The Gothenburg Address - History


The Gothenburg Address was formed in Edinburgh in 2008 by guitarist Luke Joyce, formerly of Raising Miss June. Its earliest lineup consisted of Chris Bathgate (Arab Strap), David Jeans (Arab Strap, The Zephyrs) and bassist Rob Doig (The Fuse). Playing a series of low key shows around Glasgow and Edinburgh, the band quickly built up a following, culminating in them playing the main stage at George Square, Glasgow at the Winterfest Festival to an audience of several thousand people. This early success was reflected in their being named XFM band of the week, and crowned 'Unsigned Heroes' by Radio 1, on the basis of some rough demo material, which was released as a limited self pressed EP 'Shimmer in the City'.

The band were described by The Scotsman as "...purely instrumental, conveying a late night/early dawn atmosphere through chilly guitars and understated harmonies."

The Gothenburg Address were asked along with fellow Scottish Post-Rock band Mogwai to soundtrack the short film 'Sonnets from Scotland' by photographer Alex Boyd. Boyd would also later go on to provide the artwork for their debut EP, which uses his trademark 'Rückenfigur' style. He has described the bands sound as "...dark, brooding, glacial, majestic and intelligent."

In 2009 The Gothenburg Address recorded a single, Lesser Coming Home, followed by their debut self titled album.

Bathgate, Doig and Jeans left the band in 2010 and were subsequently replaced by David Ritchie, Robert Percival and Christian Kimmett. In 2011 the band released a single 'The Hessian'. In 2013 a new record, The Sky, The Mountains, The land' will be released.

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