The Orchids




The first video from The Orchids is here!!!!!!!

See attached re news of a new video by The Orchids. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it! It was filmed in Prestwick and the south side of Glasgow in January this year. We are seriously considering hanging up our instruments and leaving it to the "Mini Orchids" to take it on from here!! I think they are fantastic in the video.

Thanks to all of the crew from Jangle Films for doing an impossible job!.



Watch it from here


Update from the band!!!!!

We recently played the excellent Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona where we managed to become nocturnal for the full weekend, taking in some brilliant shows by The Fall, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill and Of Montreal. It really is a totally unique event and we'd recommend it for everyone.

The live sets were punctuated by many visits to the VIP area (OK, I had to mention it, we don't get that sort of treatment very often) where the drinks were free - I don't think they really thought that one through before inviting us to the party!!!. Going back to our hotel on the packed metro at 6am was a surreal experience and our friend Brain was convinced that Art Garfunkel was on the same train - so we hope the poor guy who looks like Art has recovered from the Glaswegian shouts of "ART!" "ART" that punctuated the journey home - we are truly sorry!!

The Sunday night when we played began rather worryingly for us when we turned up fifteen minutes before our stage time with the place half empty! Our fears were unfounded however as we stepped out of the dressing room to a full venue. Thanks to everyone at Primavera, the Apolo and most of all the audience for making it such an enjoyable experience - they danced, they sang (fans who know all of the words is also a new one for us!!!) and gave us a great reception.

Rather annoyingly, the band sharing the stage with us that night stuck around the whole night in the dressing room, even during our set. This meant we had no personal space and our pre gig huddle was cut woefully short!!. Back in the the old days we'd have sorted them out but we've definitely mellowed and instead we all headed upstairs to enjoy Of Montreal after our set, leaving them wailing to a half empty hall.

Later, after dragging Ronnie and Paul (who are both old enough to know better) from the venue at 5.30am we also proceeded to piss the hotel staff off - I got them up to open the door only to turn around and find that I was suddenly on my own - they had both disappeared into the warm Barcelona night/morning to act as human statues on the Ramblas - aye, try that on Sauchiehall Street at 5.30am and see what happens to you!!!

PS - UK festivals take note - the provision of mobile Estrella Damm staff with back packs of beer and plastic glasses roaming through the festival crowds to serve you as you watched a live set was a wonderful innovation. We debated it long and hard but couldn't really see it catching on at T in The Park (think you can see in your own minds the ensuing chaos if they tried that one..........)

Anyway - enjoy the summer and hope to see some of you at Indie Tracks at the end of July.

(As usual, if you don't want to receive these updates then e mail me back - without swearing at me - and let me know never to darken your door again!!!)




We're also playing at the Indie Tracks festival in Derbyshire on 28th July:

"Catch the train to Indiepopland! Travel by steam or heritage diesel train to our festival site at Swanwick, where we will have 24 bands playing on two stages over two days."

"Confirmed so far: The Orchids, Arthur & Martha, Bearsuit, The Bobby McGees, College Pinks, Countryside, The Cut Outs, The Electric Pop Group, The Felt Tips, Pete Green, The Gresham Flyers, The Hermit Crabs, MJ Hibbett & The Validators, Horowitz ,The Indelicates, Rose McDowall, Roy Moller, Persil, Santa Dog, Strange Idols and Wake The President. BANDS IN GREEN PLAYING ON SATURDAY "

"Bands will finish at 10pm, with an indiepop disco afterwards.

Saturday night - How Does It Feel To Be Loved? -

Sunday night - t.b.a. "

More details at

Hope to see you there!


The Orchids



As happened in the last years, Sunday 3 of June we will finish another new festival edition with a closing party in Apolo club and La [2] where you will have free entrance with Estrella Damm Primavera Sound 2007 three-day ticket.
Spanish scene will be represented by the band from Sevilla Southern Arts Society, leaded by Andy Jarman and creators of a cinematic pop flavoured with electronica touches.
A new rising promise will be playing too: the canadian band Malajube that will release in Europe the new album "Trompe L'Oeil".
From Glasgow will come The Orchids, a living legend of indie pop and one of the reference bands of legendary British label Sarah Records. The creators of “Striving For The Lazy Perfection" will release a new lp in spanish label Siesta and they will be in Barcelona in order to perform it.
The night will be completed with one of the most interesting bands this year, Of Montreal. Kevin Barnes and his folks will unfold all the magic contained in "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?" the new work that's making them break the underground's frontier, thanks to its irresitible mixture of Prince influenced funk, glam and Elephant 6’s pop.
The night will finish with one of our favourite discjockeys: Erol Alkan whom the 2007 is being the year of his massive acknowledgement: 2006 best dj on Mixmag magazine and Scissors Sisters and Klaxons remixes has helped to the most rockist dj on dance scene to turns into a star.
The line-up of this night is not still finished. We will add more artists soon.


On monday 26th february The Orchids recorded a LIVE session for The Soundwave programme on on the program hosted by John Cavanagh.

The Band played four songs from the new album as well as some favourite tracks and chat

The programme will be broadcast  on Sunday 4th March at 06;00am and Monday 19:00pm GMT

you can tune in on line at and  Sky channel 0195 on digital satellite covering the United Kingdom and Ireland

full details of how to tune in can be found at


New album "GOOD TO BE A STRANGER" released 5th March 2007!

Siesta mail order service is fully operative (even before march 5th the

official uk release date). They will be happy to arrange despatch of copies


Review here!!!!!


The date is fixed “GOOD TO BE A STRANGER” will be available in the shops and on the net for download on the 5th of March 2007.

The Band will play in Glasgow... News to follow.


Happy New Video

Hello All and Happy New Year from the Orchids. 2007 will be an exciting year for us with the release of our new album and our return to the live stage. We've already been busy shooting a video for the song "Another Saturday Night". The video features the Orchids on a trip to a seaside town to play a gig. However there is a twist. Inspired by the Tom Hanks movie "Big", the band become 8 year old versions of themselves and the video intercuts between both bands as they prepare for the show. We filmed in various locations in and around Prestwick on the west coast of Scotland, starting off at John's house where the band members were filmed loading their van. We then moved on to the sea front, where we endured some heavy rain which thankfully cleared away pretty quickly. Finally we shot the gig scenes in a local pub – cheers to all at the Toll Bar for your hospitality. We've got a wee bit of filming still to do but we had great fun and hopefully you'll be able to see the end result soon. We're very grateful to our good friends Steven and Elaine from Jangle who are producing the video for us. You can check out their video for Popup's "Chinese Burn" on YouTube. A tip of the hat also to Stuart, Jonny, Ryan, Maeve, Laura and Joe for all their hard work over the course of the day. Finally, we'd like to give very special thanks to the young Orchids – Euan, Christopher, Cameron, Alexander and Reiss. As you'll see, they upstaged us with ease at every opportunity.

All the best for 2007

The Orchids


FEB 26th 2007


The new album will be out!!!

CD available at Siesta


NEW Biography and a picture of the band nowadays!!!!

Well it is a great pleasure to introduce you the new section in the website:

LIVE 2007!!!!! Go and give a look... It is an order.


Happy new year folks!!!