For those people that haven’t heard of Skelpit Lug could you tell us a bit about the band about your story?
We’re a very working class rock band making a noise out of the North East of Scotland. We’ve been together for around two years and our sound is consistently evolving due to the variety of influences we all have. We consist of a teacher, a fireman, a youth working chef and a process operator, so in our daily capacities we help others and strive to make other’s live better, the same can be said about our music. Our folksy, punky rock raises questions in our listeners about society’s degradation and failings, while offering a rocky beat to bounce along to as the solution of our universal frustrations.
What do you do, to stand out, what makes Skelpit Lug different from all the other bands out there?
We have been given a lot of praise for the diversity of Western Problems in that its genre is hard to define. There are punk songs and hard rock songs, as well as more mellow songs with classic rock undertones, it climaxes in a wee acoustic number about a frog who lives in a toilet, so you can say there is something for everyone in the album. This, with a consistent folk rock message founded in societal anarchy means that our jam appeals to a lot of people’s discontentment. With our heavy riffs and drums folk can rock out to music that has a solid meaning and message.
You recently released your album Western Problems, where did the idea come from was it’s just your frustrations with the Western World?
(Joe) I have been living abroad for the majority of the last ten years, mainly in India and South Korea, where I perpetually watched countries progress and project positive views of where they were going as a country and culture, constantly returning home to see the opposite happening here. I love Scotland and the UK and it pains me to have to watch it decay at such a fast pace while we idly sit back and complain about insignificant issues. My writing has always been a social commentary on how I see our world, Western Problems is just a collection of those thoughts.
Do you plan to record any music videos to go along with tracks from the album?
We currently have a music video on our Reverbnation to go along with ‘Spoolin” which Hendo put together, though we haven’t released it officially yet, as it is more of a soundtrack than a music video. We do plan to make more if we can find the right director, so any listeners who would like to offer their services or try putting something together for us, we’re keen to collaborate.
Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?
We have all been performing for a lot of years in a number of guises, but our love for music, rock in particular made us want to get up and get our songs out there. We love jamming out to covers of the legends who inspired us, which are vast across the band, from Slayer to Bob Dylan to Big Country to Joe Satriani.
Whats the most interesting venue you have performed at?
We closed up at a great wee beer festival in Forres at Speyside Brewery. We played outside next to the bar, in view of the huge kilns. The crowd had been raving the previous night and were very mellow with some fantastic acoustic artists during the day. Then we had the place bouncing in the late afternoon sun to our rock. It was ace to play in the actual brewery, the IPA was deadly. We skelpt a few lugs that day… If you didn’t know Skelpit Lug means to have your ear whacked for being naughty, in Scots. It’s a reflection on us not doing much of what we were told as youths, always having a Skelpit Lug.
What are your favourite tracks that people might not have heard of and why?
A cover we do which surprisingly many don’t know is Where is my Mind by the Pixies, this is a band that too many people have missed, not sure why though. It has a great little simple riff behind it that always catches people’s attention though, Sean makes it ring out so sweet that its hard not to get sucked into it. People know it from the end of Fight Club but that’s about it.
What do you think is missing in the modern music industry?
Apart from a soul? The commercial music industry that is fed to teenagers is appalling, the odd wee gem but mainly appalling. The message seems to have been lost somewhere between money, egos and ass. Popular music used to be the voice of the young shouting out against the conformed world, now the music industry lacks a Bob Dylan or Rage Against the Machine putting the meaningful contemporary discontentment out in solidarity. We are aspiring to play like that.
What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
We’ve a pile of local gigs coming up and will be appearing in a few festivals in the North East of Scotland in the summer. We plan to get an EP out this summer, too. We’re digging the new stuff and think you’ll like it too. Thanks for having us up on the site, we appreciated the support greatly and hope you can get along to see us live soon.
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