SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG : #127 : THE HECTOR COLLECTORS

I’ve written previously about The Hector Collectorshere, when they part of a hugely enjoyable night at the Old Hairdresser’s in January 2016 and again last year, here, when I gave a deserved plug to a free release of old material they had put out on bandcamp.

The boys are back in town, with a recently released single and an album due out later this month, with the superb title of Remember the Hector Collectors? ..You wont believe what they sound like now!

The mainstays of the band are Iain and Adam Smith (no relation) who burst on to the Glasgow music scene as long ago as 2001 with their first home recorded album Straight Outta Comprehensive. It’s a record that drew understandable comparisons with early Half Man Half Biscuit thanks to its lo-fi and basic production and some wonderfully written piss-takes and/or tributes of the local and national scenes with such song titles as The Day The Supernaturals Went To The 13th Note, Steven Pastel’s Blues, Gie’s A Blast O’Wonderwall Mate, and Talking To Another Psychopath.

The live shows, in their own words, were erratic and gained them more notoriety than fame. Unsurprisingly, John Peel had time for them.

They initially split up around 2004 in the wake of the release of a new 7″ EP with band members then going off to
pursue other projects, including The Just Joans, Danananakroyd, the Plimptons and Camera Obscura. Over the past decade or som they have reformed sporadically for occasional gigs and recordings….but 2018 is going to be different.

Up until now, all the albums have been digital releases but the new release, on Puzzled Ardvark, will be on vinyl, in a limited run of 200, at the bargain price of £10….(evidence that, no matter what format we choose to buy our music, we always pay over the odds).

Here’s the lead off single:-

mp3 : The Hector Collectors – Edgelords

Just like HMHB’s most recent releases, the rough edges are no longer in evidence and there’s a fine pop tune with a chrus tgar will have your toes tapping and you singing along in the shower.

The album will be released on 29 September and can be ordered in advance right here.

Here’s the promo:-

The current lineup of the band sees Adam and Iain backed up on drums by Gavin Dunbar (Camera Obscura) and on bass by Joe Greatorex (The Hussy’s, The Martial Arts, Colin’s Godson). They’ll be playing live again soon….I intend to be there.

 

JC

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