Vic Galloway has said of St Deluxe that their sound is reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine with near-whispered vocals, fuzzed-out guitars and a stoned haze of production culminating in a very, sweet whole! The Glasgow band will be making their highly anticipated SXSW debut next week. Full schedule below:
The Dear Scotland Interview with Martin Kirwan of St Deluxe was published earlier today:
DS: Your heading out to Austin soon for SXSW, have you played there before and are there other places you’d like to visit?
Martin Kirwan, St Deluxe: We’ve never played before so we’re all really super excited about heading over. I think we should go down pretty well with American crowds as we’re not so much about image or sounding like the latest wave of NME hyped band. We wear our hearts and our influences on our sleeve and if people get it they get it. If not then it doesn’t bother us too much. We’ll continue to do our thing our way no matter what. As far as visiting other places I’d love to go back and play NYC and Japan would be the other place we’d love to play.
DS: After Austin, what are your other plans for 2010?
Martin Kirwan, St Deluxe: We’ve got a couple of single scheduled in “After the Fire”, then probably “Please be Gentle” which was produced by Calvin Johnson at Riverside Studios. We’re kinda thinking about doing a mini album with some of the covers and b-sides that we’ve recorded over the last year. Then hopefully by the end of the summer the next album will be finished. Gig wise try to do some more festivals this year and maybe bring over someone that we meet at SXSW and promote our own show in Glasgow.
St Deluxe make Glaswegian fuzz-pop with beautiful noise. Fans already include Alan McGee (“St. Deluxe are brilliant, a Scottish Nirvana for the 21st Century”), Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake (“Scotland’s Uber noise/pop merchants. I love ’em!”) and Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite (“Great guitar pop. They have a fine collection of guitar pedals and are not afraid to use them!”) and Tim Burgess of the Charlatans “I have played New Wave Stars on repeat constantly, great lyrics great sound kinda mixes up Bleach era Nirvana, Tom Verlaine and Bandwagonesque period Teenage Fanclub…Pushes all the buttons, MONOCHROME ROCK N ROLL”
‘St Deluxe’ was recently released through Star Sign records in Japan to great acclaim and with distribution secured throughout Germany, Sweden and a future release in Mexico on Noiselab Records.
Further recordings feature guest producers like Calvin Johnson of K Records/Beat Happening and Stuart Braithwaite and the band have a healthy live reputation thanks to blistering shows across the UK, the recent enthusiastically received German tour and support slots with underground heroes Mudhoney, the Vaselines and Sonic Boom (Spectrum/Spacemen 3).
Band Website: www.stdeluxe.co.uk
Confirmed SXSW gigs are listed below and will be updated if and when more shows are added.
Photo Credit: Heidi Kuisma