The Scottish singer and his band effortlessly blend indie rock with disco in his tribute to the ‘provincial discotheque’
Alex Rigotti
12:40 22nd August 2019

If you’ve ever grown up or lived in the provinces of the UK, you’ll know the local nightclubs that decorate the town (looking at you, Klute...). Whilst they might provide some, er, interesting nights out, Declan Welsh and the Decadent West have gone one step further and penned a track in dedication to these local nightclubs. 

Glaswegian poet and vocalist Declan Welsh offers a fonder view of regional clubs in ‘How Does Your Love’, combining his affection for his own East Kilbride club Downtown with a good snog on the dancefloor. “This is maybe the easiest to misinterpret, I actually think this is a love letter to the power of provincial nightclubs. See, they get a lot of stick and yes I am not a huge fan of Downtown in East Kilbride. But see for 90% of folk, the fucking Berghain is a nightmare. Or like any fucking grocers come techno cocktail bar in Dalston. It's pretentious and cool and it's full of people who go to places to be seen going to places. See Downtown in East Kilbride for all its flaws, people go their to get blitzed and forget about their week. Their week has been shite, they know the place they’re in is shite but it’s not work so they embrace it. It's also about how kissing someone on a dancefloor is a transcendent experience. It’s lame as fuck and everyone around you hates you, but see when you meet someone you fancy on a night out and you both winch to music, no-one else in the world exists, yer hearts going a million miles an hour, it's a rare moment of genuine tunnel visioned bliss. This song celebrates that.”

Welsh will also release an exclusive Mockumentary filmed in East Kilbride too, which will feature Limmy Show’s iconic Paul McCole. If you’re a fan of West’s humour, then definitely watch out for the short film.

Catch Declan Welsh and the Decadent West at the following dates:

31 - Newcastle, Think Tank 

03 - Brighton, Hope & Ruin 
04 - Bristol, Louisiana 
05 - London, Notting Hill Arts Club 
06 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach 
08 - Blackpool, Bootleg Social 
09 - Liverpool, Phase One 
10 - Leeds, Lending Room 
11 - Manchester, Jimmys 
13 - Leicester, Cookie 
14 - Halifax, Lantern 
15 - Glasgow, St Lukes 
17 - Inverness, Mad Hatters 
18 - Aberdeen, Tunnels 
19 - Dundee, Beat Generator 

Photo: Neelam Khan Vela