Some treasures are way off the map…
Since Injuns broke cover in early 2007 with their debut Lionel, It’s A Complicated World, they have enjoyed the mixed blessing of being the black sheep of Scotland’s independent music scene. Critical success for that album and their intense live performances was followed by an acknowledgment that here was something different – a group of writers and performers that were determined to follow their own, unpaved path. With a typical overflow of ideas and a five star (The List) live ensemble, 2009 finds them in no mood for turning back…
Injuns debut album 'Lionel, it's a Complicated World' (March 2007) is a convention-defying record that blazes through as many styles and innovations in its 56 minutes as you would expect to find on a ‘best of’ collection. Playing host to a smorgasbord of strange tales and characters, Lionel… boils over with classical diversity and melodic brilliance, marking Injuns as pioneers on their own ocean, grappling for control of the creative ship.
A blisteringly tight live line-up, Injuns have rocked everywhere from Glasgow’s dingy basements and remote village halls in the highlands, to venues such as the Barrowlands and major festival stages at Belladrum, T in the Park, T on the Fringe, Isle of Skye and Loopallu. Their electric performances have earned them a five star review from the list, and seen them called upon to support cult acts such as the Mystery Jets and Buck 65. More recently, they featured live in session for Apple at their store on Buchanan Street to air material from their forthcoming album alongside favourites from ‘Lionel’. In 2008, the band toured Scotland twice. First, with Kopparberg Cider, culminating in a performance at the Hydro Connect Festival, then in October with the TuneUp touring programme on a full 12 date tour of the nation.
2008 also saw Injuns first recordings since Lionel… with the release of 'Jake of Monterey' on Kopparberg’s Collective label. Receiving more good reviews, this single also saw Injuns develop a more coherent, if just as unusual, sound - and a darker edge in their songwriting.
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