Glasgow’s Attic Lights are enjoying some late night sunshine in Spain this week on a short tour that includes gigs in Mallorca tonight, Valencia tomorrow and Andorra on Saturday. Ticket details are below. Before they left, guitarist Tim Davidson spoke to Dear Scotland about the band’s plans for 2010 and more.

Dear Scotland: Where are you now and what did you do last night?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: Last night I went to see The Pastels and 1990s at King Tut’s – really good night and tonight we’re playing at Oran Mor in Glasgow as part of the Scottish homecoming celebrations. Looking forward to it. Think King Creosote is playing too and it’s always good to see him. There’s a rumour we might be helping The Bluebells with a version of ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ too…

DS: Paul McCartney said he got into music to avoid a job – and get lots of girls. What made you get into music?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: Definitely to avoid getting a conventional job but unlike McCartney I’m not sure how long I can avoid it…. I think the other reason is there’s really nothing any of us would rather do. Unfortunately it’s not up to us…  

Vic introduces Attic Lights – Bring You Down on BBC Scotland


DS: What is your favourite song of yours to play right now?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: I love a new one called ‘Man on Fire’. It’s simple, wonderfully banal and crucially it’s easy to play! There’s one called ‘Hit and Miss’ too which will likely be on the new record and I always like playing ‘Nothing But Love’ from the last record.

DS: You’re playing a few shows this week in Mallorca, Valencia and Andorra, are there any other places outside the UK that you are looking forward to playing?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: Any chance to leave the UK we’ll take.

Attic Nights – Late Night Sunshine


DS: Do you feel more Scottish when you are abroad, or do you adapt well to new places? Anything you’ll miss about Scotland?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: I’m English so no but when I miss home it’s Glasgow I think of. I like to think I adapt well. The food’s often better outside the UK, especially in motorway service stations – the UK is utterly miserable for eating on the motorway except for West Moreland in Cumbria…..

DS: What will be your first words on stage in Spain?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: I won’t say a word. Kev may attempt some Spanish – let’s hope he’s practicing…

DS: Are there any Scottish musicians, past or present, that have influenced you?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and Gerry Love. Duglas Stewart from the BMX Bandits has been very important for us all too.

BMX Bandits – Wonderful World


DS: Any plans for more international shows next year?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: Think we’re just concentrating on getting the new record done – and after that absolutely but we need to get the recording done and maybe a bit more writing.

DS: What should the Scottish national anthem be?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: Mark Knopfler’s Local Hero theme tune? Let’s Get Out of this Country by Camera Obscura? Perhaps I’m not qualified to answer this….

Local Hero (The Ending)


DS: What is the best after-show experience you’ve had?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: Travelling back to Glasgow after playing the New Year celebrations in Edinburgh – the door fell off the van, we had a few too many drinks and it all seemed strangely appropriate and familiar

DS: And finally, many many years from now, when you finish your farewell world tour, is there one place to where you would like to retire?
Tim Davidson, Attic Lights: I’ll be in the south of France à la Bill Wyman. No mistake.

Attic Lights – Wendy (Live)


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