High 5, with Robbie McSkimming, Dancing On Tables

Fresh from filming a new TV ad featuring his band’s single OH – airing for the first time last week – AAA caught up with Dancing On Tables frontman, Robbie McSkimming.

Having grown-up in Dunfermline, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Robbie, 22, formed the five-piece with friends from Queen Anne High School in 2014.

Their track, OH, from recent EP Space Race is out now via LV Music and soundtracks Scottish Water’s new TV advert created by Edinburgh agency Always Be Content.

“It’s a real privilege having our music picked for a national TV advert,” said Robbie.

“We’re excited to be associated with Scottish Water and really looking forward to being part of their campaign.”

OH was completed and recorded in Nashville last summer.

“It was a song Callum [Thomas] had a lot of the parts vaguely written for but didn’t mesh before coming to Nashville,” said Robbie.

“We were never able to find the right structure or vibe to make the song we wanted.

“But in Nashville we began writing with Femke Weidema [LV Music], stripped OH right down, and looked at other songs in our sets to see how it could fit. We realised that there was no big honest and emotional song, so that’s how we set about basing the writing of OH.

“The song was recorded at around 2am, just before our flight home back to Scotland, where we finished it off at our studio in Edinburgh. It’s the song we are most proud of as a band.”

The pop-rock band – Robbie McSkimming, 22, Callum Thomas, 19, Hamish Finlayson, 21, Gregor Stobie, 21, and Michael Waterworth, 21, – bring an eclectic range of influences to create an infectious pop sound.

The boys have been racking up plaudits for their work, recently being dubbed “the new Coldplay” by The Sun. They were honoured at the Newport Beach Film Festival by BAFTA as “the UK’s most exciting emerging band for this year”.

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Favourite Film 

I don’t have a stand-out favourite, but I watched Baby Driver recently and really enjoyed it. Great soundtrack too.

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Favourite Single 

Metrotech – Public Access T.V. A criminally underrated band who I’m desperate to see live. Already getting to the stage of overplaying it, but it’s a perfect summer track.

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Favourite Album

Is This It – The Strokes. The album that got me into music and has only got better over time.

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Favourite Gig 

LCD Soundsystem at Glasgow Barrowland. I wanted to see them for years and their set was perfect. Also, the sweatiest I’ve ever been to!

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Favourite Book 

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn. I bought it for my mum as a Christmas present and managed to read it in a day before I gave it to her. The film ruined it slightly though.

  • This summer will see Dancing On Tables perform at a number of high-profile UK festivals.
  • For updates and more, visit: www.dancingontables.co.uk

 

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