Accompanying the release of their new single, Providence, the Laurence Murray Project are excited to reveal the visuals to promote the track. Filmed and directed by Gareth Goodlad, the video captures Laurence Murray Project performing in the stately confines of The Old Dr Bell’s Baths in the Leith district of the band’s native Edinburgh. Laurence spoke with The Fountain about the single and the reception it has received as well as the plans for the year.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Providence?
We’ve been really overwhelmed with the reception so far. It’s our first release as a band so it’s early days for us but we’ve been delighted by the coverage and airplay we’ve had so far. I view this a long term project so I’m trying to have the foundations in place to release high quality music and albums consistently over a period of time – so far so good!
TF: How did the Laurence Murray Project come together as a band?
We chatted about doing something together for a while but finally got together in a room to rehearse in between lockdowns last year. The whole malaise and uncertainty around the pandemic ended up motivating me in a way – “if I’m going to do this album it’s now or never” sort of thing. I was sitting on a pile of songs I had written over the past few years, some that I was being too precious with before, and I felt like the time was right to rehearse and record them. Myself, Dave (drums) and Tom (bass) had previously played in a band together and we were all mates with Ben (keys) so the whole formation was a very seamless and organic process.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
We recorded an eleven track album at Black Bay Studio in the Western Isles last November and we’re going to release a few more singles from that in the run up. Ideally we’d like to tour before the album release so we can really create some sort of grass roots momentum, but unfortunately I think we’ll have to bide our time with that at the moment.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
In Edinburgh I’ve played at Sneaky Pete’s a few times with a few different bands and always had a great time. I’m a big fan of the sweaty, loud, intimate gigs, so hopefully we’ll get back there in the near future. All being well I’d love to take the band to Europe at the end of the year and do a little club tour there, maybe a support tour. There’s an abundance of great venues and I think there’s potentially a good audience for the sort of album-oriented music we make across Europe. Sunset-Sunside jazz club in Paris is my favourite venue I’ve been to as a gig-goer so the dream would be to play there at some point.