The new album from Stornoway band Peat and Diesel shot up the national iTunes download charts today (Saturday May 25th) peaking at No 13 at one point.
Last month one of the band’s videos quickly clocked up over 150,000 views explaining ‘that’s the way we do it in the Western Isles.’
Saturday April 27th saw the album launch of Uptown Fank by Peat and Diesel at the Mull Festival. The album is also on sale in shops around the islands. On Friday it became available to download on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and all the other services.
Peat and Diesel, fronted by Calum ‘Boydie’ Macleod on guitar and vocals, with Uilleam Macleod on drums and Innes Scott on the box, have been something of a surprise success – not least to the band members themselves.
Drummer Uilleam said last month: “We certainly didn’t expect it to take off the way it has, as we only started it for a wee bit of craic. It’s amazing the amount of people who have seen the video and have been in touch saying how bonkers we are and how much they love it.”
The video, filmed in and around Stornoway harbour and town centre, with locations including the Manor roundabout, captures a certain indefinable something about a band which can make lyrics out of a series of very distinctive island experiences.
Uptown Fank is available to download at https://peatanddiesel.bandcamp.com/album/uptown-fank and to buy at shops including Bùth an Rubha, An Lanntair and Blackhouse Bakery. You can follow them at https://www.facebook.com/PEATANDDIESEL
On Friday night they did a show at the Crown in Stornoway. The band said later: “Stornoway, what can we say? Thank you to every single person who made it out tonight and filled the The Crown Inn.... it really was like an Uptown Fank! This band would be nothing without all you coves and blones who come along for the tunes and the craic. Thanks to the Crown for having us, next stop for us will be The Gathering Festival in Inverness!
The album was produced by Keith Morrison of Wee Studio.