Glasvegas’ James Allan: ‘Our new song is about Alan McGee’ – listen

Frontman explains the lyrics behind new song 'If'

Glasvegas frontman, James Allan has revealed that the band’s new song ‘If’ is based on a text conversation with Alan McGee.

In an exclusive interview with NME, the singer explained that the song came about after a series of text messages between Allan and McGee, when the former Creation Records boss was feeling low.

Allan told NME: “We spoke on the phone because he was really down about something. So I later texted him saying, ‘If it wasn’t for all the bleak and the dark then the good stuff and the light would be unrecognisable to us’.”


He added:

McGee sent me a message back saying, ‘Life is good and life is dark, I embrace them both’.

The singer explained that McGee’s message came at a good time, as he was about to write a new song and he felt it would be touching to write about his mentor and friend’s troubles. He said: “I knew we had a message to exchange.”

Glasvegas are currently holed up in a Glasgow studio, laying down demos for an album they hope to release later this year. There are also murmurings of a potential EP out soon, as the band begins talks with various record labels to release their new material – after they were dropped by Columbia Records last year.

Allan explained: “These new songs are starting to take on a life of their own. They’ve grown into wee monsters. We’ve got more than an album now, so an EP might be a good idea.”

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