While The Kinks Ray Davies may have had the tenacity to sing in a vernacular voice old those years ago, spawning generations of English bands singing in their own accents – The Scots haven’t been as forthcoming in their love to express their lyrics through a native voice: up until now that is.
My Latest Novel, like many of their Scottish contemporaries (Glasvegas, The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit, The Phantom Band) are wearing tartan swagger with pride on their sleeves. You can be sure that Death and Entrances won’t be played at beach parties throughout the summer, but it’s the kind of record you’ll have stashed in your collection for a rainy night, when the fire is ablaze of a January Friday evening .
Although the recording may have been done local, in an abandoned pub in Greenock, where the band grew up, any song on this album could be the euphoric ending of an Arcade Fire or Sigur Ros anthem.
And it’s anthems where My Latest Novel really show their true wealth, so much so that you can bet Channel 4 or BBC, will be borrowing the rights to the epic anti war mammoth of a tune, ‘I Declare A Ceasefire’, for their next documentary on the world’s leading conflict.
At times you wish they just might inject at least one major chord for the hell of it, and stop whining, but then again they’re from Glasgow, it’s to be expected.