Today’s track of the day comes from Edinburgh-based four-piece Rebel Westerns with the addictive ‘Atomic Blonde’.
Comprised of Dominic Thomson (vocals, guitar), Callum Munro (bass), Glen Gordon (keyboard) and Daniel Garvie (drums), the track serves as a good introduction to those who have yet to hear the band, encapsulating all the traits that make them such a promising prospect. Wearing their pop sensibilities boldly on their sleeve, they have crafted a polished piece of synth-inspired indie pop which demonstrates both their impressive songwriting skills and their knack for melody.
Jangly indie riffs, sparkling synths and a popping bassline are based around an infectious chorus, with melodic vocals from frontman Dominic Thomson. Giving their eighties new wave influences a modern spin, it is a sound what will go down a treat with fans of contemporary bands like The 1975.
The band will celebrate the release of ‘Atomic Blonde’ with their biggest show to date at La Belle Angele in Edinburgh on Friday 23rd September. The new video for the track can be seen below.
With the song sure to generate more interest in the four-piece, GIGsoup caught up with them to hear more about the song and what’s coming up for the band…
Hey guys, can you tell us a bit about the new song ‘Atomic Blonde’?
Hey GIGsoup lovely to speak to you! ‘Atomic Blonde’ came together early this year. It’s an autobiographical affair about self-destruction and wanting what you can’t have. Quite a heavy subject for what we call Pop but the ones with a bit of darkness underneath them are the best don’t you think?
Who are your big musical influences?
This band pretty much started because of ‘Tango in the Night’ by Fleetwood Mac but we’ve always been influenced by the big Pop and Rock records like that, R’nB plays a part in our sound – and John Hughes coming of age movies. Trying to capture that relatable angsty need for freedom.
For those that haven’t heard you, how would you describe your music?
If ‘The Breakfast Club’ happened now and the cast all wore Adidas and Leather. We sound like that – 80’s pop via 00’s R’n’B.
Can you tell us a bit more about Rebel Westerns.. How did the band get together?
We’re all friends from high school and played in different bands around the Edinburgh circuit – until we realised that we were more or less already together. We all hung out together and had the same vision, so we started Rebel Westerns and things went a bit mad.
What other artists are exciting you at the moment?
Gallant has pretty much just wrote the R’n’B album of the decade so we love that right now – locally though, we love going to see our friends Mt. Doubt, Indigo Velvet or SHVLLOWS – most of the bands in Edinburgh hang out and support each other so we’re always catching up at shows. It’s really amazing.
What else is coming up for you guys?
We’re playing our biggest show to date at La Belle Angele in Edinburgh on Friday 23rd September. It’s free and Mt. Doubt and Dancing on Tables are playing with us, check them out we love them! We’ll also be dropping an EP later in the year
Any particular ambitions for the next year?
We’re always writing so no doubt there will be some more music out early next year. We will be hitting the road on our first UK wide tour so look out for that as well as hoping to get on the festival circuit as much as possible. Thanks guys!
This Rebel Westerns article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor.