquare Records. We like doing our own thing.
Who writes songs
Its pretty collaborative but Gerry the singer mostly writes the lyrics. He feels entitled not to sing stupid lyrics if any of the rest of us write them.
Tell us about the up and the coming gig at the West End Fest
We’re playing a great night at Òran Mór night on 21st June as part of the West End Festival. There are going to be a couple of other great Indie bands on the bill. For Scottish Indie fans we are going to play one of the Church Grims songs to celebrate the release of the Big Gold Dreams album on Cherry Red, probably the first time its been performed in more than 20 years. Seems to make sense since they haven’t played in a very long time and we have one of the original members in our band.
Thanks for chatting with us and best of luck for the future guys
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