The Bay City Rollers are currently in the recording studio hard at work on their eagerly-awaited new album – and it “sounds epic” according to the band.
Hot on the heels of the announcement that the Shang-A-Lang hitmakers will be playing this year’s T in the Park festival in July, classic line-up members Alan Longmuir, Les McKeown and Stuart “Woody” Wood have spilled the beans about the album they’re currently making at Boombox Recording Studios in Glasgow.
Speaking about their forthcoming newbie, Longmuir says, “It was so exciting to be in the studio with Les, and Woody. Forty years in the making… but we’re still packing some rock’n’roll punch. The record sounds epic.”
Frontman McKeown adds, “This album sounds like the tape machines were never switched off in the 70s, and we never missed a beat.”
And Woody says, “The new album sounds like we’ve gone full circle, it was super exciting to recreate those career defining guitar sounds, and doing the vocals with the lads brought all the great memories flooding back.”
The Edinburgh band’s new album is being produced by John McLaughlin, a world renowned songwriter who has penned hits for acts as varied as Shane MacGowan, Mark Owen, Westlife, Lulu and Echo & The Bunnymen.
Speaking about working with the Rollers, McLaughlin says, “For me, it’s an absolute dream come true. The Bay City Rollers were the first records I ever bought and the excitement value on those records are what made me want to be a songwriter and record producer.
“I would love to even get close to how great those records were then with what we’re doing now.
“I’ve had to pinch myself being in the studio with my rock’n’roll heroes the Bay City Rollers.
“I feel we’ve captured some of the magic and excitement from the world famous hits, that the fans (like myself) have grown to love.”
Boomerang, the first single form the album, will be released soon.
The Rollers became one of the most successful pop groups of all time after they burst upon the scene in the early 1970s, selling an estimated 70 million records.
They enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums all over the world, including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-A-Lang, Keep On Dancing and Summerlove Sensation.