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New album Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll: The Singles just released

By Margaret Chrystall

PRIMAL Scream will return to the Ironworks, Inverness, on Friday, December 13 with special guests – tickets go on sale from Friday 9am.

Listen to Gentle Tuesday from the band’s first album 1987’s Sonic Flower Groove and its indie almost Byrds-inspired jangle gives little clue of the dance and rockier incarnation that would follow.

Screamadelica in 1991 – with DJ Andrew Weatherall producing eight of the 11 tracks including Loaded which sampled the Primals’ own I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have – won the first-ever Mercury Music Prize in 1992.

Over the band’s now 37-year history and 11 studio albums, reinvention and embracing an experimental approach has been a constant.

The band has just released its latest album Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll: The Singles, a catalogue of songs from their career.

Last year the band revisited the original recording sessions for Give Out But Don’t Give Up, made in 1993with the legendary Mosley Shoals rhythm section. Later, those demoes were shelved, but the recordings were found by the band’s Andrew Innes and were released as Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Sessions. An insightful BBC4 documentary, Primal Scream: The Lost Memphis Tapes, was shown at the time of release.

Bobby Gillespie at Belladrum in 2018. Picture: Callum Mackay
Bobby Gillespie at Belladrum in 2018. Picture: Callum Mackay

Now May 2019 finds the band releasing Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll: The Singles. Opening with the jangly melodic rush of Velocity Girl, the album celebrates a catalogue of songs from across the band's career which has always seen the line-up explore different genres.

But Primal Scream also specialise in euphoric live shows, appearing at Gentlemen Of The Road at Aviemore, last year's Belladrum and many over the years at the Ironworks – one at Inverness Ironworks in 2007 – even “distorted by flesh-melting volume” – is still ranked up among the venue’s best-ever performances since it opened.

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