Photography by Karen Logan©
It's a beautiful mess! Oh no, more like a rumble. It gives you the universal blues, especially when you're dreaming away on these nights on the tiles...meet Acting Strange, Glasgow's best 60's band of today?
“I actually think it makes it easier, we're close that way and have grown up with one another”. Ali and Billy are cousins who are more like brothers. They have been playing together for years now, starting around the age of 15 years old. They've apparently spent time 'working through their relationships', seemingly creating music with whatever is lying around the kitchen table. It's an interesting concept, but growing up together has also meant listening to the same music. This is where uncle Gabby steps up! The two boys worked with him at his taxidermy shop where he would play old tunes like The Ronnettes and Del Shannon. A sound which still resonates with them today.
“ Our uncle Gabby could play piano but hardly ever did in front of anyone. He'd play old vinyls when we worked for him which was great memories”.
The EP Night On The Tiles fires into some seriously effortless cool retro-rock, using all the elements which make up the classic 60's sound; harmonica, acoustic guitars and story-telling lyrics to name a few. It seems Acting Strange have gulped down enough Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and the rest of the 60's classics to start toying their own rock and roll sound of the decade. And right enough it's that very distinct kind of folk, blues, and rock & roll. We all know it; the kind of music you'll never hate but also never truly love as well. It's nice and enjoyable. In fact it's honestly something you can like, the lyrics are great, and the humming on Oh No is spot on.