Indie band Mono Six went old school and ventured off in a van to reach and recruit new fans in previously uncharted territory.
Like most groups of their generation the Mono Sixers have fully embraced the internet to help spread their musical manifesto to the masses, but their debut tour of Scotland showed there’s nothing better than hitting the road to rock out for strangers in strange towns and cities.
“My dad gave us a shot of his roofing van and we just went for it,” said bass player Brian Sharp.
Rock steady drummer Steven Jack was “designated driver” for the tour and mainlined coffee for most of the odyssey - a 10-date adventure covering two weekends, three cities and well over 500 miles.
Things peaked a little early with a sell-out gig in Aberdeen’s Tunnels.
Brian said: “We had never played Aberdeen before and it was great, 300 people and we sold out of our ‘Bring Us Together’ EPs and t-shirts in only our second gig of the tour.”
The lads also played Glasgow’s King Tuts, Dundee’s 20 Rocks, Dunfermline’s PJ Molloys, Ayr’s Basement Coffee House and good old North Star in their home town.
“We’ve been asked back to most of the venues,” said Steven. “We’re getting a lot more people talking about us on Facebook now and we also got a gig headlining the Wired festival at the Basement Coffee House.”
Guitarist Iain King said: “We had a dodgy Chinese in Aberdeen and almost lost all our money in Glasgow, but apart from that everything went fine.
‘‘We organised it all ourselves and there wasn’t a single bad gig.
“There was lots of banter while we were travelling and lots of Whitney Houston on the CD player. We were able to listen to all our guilty pleasures on this trip.”
After they film a music video for their EP, the hardened road warriors are raring to head out again.
Steven said: “It’s brought us closer together as a group.”
“There was lots of male bonding,” said Iain.
Visit www.monosix.co.uk for more information.