The music scene in the West of Scotland is flourishing right now and at the crest of a wave, washing over our ears, is Fatherson.
Releasing their second full-length album sandwiched between a packed out night at Scala in London and a similarly sold-out headliner at one of Glasgow’s finest venues – The O2 ABC. Fatherson are living proof that you can make it in music if you dedicate yourself to songwriting of their standard. It certainly does help that they were made for marketing to boot, but that’s irrelevant when measured against the talent on offer.
For those of you who either reside in a cave or are stumbling across music for the first time, Fatherson are a three-piece fronted by the instantly identifiable guitarist/vocalist Ross Leighton, flanked by Marc Strain on bass and Greg Walkinshaw on drums. Based in Glasgow after forming in Kilmarnock where they all attended the same school. Fatherson have been able to kick on from support slots with the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Twin Atlantic to UK headline tours of their own, showing just how quickly they’ve risen in such a short space of time.
Open Book does carry on from 2014’s I Am An Island in the way that there is a familiarity with the sound on offer this time round – with very few, subtle differences in the mix. Leighton’s vocals have always been bold and at the fore and this is no different here, and why not? The guy can sing! Overall, the production on this album is quite possibly the reason I’ve enjoyed hammering this album out constantly over the weekend of its release. It’s as perfect a mix as you’ll ever hear.
If you’ve been following the single releases in the lead up to Open Book‘s launch you’ll be familiar with a few tracks already. Pick of that bunch is ‘Always’, a total earworm of a track that after only a couple of listens will see you burst into a bit of spontaneous karaoke at the checkout or some other time or place you’d least expect to be singing out loud in your own little world of musical genius.
The album is host to different styles throughout – with upbeat and driving tracks like the aforementioned ‘Always’ and ‘Lost Little Boys’ giving way to more subdued and laid back ‘Wondrous Heart’. There are personal moments like next track ‘Joanna’, showcasing the true ability and talent of Leighton in his vocal element. Title track ‘Open Book’ is another which will have crowds in packed out venues jumping about, singing back to the band on future headline tours.
With a summer of festivals and a trip around Europe and possibly America in the pipeline, Fatherson will be looking to continue on their tangent and build on the foundation of followers they have in the UK. If they continue to create music like we’ve had the pleasure of listening to these past few years then there’s no doubt they’ll do just that. I remember a band from Glasgow called Travis, with a similar ability to pump out albums full of feeling and personality. I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a similar path for these boys too. Watch this space.