FATHERSON first came on the scene in 2012, and yet whenever I mention them to fellow music lovers, I can almost guarantee that I will get the response: “Who?” Frontman Ross Leighton acknowledges the band’s small presence within the music scene, crediting fans for Fatherson’s desire to continue touring their music. He looks around the sold-out room, inhales deeply and tells us, “We carry on because of this, because of you guys.”
The Scottish music scene has a tight bond, and the amount of Scottish accents in the crowd tonight only supports this claim. Slowly but surely this band seem to be advancing into the English scene, and beyond. Their recent single Making Waves allows Ross to bring his vocals to the forefront while being punctuated by a killer rock guitar and drum combo. Tonight, it is this song that brings the audience together, hardcore fans and new followers alike. Everyone is singing. “Somebody called it a longshot” is the lyric that resonates. This band’s success, no matter how covert, would have once been a longshot. This song isn’t just about human love, but the importance of music and the love story it weaves throughout all of our lives.
As a band that know all about the struggle of Scottish artists, I credit Fatherson for their choice in VISTAS as support act. Their upbeat indie-rock guitar and a vocalist that does not shy away from his Scottish accent but takes hold of its authenticity and runs with it, is a perfect choice to open tonight. Combine 2014 Circa Waves (whom the band are also supporting this year) with Sundara Karma’s debut and you have the closest thing to Vistas. A double clap from frontman Prentice Robertson and we’re beamed into Retrospect, by far the band’s best song. With his knees swaying side to side and the crowd following, I overhear “these are so good man” from my left. If that isn’t a compliment worth pinning on your fridge, I don’t know what is.
Their new single Eighteen just shows how much this band have developed; the potential they hold. With a less repetitive lyric than the aforementioned, the band still harness their positive and uplifting sound to create music that feels important to both a past and present you. “Can we go back to eighteen/Do you remember everything?/I made you cry, I made you sing”. We all need to remember these times, these life-altering moments of emotion, good and bad, and use our past to fuel our future.
Tonight showcases what the Scottish indie music scene has to offer, with its guitars, double claps and irrefutably strong accents. Has Gerry Cinnamon opened the floodgates for Scottish music in England? I can only hope.