JJ Dunning
14:46 8th November 2004

Hiding PlaceHailing from East Kilbride, Scottish quintet Hiding Place took this year’s Download festival by storm, marking a return to the old school rock masters - drawing comparisons to Deep Purple and Led Zep amongst others. Gigwise caught up with them just before Thursdays show with The Rasmus at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Coming from East Kilbride you’ve got a lot of Scottish rock heritage, Aztec Camera, Jesus & Mary Chain and of course more recently the Glasgow scene has spurned Franz and Kane – you obviously don’t feel the onus is on you to sound anything like them?

Del: Well we’re just five simple guys from East Kilbride – we won a battle of the bands, got some money, made a demo, sent it out, got some feedback from BMG. It’s a dream come true – I mean we obviously never expected it to work out this way. I mean, Glasgow is going through this whole “scene” thing, Franz Ferdinand and all that, well, I’m not really into it. There’s too many of the same bands coming out. Once you get a movement like that you tend to get lots of bands follow suit and all coming out sounding quite similar.
JJ: Aye, it’s NME culture.
David: Well, once you get one band…
Del: Aye, and we’re quite a heavy rock band so we don’t fit into that scene. I was brought up on all the old bands, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Blue Oyster Cult, and you can hear it in our music, in our songs, but still we’re quite versatile. On the album we’ve tried to incorporate influences from Radiohead & Pink Floyd into the more acoustic tracks - bands that I love listening to.

So the cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s Dadrock classic ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ isn’t just a reaction to the Neds (Scottish chavs) then? It’s more that you’re stuck between a scene and a non-scene?

Del: Where we live, cos of the way we dress and stuff  - there’s so many Neds, we just get so much grief.
JJ: They all look the same, with their hats and trackie bottoms tucked into their socks.
Del: You know what it stands for don’t you? Non Educated Delinquents. It’s definitely a motivation to roll out of bed in the morning. The thought of blasting a few more Ned ears.

So you’ve had your EP out since March and been in the recording studio since then, so how’s the full album bearing up?

Del: The new single CruelKindess we’re really happy with, but we’re still working on a few parts. We’re mastering the album and most of it’s done – production wise a couple of the tracks could do with being a bit heavier – louder, but that’s pretty much it.

The album is scheduled for release early next year - any news on the title yet? You shot yourselves in the foot a bit by calling the EP Hiding Place didn’t you? No eponyms to run and hide in.

JJ: Well we’ve been thinking about this quite a lot.
Del: I’ve been thinking about naming it after one of the songs – but I can’t decide which one.
(at gigwise.com’s suggestion of the rather catchy ‘C**tface’) No, I don’t think so.

Fair enough lads, only trying to help. So tonight you play another show with The Rasmus, have you been hit by any missiles? Dubiously filled water-bottles with unsecured lids for instance?

Del: We’ve had a good year on the road actually, Manchester and Glasgow were amazing. And we’re looking forward to our first dates in Dublin.
JJ: The Download festival was amazing. We were quite early on and it was great playing outside.

Yes, yes, but what about the piss-filled bottles?

Del: No, no. We’ve been getting on really well with them (The Rasmus) actually. Their crew have been getting on with our crew, I mean it’s really a good atmosphere. It’s quite embarrassing though with their fans – they’re quite…
JJ: Young
Del: Aye, young, and for the last song we’re always getting right down the front in the pit and all you can see are these screaming young girls with their Mums.

So a final word on Kapranos then?

JJ: C**tface?

Right.

Hiding Place’s new single ‘CruelKindness’ is out Nov 8.