- 01 Aug 01
EAMON SWEENEY takes a trip with Irish and Scottish über-group THE REINDEER SECTION
In the first week of July just gone, a ramshackle bunch of Irish and Scottish musicians descended on Belfast to present the world premiere of an album aptly entitled Y’All Get Scared Now, Ya Hear!
This mysterious über-group are collectively known as The Reindeer Section and number an illustrious cast of contemporary luminaries in their ranks. The full line up includes... (take a deep breath) Gary Lightbody and Johnny Quinn (Snow Patrol), Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), John Cummings (Mogwai), Mick Cooke and Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian), Colin Macintyre (Mull Historical Society), Willie Campbell, Charlie Clarke & Gareth Russell (Astrid), Bob Kildea (V-Twin), Jenny Reave (Eva), Andrew Meehan, Michael Bannister and Gill Mills.
“This all-star cast of mutual friends and drinking buddies convened in Glasgow’s Nice n’ Sleazys for a Lou Barlow gig late last year,” Gary Lightbody explains. “After a few drinks we all got talking and I said that we should all make a record together. Everyone thought it was a great idea, but I’m sure they were thinking ‘Aye right Gary whatever’ and that I’d forget about it when I’d sobered up. In fact the next day I wrote the complete album. “