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“Charming, romantic and heartfelt are some of the characteristics of Sons and Daughters. They formed in 2001 and since then they haven’t stopped filling the music world with lovable rockabilly tunes. With a new album unleashed on January 28, Sons and Daughters have already played the first leg of their tour. We met them at […]

“Charming, romantic and heartfelt are some of the characteristics of Sons and Daughters. They formed in 2001 and since then they haven’t stopped filling the music world with lovable rockabilly tunes. With a new album unleashed on January 28, Sons and Daughters have already played the first leg of their tour. We met them at the Soundhaus, Northampton, for their opening show.

Adele (vocals) and David (drums) were both in, the now extinguished, Arab Strap, but left the band at the end of their 2001 tour. “They were on tour and Adele had this idea for a band called Sons and Daughters. It was some king of a joke but it came to fresh when they went back home. They were friends for years, they used to work together and then they met me in the record shop where Adele used to work,” says Scott (guitars) while smoking a hand-rolled cigarette.

Since their formation, they’ve released two critically acclaimed albums on Domino records: dirty-folk in the form of ‘Love The Cup’ and punk blues, care of ‘Repulsion Box’. Their growth has been quick but steady, and big names in the industry have confessed to being fans of theirs. Scott says, “I guess, in the beginning we were really lucky, we got to do a lot of touring. We did the first couple of tours with Franz Ferdinand. In 2006, we got to tour with Morrissey; we played with some really great people, people we really love and admire. We’ve been kind of blessed.” On touring with Morrissey Adele adds, overwhelmed, “He invited us to tour with him and we said ‘YES’. He was charming, a really nice man”.

In the summer of 2006, the band holed up in a house in a Scottish village to work on new songs for the third album. They were isolated from the world – no television, no phones – with the sole aim of creating a great pop record. They also wanted to create an album very different from the previous ones and leave their comfort zone. “We just started to bore ourselves to be honest, really, we needed to get out,” says Adele.

Scott: “I hate when bands just can’t be bothered to do something new and then just kind of copy themselves. ‘Love The Cup’ was great and we love it but we just wanted to make a pop record, in the kind of vein of Blondie and The Smiths. We also wanted to expand our sound because I think if we’d made another record exactly the same we would have put ourselves more into this little corner of ‘Oh that’s S&D, I know they sound like that’. We can make different things.”

The new album, entitled ‘This Gift’ and produced by Bernard Butler, is charged with sixties glamour and glittery guitar riffs. Scott refrains from singing and instead he expands the sound, using as many different guitar styles as possible. Adele, in the contrary, drops the guitar and explores her voice. “We decided to do what we enjoyed more and I enjoy playing guitar more,” explains Scott. “The songs were more in Adele’s vocal range and the lyrics were more from a female perspective.”

The second single to be lifted from ‘This Gift’, ‘Darling’, was released in early January and the band will start the second leg of their promotional tour in Glasgow on January 14. The tour will include some European dates and before the summer festivals they will perform in SXSW and Coachella in the States.

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