welcome dear reader. (Article updated Feb 2018)
We have recorded many albums over the last 22 years; if you are kind enough to give them a listen then perhaps we can guide you through our work. In this article we explore our albums in detail to give you an idea of where to start. Please note all these opinions of our music are completely biased
Our debut album was written in 1995; this was an era of intense optimism for the band. We were in our late teens and we had just left school. Together we faced an uncertain future with a dream of making it in music; we were up against it though. Rock was out of fashion during the late 90’s as Britpop swept in. Whapper Stormer offered something a little different back then.
I wrote the lyrics and sang the melodies to Stu who would write the music. derek and Greg would complete the song. Occasionally during these sessions Stu would start with a riff which I would attempt to sing a melody to. I had started to play guitar and wrote the acoustic parts. This is regarded as ‘classic’ Weird; the way the band started its early life.
- Educational Suicide. 2. Vancouver. 3. Show Your Face Soon. 4. The Rain. 5. Sofa Girl. 6. Chameleon. 7. Just For Today. 8. Now I Can See His Eye. 9. Downer. 10. Glass People.
How We Recorded It.
Vancouver, The Rain and Chameleon were recorded in 1995 at a professional studio called Split Level and the rest except Glass People were recorded around 2004 on a Tascam 788 (digital 8 track) at Derek’s flat. Glass People was recorded on the same device but at my old house. This album is not mastered however it did turn out reasonably well.
How the band rates it today.
I love it and would recommend that you listen to this album after Weird Decibels 1 and 2; this album has some of our strongest lyrics and music. Stu is also very fond of this album; the standard of his guitar work is particularly high on this record. While Derek enjoys this record he feels our later work is as strong if not stronger, Greg also leans towards our later work.
We think this is a great example of our work.
I remember the difficulty we had trying to follow Whapper Stormer. Firkin Outburst was written under the influence of alcohol and we lost a number of good ideas in the haze of ale. This is one of our shortest albums at only 9 tracks.
By 98 I was playing a lot more acoustic and writing more of the music alongside Stu. Most, if not all, the songs were written and include an acoustic guitar. This was the ‘heavy and acoustic’ phase. The lyrical content dipped for this album but the music was still of a good standard. Some of the songs were written at our temporary base in Bonnybridge.
1.Bought a Gun. 2. Summer High. 3. Culture Creature. 4. Hell Never Felt So Good. 5. It’s Been a While. 6. Dirty Stream. 7. All Good Things. 8. Long Way Down. 9. Today Saw the End
How We Recorded it.
In a very similar way to Whapper Stormer! In 1998 we recorded Culture Creature and Summer High at Split level, although this session was not as good as the previous. The remaining songs were recorded around 2004-06 on the Tascam 788 and Tascam 2488 (8 and 24 track) at Derek’s flat over a number of months. It took us a considerable amount of time to finish this album. We had to trawl through hours of VHS tapes of old practises to find and relearn the missing songs.
How The Band rates it Today
With fondness; this is the album we nearly lost but we salvaged some songs from the wreckage. (Don’t drink and write folks). I’m not a huge fan of Hell Never Felt So Good (lazy lyrics) but there are some notable highlights, Culture Creature being one. We all have a soft spot for Firkin but it is not our favourite, strange fact… ‘Its Been A While‘ is one of our most streamed tracks, its popular in both South and North America…
A good but not great album; one to check out if you enjoyed our stronger albums.
Conned out of money, lack of gigs and disillusionment we moved onto our third. Stu had lost heart and it shows on this album.
I had bought my electric guitar along with my Marshall amp. I had numerous ideas and riffs while Stu grew frustrated with our direction and lack of progress. I now wrote the riff first, followed by the lyrics; Coldhome was not a band effort and it shows. There are some good moments on this album. Sometimes I am too harsh on this record due to its awful sound.
