Last September offers a topical take on the Old Firm

The Last September support for Unkle Bob'Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
The Last September support for Unkle Bob'Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

IT is perhaps fitting that at the same time as one half of the Old Firm is struggling for survival, a song inspired by the ugly aspects of the rivalry – written by a Denholm musician -– is set to be released.

The Last September, led by Pete Deane, are putting out This City on March 5, a reworking of Tough Love which featured on their As the Crow Flies album of last year.

Discussing the album version of the song with Southern Life in December, Pete said: “I tend to write personal songs about such things as relationships but Tough Love is an angry song about bigotry.

“I am not a Rangers or Celtic fan but I went along to an Old Firm game and saw parents bringing along their eight-year-old kids and shouting and swearing in front of them.

“That just seemed wrong to me.”

Alongside Pete in the Last September line-up are Galashiels’ Jos Collins and Dave Bishop of Hawick, as well as Calum Macleod and Rich Beeby. The band first got together 10 years ago but went their separate ways in 2006, despite earning a place on BBC Radio 2’s playlist with Streetlite.

The band reformed in 2010 and began recording and playing gigs again, culminating in As the Crow Flies, ironically released last September.

As well as the new single, the Last September are embarking on a mini-tour which takes in Hawick’s Beanscene on Friday, March 2, kicking off at 8.30pm.