On the Record: Oh Romance

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For those who have never heard of Oh Romance, who are they and what is their music about?

Alex: Four sound lads from Glasgow.
Keir: Just four lads making choons and enjoying what we do.
Blair: Glasgow quartet producing the musical goods.
Kieran: Manly men who make manly music.

What has been the most rewarding/ most enjoyable highlight of your career so far?

Alex: I’d say the response we’ve received from everyone! People are digging the tunes.
Keir: The feedback from our debut gig at Broadcast was incredible, it’s on par with getting on BBC Introducing Scotland (shameless plug).
Blair: Definitely our debut gig at Broadcast — it was a great night!
Kieran: It’s easily just been meeting all the really cool people and playing music they enjoy along the way!

What have been some major challenges in your music career so far?

Alex: To be honest, like a lot of new bands, last year. When it was just me and Keir, trying to write music, sending files back and forth — it worked but it doesn’t compare to being in the same room working collaboratively.
Keir: Just trying to keep up with the workload of a full-time job, session work and of course the band. It’s hard but extremely rewarding. It truly pays off otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.
Blair: Regarding Oh Romance, probably creating interesting drum parts for our singles! I’m really harsh on myself when it comes to writing cool parts.
Kieran: Just trying to find the right balance between music and personal issues.

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What are you grateful for right now in this moment?

Alex: Genuinely, the people for giving us a chance. Listening to our tunes, sharing them with their friends and family. It means the world.
Keir: Honestly what Alex said, the support has been incredible!
Blair: The love and support that everyone’s shown has been truly amazing for us.
Kieran: I’m honestly so grateful to have such amazing people supporting us and working with the best lads anyone could ask for.

Physical copies or streaming sites?

Alex: Definitely physical records — they can’t be beaten.
Keir: Nothing beats physical sales but the convenience of digital streams has made that the standard.
Blair: Physicals preferably — the good old days. However, for playing along to your favourite tracks, streaming is so much more ideal.
Kieran: Physicals easily. There’s a sense of pride with owning a physical copy of something rather than just playlisting it.

What is your most played song of 2021?

Alex: No surprises here — ‘The Adults Are Talking’ by The Strokes.
Keir: ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’ – Arlo Guthrie.
Blair: ‘Turn’ – The Night Café. Just heavy chill, that band.
Kieran: ‘Two-Way Mirror’ by Loathe. 

A playlist you can’t get enough of?

Alex: Shamelessly, it’s my own. Hate to admit it. ‘Sauvage by Dior’: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5PqHHDocEb1dYGbFVBmYX3?si=9f35245f674f46ce
Keir: Pass The Dutchie made by the great Dominic Berthiaume of Corridor.
Blair: Yeah I flick through my liked songs! Classic.
Kieran: I might look like a psychopath for not putting my music into playlists but I mostly just use my liked songs. 

A dream collaboration?

Alex: I’d love to work with the lads from King Nun.
Keir: Anyone who will have us.
Blair: So many but YONAKA or Nothing But Thieves for me. I listen to them all the time!
Kieran: I’d absolutely love to work with someone like Joe Talbot of IDLES or slowthai.

Lastly, what can fans expect from Oh Romance for the 2022?

Alex: A lot of gigs, and a lot of tunes.
Keir: Some good times guaranteed.
Blair: Tonnes more gigs and music coming your way!
Kieran: Just general chaos and lots of decent patter.

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