1.Sun Shines Brighter. 2. I Tried To Fly. 3. Strength From My Weakness. 4. Crazy Head. 5. Hometown. 6. Method in my Madness. 7. Hope. 8. Flame. 9. Another Year Gone By. 10. Another Year Gone Backwards. 11. Pearl Necklace. 12. Turtle Song. 13. Beauty Queen.
How We Recorded It.
Around 1999/00 We recorded Sun Shines brighter, I Tried to Fly and Hope at Red Eye Studios, it wasn’t great. Beauty Queen and Flame were recorded at Random Rhythms, again the results were questionable. The remaining tracks were recorded at our practise room on just 4 tracks. I had just began my long adventure of sound production and I had no clue what I was doing. The sound is pretty bad on this record.
How the Band Rates it Today
I think we all agree that it’s our weakest album although we enjoy playing many of the songs from it. Suffers from poor recording.
One for completists! Not the album you should listen to first.
After a 4 year hiatus we came back with a bang to write one of our best albums so far; One More Solo. It was a heavy, straight forward band effort. By this time we were quite happy to be back together as a band, our dream to make a living out of music was now a very distant hope but our desire to play gigs was very much evident.
One More Solo seemed to write itself, it was one of those ‘jam’ albums. We enjoyed our practises and it seemed like every week we would have a new song. The four of us were engaged in its creation, a real team effort.
1.Waiting For the Sound Of Your High Heels (baby). 2. Easy Way. 3. The Ending. 4. Sodium. 5. Whiskey in my Head. 6. Cold Calling. 7. Hanging By A Thread. 8. Fighting With Forever. 9. Bit Part Optimist. 10. Trying To Grab Hold. 11. Stand For Your Rights.
How We Recorded it.
Recorded entirely on the Tascam 2488 at Derek’s flat over a number of weekends throughout 2004. We were getting slightly better and laying tracks to disk but still we made many mistakes. A bass heavy album that was remastered a couple of years back and sounds a bit better.
How The Band Rates it Today
I think we all really enjoyed this era; One More Solo is a favourite of the band. Pity about the muddy tone. NOTE It has been remastered (sort of) which you can hear on bandcamp. It is a slightly better version with a couple of alternative mixes used.
A good example of our work; if slightly wayward sound.
The first of our ‘lodge’ albums. We started to hire holiday cottages in the remotest parts of Scotland for inspiration and the excuse to make as much noise as we wanted. We lived up to the album name in Cannich, it was a Riot!
You could call Riot Act the punky phase, all this album, like One More Solo before it, was written in the practice room but the ideas seemed a bit thinner. Around this time we started playing cover songs in order to gain some paid gigs and guess some of that influence found its way on this record.
1.Home Sweet Home. 2. Riot Act. 3. Sky Is Falling. 4. Night Time Town. 5. Sounds of the Night. 6. It’ll All Work Out. 7. Weekend. 8. Underachiever. 9. Love Hate Thing. 10. Razorwire. 11. Only Has a Shandy. 12. Not Easy To Catch
How We Recorded It.
In the stunning Cannich valley we hired a lodge that wasn’t suitable for recording music due to its size. However we had a great time, the drums were recorded in the room with the lowest ceiling and the sound reflects this. Tonally the master doesn’t sound quite right. Most of the tracks were laid in the lodge. Probably the most fun we had recording an album.
How the Band Rates It Today
A real divider this one, I am not a fan of this album. Lyrically it is very weak and the music at time is uninteresting. Derek is a fan of Sky is Falling it’s one of his favourite songs that we have recorded and I love It’ll All Work Out. For various reasons Riot Act is one of our weakest albums; then suddenly you get a message from a listener who loves it…
One for loyal listeners of the band.
We had covered most bases in the rock genre so we took the decision to switch off the distortion pedals and wrote an acoustic album.
Quiet Act was another album to be written in its entirety in the practice room in between learning cover songs. Given its close proximity to Riot Act many of the themes remained the same.
1.Who Are You. 2. Good Souls. 3. Woman In My Dreams. 4. Buy You A Cape. 5. Breathing Space. 6. Grand Day Out. 7. Sunday Morning Song. 8. What Did You Mean By That. 9. Mobile Phone Song. 10. Three Days Ago. 11. Choices.
