THEY have been on Fife’s music scene for a few years now, but The Draymin are preparing to take to the stage at Dunfermline’s Glen Pavilion for a special hometown gig this weekend after releasing their debut album in April.
On Saturday the band are looking to give something back to a local charity which has helped them along the way - the Mary Leishman Foundation.
Fraser Penman, singer, told the Press: “The foundation have helped us a lot and given money to help us record the album and be able to release it.
“It’s taken us about seven years to release it, but if we had had to pay out for it ourselves, it would probably not have been out for another seven years.
“Doing this gig in aid for the foundation is something we wanted to do to give them something back and show our appreciation.”
The five piece, who hail from Rosyth, are delighted to have finally released their debut album, ‘Should’ve Known Better’.
Fraser said it ‘felt brilliant’ to have it out there.
“Releasing the album was not about trying to get a number one in the charts or a record deal,” he explains. “We’re kind of past that now - we wanted to get an album out so we can say we brought an album out.
“There have been quite a lot of blog sites reviewing itm and most of it has been really positive. Any that were neative were quite constructive, but the majority have been positive.
“There was initially a surge in sales in the first week it was released and it reached number 21 in the Alternative Chart on iTunes.
“It was unexpected to get that high in the charts, but that in itself was creating more publicity for us.”
The Draymin have already started their summer gigs, having played RockNess the other week.
Fraser continued: “It was superb. Itwas our third time there.
“We have played on smaller stages in previous years, but this time it was a really big tent.
“We were a bit worried when we got up there on the Saturday and saw it. We were on at 1.00 p.m on the Sunday and thought we’d probably just get a small crowd at the front, but when we played it was absolutely packed. It was great, we couldn’t have asked for any better.”
And the band are hoping for another good turn out at their Dunfermline gig on Saturday.
Fraser said: “We’re looking forward to it.
“We usually play PJ Molloy’s a lot, but nothing quite beats a bigger stage like the Alhambra or the Glen Pavilion and a home crowd.
“We’re looking for a good turn out and playing a great show on a bigger stage for our home fans.
“We’ll mainly be doing tracks from the album but we always chuck in a wee sneaky surprise, a Draymin chart cover that we put our own stamp on it - I’m not telling you what it is though!”
But after Saturday’s gig, the lads still have more plans for gigs ahead of them this summer.
“We’re playing Belladrum Festival,” says Fraser.
“We won a prize through playing RockNess last year with AEG promoters and won the chance to play at RockNess again this year, and an AEG tour support slot which should be for quite a big band.
“That should come up later this year, but we don’t yet know the details of that.
“We’ve also got a few gigs lined up in Aberdeen and Inverness and we’re trying to sort an Edinburgh show too.”
The band are not making plans for too far in the future yet, but look forward to seeing where their love of music takes them.
>> The Draymin play the Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline on Saturday with support from Fridge Magnets. Tickets are £8.