Watch the new video for Big Hogg's Solitary Way
Big Hogg were formed in Glasgow in 2008 by Justin Lumsden (guitar, vocals) and Richard Merchant (trumpet, cornet), a pair of jazz-loving booze hounds with far too much spare time on their hands. They swiftly recruited trombonist and RSAMD graduate Ross McCrae, flautist/singer and sometime gogo dancer Sophie Sexon, and a variety of rhythm sections to flesh out their mix of modal jazz improvisations and Lumsden's Beefheart/Dr John inspired songs.
Influenced by the blues, rock and jazz of the seventies, Big Hogg are set to release sophomore album, Gargoyles, digitally on 31 Mar with a vinyl option available from 7 May, via Bad Elephant Music. “We are thrilled and excited to be working with Bad Elephant Music on the release of our new album,” says Lumsden. “Their no-nonsense attitude is a welcome relief in these difficult times.”
The latest single to be taken from Gargoyles is Solitary Way. “The song is heavily influenced by Buffalo Springfield – kind of folk rock with a Motown beat,” explains Lumsden. “I wrote it at a time of deep concern for a close friend who was experiencing hardship but becoming increasingly withdrawn as a result. We recorded it in isolation at Gorbals Sound studios and it basically set the tone for the rest of the Gargoyles album."
The Skinny are delighted to be premiering the music video: “The video was the brainchild of Chris McCrory,” Lumsden tells us. “He filmed and edited the whole thing. Chris is maybe better known for his band Catholic Action and his production work but I've always held his promo films in high regard. We invited a bunch of our pals down for the shoot and everyone got into the weird folk horror vibe – it's a bit of pagan nonsense."
Pre-order Gargoyles now in any of its various formats from Big Hogg’s Bandcamp page. Big Hogg play a launch party to celebrate the vinyl release of Gargoyles on 7 May at Nice’N’Sleazy