With big raspy vocals and deep lyrics from Wullie O, booming tones from John Martin on bass guitar, power chord changes from Darren and a fast tempo from Steven Andrews, Refuge Island has a raw indie punk sound. Launching in spring with a set of shows across Scotland, including playing St Luke’s in March and supporting Brown Bear in Bakers, Kilmarnock on 5th May, the debut single Above Board is a modern love story with an edgy perspective.
Written in a frenetic half hour and recorded in a day, it a high energy track with matching swagger. Cameron Brisbane shot the video in a derelict, soon-to-be boxing gym in Saltcoats.
Speaking about their debut single, Refuge Island frontman Wullie O said: “It’s all about the sound. Refuge Island is our way to bring the swagger back into the music scene. There’s a tide of talent out there but we want you to take a ride on our wave. We want you to listen to our music and get lost in it.
“It’s a no-nonsense big guitar sound with infectious melodies, that’s for everyone. Come out and see us, we’ll guarantee it’ll be a show you don’t forget.”
Influenced by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Libertines, The Stooges, False Heads, Trampoline and Slaves among others, the band is working hard on new material and will be touring across Scotland in a venue near you.
The debut single Above Board is out now and available to stream or download on Itunes, Apple Music and Spotify.