It’s no great secret that Scotland’s music scene is a thing to be proud of. So we here at TSA have teamed up with Scotland’s very own New Hellfire Club to bring you a monthly pick of who we think are doing epically well right now. Keep your eyes out for these up and coming bands. This is TSA and New Hellfire Club’s ‘Pick of the Month’.
Hello Stumblers! Great to have you guys on as our first NHC / TSA POTM in 2017, and I have to say, you have already been very busy recently. You have a video out, a new album, some cracking gigs lined up, and there is some festival chat too, but let’s leave that stuff to later though, and first you can open us up by throwing ourselves right into the common ‘why the name’ question now as The Stumblers seems to be a bit of an unusual choice. Was it a late night in a bar somewhere discussion that led to it, or something a bit deeper?
From what we gather, the name popped up in conversation between Stevie and Niall somewhere shortly before the inception of the band. It has a tinge of humour around it and thematically fits the music and general presentation of the band.
What about the title of the album? Whose idea was that, and what was the thinking behind it?
Once again, this was a spontaneous title that popped up in mid-conversation and was instantly picked up on as being aurally pleasing, but also an apt metaphor for us as people and wider society in general. No matter how many layers, experiences and thoughts we have, we’re still Remarkably Simple For Complex Individuals.
You recently released a cracking music video to go with your song City Rats (my particular favourite of the new album if I do say so!), talk us through that a bit, how did you work out exactly what you were going to have in the video, and why the particular setting?
The video treatment came from our working relationship with Gregor “G-Man” McPhie and his capacity as our album producer at The HQ in Glasgow. He has recently started producing videos as Intoxic 8 Media and we knew the chemistry, ideas and outcome were going to be top-notch.
He had scouted the location (Dunmore House, Airth) and had some concept of what we’d be doing, but the entire thing just ended up being a hoot and a half. We filmed a good few hours of antics but the best of them have made the final cut for sure. It’s a very fun video and making people smile is one of our biggest kicks as a band.
Is that the stand alone track from the album or will there be another given the video treatment?
We’ll definitely be doing another video in the coming months. We won’t say which song, but we’ve spoken about the video treatment and broad details and have something very exciting in store.
No doubt it’ll have all the key ingredients the last one did, but possibly with more of a theme relating to the album art/lyrics. Stay tuned.
You have had a few line up changes over the years, a bit Spinal Tap in that respect. With the album out and a new drummer is there a sense that this is the point that you have all been working towards?
Solidifying the line-up has been imperative to us. In the three years we’ve been operational, we’ve luckily not lost any momentum and always had a complete line-up.
Recently we changed drummers again (the previous one died in a bizarre gardening accident, and he himself was replacing someone who spontaneously combusted onstage, obviously) and our new guy Ruaraidh had the intimidating task of learning a freshly recorded album. However, he has risen to the challenge and worked hard, so we’ve already cultivated some solid cohesion, both in the studio and on stage.
Whenever a band is asked if this is their year they obviously say that it is, but why is 2017 your year?
We’ve got our album under our belts, festivals to tackle throughout the year, new material already being written and lots of other exciting things ahead. Perhaps describing 2017 as “our year” maybe a bit bold, seeing as the 12 Month Roman Calendar is only an arbitrary man-made quantification of time, but we’ll certainly try!
Main image sourced from The Stumblers Facebook Page – image credit Alan Thomas.