Stars in the making: Café Disco

Clare Gallacher, Rachel Swinton, Fraser Welsh and Paul Swinton

Don’t you just love it when a new band sounds so promising that you feel compelled to tell them by email how wonderful they are and invite yourself along to film them at their next rehearsal?

I rarely devote a post to one band, not because I have an insatiable preference for writing idiosyncratic features about the Scottish music scene, but because approximately 0.05% of the new songs I listen to genuinely excite me. When I find that something special, though, sharing it with you is by far the most satisfying part of this blogging malarkey.

Two days ago, I was reading the brilliant The Daily Dose, who published a Q&A with a Scottish band I’d never heard of called Café Disco. They only started gigging last month after forming in March and, so far, the sum total of their recorded output is a 62-second clip on Facebook of their debut single Persona, due for release in October.

The members of the band are: bass-playing frontman Fraser Welsh, 26, from Irvine; 18-year-old Biggar twins Paul Swinton and Rachael Swinton on guitars; and drummer Clare Gallacher, 18, from Glasgow. Having spent a couple of hours with them, I can say they’re lovely folks too.

All four are enrolled at the Academy of Music & Sound in Glasgow, which is where they formed Café Disco (named after an episode of the American version of The Office) and where I stopped by today to film them playing Terra Nova, which contains the peachiest guitar riff I’ve heard in ages. Here it is:

The song reminds me of a cross between The Strokes and another American band (now defunct) called Hockey Night. Café Disco would be the first to admit they’re not the finished article, but they’ve got a bright future ahead of them so give them your support.

July 30, Box, Glasgow (free)
August 12, Box, Glasgow (free)
September 10, The Harbour Bar, Troon
September 16, The HAC, Irvine

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5 Responses to “Stars in the making: Café Disco”

  1. Iain Macleod Says:

    July 28th, 2011 at 23:49

    vocals sound dodgy but the band sound good

  2. Big D Says:

    July 29th, 2011 at 08:56

    Completely agree with you in relation to the guitar riff but as you know I am all about the rhythm and I was seriously impressed with the drummer. While as a band they might not be the “finished article” she is very accomplished.

    Note: I don’t give such high praise lightly!

  3. a maths student Says:

    July 29th, 2011 at 10:14

    Clare was a few years below me at school. I had the pleasure of playing with her at a couple of school-related gigs. She’s a daaaaamn good drummer.

  4. The Daily Dose Says:

    July 29th, 2011 at 22:10

    I’ll admit that it was Sir William Swales of Define Pop that tipped me off about these guys – good find.

  5. S Says:

    August 2nd, 2011 at 16:14

    don’t have a soundcard on this PC but the mention of Hockey Night means I’ll give them a listen later on

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