The Supernaturals was the brainchild of 3 primary school friends, Derek McManus, James McColl, Gavin Crawford and Mark Guthrie, a college pal.In 1991 the band kick-started their career by recording their first material at Split Level Studios.
They had originally wanted to write songs that sounded like their influences - Slade, The Move, The Kinks and The Replacements- but with a modern twist. Over the next few years they released 4 mini albums on their own record label OFL with increasing success. They acquired keyboard player, Ken McAlpine and in 1995 drummer Alan Tilston replaced Gavin who couldn’t commit to the bands hectic schedule. After several hundred gigs around Scotland and the North of England they grew into the biggest unsigned band in Glasgow and as a result came to the attention of Andy Ross, the boss of Food records (Blur, Idlewild, Jesus Jones) .
Immediately after an ill-fated concert in Fulham, to an audience of disinterested football supporters, Andy signed them to his label in late 1995.The band had 7 UK Top 50 singles between 1996 and 1998. “Lazy Lover”, “Smile”, “Day Before Yesterday’s Man”, “Love Has Passed Away”, ”Prepare to Land”, “I Wasn’t Built To Get Up At This Time”, “Sheffield Song” and two Top 40 albums in the UK and Japan, “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” and “A Tune a Day”.
They toured extensively around the UK and Europe losing and acquiring several new members along the way - Paul Malcolm and David Mitchell replacing Ken and Mark. The band’s third album, the Beach Boys influenced electronica, “What We Did Last Summer” was released in 2002 on Universal records, after which they stopped working amid record label problems.
Subsequently, several of the band’s songs, the Ivor Novello nominated “Smile” and “I Wasn’t Built To Get Up” took on a life of their own, being used in adverts around the world. The original founding line-up reconvened in 2012 to start work on their fourth album, “360”.
The album was recorded at Gorbals Sound in Glasgow and is a return to their sweet stinging best. “360” is released in April 2015.
BACK AT THE BEEB!
We took part in BBC Music at the Quay in Glasgow this month,as part of BBC Music Day. We played four songs on the Morton Through Midnight radio show on Friday 5th June, on a bill with Donovan, Justin Currie, James Grant & Chris Thomson (Bathers/Friends Again), Stephanie Urbina Jones and John Cooper Clarke - illustrious company, to say the least
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Loopallu festival 2015 on 25th Sep 2015
what we have been doing!
ALIVE! We were very pleased and honoured to been asked to appear at the International Pop Overthrow festival in Liverpool this month. we playied two half-hour sets: the first at 3.30pm on Saturday May 16th at the Cavern Club, the second at 5.30pm at the Cavern Pub the following day.