The bands coming big in Edinburgh
Andy Miller, Brody's new manager, introduced himself to them by tentatively suggesting that he try to fix them up with some London gigs. John Ramsay, Brody's sound engineer explained. "We eat, breathe, sleep and shit music. We're not interested in promises. Give us something concrete, then we'll take it."
That was in August. Andy Miller became Brody's manager, has helped to organise them, and now they're playing 5 definite London dates in October, (including the Speakeasy on the 27th and the Greyhound on the 28th).
Brody began as a four piece band in September of '74. Ron Jackson joined them as vocalist in July of this year, and only since then have Brody felt that' their line-up is complete.
All of Brody work full-time. Kenny McDonald (keyboards) and Dave Scott (bass) are both trained teachers — none of them do undemanding jobs and two of them are married. Yet they, (and their ladies) are all completely dedicated to the band and to each other. The money they earn during the day goes straight back into Brody and that's as true for their roadies and sound engineer as for the guys who play on stage. For example, Charlie, one of the roadies, has just bought a Hammond L100 to replace the ageing Galanti Duo which Kenny had been unable to afford to replace himself. The equipment and instrument set-up they use is more than adequate but they're still dissatisfied. "It's okay for the gigs we do, but we want the best" Dave told me. Most of their equipment is bought from Live Music in Edinburgh, who they find sympathetic to any problem, financial or otherwise, which the band come up against. One difficulty they can't help with, though, are any major breakdowns of equipment. Fortunately these occasions are rare but when they do occur the equipment gets sent South and it seems to take forever to come back. "Sometimes when the stuff does come back, it's been gone so long that it's like getting a new instrument." Kenny groaned. It's not always the manufacturers fault, British Rail were responsible for the last blunder. Apparently they took three weeks to lose a Hi-watt cabinet and two weeks to find it again — and that was just on the return journey to Edinburgh.
Brody play mostly their own music, Kenny and Tom are the most prolific writers in the band and the others work from their ideas until they manage to work out the kind of sound they want. This is done when Brody practice in a Womens Guild Hall on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Their own music is received well and often requested, but people like them to play a few familiars, so their act is interspersed with variations on Stones and Wishbone Ash numbers.
A lot of clubs want funky dance bands and Brody as Tom explained just aren't a dance band. "We could go professional tomorrow, IF we wanted to play three hours of dance band music.
At the moment we're working on our own sound and people seem to like it. For instance we ran a ticket concert in the May summer, in Edinburgh, and sold 500 tickets. Soft Machine played the same night and sold 300. It was really a success."
Kenny Brodie plays Fender Stratocaster with Marshall stack. Dave Scott plays Fender Telecaster Bass with Hi-watt amp. Tom Archibald plays Pearl kit, Paiste cymbals and Hohner Blues Harp. John Ramsay uses a Canary 12/1 Desk, 600 watt custom PA. Mikes are AKG and Shure.
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