The Imagineers are a four piece band from Glasgow made up of Steven Young (vocals, rhythm guitar), Ali Greig, (bass guitar) Scott Bonnyman (lead guitar, vocals) and Stephen Forbes (drums)
They only formed around a year ago and their music shows hints of Spain mixed with a maudlin Glasgow feel but still retaining a cheeky optimistic youthfulness.
They’ve just played their first T InThe Park festival, stormed the stage at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow and released EP See As I Say. Now they are adding the finishing touches to their debut album.
They are also creating a storm in America. Comedian, chat show host, one time musician and lover of music, Craig Ferguson, chose the band to appear on his Late Late Show. The show which airs on the CBS network flew the lads over to Los Angeles where they filmed two songs Mariana and Fairground, the latter will feature on August 7. As well as this, five other songs which were recorded at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, also aired on the show.
Here is a little Q&A with Imagineer bass player Ali Craig.
What is an “Imagineer”?
An Imagineer is somebody that has managed to hold on to their imagination and uses it to shape their life. It means anything goes, creativity.
You’ve just played your first T in the Park – what was it like for you?
We have wanted to play T for a while, it lived up to the hype and the whole band had a good gig … a rarity. Shoes were lost along the way.
Did you manage to chill out and see some acts at T – anyone impress you?
Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher really impressed me on the T Break stage. I went to see the Horrors who were making some cool sounds in the Transmission tent. We were held in captivity behind the T break stage for most of the day.
Musical heroes? Do you all agree on your musical heroes?
We have a lot of common ground with the things we like. Bruce Springsteen divides the band, he will be the death of The Imagineers. We keep an open mind.
What kind of response are you getting to appearing on Craig Ferguson’s Late Late show? Are you getting lots of new fans from America? Your website and Facebook look really busy!
The sites have been busy, a lot of people living in America have downloaded our debut EP which is great just to know your music is diffusing throughout another continent.
What did you get up to in America – anything you can tell?!
We managed to keep our noses clean in the States, a cop did take our beer on the beach though. Customs didn’t like the look of us either, fingers were never far from triggers. We settled in very quickly and hung out in vintage shops, deli’s and bars. We made some friends and they took us out on Hollywood Boulevard which had some cool film noir style bars.
Have you any ambitions to go to America and tour at some point?
We would love to tour America, we will see how things develop. It would be a good way to experience the diversity across the continent. A demand seems to be building.
You’ve just released an EP – See As I Say – are you busy working on an album? How’s that going?
The songs are ready for a first album. It’s just a matter of setting a date, pressing the red button and going for it. We are working on new songs now to keep it interesting for ourselves. A lot of space themes are developing.
I love the song Mariana, is it about anyone/influenced or named after anyone?
Steven and myself shared the lyrics on Mariana, the song is about that feeling of desire. Sure, we had girls in mind, they are the strongest creative catalyst. Mariana won’t tow the line and she is heading for a fall.
It’s been an amazing year so far (and it’s only July!) what’s been your highlight – can you pick one?!
Coming home from America to a heaving gig at King Tut’s with a stuffed tiger flying above the crowd, it doesn’t get better than that.
Upcoming Tour dates:
July 27 – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Aug 4 – The Georgian Theatre, Stockton – Pogues Aftershow Party
Aug 11 – Bfest, Wick, Highlands bfest
Aug 25 – Doune the Rabbit Hole, Tenement TV Stage Doune The Rabbit Hole
Sept 1 – Live @ Troon Live@Troon
Sept 8 – Queen of Hoxton, London
Sept 16 – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
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Finally: a pretty cool video capturing lots of Glasgow.