The Scottish indie world is rejoicing following the announcement that highly influential combo El Hombre Trajeado are reforming – with not only live appearances, but a new album on the way.
The largely indefinable quartet – but we usually opt for “post rock” and “angular” – may, since their split 10 years ago, currently be best-known for their place on the CV of SAY Award-winning guitarist RM Hubbert. However, their place in the Scottish indie pantheon of yore is cemented by their impressive history – having appeared alongside the likes of Nick Cave and Sebadoh and recording several Peel Sessions.
The band – Hubby, Stevie Jones, Ben Jones and Stef Sinclair – existed for 10 years from 1995 to their dissolution in 2005, at which point Hubbert embarked on a successful solo career. Of the others Stevie Jones most notably worked on Sound of Yell as well as Arab Strap.
The band came together briefly in 2014, playing a live set at Platform in the east end of Glasgow, but now, as well as a pair of live shows, the foursome have recorded a ten-track album, ‘Fast Diagonal’, slated for release on December 2nd.
As well as featuring all of the original lineup, there are several notable guests. Providing vocals are Chile-based Chris Mack (of Eska, and The James Orr Complex), Glasgow-domiciled Polish songwriter Ela Orleans, and perhaps generating most excitement among an already excitable indie community of a certain vintage, Life Without Buildings’ Sue Tompkins (below).
The album is launched at Glasgow’s Hug and Pint on December 3rd and there’s a show with IMP in Aberdeen on the 4th
More at www.elhombre.co.uk