Fence Collective, The

  • List.co.uk
  • 5 August 2006

This article is from 2006.


1 KT Tunstall will be there in bikini and biker boots, mud-wrestling with Edith Bowman, similarly attired

This isn’t true. In any way, shape or form. But, both ladies are regularly mentioned in the same breath as Fife’s Fence Collective. Tunstall used to be in a band with the collective’s cruel and despotic ruler King Creosote (Kenny Anderson to his folks), while Bowman hails from Anstruther, spiritual and, erm, actual home of the crew.

2 They are the Forrest Gumps of the music world - ‘The Fence Collective is like a box of choc-o-lates, you never know what you’re gonna git.’

True words, Mr Gump. You can go along to a show and not know whether you’re gonna get folk, country, rock, punk, blues, prog, indie, lo-fi, baroque pop, electronica, dance, post-rock, ambient or skiffle. Or something else entirely.

3 King Creosote is the daddy

Not literally the daddy of all the Fence Collective, that would be obscene and his loins would be forever aflame from overuse. No, much like the leader of the Jonestown cult or that guy in Waco, KC is the collective’s spiritual leader. Expect mass suicides and/or FBI-based shoot-outs at one or more of these festival shows.

4 They have some very special guests

. . . which they can’t tell you about because they haven’t booked them yet. What you definitely will get is King Creosote playing some of the best heartbreaking sea shanty folk pop ever created, The Pictish Trail delivering a masterclass in acoustic songwriting, and a whole heap of intriguing/bizarre/brilliant stuff besides.

5 They’re a rag-tag bunch of beardy folkies based in the East Neuk of . . . oh bollocks what a cliché - scratch that. Ian Rankin likes em, how about that for a reason? (Doug Johnstone)

Underbelly, 0870 745 3083, 14-16 Aug, 9.30pm, £9.

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