Bags of success for patriotic Rock stars
BAGS of Rock have only been together a short while but are already well on the way to achieving their aim - world domination.
Since forming in 2010, Bags of Rock have been on a mission to spread their fusion of cutting-edge, heavy rock which uses bagpipes for vocals.
Following on from their success at the Scottish New Music Awards last month, where they secured Rock Group of the Year and Rock Recording of the Year, talks have even taken place with a recording company.
It's been non-stop for the band, made up of Alan 'Deathface' Blair, guitar, Alan Brown, drums, Gregor 'G-man' James, frontman and guitar, James Henderson, piper, Jonathan Graham, piper, Marcus Cordock, bass, and Stevie Shedden on drums.
They all came together as a result of social media and Gregor explained, "I started a Facebook page for the band (before we had a band) and it was almost fate that all the right musicians got in touch offering their services, the whole thing seemed to just come together of its own accord, so we've put the pedal to the metal and not stopped since!"
The end product according to Gregor is "something completely different" and inspiration is taken from heavy metal, electronica and the lack of diversity in the world of piping.
Artists particularly admired include rock greats such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Pantera and pipers Martyn Bennett and Chris Armstrong.
Gigs have already included most of Scotland's top venues and festivals and internationally from Kiev to Kuala Lumpur - next up is the O2 ABC in Glasgow, on Saturday 6 October.
The favourite so far has been up North with Gregor saying, "Our recent gig in our bass player's hometown of Orkney was rockin! Great crowd and we played in Germany recently for 'Schotten Radio' where our single 'Rain Stain' was number one for over four weeks, receiving over 250,000 votes. That was a great buzz too. Great crowd and we received the 'Macdudel' music award from a legendary German DJ Basil Wolfrhine."
And the debut album which 'Rain Stain' appeared on is actually one of his most memorable moments, "There's been loads of amazing moments since we formed nearly two years ago, but for me personally, recording, producing and ultimately finishing our debut album in my studio was a great buzz. A whole lot of Blood, Sweat and Beers went onto that album," he said.
More European festivals and potentially a new album is what 2013 will bring for the Bags of Rock.
However at the moment the band are looking forward to the buzz of getting back on stage at the ABC - expect an insight into what they have been working on at the HQ, brand new tracks and a new show.
Favourite song of the moment: Dio - Holy Diver
Most embarrassing moment: accidentally deleting the whole file of a band I was producing in my studio
Biggest vice: That is in the garage
Pet peeve: Twee music
Best quality: Party animal
Worst quality: Too busy to party
Tea or coffee: Tea with milk, no sugar
Pubs or clubs: Clubs, but pub then club preferably
Karaoke number: The Greatest Love Of All, by Whitney Houston
Favourite superhero: Deathface
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 03 Oct 12
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