With support from Awkward Family Portraits and Patrick Queen.
! The Strange Blue Dreams Album Launch !
They uniquely blend rock n’ roll, R&B and rockabilly… from a parallel universe – The Skinny
Old Timey Mysterons – The National
A spooky musical backdrop of gospel, early rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and country – The Glasgow Herald
Set for release on 13 October, The Strange Blue Dreams present their self-titled debut album on Holy Smokes Records. A collection of songs that passionately distil the various golden ages of popular song into a unique and compelling new sound, the record combines “menacing surf-noir with skiffling eastern rock n’ roll from a parallel universe” (Medicine Music), and cements their position as “old timey mysterons” (The National).
United by a love of old time high fidelity 20th Century pop music that ranges from High School Doo-Wop to Dixieland and Tin Pan Alley, their sound centers around an admiration for maverick song-writing be it Ennio Morricone, Ron Sexsmith or Roy Orbison and Duke Ellington. Having been described by Vic Galloway (BBC) as “a Glaswegian version of the legendary pop, rock n’ roll and country Nashville A-team session aces of the late 1950’s”, The Strange Blue Dreams have long been immersed in touring and making records for other people as the go-to players in Glasgow’s vibrant underground roots music scene.
Hailing from Glasgow, a city where a band can live and work in a way that has almost completely died out elsewhere in the UK, and completely removed from the whims of the mainstream, the five piece spent years on the city’s discerning live circuit, years which have left their music with a powerful immediacy and energy. They released a single in their own right which was immediately playlisted by BBC Scotland, and encouraged by this they proceeded to record more songs any way they could. Wangling free studio time where possible, or going DIY in the small mechanics garage they rehearse in with the help of George Miller (of legendary beat group The Kaisers), they finished their debut album whilst still playing six nights a week.
Defined by soaring vocal harmonies, dance beats from New Orleans and the rhythm sections of King, Specialty, Chess, RCA and the other great Record labels of the mid 20th Century, the songs of singer and guitarist Dave Addison are brought to life by the band’s atmospheric arrangements. Double bass and mandolin, instruments often associated with americana or folk music are used to make surf music and 50’s film noir soundtracks blend seamlessly on ‘Reverberatin’ Love’, the group’s first single. The guitars play balkan melodies and spaghetti western themes alongside their hot r&b and twanging jazz, and in the case of songs like ‘Electricity’, use Joe Meek’s approach to create an otherworldly pop music from rock n’ roll.
The Strange Blue Dreams 11 track debut is released on Glasgow’s Holy Smokes Records, a one man operation run by Chris Blackmore who started the label because he “heard a band in a bar that blew him away and deserved to be heard by a lot more people”, and whose taste is typically eclectic for those raised in a world shaped by the internet. Chris, like the band, sees no impassable stylistic boundaries between the swing of the 1920’s and the stomp of the 1970’s. Like them, he is interested solely in good songs.
The five Strange Blue Dreams are:
Dave Addison – vocals/guitar
David Rae – mandolin/vocals
Richard Anderson – double bass/ vocals
Duncan Kennedy – guitar/vocals
Ross Wilson – drums
What else the media say:
“They uniquely blend rock n’ roll, R&B and rockabilly… from a parallel universe” The Skinny
” Our new favourite band, there’s definitely beautiful art to their music” Artrocker Magazine
“A thoroughly great record” STV
“A masterful band” BBC
“Old Timey Mysterons” The National
“High Fidelity Vintage Pop” The Evening Times
“A spooky musical backdrop of gospel, early rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and country” The Glasgow Herald
“Spooky riffs and spellbinding vocal harmonies” Scottish Fiction
“One of the most captivating bands around, exuding effortless cool” Scots Whay Hae
“Reverb set to stun, attitude to cool” Blabber & Smoke