How did you meet and what’s the story behind your and name?
We formed in Edinburgh when Ewan, Mark and Stephen met at school and decided to form a band. After our original drummer left, Ewan met Callum at college and he joined the band around 8 months ago.
There isn’t really a story behind our name, we used to go under a different name which we grew tired of and eventually decided to change it. We did some gigs down in London a couple of years ago which kind of put things into perspective for us, and we decided to go ahead with the name change and came up with The Winter Tradition.
How would you describe your music?
Our music falls under the tag line ‘alternative pop-rock’ but we feel we have added a lot of depth to our back catalogue in the past year or so and would like to think that our debut album Gradients covers a broader range of genres.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
It’s been a long creative process since we left school and we started off by releasing a couple of singles and an EP titled ‘We’ll Make Our History’, which began to introduce us to the Scottish music scene. After that we took a year and a half out to self-produce our debut album ‘Gradients’, which has just been released through Kittiwake Records. We launched the album with a hometown show at Edinburghs Liquid Room after being upgraded venues.
Over the next couple of months we have some more shows across Scotland and will be looking to push ‘Gradients’ as much as possible throughout the UK.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
Good question. I don’t think we’d do a duet as such, more of a collaboration!! One artist who has had a huge impact on us over the last year has been Bon Iver. We unfortunately keep missing our opportunities to see him live so that would tick that one off the list!!
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Another good question. I’m sure we’d all have different ideas for this but one album that stands out is Death Cab For Cutie – Plans. Once you put that album on you have no choice but to listen to the end, so I guess it would help pass some of the time!!