One of the benefits of editing and running Musicscramble is the fantastic unsigned bands you get to know, support, and follow over the years. One of those bands is Glasgow’s Finding Argyle.
A few years ago their debut album was my album of the year, but sadly they’ve been pretty quiet since then with only a few live shows happening and even less in terms of new music. The current COVID-19 lockdown in the UK seems to have inspired the band to do something; they’ve gone and released a new track and video!
We asked singer Sam Nicholson to explain to us why now, and why this particular song.
2020 has been a hell of a year. That’s probably a bit of an understatement at this point, and I doubt you’d find anyone in the UK who hasn’t been affected by COVID-19. For us in Finding Argyle, 2020 was going to be a very different year. In fact it’s made us question a lot of our original plans and we’ve had to pivot a number of times from what we thought we had settled on. There were a lot of changes that we have had to make, and a lot that we didn’t get to. The one thing that hasn’t changed though is our desire to keep producing music.
I’ve been a fan of Gabrielle Aplin for near enough 10 years now, and it all started with this song, ‘Home’. It had that anthem chorus, but it was the lyrics and the theme of finding a place to call home that transcends your four walls, but is defined by the people you share it with, your family and your friends. That’s what drew me to the song. I think I’ve been trying to cover it ever since, but it wasn’t until early this year that we finally decided we’d record our first cover. It’s been worth the wait, and that’s mostly down to Andrew, who figured out the instrumental parts.
It wasn’t until the lockdown hit that we realised just how important these themes are right now. These are unprecedented times; nobody expected to be locked in their homes for months on end. We have to be thankful that this is happening during the age of technology. It’s never been easier to stay connected with people you love, no matter where they are in the world.
It seemed only natural then to get all of our friends involved. To remind everyone that you can still have fun and still be a family, without leaving the house. We’re so overwhelmed by the number of videos we got back from our friends and fellow bands, and we couldn’t believe how many of them leapt at the chance to be a part of it. Yet more proof that community is still alive and kicking.
We’re not trying to step on Gabrielle’s original song, I still love that version, but we wanted to try it on for size and see what that looked like. This all started as a cover we thought would be fun, and it’s now turned into a message. And from the number of people in the video, we’ve got a bit of an army behind us to help us spread it.
We all need to take this time to reflect on what’s important to us. Family, friends, community, and protecting those around us so that we can come out of this swinging. We want to thank the NHS and all the frontline workers who are out there every day doing what they do so that the rest of us can get back to normal some day. Small as it may be, our part in this is just reminding people that no matter where you go, you always have a home, and you’re not alone.
So please, just for now, stay at home.
Check out the video for ‘Home’ below featuring the band and so many of their friends in top unscripted and ad-libbed form.