Roy’s off to see Europe

Roy's Iron DNA
Roy's Iron DNA

They’re playing in Berwick this weekend but then it’s time to say bon voyage to local act Roy‘s Iron DNA as they embark on their first European tour.

The group, who also perform under the name of Ordinaryson, are packing their cases and getting on their tour bus for a week long jaunt across the continent which will see them entertain audiences in the Czech Republic and Germany.

They will start at Prague’s Chapeau Rouge on May 21 and having played there before with another band, keyboard player Callum Knox is looking forward to returning.

“We’re mates with the guy that owns it. It’s a cracking venue on four floors.

“I reckon it should be party central.

“It’s our first tour outside of the UK as the current lineup so we all just want to get on the road now.

“I’m sure there’ll be a few nerves but at the moment it’s all excitement.”

The group, who recently performed a session for BBC Introducing, will use the tour to promote their latest release ‘Under My Skin’, a double album which has the tracks as they originally recorded them then remixed versions by a variety of Scottish electronic musicians.

“It’d a bit odd having someone else do something to your songs but the results are great.

“We got a grant from Creative Scotland to do the album and it sounds really good.

“People in Europe have great respect for music and in Germany in particular they’re really into their electronic so I’m hoping they’ll really get us.

“We’ve not got a huge following in Europe at the moment so it’d be good to get a few more fans.”

Callum and his band mates frontman Ian Thompson and guitarist Steven Walker have got plenty of fans on a local level and Callum said he hoped they’d receive a warm reception

at the venues in their tour diary, which also includes Noch Besser Leben in Leipzig; the Isla de la Fuego Festival in Chemnitz and Madame Klaude’s in Berlin.

“We’re all pretty confident our stuff will go down well; at the end of the day we don’t want to go all the way over there to play to no-one or not get a good response.

“We’ll see a lot of the places from the tour bus window which is a bit of a bummer as it’d be cool to have a proper look round.

“I’m looking forward to Prague the most; I reckon it’ll be party central there.

“And then I think we get a few days in Berlin at the end of the tour to do a bit of sight seeing.”

Roy’s Iron DNA’s European tour was organised by Berwick-based Travelled Music and promoter Alan Thompson is just as excited about the tour as the band themselves.

He told ‘WOW’: I am fortunate enough to tour quite a lot with a variety of different bands and it’s always a point of pride to tell people I meet that I’m from Berwick upon Tweed.

“It’s going to be a great thrill to travel with a local band and have five of us telling everyone we meet were we are from!

“We must thank everyone who has supported the band in town by attending shows and buying CDs and t-shirts including the kindness of Karen and Brian at Kazmiranda Cafe alongside the continued encouragement of Michael Richardson who helps to give many musicians in town a platform to grow from.

“Hopefully this will be the first of many forays around the world with Roy’s Iron DNA.”