Glasgow, the home of TRNSMT Festival, Tennents Lager and the Oasis fairytale. A city that’s produced some of the stuff we love the most at Northern Exposure. The Trend emerged from the Glaswegian suburbs and made us fall in love with the city all over again. The four piece, signed with Sound-Hub Records, describe themselves as anthemic ‘Indie Rock and Roll’ and are one of the hottest bands the city has released in years. We caught up with Del (Lead Guitar) and discussed everything from the fall of T in the Park and the rise of TRNSMT to their new EP ‘Show Me The Light’.
First, can you tell me a bit about your band? And where the name The Trend came from?
We are Ryan (vocals, rhythm), Jonny (bass), Josh (drums) and myself, Del (lead guitar). Ryan and I met in our hometown of East Kilbride about 4 years ago. We were in to the same bands and started writing a few tunes while trying to put a band together. After a few changes, we ended up with the right line up in 2015 when we brought in Jonny and Josh and things started to take off from there, selling out Glasgow shows and getting booked up and down the country. The band name isn’t something we spent too much time worrying about. We listen to a lot of The Jam, The Clash, The Enemy, The Music and so on… so The Trend worked for us!
Where do you get your inspiration from for your songs and who usually does most of the writing?
A lot of what we write comes from what’s going on in the world today and how we feel about it. There’s a lot of politically and socially charged messages in there. The song writing is shared by Ryan and myself. Sometimes I’ll write the music and he adds lyrics and vice versa. Other times we’re mucking about in the studio and someone starts playing a riff that we love and we build a new tune from that.
You’ve got quite a few gigs coming up over the next few weeks how do you feel when you’re so far from your home town and you see people enjoying your music?
For us, there’s no better feeling than playing our tunes live and it makes it even better when we get the chance to play in a city we’ve never been to before and some of the crowd are singing our songs back to us. It seems to get better every time. We were in Liverpool last weekend and the crowd were unreal so hoping we see more of that in London, Sheffield, Leicester and York next week.
Being from Glasgow what do you think the impact of Scottish culture and the Scottish music scene has had with the end of T in the park and the start of TRNSMT?
Everyone was gutted when TITP got cancelled but TRNSMT was a big success in its first year and handy for Glaswegians like us, so we loved it. There was a bit of talk about how no TITP would affect up and coming bands as there’s not as many smaller stages but I spent a lot of time in the Jack Rocks/This Feeling tent this year and it was rammed all weekend so hopefully that stage will be back and in a bigger tent next year.
Having such huge iconic venues in Glasgow such as the Barrowlands and King Tuts do you think these venues and the artists that have played these venues have played a role in inspiring you to start a band with the aspiration of playing these venues?
King Tut’s is legendary for the Oasis story and more, but it’s always somewhere we thought we could play. We’d been to see some of our pals play there and it’s not a huge venue. We’ve since went on to sell it out a few times and had some great nights in there. We’ve played it 9 times now so would like to do something big for #10 next year.
Barras on the other hand is somewhere we never thought we’d get to play when we started off, and it’s mental that we’re getting the chance to do for a second time in November. Some of the best gigs I’ve ever been to have been in there. Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers a few times, Babyshambles/Libertines/Pete Doherty more times than I can count, Liam Gallagher, The Charlatans, Blur and so much more. Also looking forward to War on Drugs in there a couple of weeks before we play.
You’ve got some huge shows in the closing months of the year with your support slot with the Complete Stone Roses at the Barrowlands and also supporting The Wholls for a This Feeling gig. How does it feel to be on some huge lineups such as these that are certain to be sell out shows?
It’s amazing to be back at the Barras and really happy to be doing another show with Complete Stone Roses. They sound better live than the Roses do nowadays and if you see the crowd at these gigs you would think they are watching the real thing. The Wholls are one of the most talked about bands in the country right now so it’s good to get on a show with them. These will be our last 2 gigs in Glasgow this year so we plan to smash them and set up a big 2018.
What can we expect from the trend for the rest of 2017 and what do you plan to achieve in 2018?
Our next EP ‘Show Me The Light’ is ready to go and it’s sounding massive! It will be released via SoundHub records in a month or two. Follow us on Spotify/Apple Music etc so you don’t miss it.
Tickets for The Trends huge shows can be bought online at thetrendglasgow.bigcartel.com
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