It’s every unsigned band’s dream: to find yourself plucked from obscurity, flown across the pond and placed in front of a TV audience of ten million Americans. For Glasgow four-piece The Imagineers, a week- long appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson was only the beginning…
Hi guys! Can you introduce yourselves to Scotcampus and state your poison of choice please?
Steven Young: Vocals and whiskey
Scott Bonnyman: Lead guitar, anything you’ve got
Ali Greig: Bass guitar and a Blue Moon
Forbo: Drums, percussion and a pint of heavy
Your EP Karma Soundcheck: Part 1 is out now. How would you describe the tunes on there to the uneducated Scotcampus reader?
Ali: We managed to capture quite a mixed range of sounds on KS1. It kicks off with a scuzzy surf riff, ends with a Spaghetti Western crescendo, and in between we have a few sing-a-long choruses.
Would you say that you’re comparable with any other Scottish bands/musicians?
Scott: I think it’s hard not to be influenced by what’s going on around you. We all really liked Figure 5, but we usually end up getting compared to bands from past eras, such as The Rolling Stones and The La’s.
You were chosen to perform on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in the US. What was that like?
Ali: We should have never come home; it was so cool to get our first glimpse behind the curtain.
How has this level of international recognition helped you as a band?
￼￼￼Forbo: It’s created a much bigger demand for our music, which is great. We’re hoping to get back over to the US to do some more shows this year.
Who do you think is cooler, Craig Ferguson or Ellen DeGeneres?
￼￼Steven: Craig’s from Cumbernauld, you don’t get cooler than that.
Have you had any ‘crazy fan’ moments yet?
Steven: We like our fans crazy and the Imagineer tattoos are into double figures now. That’s commitment,
the band haven’t even taken the plunge – yet.
You have a new record coming out in March…
￼￼Ali: Yeah, in March/April we’ll release Karma Soundcheck: Part 2. It is similar to its brother [Part 1], only a bit more aggressive and angry. We’ll stop the KS series at Part 12.
What are The Imagineers planning for the rest of this year?
Scott: We’ll start off with a home show to launch the new EP, hit the road, play some festivals and then organise some American shows. Weather permitting.
And finally, do you have a favourite Chuckle Brother?
Forbo: Who have you been talking to? The little one of course.
The Imagineers’ EP Karma Soundcheck: Part 1 is out now. For more information check out The-imagineers.com.