In 1986 a young band from Scotland seemingly had the world at their feet. With a hit single (Honeythief) in both the U.K. and America, 500,000 albums (Gold in UK) sold worldwide and successful tours of Europe and the States, their future path was surely one to glory.
Two years later they disbanded before their second album had even been released; bass player Johnny McElhone formed Texas, while drummer Harry Travers left to pursue his studies. Cut to 2016 and to celebrate the deluxe 30th anniversary re-release of the HIPSWAY debut album, Skin and Pim decided to play a one-off show at Glasgow’s ABC theatre. This quickly sold out as did two further gigs – to date the band has now sold over 10,000 concert tickets in Scotland.
This caused the ‘boys’ to reason that it might be worth making a new record which brings us to ‘Smoke and Dreams’, the new release from HIPSWAY. Recorded over the winter/spring of 2018 in ‘old style’ with all the musicians crammed together in one room striving for the best unified take of each track and allowing a continuity of sound where, stylistically, the tunes may differ starkly.