Prides fans get room service

TWO WEEKS ago Glasgow group Prides were seen by millions as they played at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

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Prides, who appeared at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, will before much smaller audiences as they tour their fans' living rooms
Prides, who appeared at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, will before much smaller audiences as they tour their fans' living rooms

Now they're getting ready to gig in people's front rooms.

The trio - Stewart Brock, Callum Wiseman and Lewis Gardner - performed their booming synth-pop single Messiah at Hampden on August 3.

Now they're going out next week for what they've called the "Prides club" tour, playing several shows for fans in their homes.

The Prides followers had to tell the band why they should come to their home, and now the trio will spend next week traipsing around the winning locations.

"It's because we wanted to do some more shows in Scotland, but we didn't want it to be too obvious, and you don't want people to get too bored of coming to see you," explains Stewart, their singer.

"It's a way of spinning it on its head, and hopefully say we can say thank you to people who've been supporting us for a long time. We'll be doing some shows in front rooms and wherever they'll have us."

It's quite a contrast to their last Glasgow gig. They may not quite have had the same costumes and glamour as Kylie Minogue, but the three-piece were blown away by experiencing their very own Hampden roar.

"We couldn't believe it when we were asked, as they (the Games organisers) had heard Messiah and thought it would work as part of the ceremony," explains Stewart.

"It flew by when we were onstage. There was a lot of build-up and we were trying to work ourselves up for it, and of course at the back of your mind you're thinking this is all working towards doing one song for four minutes.

"There was so much work going into it, and so many performers, especially those out in the rain throwing tents around and having it harder than we did."

The group even fancy taking a few tips from pop queen Kylie, who strutted her stuff later on in the evening, although Stewart's not being entirely serious with his hopes for the future.

"I definitely want a costume room, so we're working towards having costume changes and backing dancers, which she had in abundance," he adds.

"We'll maybe work up to that."

Costumes and backing dancers may not be on the horizon just yet, but the band are going places. They'll be back in Glasgow in December for an end of year show at Oran Mor, while major label Island Records will be releasing their next single I Should Know You Better on September 29.

It's another slice of soaring synth-pop, but it's inspired by an unlikely source.

"I've always loved Whole Of The Moon by The Waterboys. It's such an uplifting, iconic track and it was a big inspiration to me when I was writing this," adds Stewart.

"It lent itself to the rhythmic aspects and the lyrical content as well. It's one of those things where I loved the song so much that this was my wee homage to it. Lyrically, it's about not trusting somebody when you start to fall in love with them. It's about trying to overcome that."

Given that Prides are on a big label, are from Glasgow and are a trio making synth-pop, there's already been comparisons drawn between them and fellow local act Chvrches, who stormed the charts last year.

It's a comparison Stewart's flattered by, but one he doesn't feel is accurate. "I think there's an easy comparison to be made there," he says.

"Chvrches have been great to us and given us a couple of shout-outs, and we're big fans of what they're doing, but when you sit the music next to each other there's far fewer comparisons in the actual songs than what people think.

"We've no problem with that comparison though, because they're incredible and it's not bad company to be put in with."

The future for Prides after their mini-tour next week will see them try to complete their debut album (planned for release early next year) and then a UK tour in the autumn. Oh, and hopefully not paying any bills for damaged flats.

"I've been at parties where strip poker was being played in one room, a band were playing in another room and my friend put his hand through a glass window" recalls Stewart.

"I'm hoping Prides Club won't be as riotous as that, but we'll have a good time.

"We promise we'll look after everyone's houses though."

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