Have I mentioned that the label I co-run have a new album coming out this week? If not, then we have a new album coming out this week from Dundee’s finest, Pensioner. I think they’re going to take quite a few of you by surprise as they’re not exactly folk. I have to give credit where it’s due as it was my partner in crime Halina who brought them to my attention, as she really wanted to work with them.
Even before I heard their music, I must admit that we were on to a winner with song titles such as ‘Annannannawiddecombe’, ‘Bruce Forsyth’s Chin it to Win it’ and ‘Enter Shakira’. With titles like that, you’ve really got to have the tunes to back them up. And Pensioner do in spades. Not normally the kind of stuff that I would actively find myself listening to these days, but I am chuffed to bits that we’ll be releasing their debut album. Right that’s enough of my ramblings, here are the Pensioner boys for more ‘sensible’ words…
Mike Lennie. Bass guitarist. Gemini. Ross Middlemiss. Guitarist. Leo.
(Mike) Structurally unsound.
How did you start out making music?
What process goes into the way you write songs?
Who are your big musical influences?
(Mike) We’re all constantly getting into different, quite disparate stuff. Hence we’ve never really decided whether to make pop music or horrible noise!
(Ross) Cal really likes the collected works of Chaka Khan, for reasons beyond the realm of comprehension.
(Ross) I would say that we’re quite lucky in Dundee in some respects. Other than the ‘lad-rock’ movement of recent years, there aren’t really any other obvious trends in music up here. If you don’t like ‘lad-rock’, then it only serves to catalyse you into making the music you want to make. The bigger cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow are permeated with a multitude of trends that disappear as quickly as they arrive, so much so that I think it’d be harder for a young band to establish themselves and maintain longevity if they are particularly susceptible to the influence of others. Life is simpler up here. As a band, we subscribe to the view that if a song is good, then it is good.
(Mike) Sexy men, great music.
(Ross) Adventure! Mystery! Romance! More adventure! Actually, wasn’t that the tagline to The Jewel of the Nile?
(Ross) I really enjoyed our recent support slot with The Phantom Band. Lovely fellows too. They are a great band.
(Mike) Elton John. Wembley ’04. Damn!
(Ross) We are releasing our debut album ‘Yearlings’ on the 2nd of May through Olive Grove Records, then we plan to bask in the ensuing glory and riches. Seriously though, we’ve started work on album number two, and we’re hoping to fill up the rest of the year with shows. On the other hand, we might just give the smack a go – you’re only smoking it.
Pensioner’s debut album ‘Yearlings’ was released on Monday 2nd of May though Olive Grove Records.
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