Review: ‘Run & Hide’ debut single by The Lutras

The Lutras have just released their pretty spectacular debut single, titled ‘Run & Hide’.
The Lutras

The Lutras (Photo Credit: Sam Burton)

The band are Dumfries born and bred with a line up featuring Ben Clements, Thomas Gillan, Danny Heron and Finlay Maxwell. Their journey has been eventful so far; forming in 2013, they played for a short time before going their separate ways for over two years. By chance, Gillan and Heron ended up on the same music course at Carlisle College, and “the band got back together”, so to speak.

Since then, they have played slots at Belladrum Festival, Camden Rocks, and Electric Fields as well as gigs in Manchester, Glasgow, Carlisle and many venues across Dumfries and Galloway.

Some will be surprised to hear that ‘Run & Hide’ is their first ever release. With a following that has grown massively over the past few years, they’ve played over 250 gigs all over the UK.

Run and Hide is certainly an impressive debut. Recorded by Hardwicke Circus’ Jonny Foster and mixed by Chris Lord, there’s not a single part of it that feels out of place. Clements’ at times gravelly sounding voice pairs perfectly with the accompanying guitar riffs. The Lutras are sounding like a classic 70s band ramped right up to modern day. This track makes you feel like taking a road trip in the summer sun. It makes you want to pack up a tent and go to a festival. Strangely, it also makes you feel all wrapped up and a wee bit warm inside. It’s even a perfect football match anthem as proved during its recent airing at a Queen of the South home game.  

Since its release less than one week ago, the single has been a massive success. It has been played nearly 6,000 times on Spotify alone.

The Lutras at Belladrum

The Lutras at Belladrum

I’ve made no secret of how much of a fan I am of The Lutras. I’ve talked in previous gig reviews about how much they take me back to my teenage years, listening to the indie and Britpop bands of the 90s and 00s. I love their cheekiness and swagger and it’s a welcome relief in a music scene which was verging on being, arguably, a bit serious and hipster dominated for a while there. Run & Hide is a great, solid debut release that shows how seriously they take things.

So, I shall end with a short story about The Lutras…

At the recent Dumfries Music Conference, I went along to an industry talk by Kerr Okan from The LaFontaines. During the wait for the audience to take their seats, Kerr asked everyone what the music scene is like in Dumfries and who were the main players. After thinking over this question for a while, the DMC interviewer who was hosting the session mentioned that he had been working with The Lutras through the Off Axis project, and that they were “just young, only about 18”. The conversation ended at that.

TThe Lutras Christmas Gighe exact age of the band members isn’t of importance here (they’re actually between 20 – 22, so he was close although not quite), but they seem to have gathered a reputation locally for being this ‘straight out of school band’. However, in the grand scheme of things, they’re actually working very hard and loving what they do. I’ve never seen, or heard of, a gig where they didn’t play phenomenally well. They don’t want to be part of a clique and their determination to play well far and wide is testament to that.

So maybe it’s about time we challenge our thinking about local bands. Let’s not fit them into a category of ‘young’ as if it is some way of saying they aren’t good enough yet, or that we should be shocked that they are so good but yet so young. Let’s just enjoy the music, go to the gigs, tell our friends, and help these bands to reach the places that they deserve to be.

You can listen to Run & Hide via Spotify here and iTunes here. The band have just announced a special hometown gig at The Venue on the 21st of December 2018. This gig is going to be immense so you should definitely go, and it’s only £4 to get in. Treat yourself, it’s Christmas after all!
They will also be playing live at the legendary King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on the 30th of December (tickets here) for anyone who fancies a wee jaunt up yon road.

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