Originally brought together to perform as the “house band” for a university pantomime, Glaswegian based indie rockers Record Player have been making a name themselves across Scotland, with plenty of support slots and by self producing all of their own material by giving it a surprisingly clean cut pop finish. Comprised of Peter Conaty, John Broers, Ian Cummings and Grant Creaney, the band have just released their debut single “Night Animal” and now have Northern Ireland in their sights…
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// 1. Tell us about your stage name?
When our lead guitarist John was growing up in Holland his family couldn’t afford CDs, let alone a CD player. One day, as a young child, his uncle died and left John his old records. John always loved music and those records but at home he had nothing to play them on. Every day John would go to school carrying his cherished records which he would, when school ended, bring to his Grandfather’s house. There he could play records on his Grandpa’s player until his father came on his horse and cart to bring him home. That’s the story of the Record Player. (You said interesting, not true). You can see that very Dutchman’s handsome face on the cover of our new single ‘Night Animal’.
// 2. When did you start playing music and how long did it take to find your own sound?
We first got together around two years ago when we were asked to perform in a band for the University’s annual Christmas pantomime. We had never played together before but we had such a laugh at rehearsals that we decided to stick together and play some of our own material after the panto had come to an end. We gelled really quickly and found our own sound almost straight away. However, I think with our new single we have definitely finally found ‘the’ Record Player sound.
// 5. Can you talk about a Highlight and a Lowlight of the journey so far?
We played a gig in Glasgow one night last year and only a handful of our friends showed up. What made it even worse was that nobody came to see the band we were supporting = a night of cringe. Highlight was probably playing a gig on St Paddy’s day in a pub packed full of hundreds of happy drunk people!
// 6. What does ‘success’ mean to you?
Success to us is when someone we’ve never met before says they like our music. You get the most strange and lovely buzz when someone genuinely compliments you on a song or a performance. Can’t beat it.
// 7. You are in control of forming a 4 piece ‘super group’ – who is in it and what do they do?
This one took a while;
// 8. If you and 3 bands of your choosing were to do a world tour, who would the other 3 bands be?
Keeping it to bands that are still going: Black Keys, MGMT, Rolling Stones.
// 9. If you could make one strange dressing room demand, what would it be and why?
A 1.5 litre bottle of Jagermeister with a handle molded into the bottle and a pump on the top. We were over in Munich recently for Ian’s stag weekend and we got through a couple of those things. Life just ain’t as rich and dreamy without one.
// 10. Finally, in a climate saturated with bands vying for listener attention; why should the good old folks at home listen to you guys?
We feel that we are doing something that people want to hear right now. We always try to combine great riffs with strong melodies and lyrics that you can sink into. Plus, we always give each song a unique Record Player twist. Have a listen to us on our Facebook page, Spotify, iTunes (or the track below) to hear for yourself.