Five Hungry Joes – A pictorial archive of the Trashcan Sinatras. Legendary Scottish Band


You Get What You Ask For…
March 11, 2017, 10:45 am
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…so says the sign at the DJ booth.

Many years ago, a good friend and I dabbled in the murky world of the music business. Every Saturday we’d meet up in our local pub, sit in our usual spot, have a few beers and rip the pish oot of the DJ and whatever music he was playing.

We asked the DJ for bands we wanted to hear – The Smiths, Teenage Fanclub, Spearmint, Beatles, Dylan, Stones and many many more. He never had anything we asked for.

So we asked Big Wullie the Manager if we could get a wee slot before the ‘main act’ came on. Surprisingly he agreed, so off we went. Never got paid. Never had a sign –  just played whatever we and like-minded souls wanted to hear.

Anyhow, here’s the promo CD of ‘All Night’, a disco dance floor stomper of a tune – featuring the brass of Herb Alpert’s ‘The Lonely Bull’ – that implores the DJ to ‘do his job’.

Are ye dancin…?

2016 Trashcan Sinatras



Cards on the Table
August 21, 2016, 8:03 pm
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Here’s a smart set of lyric cards that were given to VIP ticket holders on the US tour in support of ‘Wild Pendulum’.

There are fifteen cards in total – one for every song on the album, a Wild Pendulum front and back cover and one each for John, Frank, Stephen and Paul…

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Boys Keep Swinging
June 12, 2016, 5:53 pm
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‘Wild Pendulum’ is the sixth album from the Trashcan Sinatras – and it’s a triumph.

Coming seven years after previous album, ‘In The Music’, Wild Pendulum was released with some help from the band’s loyal fan base, who donated in various ways through their Pledgemusic campaign. You could’ve bought a CD, a T-Shirt, a vinyl, a bedtime story, a guitar lesson or even a guitar itself, if you were feeling flush. It’s been a great campaign for the band and those who pledged have been rewarded with a wonderful album.

There’s a different feel to the songs this time with strings and things driving the music along while the guitar riffs get locked up in the back seat. However, don’t let that put you off, they do get unbuckled for a few lovely solos, particularly on track 7, The Neighbours Place – a track which shuffles along at a pace similar to In The Music’s ‘Oranges and Apples’. There’s also another nice little touch on track 3, Ain’t That Something – about half way through, there’s a wee tip-of-the-guitar to ‘The Genius I Was’ from third album ‘A Happy Pocket’ – at least that’s what I hear.

Simon Dine, who many years ago signed the band to Go! Discs, makes a return and according to the sleeve notes, provides some ‘sonic scenery’. The whole thing was then brought together by Mike Mogis. If you’re a fan of the work of Conor Oberst, you’ll recognise Mike as a member of Conor’s Bright Eyes project. Mike has produced and performed on a number of releases on Nebraska’s Saddle Creek label and also sprinkled his magic on two albums by Swedish folk duo, First Aid Kit.

The magic continues on Wild Pendulum…

wp_coverwp_cd partwp_cd_packSome pledgers became executive producers for the day and got their names printed on the liner notes…

wp_execs wp_redriverwp_spineThe artwork and design on the sleeve is wonderful. Designed by ‘How It Is Nowadays’ who are based in Brooklyn, New York.

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Postcard from Nebraska
March 14, 2015, 11:43 am
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Hello again. It’s been a while. But welcome back, as they say.

I’m sure you are all well aware by now that the Trashcans have been tinkering away on some new material and are soon to share the fruits of their labour with us. It’s been some time since their last long player graced the airwaves. A five year gap between albums is the norm but this one has taken a wee bit longer for reasons which are well documented elsewhere, but it’s great news that we are all going to have something to enjoy very soon.

Way back in October of 2014 the Trashcans set up a Pledgemusic campaign. Pledgemusic is a clever way of connecting artists with their fans from the minute they step into the studio to the release of a project to the end of a tour and back again.

So, with that in mind, the four principles concocted a series of “exclusives” offering unique content, merchandise and experiences, allowing us fans to purchase various items to help with the funding of the new album’s recording.

These ranged from a simple download of the album, to a signed Fender Guild acoustic guitar to a production credit on the sleeve notes. There are still items available to buy here. Go and buy something and be part of the journey.

So, to get my hands on most of the exclusives I fancied, all food shopping, the Sky Sports account and my monthly subscription to MOJO magazine all went oot the window – it’s a small sacrifice!

The first exclusive on the list duly arrived in the post last week.
A postcard from Nebraska. Cheers guys!

To be continued…

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