Eyes on Music 

Music by Peter Mann

Glaswegian indie quartet, Wojtek the Bear, have released their new single, Made out of Maps, via Scottish Fiction Records.

Fronted by lead singer, Tam Killean, Made out of Maps is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album, A Talent for being Unreasonable, the drop following the success of their debut EP, Second Nature, released twelve months ago.

Tam, who is joined by fellow bandmates Graham Norris (vocals and guitar), Martin McClements (drums) and Paul Kirkwood (vocals and bass), told the Daily Record recently that: “I think that I was trying to draw the parallel between how closed off and cold we can make ourselves at times in relationships and how unwelcoming those types of seaside towns can seem when winter rolls around.”

The slacker-pop, indie tinged sounds from the Wotjek boys provides music lovers with the first glimpse of what to expect from their impending album – more after they locked themselves away late last year with in-demand producer Chris McCrory.

A track which floats in with a bright, cheery disposition, then builds into a full-blown, catchy, pop song actually plays against the lyrical nature of it and sees the Wojtek lead musing about repetition and isolation of being in a dysfunctional relationship where you’re both saying to each other, “this’ll get better” when you both know it won’t.

Already receiving cult airplay via BBC6 Music, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Scotland, Made out of Maps is available now, digitally, via Scottish Fiction Records, whilst the album, A Talent for being Unreasonable, lands on May 25 both digitally, and on an impressive, limited edition, blue vinyl.

The indie quartet are also preparing for a tour to celebrate the album launch this summer, the launch going down at King Tut’s in Glasgow on May 25 having done a pre-album launch the night before at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh.

Other dates on the tour sees the lads at Drummond’s in Aberdeen (May 26), Droughy Cobber in Elgin (June 1), Mad Hatters in Inverness (June 2), Head of Steam in Newcastle (July 20) and the West Riding Refreshment Rooms in Leeds (July 21).


The album A Talent for being Unreasonable is available for pre-order from https://scottishfiction.bandcamp.com/album/a-talent-for-being-unreasonable