Map​-​making 3: the Soluble Fish years

by Seafieldroad

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Soluble Fish was my first band. We existed, in various forms, for about four years, while all of us were students at Stirling University. At first Soluble Fish was just me and a (brilliant) guitarist called Scott Urquhart, playing songs we'd written together at a university bar called Maisies, which had a live music night every Sunday. Since most of the other acts were earnest young men doing terrible Dylan covers, we went down quite well - especially when we did Roadkill, a sick puppy of a song about running over rabbits (there was a lot of roadkill on the roads around Stirling). It was our 'hit', and the song people always wanted to hear.

Later on Paul Sloman joined the band as bassist, we recruited a drummer, Neil Allan, and started playing gigs as a band. Our 'hit', at that point, became Iceland Doesn't Exist. A song with an obviously ironic chorus that goes 'I'm not gonna do drugs anymore' is always going to go down well with drunk students.

I don't have any full band recordings, sadly. But we did record a few demos in my flat on the same four track machine I used for all my other home recordings. Mostly they're just me and Scott, with a drum machine and keyboards instead of a live rhythm section. One or two, like Iceland Doesn't Exist, have Paul on them too.



released January 1, 2011


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