THERE’S a return to the North of Scotland for Johnny Marr’s son Nile and his band Man Made – which plays Mad Hatters on April 24.
As part of a UK tour, the band – which supported Johnny Marr’s solo date at the Ironworks back in October – will also play Aberdeen’s The Tunnels the following night (April 25).
The Manchester three-piece will release their debut album TV Broke My Brain on April 15. Following its radio premiere on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show, the current single from the album, Raining In My Head, is currently available as an instant grat on the album pre-order from Soul Kitchen via Kobalt Label Services.
Nile began writing songs when he was 14, but says a move to Portland, Oregon, provided more inspiration in what he calls his "sponge years".
Being planted in the Pacific Northwest when his dad moved the family out there, opened him up to not only new bands and new sounds, but a whole new work ethic, he says.
"It changed completely how I wanted to work and how I wanted to make music," Nile says.
"From that point on we needed to be running everything with the American work ethic and approach to guitar music."
For him, that meant taking the idea from American punk rock and bands like Fugazi and Black Flag that you "get in the van and you do it, and you drive and just keep driving".
They’ve a full UK tour and as Nile says of what an audience should want from a live performance of an album the record to them is meant to be "the menu of the live experience".
"That depends on the audience, the room and the atmosphere," Nile explains.
"It shouldn’t be ‘We have an album, let us play it for you’.
"It’s ‘We are a band and we have recorded us playing for you’."