The latest offering from this Ohio-based band is more than just an album—it’s a testament to their evolution, a musical scrapbook woven together by the threads of shared experiences. This release, though technically a debut LP, comprises the cream of their earlier work, carefully re-sequenced and supplemented with previously unreleased gems. It’s a sonic time capsule, an auditory diary of their journey. The lineup on this record showcases a blend of full-band dynamics, with Ross McKellar on guitar and vocals, his brother John McKellar on lead vocals, Thomas Shaw on bass, and either David Stewart or Jamie Keenan (of The LaFontaines fame) on drums. A testament to their versatility, the McKellar brothers handle a majority of the instruments on the homemade tracks, with Ross shouldering the weight.
Rooted in the rich musical history of Bellshill, Scotland, the band’s inception dates back to 2007. Over the years, the lineup saw some changes, solidifying with George Paterson on drums and Connor Kyle on guitar. Their influences span the American grunge and college rock scene of the 80s and 90s, drawing inspiration from the likes of R.E.M., Queens of the Stone Age, and Nirvana. “Tedious Lie,” a candid exploration of existence, contrasts with the ode to singlehood in “No Good Reason.” Meanwhile, “Emerald” is a nostalgic trip down memory lane, inspired by John’s high school crush. Each track bears a piece of their collective history, inviting listeners to find their own resonance.
Recorded over the span of 11 years, in various studios and at home, this album is a labor of love and a testament to the enduring nature of their artistry. It’s a reflection of the band’s growth, an auditory scrapbook that captures the essence of their journey. As they look back, the band is poised for a new chapter, hinting at fresh music on the horizon. “This record is the sound of us growing up together,” says John, encapsulating the essence of this deeply personal musical journey.