Foggy City Orphan is a Glasgow band with a family flavour.
Martin and John McLinden are brothers while Paul McLinden is their cousin. The other member, drummer Stephen Sweeney, isn't related to anyone else in the band, although his name is an anagram of Seen Nephews Yet, so we're working on it. Foggy City Orphan might be the Chinese translation of the 19th century novel Oliver Twist but the band plays 21st century angular music.
Foggy City Orphan proves that no one’s ever really an orphan if they have family.
Foggy City Orphan has had a busy year. The band’s debut release in February 2016,
Rocket, gained airplay across BBC radio, while in the Herald newspaper, Billy Sloan, described the track as his favourite piece of new music of the last five years. Vic Galloway of BBC Scotland lauded Rocket as ‘…brilliantly crafted anthemic indie rock’ and Steve Lamacq saw fit to play the record several times on his 6 Music show.
On the live scene, highlights included a sell-out performance at King Tut’s as guests of This Feeling, and the band recently returned from a triumphant showcase at Xpo North – Foggy City Orphan’s being the only gig that legendary Stone Roses producer John Leckie made a point of attending.
Now the band are back with their second release and this time they’ve taken the next logical step from single to EP. The first track is called ‘String Theory’ and it’s a planetsized slice of sunshine pop that will drag many listeners into its orbit. Title track ‘Turn it on’ comes next and changes gears with an exhortation to flick the switch and burn some kilowatts. This song eschews pop choruses in favour of electric shock treatment.