Recorded swiftly on the back of two exclusive USA mini-tours, Outrageous Expectations pulls together a narrative of the band’s experiences since forming in 2001. Hitting the wild and stormy roads – and venues! – of the Scottish Highlands, to the highs of playing together and exploring dangerous attractions, through the inevitability and heartache of relationship let downs and break-ups… and always told with a sardonic line and a heartfelt, hooky chorus.
The album includes two bonus tracks from earlier recording sessions: Country Crush, written at the tail-end of fellow-Americana-troubadours, the Riptones, UK tour, with whom lead guitarist, Iain Barbour, had played during his 1998-89 USA sojourn, and featuring The Pearlfishers’ Davie Scott on Hammond organ. And Can’t Run From Love bringing to life the band’s Power Pop roots.
Outrageous Expectations features a trio of drummers as outgoing Fran McCulloch hands over the sticks to incoming Dave McManus, with long-term dep, Neil Somerville, keeping the band steady in the interim as: “A band that deserves to go far in the unpredictable world of music” (Maverick Magazine); and without a doubt “Scotland’s finest alt-country roots rockers” (Americana UK).
released May 1, 2004
Paula McNally (vocals, guitars)
lain Barbour (guitars, pedal steel)
David McKee (vocals, bass)
With Dave McManus, Fran McCulloch,
Neil Sommerville and Dave Ross (drums)
All songs written and arranged by Paula McNally/The Sunshine Delay
Recorded and engineered by Matt Easingwood at the Sound Cafe, Penicuik
Produced by Matt Easingwood and The Sunshine Delay
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering, Skye
Bonus Tracks - 'Country Crush' recorded at East Kilbride Arts Centre. Organ by Davie Scott
‘Can’t Run From Love' recorded at Chamber Studio, Edinburgh.
Cover design by The Sunshine Delay and Ali Duncan
Photography by Gill White and David McKee
Thanks to all our friends and families.
Special thanks to Matt Easingwood, Robin Connelly, Karen Miller, Fraser Millar, Gill White Ali Duncan, Kurt Weisend, Derek Urquhart, Stuart Millar, Rob Ellen, Tandy, John Levack
The Kraftbrau Brewery (www. kraftbraubrewery.com)
The Sound Cafe (www.sound-cafe.co.uk
The Fruitmarket Gallery (www.fruitmarket.co.uk
© The Sunshine Delay 2004.