The Fence Collective
The Haven, Anstruther, 2010
This session includes , and and the songs “Leslie”, “Spanish Ants”, “Not To Be”, “Curtain Craft”, “I Awoke” and “Skerryvore”, recorded on a long and relaxed afternoon in Anstruther. Once the Fence Records musicians have made themselves cosy with some beer up to the fireplace, the chance to convince them to also perform songs outside in this picturesque fishing village fainted with every note and every sip. Never mind! Kenny from King Creosote makes a slide detour to the rough and scenic coast for a haunting solo performance of “Leslie” and every other song is played indoor as a trio in some jocular and merry atmosphere. The moments of nonchalance and collective improvisation in the comfortable pub-setting doubtlessly make up for the lack of perspective and location change in the videos. And the videos show something else that this area of Scotland is famous for: great music and cordial people. We suggest in any case to once come out here and jaunt somewhere between the Fisheries Museum, the shore, the pub, the award-winning fish and chips shop and the Fence Records office. For the best of it all, watch out for the larger-than-life Homegame Festival!
The Haven, Anstruther
Fife, a council area in Scotland that is also known as “Kingdom of Fife”, is home of Fence Records (also known as the Fence Collective): “A micro-indie record label” – as the self description suggests – that contains the likes as King Creosote, The Pictish Trail, James Yorkston, FOUND, Lone Pigeon and more. Anstruther is a small town not far from St. Andrews in Fife, where Johnny Lynch from The Pictish Trail lives and from where he runs Fence Records (alongside Kenny Anderson from King Creosote). So Anstruther, originally a fishing village, is not just home of a great record label, but also of the Scottish Fisheries Museum and of one of the best, if not the best fish & chips shop(s) in the whole UK. Thus the picturesque coastal village attracts manifold visitors, who come either for the fish & chips – Prince William, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro a.o. – or the good music. Once a year when the Homegame festival takes place many more music lovers from the isle come to this smallish and otherwise rather tranquil place with its pleasantly maverick and sociable inhabitants. So in short, it’s a place to fall in love with and till you get there, you might make do with The Pictish Trail’s music video Winter Home Disco that was shot in phantasmagoric Anstruther. Our filming session took place in The Haven – a seaside pub, bar & restaurant with a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.