Indie-pop band Dancing on Tables showcased some new material in the form of their brilliant new EP ‘Don’t Stop’ at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh.
The titular track is a feel-good, funky ear worm that would fit perfectly on pre-drink playlist to get you in the dancing spirit for the rest of the night. The band are proud of their newly refurbished sound – and with good reason as the EP is impressively composed with addictive hooks and complimentary melodies.
The Dunfermline five piece, who formed the band at school due to them all hanging out in the music department, have a strong presence on stage and have no trouble entertaining the crowd – it’s impossible not to dance to the upbeat tunes.
I was lucky enough to chat with the band about the new EP, as well as the accompanying video for ‘Don’t Stop – which is out now. (Watch below)
How did you develop the sound that you have?
Robbie – Everyone’s got very different tastes of music so then once it all comes together it’s a mix of lots of different influences. Like, [Hamish, guitar] he’s really into Hendrix/Led Zeppelin solo rock but a lot of funk stuff as well so it’s all very all over the place.
Callum – We went for more of a rock-y sound before and then something else just kind of crept and we’ve changed to a more of a funky pop sound.
Robbie – I think we noticed now that we have a style; we actually think about it instead of just throwing something out there and make sure everything suits this style that we’ve created for ourselves
What’s your opinion about vinyl sales surpassing digital for the first time ever this week?
Callum – I think that it’s good that people are going back to LPs. Technology has taken over everything so it’s good people are taking a step back and listening to how it should sound.
Robbie – I think a lot of people like vinyl for the experience. Especially with Spotify and iTunes, a lot of our generation don’t really get that excitement of going to the shop and looking through everything.
Are you enjoying the tour?
Callum – Yeah its really fun. This [the Electric Circus 06/12] is the first gig we’ve had since releasing the video and the new material we have so it’s really exciting to show that we’ve changed our sound and changed as a band. It’s going to be really exciting for us for the next few gigs to see how people react to the new songs we have in the set and to get to know the band.
Robbie – We’ve spent a lot of the past 4 months working on our sound and recording so it’s good to get back out there and show all the work that we’ve put in to this new sound and music.
So how do you feel about the Electric Circus possibly closing down in the next few years?
Callum – It’s really sad for Edinburgh, since Glasgow has so many venues in comparison. Especially when you look at English bands that come up and they do a Glasgow date instead of a both Edinburgh and Glasgow date so once this closes there will be even less possible venues.
Hamish – This is also the first time we’ve played here so it would be good to get a couple more in before it closes.
Do you think there is enough support for bands who are trying to cut their teeth?
Callum – I think there is enough support but a lot of it at the start is on the bands to just go out and be seen. We played a lot of gigs at local venues where we would be on at 6pm, play for 20 minutes to a handful of people.
You do a lot of that at the start, but then from that you build a good relationship with the venues and meet other people. It was from doing that we got set up with a government funded tour which was where we met Indigo Velvet which became a good thing for us. It pays to put in the effort and just get through the crap gigs till you start playing good ones.
Robbie – It’s all expediential. We wouldn’t be able to do the set we have tonight without spending a couple years working on it and practising. We used to play with 3 guitars [Callum – “he used to try”], yeah I played a couple of barre chords.
If you were to chuck us in front of a crowd of 300 people it would be awful so you need that time and that experience to mature as a band.