FP100 Fife bands 31. The Scottish Enlightenment

The Scottish Enlightenment
The Scottish Enlightenment

Describing their music as a mixture of Ecclesiastic Rock, Smoo Cave Pop, and Miserablist Minimalism, The Scottish Enlightment shed a little bit of darkness wherever they go, with their rich and brooding offerings.

Originating from Dunfermline, the indie combo, formed in 2005, comprises Moyes brothers Angus and David and Michael Alexander and David Morrison.

They made their recorded debut in 2007 with their well-received EP, Eyes.

Thanks to to some airplay for Eyes on Radio 6 by Phil Jupitus, and MTV picking up on an accompanying Fife-made video, this led to, of all things, the establishment of an ES fan club in the Middle East, set up by an enlightened Israeli disciple.

A couple more EPs followed – Pascal and Little Sleep – before the band went large in late 2010 with the album, St Thomas, which found wide critical acclaim.

Frontman and main songwriter David Moyes said the aim was to give the long player the feel of something that had been recorded in a large church, and cites bands like Sigur Ros and Low as musical influences.