Scottish five-piece The Imagineers make a welcome return with the announcement of their forthcoming album Utopian Dreams, due for release on 24th February. The 13 track recording takes in elements of west coast surf and baroque pop, giving the album a film score feel.
After the original band members parted ways in 2013, songwriter and lead vocalist Steven Young travelled Europe with his guitar in tow, finding new inspiration by playing with various musicians around rural Spain, France and Italy.
The band had previously appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2012, before performing live at festivals like T in The Park and Wickerman.U
We had Five Quick Questions for the band.
1. What have been the main highlights for The Imagineers so far?
The big ones would have to be the appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and finishing our debut album.
2. What led to the new single and the announcement of your first show in four years?
Steven travelled for a while and did a lot of writing. On returning, he teamed up with producer Tommy Phillips with the intention of recording an acoustic EP. The recordings grew arms and legs and before we knew it there were 13 tracks and a full band with horn and string session players.
We went with the flow and now it’s time to show people what we’ve been working on for the past year and a half. We can’t wait to interact with audiences again, we’ve had a great response to the first single.
3. What’s different for the band this time round?
There have been a few changes to the line up. Scott Forsyth (drums), Lee Ballard (lead guitar), Marc MacCallum (bass) and Tommy Phillips (keyboards) have all been added to the ranks, creating our biggest and most polished sound yet. We’ve all overdosed on old western films and big band Frank Sinatra production so there’s a real dramatic, cinematic streak to the new stuff, but with a tasteful helping of pop.
4. Tell us, how are things shaping up on the album?
The upcoming album is finally finished and available to preorder on vinyl, CD and download. It’ll be available from all the usual digital outlets and our online store.
5. When you are with friends in Glasgow, what do you like to do? Where do you hang out?
We’re all coffee addicts, so it’s highly likely that you’ve seen us getting our fix somewhere on the Southside when we’re working in the studio. During down time, who knows… anywhere with good tunes, food and drink. We’re going to be at The Old Hairdressers on Sunday 12th February, maybe see you there?