The Imagineers have been gaining steam in the US since the premiere of the video they did for “Imagineer” along with CBS and Craig Ferguson. PastaRun Music had the opportunity to ask Ali Greig, bass guitar/vocals, a few questions about the band, their success, and the rigorous tour schedule they go on. Read below for more info on these Scottish rockers.
PastaRun Music: How did you come up with the band name The Imagineers and what brought on the inspiration for that line/song?
Ali Greig (the Imagineers): Stevie came across the word somewhere and it really worked for what we wanted to say in the song ‘Imagineer’. It was too interesting a word not to use twice.
PRM: How did you guys meet?
Ali: Stevie and myself met in a shop where both were putting up ads for other musicians, a chance encounter, we wrote a song together that same day.
Forbo and Stevie had played together before and decided to stick together for whatever project was coming next.
We came across Scott singing solo at an open mic night in Glasgow, he caught our attention quickly.
PRM: You recently released two-singles. One, “The Legend of John the Terror”, would fit in the American West. Where did you draw from for that song? and can we expect more of those influences shining through in your future releases?
Ali: Sometimes your mind runs wild when you need to escape your surroundings. Pick up a guitar and a rainy night in Glasgow becomes a Fistful of Dollars. That’s why we play music. I can see us going back to that place for a new story.
PRM: I can’t help but ask about the video you did for “Imagineer” wish CBS. What was it like making that video? Did you get to work closely with all of the stars that appeared in the video?
Ali: It was an interesting few days that went by in a quick burst of madness. We’ve made loose plans to meet up again with Michael Clarke Duncan with the intention of going fishing together.
PRM: You guys followed the release of “See as I Say” with “rigorous” touring? What’s your favorite part about playing live?
Ali: When you are on the road you began to live in the moment as you constantly move, the mad characters are waiting round every corner to make sure you don’t get bored.
It’s also the best way to hear music, with no filters.
PRM: As described in your bio, cinematic landscapes, shades of Spain, and a twist of surf guitar are present in The Imagineers sounds. Along with your Scottish-accented vocals, this creates a very interesting sound. Could you shed some light on the band’s major influences, and what led you to this unique sound?
Ali: We all have our personal and mutual influences like most groups do. We try to keep an open mind, though we are all big fans of The Doors Latin and blues sound. We respect of great songwriters such as Dylan, Cohen and Simon. A few Glasgow bands were key influencing us early on, especially a group called Figure 5. We are also into Quentin Tarantino and Ennio Morricone soundtracks also. We love The Band.