TUNE Pete MacLeod - California Son
Pete MacLeod is a Scottish singer-songwriter with a flair for crafting hard-edged yet sensitive and melodic
guitar based rock tunes. His early influences were drawn from his father’s LP collection, including the likes of Buddy Holly, The Beatles, John Lennon and The Rolling Stones. He spent several years living in California before returning home to release an EP entitled ‘Glasgow Keeps Me Real, California Lets Me Heal’ in early 2013. It was well received and the song 'Rolling Stone’ was made Single of the Month on BBC Radio Scotland.
MacLeod's music soon caught the attention of Creation Records founder Alan McGee, who signed him to the just launched 359 Music label and issued his debut album, ‘Rolling Stone’, in late 2013. A follow-up, ‘Crestfallen’, was released in 2016 and saw MacLeod working with producer Youth (The Verve, Primal Scream, Pink Floyd, Crowded House) and musicians that included guitarists Simon Tong (The Verve, Gorillaz) and James McCartney (solo artist and son of Paul).
‘Crestfallen’ was championed by the BBC, with the title song receiving multiple spins on Radio 2 and an exclusive session recorded for Radio Scotland. MacLeod promoted the album via a series of support tours with Happy Mondays, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, Shed Seven, Midge Ure, Amy Macdonald and The Strypes. He has also been joined on stage by musicians such as Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller), Bonehead (Oasis), Rab Allan (Glasvegas) and Josh McClorey (The Strypes).
MacLeod has recently completed his third solo album, ‘Walk To The Light’, which will be released on 28th September. With production assistance from Youth (who also plays bass on several songs), it once again features contributions from Tong and McCartney, as well as Andy Bell (Ride, Oasis, Beady Eye) on the elegiac album closer ‘Saudade’. Other highlights include the upbeat, funky sounding ‘I Need Your Love’, the sunshine pop inflected ‘California Son’ and the reflective title song.
Describing the lyrical content of the record, MacLeod states: “I went a little deeper and darker with some of the songs, although the emphasis is more a spiritual one in regard to the overall feel. My belief is that no matter what you are going through it's important not to doubt yourself and others but instead ‘walk to the light’. Get through the tunnel. Take it all in and not be frightened of what may lie ahead. We will all leave here one day and also lose others while we are here, but my attitude is that I welcome the experiences I've had. I also welcome the unknown and the overall journey.”