Gig preview: Scouting for Girls, Edinburgh

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly ten years since Scouting for Girls burst onto the music scene with She’s So Lovely, the infectiously catchy pop tune that went on to dominate mainstream radio stations for months on end.

The indie-pop trio, made up of frontman Roy Stride, bassist Greg Churchouse and drummer Pete Ellard, enjoyed a stratospheric rise to the top which included selling over two million albums, being nominated for four Brit Awards and headlining Wembley Arena.

But the road to superstardom never did run smoothly and the London-based band spent the following years struggling to maintain their ridiculously high levels of success. Though that’s not to say they haven’t continued to work hard and attract a strong following of dedicated fans– Stride has carved out a successful career as a songwriter, penning songs for the likes of One Direction, Olly Murs and 5 Seconds of Summer, whilst the band spent their summer performing gigs to adoring fans all over the country, including a festival set at Linlithgow’s Party at the Palace.

Tonight, they’re set to take to the stage of The Liquid Room in Edinburgh in support of their festive EP, Christmas In The Air (Tonight). The album features three original Christmas songs penned by the band – Put Me Back On Your Christmas List, The Reason Why Santa’s So Happy and Christmas In The Air (Tonight).

They’ve wanted to record festive songs for a long time, with frontman Roy Stride explaining: “I’ve always wanted to write a classic, feel-good Christmas single – something that could be played alongside my favourites like Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, Wham’s Last Christmas and The Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York. Hopefully with Christmas In The Air (Tonight) we’ve done that.”

Scouting for Girls, The Liquid Room, Victoria Street, Edinburgh, tonight (Tuesday, 8 December), 7pm, £25.25, 0131 225 2564