Fatherson Brings Alt-Rock Back to UK with New Album
Fatherson is a Scottish alternative rock band from Kilmarnock, consisting of Ross Leighton (Guitar, lead vocals), Marc Strain (Bass) and Greg Walkinshaw (Drums). The band hasreleased three studio albums, I Am an Island (2014), Open Book (2016) and with their third, Sum Of All Your Parts debuting later this month.
MiLLENNiAL caught up with the trio to learn how the music has evolved since starting in 2011, and what life on the road has been like during the transition.
What is the story behind ‘Sum Of All Your Parts’?
Sum Of All Your Parts is the outcome of us deciding to step back from all the bullshit that surrounds making music and making an album for us and the fans of our band. When things started to “go well”, I think we began to feel a bit claustrophobic and limited in what we should be doing with music rather than what we could be doing. This time around we just hung out for 9 months in a studio we built in an old telecoms building and made music we thought was cool. In the end we’ve made something we’re actually really proud of and can stand by with real conviction and confidence.
How did you decide on the name for the band?
We were going on tour with Idlewild and we decided if we wanted to get the most out of it we should change the name to something cooler than the previous name we had (Energy!) and start taking the band seriously. So Fatherson was the name we hated least in the run up to that tour and thats how it came about. Nothing too crazy sorry!
Describe your musical sound for those who haven’t listened to you yet.
Scottish accent, guitar band with a lot of big singalongs and honest heartfelt lyrics.
What are rehearsals like?
We always kind of rehearse like it’s a show. We set up whatever room we’re in like a stage and practice the minutia of the show, guitar swaps and musical beds and stuff. That way we know the show inside out and when it comes to performing live we can push and pull the show as we see fit rather than trying to make it up as we go along.
Explain what motivates you to make music.
I get to see the world with my best friends and sing out my troubles for other people to relate to and realize that they’re not the only person that feels that way. It’s my little therapy session that became a career and I feel so blessed to be able to do it and thats what keeps us all doing it. Not a lot of people get to make music for a living, so you need to respect and recognize how lucky you are.
What are you most excited about the upcoming tour?
I’m excited to be on our third album so we can really push and pull the dynamic of the show. It’s going to be amazing to build the set list around the new music that we are super excited about and then punctuate the hour or so with our favorite songs from the previous two, or just make the best setlist for the audience to have the best time watching.
Tell us about your musical influences and why they influence your work.
Other bands we tour with or play shows with influence us most I think. When we toured with Augustines late 2016, they taught us how to keep an audience in the palm of your hand for 2+ hours every night. When we toured with We Were Promised Jetpacks they taught us how to fill a room with a noise so visceral that everyone is transfixed and has goosebumps for the whole time. Then when we toured with Enter Shikari, they showed us how to make Rock Music into the most incredible passionate and engaging show that people will ever go to by the way they designed their lights and their audience participation. These bands taught us how to make music less of a gig and more of a show and an experience that people will live with forever and we just try to follow in their footsteps with our own quirks.
What is next for Fatherson?
We are going to try and just be on the road for the next two years and come visit your fine selves as often as we can.
Irais Urias is a multimedia journalism student at The University of Texas at El Paso. She has a strong interest in travel and street photography and hopes to enhance her skills around the world after graduation. When she is not working you can find her at the gym or practicing yoga.