Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 launched their long-awaited second album with an exclusive live stream from Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom. The Difficult Number 2 came out earlier this month with a show streamed from Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Barras Market where the venue is situated and forms part of its centenary celebrations. The Colonel AKA John McAlinden spoke with The Fountain about how the album has been received thus far, and what we can look forward to from the outfit later in the Summer.
TF: You have a new album out with a banging title, what has the reception been like to The Difficult Number 2?
It’s been brilliant, as we speak, we’re number 1 in the Amazon Alternative charts and number 11 in the Apple Charts, we get the main results on Friday. Vinyl and CD sales are through the roof and people are sending pictures of themselves from all over the country. Some of the 6th Dijon are sending us messages about their favourite songs and parts of songs and favourite lyrics. It’s just been an overwhelming outpouring of joy and celebration from people that are sound!
TF: How would you sum up the LP in one sentence?
A crazy party in full flow, with something for everyone in the room!
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
We’re playing Capers in Cannich on Friday 28th May. It’s a socially distanced glamping festival up in the Highlands. Playground Festival, Party at The Palace , Party at the Park, Lindisfarne and EH6 are all looking good. Fingers crossed for all of them.
TF: What was it like to work with Paul Gallagher on this album?
Brilliant. Gal(lagher) somehow was able to include 19 artists on the one album giving everyone time to shine whilst serving the songs and making tough decisions, but also getting us to experiment with his brilliant drum machines, synthesizers and oscillators. He is a really friendly, affable man, but naturally commands respect and doesn’t bulls**t you if something isn’t good enough. Also, just a good laugh to hang about with.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live?
The Barrowland Ballroom, from the decor to the history , the sprung floor to the incredible Glasgow roar. The atmosphere is something else.
TF: Where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
All the above festivals listed. Would love to go to Dijon one day and play a gig just for the sheer adventure and laugh, as well.
The Difficult Number 2 is out now