Scottish rock is on top of the world at the moment. Thanks to the emergence of bands like Frightened Rabbit and Twin Atlantic and of course the continued brilliance of Kilmarnock titans Biffy Clyro, Scotland is now the go to country for melodic, anthemic, alt-rock.
Out of this background come four piece, Kilmarnock band Fatherson, with their new single “I Like Not Knowing”. This is the first recording to emerge from their April 7, album release via A Modern Way “I Am An Island”. They’ve already followed both Frightened Rabbit and Twin Atlantic on the road, and while they obviously owe a debt to their trailblazing countrymen, Fatherson still sound unique and just about ready to break the UK on their own.
“I Like Not Knowing”, trashy punk melodies give way to sweeping guitar lines. One of the best things about the Scottish scene is its unashamed patriotism; and make no mistake, Fatherson are about as Scottish as Bruce Springsteen is American. Singer Ross lyrical delivery is near perfect, all in his Scottish drawl. The track continues to build momentum towards a jolted conclusion. It will certainly leave you wanting more from the band; a track destined to be magnificent live with hundreds of sweaty rock fans swaying and singing along.
“I Like Not Knowing” is a run-down of just about everything that is great about Scottish rock at the moment. Destined for heavy radio rotation because of its sing-a-long chorus, perfect for the summer festivals. There’s bite and punk rock integrity to the single that makes it an awesome blend of musical contradictions. The track effortlessly shifts from noisy anarchy to euphoric resonance. It’s just heavy enough for the rock crowd, but with all those catchy hooks that’ll make it a favourite on the Radio One playlist.
Based on the strength of the lead single, “I Am An Island” could be the first great Scottish release of 2014; one I am sure, of many. It’ll also be another great album in what is being called a big year for rock music. Fatherson will be supporting the release with a full UK headline tour; I suggest you catch them live now before they start selling out arenas.
Written by Robbie Bryson