Last Night From Glasgow is proud to release the single Crocodile by Deer Leader. Deer Leader is the moniker used by Stuart McQuarrie, Ross Prentice and Robin Pringle who are three multi instrumentalists who produce introspective soundscapes, fusing loud guitars, spliced up beats, vocal samples and warm layers of reverb. Ross and Robin from the band spoke with The Fountain about the track and 2020 plans in more detail.
TF: What can we expect from Crocodile?
Ross: It’s a rollercoaster descent that ebbs and flows: totally linear in structure. Crocodile is definitely one of my future favourites to play live, and to have put together in a writing/production context. To challenge oneself and the band to make the prettiest, spookiest and heaviest sounds possible (in that order) in the context of a single track was really exciting.
Robin: Thematically, Crocodile was inspired by the amount of self aggrandisement that we see around us everyday and the fallacy involved in constantly trying present ourselves as authentic; its superficiality and the way it’s resulted in the commoditisation of our personal lives; we promote the “idea” of ourselves rather than the reality.
We now live in a feedback loop where insecurity breeds insecurity and where we simultaneously sell and consume ourselves at the same time and we’re all guilty of it. I don’t think we’re saying anything that people haven’t already realised, but maybe that’s the point: the irony behind our awareness and willingness to participate is probably what’s more worrying. Musically, the track presents this sheeny surface that masks the murkier feelings at the bottom. I also totally agree with Ross, it was great to create something that started in one place and ended in another. Andy (Miller), who produced the track with us, called it “a pure trip” when he heard it; I think we’d agree.
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
Robin: Trying to run away from your own ghost.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?
Robin: We’ll be looking at finalising mastering and artwork for our debut record, which comes out next year. After that, there will be initial discussions about where we are going in terms record number two, which is also really exciting.
Ross: Luckily, we’ve become pretty well-versed in working and creating remotely so will continue to write too. With live music in uncertain circumstances, we’re considering what is actually possible and trying to make provisions for the future: prepare some semblance of performance, in other words.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live?
Robin: Of all time? That would be the QMU. Deer Leader haven’t played there, but Ross and I have performed there with previous musical projects. It’s a criminally underused venue with a great history. It also brings back some lovely personal memories too.
Ross: Robin’s picked a good wild card there actually. I’ve got a lot of love for a fun wee space like Sneaky Pete’s, Captain’s Rest (fun while it lasted!) and in terms of bigger shows there is just something about the Barrowlands, right?
TF: Where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Robin: There’s obviously a lot of uncertainty about the future of live venues at the moment, so we’re hoping a good few of our favourites are holding on. We stopped playing live a few years ago and purely focused on recording, so it would be great to play somewhere with a decent sized live room, as we’re ready to blow off the cobwebs and fill the room with some pretty swells and big noise.
Photo courtesy of Rachael Stephen