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Inverness band Lional release their first EP in four years – the title song about coping with recurring mental health problems


By Margaret Chrystall

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Lional follow the release of their much-praised springtime single with EP Sadlad, their first in four years.

The band's Josh Mackenzie said: "This is a batch of material that was recorded from early 2019 to late 2020.

Lional release a new EP on Friday. Picture: Chloe Ward
Lional release a new EP on Friday. Picture: Chloe Ward

"Due to the pandemic, the sessions were a lot more sporadic than anticipated, but it's great to finally give our following some fresh music to listen to.

"It also marks the end of a chapter for the band, as it will be the last release with the current line-up.

"The EP features our previously-released single Happy Birthday and current single, title track Sadlad, a hard-hitting ballad about learning to live with mental health problems."

The EP was produced and mixed by the band’s long-time friend Michael Hogg. Michael applied his experience of working as a live engineer with acts such as Belle and Sebastian, Joan Armatrading and Kodaline to his first full studio recording project.

About the song, the band says: "Sadlad is the embodiment of pain and trauma; a visitor you need to learn to live with. Themes of mental health and identity continue throughout the EP, which sonically draws on a diverse range of influences from Radiohead and King Krule to The Cure and The Smiths."

The video that goes with Sadlad was created by Lional and uses black and white film made on the East Coast of Scotland around 1946.

The lyrics open the song with – 'I think the sadlad is back and he's carving his name on my chest,' and reality becoming stranger as – 'I woke up in someone else's mind'.

On its release, Happy Birthday was featured as Vic Galloway’s pick of the week on the BBC Introducing Scotland Show and also had airplay from Jim Gellatly and Roddy Hart.

The five-track EP features Sadlad, Happy Birthday, Animal, Passing Euphoria and I Recall – and is now available to stream and download.

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