Described by Andy Gee, at The Sound, as Blues/Rock maestros with tasty songs and searing guitar, pretty much sums up The Other Side. This is true both live and in the studio.
After the success of their first album, Catch the Sun, in 2011, The Other Side released their second album in February 2012, Don’t Piss Down my Back (and Tell me It’s Raining), check out the album reviews. 2013 saw them release their third album, Can you see it Coming, which only served to consolidated their sound, with more Blues/Rock, more guitar riffage and angry protest.
They are currently working on album number four. This they hope to completed by the middle of this year. A single will be issued in between.
They have gigged extemsively from Cambridge to Aberdeen. Check out the live reviews to get a feel for their explosive live sets. No shoe gazing here.
The albums are available from www.theothersidefife.com, iTunes, Amazon MP3, etc.
The band are all from a small village in central Fife, Scotland, who got together in mid 2009. Having known each other since childhood it is surprising that this is the first time they have all played in the same band together. Within 3 months of forming they had written and recorded 8 songs, launched themselves on the internet and did their first gig in Edinburgh. Always seeking to improve from song to song it is hard to pigeon hole them. They can go from a two and a half minute Punk song to a fifteen minute epic at the drop of a hat. The lyrics can be angry and full of protest and politics one minute then to the sublime the next. There is no formula or specific sound what comes, comes.
All music is Recorded, Engineered and Produced by Kirby.
Between them their influences are as wide ranging as their sound, from The Pistols, The Clash and The Damned era punk bands, through Crass, Discharge, Flux of Pink Indians and Conflict era Anarcho punk bands. Then we have The Ruts, Pink Floyd, Jimmi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Mountain, The Allman Brothers, Country Joe and the Fish, The Who, Johny Cash, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnston, Rage Against the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, BB King, Otis Rush, T Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnston, Chuck Berry and most Blues artists you can think off. There are hundreds more groups and artists of course.
A guide to what we use:
Starfield American Altair Custom
Bought new in 1992 and has been my main guitar ever since.
Seymour Duncan HB pickups, Wilkinson Trem.
Just keeps getting better with age.
Bought in 2011, I now use it mainly when recording.
It's the Mexican one with the reversed head and the reveresed bridge pickup.
For the Starfield For the Strat.
Marshall JCM 900
Bought in about 1998.
I generally use a cleanish setting on the amp and use the pedals for distortion and overdrive.
Occassionally I will just rehearse using the amps overdrive channel.
Kirby's pedal set-up.
I use the ME-20 for Reverb, Delay, volume boost on solo's.
Occassionaly some Chorus and Flange etc.
Wharfedale TCT 35
Sonar X2 Producer
Cakewalk VS20 Interface
Roland A3Pro might be used on the next album.
Roland Power Amp