The East Kilbride band reveal an album of recordings and demos created before the tragic passing of frontman Gary Watson, aged 22
The Lapelles is a 10-track collection of tracks produced by the band over a three-year span, collected together on vinyl in what the band describe as one of Watson's "aims" for the band. In a note announcing the release of the record, Watson's Lapelles bandmates – Chris Ballantyne, Leon Green, Jack Anderson and Jamie Holmes – said: "We are proud to bring you The Lapelles. Sadly, we’ll never know whether this was the album we were going to make, but it’s an album we’re all immensely proud of.
"One of Gary’s aims was to have his music on vinyl, in fact the tracklisting for this record was actually found scrawled on a napkin Gary had stored in his bedroom! So here it is, 10 tracks, a collection of recordings, some studio, some home demos from 2014-2016.
"We’d like to thank all of you for your kind words of support that you’ve given us during this difficult period. This album is for you, and we hope you enjoy it. Chris, Jack, Jamie, Leon. X G.F.W"
The Lapelles were the cover stars of our July 2016 edition, in recognition of their rapid rise to prominence in the first half of last year. The band had enjoyed a series of high profile support slots, touring with the Last Shadow Puppets, The View and The Kooks and drawing comparisons with fellow East Kilbride residents The Jesus and Mary Chain.
The Lapelles is available to order on vinyl and digital download now, via Dead Beet Records.