Tide lines and 10 questions with TotalNtertainment. Emboldened by success against all odds, Tide Lines have channeled their energy into writing a collection of new songs, the first of which is their new single “Rivers In The Light”. We were able to discuss with them how it all happened.
1. Thank you for your time, how is life treating you today?
Big thanks. It’s so good to have new music and a general feeling that the music industry is finally fully operational again this summer!
2. So the past two years have been pretty tough, tell us about your virtual world tour and how was it?
Yes, the lockdown came at the worst possible time for us as we had just announced the release of our second album and then had to cancel all tour plans around it. In a desperate attempt to spread the word, we did a ‘virtual world tour’ where basically I sat in my house in the highlands every night and went live on Facebook to sing a song from the album. One of the other boys in the group designed a sort of virtual set every day that took me to various famous places around the world and each video started with a little tartan plane flying through Google Earth from my house to the city where I pretended to be that night. . 2 years later, it’s so ridiculous to describe it! It was one of those weird ideas that would never have worked if everyone wasn’t locked in their house and going a little crazy!
3. It’s not the same as being on the road. For a band like Tide Lines, how vital is playing live to you?
You take the words out of my mouth. Nothing replaces playing in front of a real audience. It’s what we’ve always lived for, but I think after the past two years, we appreciate it even more than ever.
4. Although it didn’t tour, the album was still a huge hit. How gratifying has it been for you?
It was a big boost for us at a pretty tricky time. At the start of the campaign, before the pandemic was considered, we were loosely aiming to be in the top 40. So to get through a pandemic, consider postponing the release date completely, launching it without any live tour, and finally charting at number 12 (and number 1 in Scotland) was definitely beyond our expectations.
5. And you’re breaking into new music with the brilliant ‘Rivers in the Light’, is that inspired by the return to ‘normal’?
Quite the opposite, in fact! It was written in the middle of the pandemic. I came home to the highlands for the lockdown and despite everything going on in the world it became quite a positive thing for me and a chance to rejuvenate myself. It almost felt like my world had been put on hold and I was back in the peaceful landscape I had been raised in – having lived in the frenetic city for the previous ten years. I think that feeling of calm reflection kind of defines the song.
6. What can we expect in terms of new band music in the future?
We have a few projects underway, so I think the months are going to be busy!
7. You’re going on tour again in September, what did you miss most and least about the tour?
I missed exploring new places, new restaurants before the concert and new bars after the concert, and meeting new people and new audiences. I missed the times on tour where you all get pretty tired and start talking absolute nonsense and finding it funny. I didn’t miss that feeling of lethargy you get from sitting in the van for hours every day and constantly munching on takeout food from a highway gas station.
8. On the topic of virtual touring, if you could play anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
There were quite improbable concert venues during this world tour! In front of the Great Pyramids singing Night Boat to Cairo by Madness or below Christ the Redeemer in Rio singing Rio by Duran Duran in my Brazilian soccer jersey, there were two particular crackers. I think our agent would have a thing or two to say if we tasked him with booking those particular shows, though!
9. Just for fun, if you could detach one part of your body and replace it with something completely random, which one would you choose and what would you replace it with?
I would probably detach my right little finger and replace it with a bottle opener. I don’t often need my right little finger but I do need a bottle opener quite often.
10. Thanks for your time and good luck with everything. All you want to say to conclude…
Thanks for inviting me to chat!
Upcoming live shows include Edinburgh Castle as guests of Deacon Blue and festivals such as Doune The Rabbit Hole and the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. Please see here for ticket information.
SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL LOTTERY LIVE TOUR
7th – Sunderland, Independent
8th – York, the crescent
9th – Blackpool, Social Bootleg
10th – Kendal, Brewing Arts Center
12th – Norwich, Arts Center
13th – Hebden Bridge, the trades club
SEPTEMBER – TOWN HALL VISIT
15th – Inverness, Forges
16 – Gairloch, community hall (SOLD OUT)
17 – Dunkeld, Birnam Arts Center (SOLD OUT)
22 – Alloa, Town Hall
23 – Selkirk, Victoria Halls
24 – Dumfries, Easterbrook Hall (SOLD OUT)
29 – Greenock, town hall
30 – Helensburgh, Victoria Hall (SOLD OUT)
OCTOBER – VISIT OF TOWN HALL
1st – St. Andrews, Student Association Club 601 (SOLD OUT)
13 – Inverurie, Town Hall (SOLD OUT)
14th – Fochabers, Public Institute
15 – Kingussie, Badenoch Center