Bobby Gillespie and co have been genre bending, psych-rock provocateurs for nearly 4 decades now – boasting a glittering back catalogue that includes countless classics and the small matter of NME’s coveted Godlike Genius Award. Below we take a look at why you should be so excited to get your rocks off and witness the rambunctious Scots headline our 15th Birthday bash in July.
In 1991 The Scream embarked on making one of the most momentous musical contributions in recent memory with ‘Screamadelica’. After teaming up with electronica aficionado Andrew Weatherall to fuse elements of Acid House and psychedelic rock, the band crafted a classic and were duly thrust into the mainstream. Standouts include the euphoric ‘Movin on Up’, complete with its gigantic refrain of “My light shines on” and the life affirming ‘Come Together’. The album went on to scoop the inaugural Mercury Music Prize in 1991 and is remembered as one of the most important records of the 20th century.
Much like our 15th birthday, Primal Scream have a milestone of their own to celebrate this year as 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of one of the Scots finest moments; the brooding ‘XTRMNTR’. NME crowned the album as the 2nd best of 2000 and with good reason – its raw subject matter and jagged edges made this the heaviest record in the bands discography, with the unrelenting thump of ‘Swastika Eyes’ and the scuzzed out adrenaline rush of ‘Accelerator’ exemplifying this stylistic change.
The man, the myth, the legend – Bobby Gillespie. One of the most iconic, enigmatic and recognisable frontmen in British music. The sight of the singer alone should be enough of a reason to get you pumped for Primal Scream at Standon. Never one to shy away from voicing his own opinion, Bobby recently said in an interview with The Guardian that he “wanted to change the culture for the better” with Primal Scream. It’s fair to say that he has succeeded.
Eleven albums, a Mercury Music Prize and a platinum record. Not bad, eh? Primal Scream’s pedigree speaks for itself – the band are one of the most revered acts in British music and have amassed an extremely devoted following throughout their staggering 38 year career, achieving legendary status that reaches far beyond the indie scene that they emerged from. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see them bring the psych to Standon this July.