Wed, May 23 7:00PM
The Music Room



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Artist Bios


Over 5 weeks, late in 2017, Frank Reader, Paul Livingston and John Douglas from the
Trashcan Sinatras will be touring the USA as a three-piece acoustic lineup. The band
mates celebrate their 30th anniversary, having formed in Irvine, Scotland in 1987. “I've
been in the band for thirty years now,” says Livingston. “That's a long time to be in any
relationship. It's a good time to take stock, see how far we've come, and think about
where we're headed.”
With six well-spaced full-length albums to their credit, starting with debut Cake in 1990,
through last year’s Wild Pendulum, the band has written and released just north of 100
songs. Over the course of the tour, they plan to play each one of those songs. “Now that
we’ve reached a century of songs,” says Reader, “it feels like a good time to meet up with
them all again, like a high school reunion.” He adds, “Those songs whose love and
friendship we’ve nourished over the years will no doubt turn up most nights and show us
why we’ve remained so close over the years, but it’ll be most interesting to see how those
with whom we’ve lost touch have aged.” He expects that some songs will “turn up drunk
and disheveled,” while others “may now be dashing and distinguishing, more so than we
all would have guessed. I can’t wait to meet them all again and find out.”
Every show will consist of two unique sets and fans can expect to hear some covers, too.
Although the band often delves into its back catalog for obscurities, particularly during
acoustic tours, many songs have never been played live. Others may never be played
again. “We will be playing some songs live that we have never attempted before, so in
some ways, it’s a tightrope walk for us. But, these songs are what we have done with our
lives, so I accept the challenge and will try to not look down,” says Douglas.
Performing acoustically will transport many of those 100 songs back to their origins.
“Most of our songs are written with acoustic guitars and voices in quiet, solitary rooms,
so it will be nervy but exciting to bring that sound out of the backroom and into the
light,” says Douglas. According to Livingston, “touring with no rhythm section means
you have to take your cues more from the vocal. You can bend time and create space for
the emotion of the song to come through.”
Thirty years on, this is a chance for the band to reflect on its past, take a look at the
present and imagine where they might go next. Playing all of the songs they’ve written
seems a good way of celebrating the journey so far. Come along early, join the band in
celebration and see which songs the evening brings.