California Dreaming for Pure Dead Brilliant band

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Members of Fife band Pure Dead Brilliant are still in a state of shock after rubbing shoulders with music legends on their recent trip to America, reports KEVIN QUINN.

The band went on the trip of a lifetime earlier this year through a website called ‘sonicbids.com’, enabling them to work with Grammy award winning producer Ron Nevison on their debut album for five weeks, as well as meeting A-List music stars like Prince and Stevie Wonder.

Grammy-winning producer Ron Nevison, who recently worked with local band Pure Dead Brilliant

Grammy-winning producer Ron Nevison, who recently worked with local band Pure Dead Brilliant

Lead guitarist Ben Hutton from Coaltown of Balgonie spoke about their encounters with music royalty.

He said: “It was life changing. It wasn’t the normal opportunity that anyone stumbles across. It was brilliant.

“Just to work with people on that level. We are not amateur but we are not skilled to the standard of those who work there.

“We have learnt a lot from our five weeks. It definitely helped me.

Pure Dead Brilliant with producer Ron Nevison in LA

Pure Dead Brilliant with producer Ron Nevison in LA

“The equipment was incredible and we worked in the studio next to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. We met Flea (RHCP guitarist) in the kitchen having a coffee with his family.

“We spoke to him but he could not understand what we were saying thanks to our Scottish accents!

“I walked past Prince in the corridor, I didn’t let on to him though. He had an entourage with him.

“When we met Stevie Wonder we were sitting at the airport, waiting to check in our bags about to go home, gutted that it was over. Then a big guy walked past, and Sean from the band said ‘that’s Stevie Wonder’ and we were like ‘no it isn’t’, but then he turned round and we realised it was!

Fife band Pure Dead Brilliant

Fife band Pure Dead Brilliant

“So Duggie, who is like the band’s dad just asked him for a photo and he said ‘sure’.”

Ben spoke of the band’s gig at famous LA venue ‘Whiskey a go go’ and the lack of interest they have received in Britain.

He said: “It was pretty insane. One of my heroes is Jim Morrison, and he played there a few times.

“So to play there was incredible. I was really nervous, it took a few tracks to get into it. There was a few hundred people there. It was a great night.

Pure Dead Brilliant with Stevie Wonder

Pure Dead Brilliant with Stevie Wonder

“It’s just the style of music we do, it’s quite American, they love it over there. But here it’s more the indie sound that people like.

“I would love to go over and stay there, hopefully it’s possible.

“Just now the album is getting shipped out to record labels. Having Ron Nevison’s name on it should add extra interest.”

*Click to watch Pure Dead Brilliant on video. Video supplied courtesy of the band management.