How We Recorded it.
We set off to another lodge this time in the beautiful surroundings of Gairloch and Badachro. We hired a property with a bigger room to try and get a better drum sound and it worked to a certain level of success. We had so much fun recording this although we would find ourselves sorting a lot of the mistakes when we got back home. The record sounds open and has clarity that we did not have until this point.
How the Band Rates It Today
I think we see this as the album we had to write before Weird Decibels 1. There are some good songs on Quiet Act but it’s telling that we’ve never played it live. We’ve talked of doing another acoustic album but I’d imagine that’d be in the distant future. I thought Quiet Act treaded water however a recent revisit provided a refreshed and enjoyable listen.
Not a bad listen at all; lyrically not very inspiring a fully acoustic album, far removed from what we usually record.
Somehow after 16 or so years together we arrived at Weird Decibels 1. An album that reaches into every genre we like. All our influences are fused into one 45 minute record that went down well with our listeners.
Much of this album was written in the practice room; we had ditched the cover songs and now had more time to dedicate towards our own creations. WdB1 is also the most inclusive band effort since Whapper Stormer. We were all involved in the writing of this album.
1.Psalm. 2. Speak. 3. Wonder. 4. Steel. 5. Crown. 6. Wait. 7. Forward. 8. Joker. 9. Power. 10. Pay. 11. Deliverance. 12. Industry.
How We Recorded It.
New desk, new lodge. Weird Decibels 1 was recorded onto the Korg 3200. A brilliant portable studio with 12 inputs that allowed us to put more mics around the drum kit. We recorded the drums on the practice room before hauling all the gear to Ettrickbridge to a brilliant lodge to record the bass, guitars and vocals. We had to do some of the guitars back at the rehearsal room. The vocals didn’t sound good in the lodge so they were all re-recorded at the rehearsal room where we had created many of our past albums. A difficult album to put down but one of our best sounding to date.
How The Band Rates It Today
I find Weird Decibels 1 quite harsh with vocals that are perhaps too loud. However the rest of the guys love it. It’s arguably our best album ( I argue that Whapper is our best). We play many of the song live, it is definitely a band favourite and remains one of our most popular releases.
One of our best albums to date and a good place to start listening to Weird Decibels.
A short, sharp burst of our thoughts and frustrations about modern life. There are new characters on this album including the fading sex appeal of Miss Asphyxia, Simon who works in the stock markets and the final performance from the Actor.
As we get older we seem to be looking a little more intensely at life, when your younger you think there is time for things to change…but nothing does.
A difficult album to write. When we agreed to call the album Weird Decibels 2 it put a certain level of expectation on it. We scraped most of the first batch of songs.
Eventually we retreated to a remote cottage and wrote some of the tunes on this album. Turned out to be a good move.
- Kill it! Kill it! 2. Miss Asphyxia 3. Its Who You Know 4. I Hear The City 5. Quoted Not Voted 6. Almost Beautiful 7. Once More With Feeling 8. Medicine 9. Little Thoughts Lost 10. The Dancer 11. Curtain Hits The Cast.
How We Recorded it
We searched high and low for a cottage in a remote place with a large room for the drums. We found Springfield nr Kelso and it was perfect. The main room had a high ceiling which gave us a nice drum sound.
The drums and bass were recorded together. We recorded some of the guitars and vocals before completing the rest in Falkirk. Overdubs were added later with mixed results. After a prolonged mixing and mastering period we took a break and revisited the album. This helped, we remixed and remastered and finally we had an album we were happy with.
How the Band Rates it.
One of our best sounding albums to date (remember we self produce all our music). Its a short and focused record with many fine moments. You could argue that it has not had the impact that WdB1 had, perhaps as its not a radical departure from that album, or perhaps we did not gig it as much as we should’ve. We love this album, its now going on two years old, if you haven’t heard it give it a listen.
Everyday Heroes EP. Coming Spring 2018