Jim Gellatly : January 2017
I first came across BooHooHoo around five years ago when they released a great track called Show Me through Edinburgh producer Stephen Watkins’ Tape Singles Club. I thought they’d disappeared, but was delighted when they re-emerged at the tailend of last year with a debut EP through crowd-funded label Last Night From Glasgow.
The debut EP DebutHooHoo is a glorious collection of 80s-fuelled electro pop. They cut it live too. The EP launch at Nice N Sleazy in Glasgow was incredible. They even managed to pull off a cover of Philip Bailey and Phil Collins’s 1984 No.1 hit Easy Lover.
Richard and Reggie first started making music as teenagers at school, later forming their first guitar band. Reggie told me: “We started getting very interested in synths and drum machines and it became a totally separate entity. We knew we wanted to play what we were writing live despite the fact it was very electronic.
“We scoured the internet for like-minded individuals who could help us play live, stumbled across Liz on Gumtree, met her in a pub and before we had even heard her play a note we knew she was in. We just all clicked and started writing songs together.”
It’s gone full circle from guitar band to electronic project back to more of a live set-up with the addition of Ewan on drums. Reggie said: “We never really disappeared. We’ve been writing and recording the whole time. We just didn’t put out anything that we were working on.
“It was when Ewan got involved that we really came out of our little bubble and started showing people what we were doing. After a quick rehearsal, Ewan said to us ‘We’re ready to get gigging, put something out now’. We’re now working on new songs together as a four-piece.”
Half the EP was recorded with Watkins, the rest at their rehearsal space in Paisley. Former Prides drummer Lewis Gardiner added the final magic, mixing the EP. BooHooHoo perform at the Glad Café in Glasgow on February 11 as part of the Pop! South Weekender. On March 30 they play Last Night From Glasgow’s 1st Birthday party at Stereo.