We caught up with Acting Strange to talk about what influences them, sixties music and being in band with a member of your family...
3rd: Hello Acting Strange. What are the latest happenings in Glasgow?
As far as the music scene goes, the Tenement Trail thing was great and we were buzzing to be a part if it.
3rd: Acting Strange's sound in one sentence...?
Two guys banging (should I leave it there?) on guitars with a drum box and sometimes whatever kitchen utensils are lying around.
3rd: When you first pick up a guitar, you're about 14/15. What made you want to play music?
I always found it was one of the greatest ways to make yourself happy apart from masturbation.
3rd: Did any members of your family help with that...music that is?
Well 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, things like Hey Baby and Runaway by Del Shannon. I guess that music resonates.
"I believe musicians from Jack White to Adele to The Libertines will have the exact same staying power in 30 years time. Its just talent."
3rd: You said in the interview you listen to Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, the Beatles and so on. Why do think this music does not age and still sounds great today?
It seems after the 50's there was a lot to explore musically. Rock n roll was like a never ending viagra but at the end of the day those guys were just ridiculously talented. The music business is tougher these days but i believe musicians from Jack White to Adele to The Libertines will have the exact same staying power in 30 years time. Its just talent.
3rd: You guys are cousins. Do you think being in band with a member of your family could be a double edge sword?
I actually think it makes it easier, we're close that way and have grown up with one another. You know we could have discrepancies that might result in a fist fight and we'd still shake hands the next day and just get on with shit. We're not vain, judgemental or egotistical. Just two cousins who are more like brothers
3rd: When did things start to get serious in a way?
We hadn’t seen each other in a while so we met up for a few shinty's in the old taxidermy shop and exchanged songs we had written, it seemed we were both on the same page so we recorded Dreaming Away and had a lot of fun so we just continued. There wasn’t a lot of thought put into it, just banter and reminiscence of old times.
3rd: Do you have a favourite track on Night On The Tiles and why?
Universe blues. Its frantic, ballsy and Ali's lyrics are on point "I'll take no more than is desired, I'll say no more than is required".
3rd: Rumble is like Bob Dylan meets Lou Reed. It works because you can tell great stories. Lyrics versus melody, who wins?
Story telling is an art but i dont think there's a winner. I love instrumentals as well, it depends what mood you're in I guess.