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Do It Better


Through habit more than anything I have wrote songs for ages, being largely content with playing them live, now and again, here and there. This period of nonchalant activity cumulated in a 7" single on shadazz (Glasgow artist Luke Fowler's bedroom label). Heartened by confused reviews in the local press including The Paisley Gazette, I began to get serious and expanded the outfit to three with local louches Richard Wright on guitar and Will Bradley playing the drums. (Bradley has since bolted but wisps of silver lining came in the form of Paul Thomson pointing out that he is a drummer, and by god he was right.) Later the group was crowned by Patrick of The Royal We fame on bass. The demands of nitty gritty bullshit on this planet acting as a source of endless inspiration and yet an obstacle to negotiate in order to get in the same room for five minutes produced some necessarily direct and unhampered songs which the forthcoming album will demonstrate. (Ok, we are talking Kinks, VU, Eno, Ramones, Creation, Dylan, Smiths, Modern Lovers, PIL, etc here, you know - all the good stuff.)


When it comes to writing songs I've just got to hope something worthwhile pops out my gob while I have a guitar in the ole paws. I find mornings quite productive in terms of spawning a germ for an idea of a song. The hour or so after you wake up, a little rattled perhaps from the wine the night before. It might be a line that strikes me as intriguing or a couple of chords that have some dynamism. 'Joni' is a case in point. I seem to remember writing it before dashing out the door to head off to work, my brain fizzing with 'Substitute' by the Who, guilt, and 'I'm Celebrity Get Me Out Of here' (I would eat a fish eye, to have you by my side). Working within the parameters of pop music makes writing focused, knowing you aren’t the chosen one to revolutionise music as we know it (phew, fucking hell, what a relief). It’s much more interesting to piss about with fact, fiction, surrealism, the mundane, and all the rest of it. 'Do It Better' is a result of the numbing effects of going about my business on a day to day level, petty grievances with humanity, trying to do the best you can, but never really achieving what you set out to do that particular day. I'm sure everyone else is trying their best too, but there must be some misunderstanding as they just seem to be getting in my bloody way. If art school (yes, another one) taught me anything it was that unlike real life you can do whatever you want, it doesn't have to be "here's my masterpiece". That's why people like Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash are so good. But then you already know that, it just took me ages to realise.


Correcto is often described as a project, in many ways it is. The other folk in the group have their other main preoccupations/occupations: Richard is an accomplished artist who makes terrifyingly detailed paintings, often onto the gallery wall using 'the most direct and simple means possible' - brushes and paint; no matter the scale (sometimes huge). He also makes works on paper which will feature on Correcto record sleeves. Richard has also been involved, over the years, with making music in various incarnations such as traditional Irish music with his brother in the infamous Victoria Bar and has played in bands such as Par Cark alongside David Shrigley. In short he has paid his dues for all of us. Nice one. Newcomer Patrick moved down to Glasgow from up north a couple of years ago, making an impact with the marvellous The Royal We (sadly no longer with us but look out for the LP on Geographic soon). He has formed a new band, Sexy Kids with ex members of the We and other faces you see hanging about with nothing better to do. Paul is in Franz Ferdinand, you may have heard of them. He offered his services in January 07. I hadn't seen much of him since Franz mania took hold so it was great to loaf about with him again when we recorded the initial bones of the LP in London. It was nice that he seemed completely unaffected by it all but with the bonus of recording knowledge, especially fortuitous as I hadn't been in a proper studio, well, for a while. He seemed just as I remembered him in the Yummy Fur days (his old band featuring Alex Kapranos and Jackie McKeown of 1990's) except this time he could get a round in. All these varied askews can only be healthy for making a good pop racket, but, I would love to see more of 'em. With any luck will you too, coming soon, to a forsaken shithole near your hometown playing songs fast and loose, tight and slow from the imaginatively titled debut album Correcto.

-Danny Saunders, Correcto