This article originally appeared in today’s Daily Record (22/1/2014) however was slightly cut so I figured I’d post the whole thing up here for anyone who was interested. Enjoy!
The Breadalbane Arms in Aberfeldy has probably not played home to too many great musical moments. However, for Edinburgh based ska band Victorian Trout Conspiracy it will live in their memories as the place they were joined on stage by Brit award winning singer songwriter Ed Sheeran.
Three members of the ten-piece band were in the area on holiday, when rumours began to swirl that the “A-Team” star was also taking in the sights. Lead guitarist and vocalist Fraser Fulton explained that they noticed something was going on when their audience begun to grow. “We were playing to 20 odd people and suddenly it filled up with a hell of a lot more than that and I heard someone say Ed Sheeran’s here. He stood and listened to three or four songs, before someone shouted ‘go on Ed give us a song.’“ Sheeran went on to play three of his own songs before joining the band in one of their own tracks, “Ciderbomb”.
Despite some suggestions to the contrary, Fulton is quick to dismiss any idea that the band did not know who the famous musician was. “All of us apart from Phil, the trumpet player, knew who he was, and Phil had heard of him, he just couldn’t put a face to the name and couldn’t have picked him out of a line up, as it’s not his sort of music.”
Either way, it has become a great piece of publicity for the unusually large band, who came together with an original four, before managing to pick up a further six members, which Fulton explains happened “at various music festivals, for example Gerrard (Sykes), who we found asleep in a tent with a big saxophone. We woke him up to ask about it and he ended up joining the band.”
Since then they have built up a reputation for their exhilarating live shows, an attribute that Fulton was inspired to aim towards by another Edinburgh based ska band. “When I was 15 I went to see a band called Big Hand performing at a really tiny gig with about 15 other people. I was blown away by the performance and to this day I still think it was the best gig I’ve ever been to.” Throw in their infectious blend of ska and pop and Victorian Trout Conspiracy are a band that makes sure everyone has a good time. “That is our ultimate goal, to write songs that are technically interesting but at the same time entertain anybody.”
2014 is looking to be a big year for the band, with Fulton hoping to continue building. “We’ve just got new management and his aim is to help us find a booking agent and start touring bigger venues. We are also considering maybe moving to Glasgow, to really get involved in their music scene.”
However the year goes, the Victorian Trout Conspiracy is a bandwagon that you want to get on now, before it leaves you behind.