Dust off that list of awesome Scottish rock bands and mark another one to the top of it because alternative rock trio Primes are a band worthy of getting excited about.
The trio of Ollie (bass and vocals), Sarah (guitar and backing vocals) and her nephew Reece (drums) have merged a variety of musical backgrounds and influences that, combined, offer up what they describe as “unforgettable melodies, punchy chorus drops and unique three-way harmonies.”
As Ollie explains: “We have all had different experiences musically. I’ve been in a number of bands from a young age gaining experience and trying out different styles, Reece has been involved with a couple of music projects and Sarah has performed as a solo artist for several years and has amassed quite a following! Sarah approached me whilst I was out for drinks with friends and asked to jam. I said yes and afterwards, we decided the music sounded great and here we are!”
They released latest single Bodies at the start of last month, which that epitomises their energetic alt-rock sound. It kicks off with sweeping guitar chords under low vocals, then kicks into life with more energetic guitars supporting more lively, high-pitched vocals that build up to a big singalong chorus. Check it out in the cool video below.
On the track, Ollie tells us: “It’s got great dynamics, build-ups and a crescendo which really climaxes the song perfectly. The harmonies are something we work hard on and they pay off in Bodies with a real blend of our voices sounding great! It’s a song about living for the moment and really being in disbelief that a certain good moment has actually happened and just allowing yourself to enjoy it. That feeling in your gut, butterflies. It’s about enjoying and really experiencing those moments.”
The band’s sound has been honed on a shared love for Biffy Clyro, as well as Kings of Leon, which comes across in their lively, energetic rockiness which they describe to us as “melodic, meaningful and suave.” That comes across in their fantastic, super catchy debut single Breathe, which you can watch in the video below.
While on their creative process, Ollie explains: “We write the music collectively and then I take home the track and put what’s on my mind into the song. I think that adds to our music as the music itself can be quite light and cheerful but the lyrics have a darker more solemn meaning hidden inside. I don’t pick a topic when writing, I just listen to the song on repeat and let my mind really open up and let my subconscious really take the lead. Sometimes the lyrics can be strange and others quite story-like. I feel Bodies is more is a story-driven song.”
The band will have a new single Don’t Forget Your Memories out next month, for which a video will celebrate their one year anniversary as a band. And you can catch Primes at King Tuts in Glasgow on Monday (12 November), then at The Bungalow in Paisley on 23 November and Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on 25 January. More info on their gigs is here.