The Late Flames record debut album in only 3 days!
As the Dumfries and Galloway music scene continues to grow, the latest new creation comes in the form of The Late Flames; a collection of accomplished Dumfries-based musicians. We caught up with David Bass from the band who explained it all a bit further…
“The Late Flames are bunch of desperate musicians flung together for an onslaught on country rock, featuring myself on vocals and acoustic guitar, Fraser Graham on guitar and vocals, Neil Davidson on bass and Sandy Sweetman on drums“, he says.
The band have recorded an 11-track album which is now on sale. David explained, “The admittedly foolish idea was to record an album of original songs in 3 days and see if we could mix it, produce a CD and sell it at a gig 10 days later. The recording of the album was done almost completely live with just backing vocals added later. We ran through the songs a couple of times and went for a take without agonizing over details, hopefully capturing a performance (sometimes a bad one but there’s always take two!)”.
Having listened to the CD in the car all week, I can say that there is certainly a country rock sound to it, with a bit of blues clearly evident in some of the tracks. “Although the genre was supposed to be country rock there are many influences which have slipped in as our main country reference was the the theme from Smokey And The Bandit”, David says. “We weren’t exactly steeped in country music tradition which is a good thing, [so we thought] how about “indiecountryrockabillyfolkpunk rock”? Which would at least mean get it would get it’s own heading in an HMV store!“
The album was officially launched at a successful gig at the Coach and Horses on Saturday 9th of April and is now on sale at Barnstorm Records in Dumfries. The CD does not have an advertised price, with the band asking people to “pay what you want”.
David and Sandy are part of a team competing in this year’s Tough Mudder competition, raising money for the Meningitis Research Foundation. You can show them your support by donating here: Muddy Suckers Dumfries JustGiving Page.