INVERNESS’S new record label and its first product get a send off at the city’s Spectrum Centre this evening, Friday 27th November.
IMOUT Records is the brainchild of well known local musician Iain McLaughlin, frontman of Iain McLaughlin and The Outsiders, but the first release is Season of Salt from fellow north band Lional.
Formed in late 2013, the following year the indie/noir pop band were dubbed the best unsigned band in the country and have appeared at goNorth (now XpoNorth), Brew at the Bog, Jocktoberfest and the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
2015 saw the band play to a much wider audience at some of Scotland’s most revered venues such as King Tut’s in Glasgow, Liquid Room and Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh and two appearances at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree.
Having recorded his own band, which shares a drummer with Lional in Russell Montgomery, McLaughlin recorded some tracks for Lional and together they decided the material was strong enough for them to release on their own.
"I’ve known the guys for a long time and it just made sense," McLaughlin said.
"Making records is all about relationships between the people really and in my experience we have always been in the situation where we would go somewhere else to find the person who would help us make the record that’s in our heads. We’ve been able to work together here to create something completely on our own, almost in a punk sense."
Joining Lional at The Spectrum this evening will be Iain McLaughlin and The Outsiders and former Whiskys frontman Dr Wook, and McLaughlin also has plans for further IMOUT releases from Dr Wook and his own band.
"I hope to keep releasing content," McLaughlin said.
"This is the first of many, but it’s the big one because it is the first.
"I know we have made a really good recording. I know all the bands I’m lucky enough to be working with are really good. I think what we have managed to create is something special, and that’s what it has always been about."