NEW Highland four-piece Tide Lines – including musicians from Alness and Lochaber – made a surprise entry into the Official iTunes download charts this week less than 24 hours after being launched.
Former Skipinnish boys, Robert Robertson from Lochaber and Ross Wilson from Mull, have joined forces with Ali Turner from Alness and Gus Munro from Glasgow.
And the new band’s first act was to release their debut single Far Side Of The World and accompanying music video on Sunday evening.
By Monday morning, the song had risen up the iTunes official download charts to 68 – ahead of popular tracks by Coldplay and Beyonce, as well as Adele’s Hello.
Far Side of the World, written by lead vocalist, Robert Robertson, is a love song which combines West Coast references to Lochaber and the Hebrides with a fresh and eclectic feel to the music.
Robert and Ross achieved similar success with their previous band, Skipinnish, but it is the timing that has surprised the guys this time.
The first 24 hours of the band’s existence saw Tide Lines go from total obscurity to a Facebook page with over 3,000 followers and an overall post reach of over 64,000.
Robert said: "Considering Tide Lines literally didn’t exist in the public domain until Sunday, we genuinely didn’t know what to expect when we released our first single, and we were fairly nervous.
"The positive reaction to Far Side Of The World has come as a massive relief, and the fact that it has charted is an unexpected bonus for us – so we’re really grateful to everyone who has bought the single or followed us online."
Tide Lines will launch the band live at Tiree Music Festival next month. Far Side Of The World is available on iTunes and all other digital download platforms.