Download the title track to Doctors and Dates now!

We’ve decided to stream the title track of our new record, “Doctors and Dates”, over on our facebook page. What’s more, if you like the track and want it forever and ever, you can download it for keeps. All we ask is for a wee ‘like’ on the Facebook page.

Wait, stop with the whining: you can still listen to it without succumbing to our OpenGraphExperience. If you’ve already ‘liked’ the page, then you’re free to download it already. Check it out and let us know what you think, the pre-order is still open on the bandcamp page (where you can get Luath St Stories when you pre-order).

In other news, the lovely Last Year’s Girl did nice preview of the record in which she called vocals on “The Boneman” genuinely creepy. Nice.


Scottish Fiction have released a charity compilation to raise money for the Pulse FM community radio studio. It features live tracks from all the sessions recorded in the last year or so, including my track “She Dreams of Toronto”. It’s in good company alongside the likes of Algernon Doll and RM Hubbert. Also Nice.

Come sit down, we’re lamenting about yesterday’s sad endings

Well, that was a phenomenal weekend. Woody and I played a short acoustic set at the world famous Barrowlands venue to open the Clutha Celebration concert. There was a small crowd of early attendees there to see us, which was nice. I have put together this video about the day, since it’s going to be something that I’ll look back fondly on for a long time.

I have to send out a tonne of gratitude to the wonderful Gareth who, on a moments notice, jumped in a taxi to bring an acoustic guitar for me to use. My own guitar, the one I’ve played all around the country for over 250 gigs, decided to fail. Perfect timing. It is now being booked in to the guitar hospital to get it back up and running for the German solo tour in April.

We were sitting in the backstage room waiting to soundcheck when we were asked if it was ok for BBC Scotland to interview Woody and I about the gig. This was then broadcast to the whole of Scotland on the Saturday 6pm Reporting Scotland bulletin. Cue lot’s of notifications on our mobile phones from friends and relatives, it was all a bit crazy.

My, I do a hell of a lot of gurning.

As for today? Rehearsals start for the Doctors and Dates UK launch tour at the end of March at our brand new private rehearsal studio. Ace!

Clutha: A Celebration – Tomorrow at The Barrowlands

Just a wee reminder that I am opening the “Clutha: A Celebration” concert tomorrow at The Barrowland Ballroom (The Barras to everyone else)in Glasgow. Doors are at 1.30pm and I’ll be on stage at 2pm.

The running order is as follows, including sets from Frightened Rabbit, Alabama 3 and Big Country.

I’m excited and terrified in equal measure.

Doctors and Dates available for pre-order now!

We are pleased to announce that you can now pre-order our new album, Doctors and Dates through our bandcamp page or on the player below.

When you pre-order you will get an immediate download of the track ‘Luath St Stories’, and a link to download the full album as soon as it is released on the 24th of March. There are also options to pre-order the CD version, which will be posted to you in time for the release date. Finally, there is an option to buy a ticket bundle deal for our launch party on the 23rd of March in Glasgow.

Finally, here is the music video for ‘Luath St Stories’. Hope you enjoy it!

Doctors and Dates Liner Notes

We’re gearing up to open the pre-order for the new album in a week or so. Until then, to perk your interest, I thought that I’d post some kind of liner-notes about the music on the album.
EDIT: The pre-order is now open.

Dave’s thoughts on Doctors and Dates

After the release of In Death Do We Part? and the subsequent tour, the band needed to re-group. Whether or not the band was over was a topic on all of our minds, and led to the cancellation of several gigs through March and April. While staying in a rented apartment in Kilburn, London, I wrote a wee riff on an acoustic guitar that didn’t sound like anything we had done before. That was expanded to become Luath St Stories and effectively restarted the band.

On returning to Glasgow, we booked several long days of rehearsal where we could write music as a band, with lyrics coming later (something that we’d never really done, most songs were brought by me for the band to play along to). These sessions produced the full band, finished Luath St Stories and an instrumental City of Us.

Shortly after the In Death Do We Part? Tour, I entered therapy to deal with many, many years of running away from issues that had haunted my personality. The title track, written while I was living in Brooklyn (NYC), Doctors and Dates deals with this ongoing process. The lyrics to City of Us, Queen of the Drama Queens, History, Sis, and The Boneman were all written at this time. City of Us sees the human mind as a city of a thousand voices on the verge of a revolution which could go either way, with rejuvenated older track Call off the Coastguards playing out as the aftermath before recovery.

The Boneman and Drama Queen originally started at the same song about the effect that Twitter and Facebook etc have on our inter-personal relationships. It didn’t really work as a singly song, so I cut them up and vastly changed the theme of The Boneman to take on the culture of electronic waste. History, Sis began life as a drum machine demo with a Bo-Diddly beat, written on my last nights in New York in a bar called Milano’s on East Houston St. The ‘east’ in the song is the East Coast of America, which is West from Glasgow, and also a wee bit about Dundee which is on the East of Scotland. On returning to Glasgow, the song was slowed right down and given a 1978 Springsteen sound. This was perhaps the most complete demo that I gave to the band to record. 

We recorded the album as live as possible in our new studio and rehearsal space in Greenock, right next door to our drummer Woody’s tattoo studio.We have a set-up in which the band is in one room, and everything is fed through to a multi-track recording desk. Over two days, we played through each song several times, recording everything and then chose the best take of each for a few overdubs (mainly second guitars and vocals). It’s the closest we’ve ever came to having the actual band on tape.

While listening to the record, you can almost play the game of “What band/song are the band ripping off here?”. We approached a lot of the songs with a view to pay homage to our favourite bands. There’s some Green Day, some Mischief Brew, some Wonder Stuff, some Gaslight Anthem, and of course some Springsteen in there. 

We hope you enjoy it. (pre-order here)