Monday, 13 June 2016

REWIND: Astrid - 'Modes Of Transport'

British indie enthusiasts of the late 90's may remember melodic Scottish quartet Astrid. I am no exception, in fact after hearing their charming single 'Distance' on Radio 1's The Evening Session in 1998, I developed quite a fondness for the four piece from the Isle Of Lewis. They released a few great singles and EPs before releasing the Edwyn Collins-produced debut album 'Strange Weather Lately' and its follow up 'Play Dead'. They also released a third and final album in 2004 called 'One In Four' before splitting soon after. Drummer Neil Payne joined Texas, Gareth Russell played bass for Idlewild, as well as releasing some great solo material, Charlie Clark played with The Zephyrs and went on to form Broken Arrow, Cold Night Song and Our Lunar Activities. William Campbell formed Our Small Capital and The Open Day Rotation.

But now Astrid are back, recently playing a number of well-received reunion gigs. They're also recording a new album, provisionally titled 'Fall Stand Dance', and RW/FF has heard demos of two tracks which sound very promising indeed. Until that new album arrives here's the lovely 'Modes Of Transport', a single from the year 2000. RW/FF spoke to Charlie Clark a couple of years ago about Astrid as well as his solo projects in an interview that you can find HERE.

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