Spearmint indulge in some flattery...
Spearmint have recorded a song called Scottish Pop
which namecheckes the great and the good of Caledonian indie
music. We spoke to Shirley from the band to ask how the song
What do you love so much about Scottish pop that inspired
him to write a song?
"Well it came about by accident really. I was listening
to stuff by the bands listed in the song while I was painting
the bathroom. It was making me ecstatically happy and I suddenly
realised that all the stuff I was playing was Scottish. I felt
so good that I thought I should write a song comparing the feeling
you get listening to Scottish Pop to the feeling you get being
in love. Then I thought "We can't do that - it's really
So we did it...
To me there is a difference in approach & sound between (these)
Scottish bands and London bands. There would seem to be a huge
Brian Wilson influence in Scotland, whereas in London it's more
people like Paul Weller. You can hear it if you compare Adventures
In Stereo to Noonday Underground - basically 2 bands with very
similar approaches, but one sounds Scottish & the other is
Are these all your favourites or did they rhyme best (!) and
if the former, are you in the pay of Creeping Bent?
"No connections, no. I guess these bands are favourites
- Creeping Bent score well, don't they - I enjoy those package
gigs they do, plus Clare Grogan's quite often at them! The rhymes
are cringe-worthy.. 'Duglas T / Emma P'!"
Any plans to get it out as a single, even just in Scotland
(it could be available on import down south).
"No, no plans for it as a single. I'm glad there has been
a positive reaction to it - I expected to be panned (as it says
in the song).
We'd love to play in Scotland. We did King Tut's a couple of
years ago, but it was the night of a Scotland / England match
& was a poor night to play!"
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