Our January push for new music for the new year continues with another local Glasgow band, The Deetees. Truth be told I caught up with the guys just before Xmas but felt it best to save some exciting new bluesy punky rock until you had enough energy to no longer be stuck to the couch wondering where the TV remote had gone.
Ladies and gents, say hello to The Deetees.
Please introduce the band members.
Desi Best plays guitar and sings, as does Gerry Slavin. Peter McGowan plays the drums. James Riddell plays bass and sings. Most of the singing is handled by Desi.
Who are your biggest influences?
We have an unbelievably wide range of influences, and can often be heard to slag off each other’s tastes. We could boil them down to The Clash, Billy Bragg, and The Manic Street Preachers for attitude and for our approach to brutally honest and opinionated lyrics.
People will like your music because…
We would hope that people take from our music that we don’t want to tell them how to think, but rather that they think and question for themselves.
Best gig you’ve played so far?
We have been playing with a settled line up since August ’13, and every gig we play is an improvement on the last. Our recent gig at the Classic Grand was one where everything came together perfectly on the night, by a combination of our playing, the sound engineer doing an excellent job, and the audience really engaging with us.
What’s the bands greatest achievement to date?
We have just finished recording our first EP You Were Right with the settled line up and can see this leading on to bigger achievements.
Where can we get your music from?
We have CDs of the EP recently delivered and are in the process of having a website built. From here, there will be links to iTunes but for now you can hear the EP on the site. If people like these, then there will also be details of upcoming gigs where we will have CDs should people prefer a physical copy.
How important do you find social networking and the Internet as a source for promoting and communicating with your fans?
We use Facebook and [personal] Twitter to pass info about gigs, and any other related news. Once the website is up and running, we hope to start an e-mailing list. We have been linked in to SVision promotions for a couple of gigs, so that has taken off some of the onus to push ourselves so much. That said, we still take an active role in this.
Where can people keep in touch and follow your movements?
Finally, we are launching our EP at Nice n Sleazy on Sat 8th Feb. It’s free entry (doors 7:30) with excellent guests, Friday Morning Club.