Band expects home fans down for the show
CAITHNESS band Neon Waltz will already know exactly what it feels like to play a Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds gig when they take the stage on Saturday – they supported them in Norwich two weeks ago.
Frontman Jordan Shearer said: “It was a class event. The crowd was huge and it’s nice to do those gigs, it makes a change. Most people are just there to see Noel, but our bassist Jack and me went into the crowd to watch after our set and got swarmed with people coming up wanting pictures and stuff.
“So that’s always a nice indicator the crowd liked us, though it’s a little annoying when you just want to watch the band!
“And we played a festival with Razorlight last summer and met their bass-player then.”
But Neon Waltz – which is signed to the same management as Noel Gallagher – didn’t see Noel himself.
“His keyboard-player produced four tunes off our album so we are quite close to him and had a good catch-up.”
Jordan is looking forward to seeing plenty of familiar faces at the Inverness gig.
“It seems like every man and their dog is going to it! I think it will be brilliant for us because there will be so many people in the crowd who know us and that is a rarity when you are playing a gig with Noel Gallagher!
“Lional are on before us and they are an Inverness band who are really good so I guess they will have a lot of people along to see them.
“It’s rare to have new upcoming bands at this big a gig where the crowd know their songs.
“It should be a splendid day!”
Neon Waltz are singer Jordan Shearer, drummer Darren Coghill, guitarist Kevin Swanson, keyboardist Liam Whittles, guitarist Jamie Swanson and now stepping in for original bassist Calvin Wilson is Jack Anderson.
And so far this year, still Caithness-based Neon Waltz have had a near-sellout UK headlining tour.
“Being up here it is hard to judge how your band is doing.
“Our headline tour a year ago was really good as well. But this one was the first real noticeable change, the venues were bigger and more packed and it is a nice little reminder that what you are doing isn’t a waste of time!”
Though band life on the road is a slog, it’s no hardship for Neon Waltz, Jordan explained.
“We love it – and recording too. It's why you start a band really.”
Latest single Friends Who Lost Control was part of the band’s latest recording session in Liverpool and they will be going back into the studio a week after the Noel gig before a summer of writing for the next album.
Jordan said: “There are loads of tunes in the back catalogue as well.
"It took so long to get our first album out that it is not an up to date version of what we are, so we want to keep it fresh. We are recording bit by bit now and steadily releasing new tunes.”
They are hoping they will tour again later this year.
At least Saturday’s drive is closer than Norwich.
“We basically travelled 26 hours to play for 40 minutes. So it was a mad ratio, really.
"Just two hours on the road to Inverness feels like a dream!”
Neon Waltz support Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds on Saturday at the Bught Park promoted by LCC Live with added support from Inverness band Lional and Razorlight. Event preview here: More info on the band: www.neonwaltz.com More info on the event: https://www.lcclive.co.uk/
Watch the video for their latest single Friends Who Lost Control: