Formed in 2005 in Cumbernauld, Scotland, this indie rock band comprises brothers Alan Henderson (guitar), Andrew Henderson (bass) and Brian Henderson (keyboards/vocals), with childhood friends Steven Ramsay (guitar) and John Kerr (drums) completing the line-up. Taking their name from the 1988 fantasy movie Willow, the quintet made an immediate impact on the Glasgow club scene, playing at venues such as Queen Margaret Union and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. The Dykeenies released their debut single, the double a-side ‘New Ideas’/‘Will It Happen Tonight?’ through the King Tut Recordings label in July 2006. Tours in support of the Fratellis and Maxïmo Park helped introduce the band to a wider audience. A new contract with the Columbia Records distributed label Lavolta resulted in the Waiting For Go EP and a re-release of ‘New Ideas’. The latter had also previously appeared on the compilation album Have Yourself A Filthy Little Christmas, but with better publicity this time it reached the upper echelons of the Scottish charts and also broached the UK Top 60 in summer 2007. The album Nothing Means Everything reprised the sharp hooks and driving rhythms of the single releases, and while far from a perfect record was greeted as one of the year’s more accomplished releases.
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