Inverness singer-songwriter Justboy has announced his debut EP Head Sick, set for release across all major digital platforms on 26th November. The Fountain caught up with him to discuss the new music and plans for the remainder of the year.

TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to Head Sick

I’ve kept this one quite private prior to the release date, more so than I have done previously when releasing music. However, the response from the very select few that have heard it so far has been incredibly positive. I really laid my soul bare on this EP and opened up a lot on my mental health and it’s been a very cathartic process. The response has been very humbling and warmed my wee heart! 

TF: And can you sum up the record in one sentence? 

A rousing selection of whisky-tainted Americana, meets Emo-folk, that manifests four years of heartbreak, mental health struggles and intoxication into bold and raw ballads with intricate melodies. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

My plan is to crack on with more writing, for this project and with my other project Alkanes. Alkanes also have a headline show at Mad Hatters in Inverness on 11th December. It’s our first headline show since February 2020 so the excitement is off the scale! 

TF: When can we next expect a live show from you now that venues and gigs are kicking off again?

For this project, I’m doing a couple of intimate acoustic shows in support of the release of my EP. First off I have an EP launch at the Market Bar in Inverness on 26th November with my good friend Poür Me. Then the following night we’re both up in Thurso at Mr C’s and we’ll be joined by Keisha Sutherland and Kane Cameron. I’m also hoping to book my first full band show for this project in the new year some time. The songs were really fleshed out in the studio when recording this EP so it would be great to take that vibe and energy to a live setting!