Last month we saw Keeping Dirt Clean support Culann at their sold out King Tuts gig. We caught up with Marc McDonald (guitar) soon after to get to the band a little better and introduce them to you.
How did Keeping Dirt Clean get together and who completes the lineup?
The band live in Glasgow and this is where we formed, though originally Stu (bass) and myself are from Largs, Stevie (guitar / vocals) is from West Kilbride and Dee (drums) is from Glasgow,
The band started when Stevie let me hear some home demos he had done, on the back of those demos I convinced Stevie to start a band and recruited Stu who I had known from home and from previous bands he was in. We got Dee on board who is Stevie’s cousins partner. Our first rehearsal would have been just over a year ago now, how time flies!
After we saw you in King Tuts we checked out your debut EP on SoundCloud. How do you go about recording?
Stevie will initially write a demo (using a digital 8 track) and send it to the rest of the band, from that everybody adds their own parts then we rehearse until we’re happy with it. We recorded our debut EP at Dixon St Studios where we rehearse. It was recorded, mixed and mastered in 2 days by Robbie Gunn.
What comes after the EP, are you looking at an album?
We have plenty of songs so the next step is to record our 2nd EP and hope to have it finished and released early this year along with plenty of gigging.
What is the one stand out track everyone should hear?
We are very excited about a song called ‘Cough Drops’ which we have been playing live and will be our next EP
We enjoyed what we’ve heard so far, but how would you describe your sound?
We’re influenced mostly by a mixture of Alt-Rock, Grunge and Post Rock and I think that comes across in the music. We don’t have all the same taste in bands but some that we mostly agree on would be Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Mogwai, Pavement and the Pixies.
What can fans expect from the live show?
We subscribe to the notion (in theory) that the only logical conclusion to a great live show is mass destruction of instruments, but since (a) we can’t afford to do that and (b) none of us could smash a perfectly good guitar, we play with energy and commitment.
Ha! Way too expensive! In that case, what is the best gig you’ve played so far?
Our debut EP launch at Nice N Sleazy’s was amazing but our last gig at a sold out King Tuts supporting Cullan wins.
Supporting Culann is one thing, but if you could land a dream support slot, who would it be with, and why?
This is a tough one.
From the point of view of touring with (and meeting) other bands we would love to support Future Of The Left,. Definitely a favorite band of Stevie’s at the moment. However, it would be a lot of fun to terrify several thousand Olly Murs fans; might even save a couple!
For the good of the future of music, I’ll say Olly Murs. Or Lady Gaga.
So what’s next for Keeping Dirt Clean then?
We are always writing and trying to improve on what we’ve done before. Hopefully we’ll get a new EP out soon and continue to play as often as we can.
Thanks for the chat. Where can people keep in touch and follow your movements?