Glaswegian six-piece band Pronto Mama, release of their smart and convincing debut album ‘Any Joy’, on 5th May via Electric Honey. The album is a collection of songs about hope and hopelessness, vice and virtue and how love and friendship go hand in hand with hate and jealousy. To get a taste of their forthcoming album, here’s a pure gem called ‘Arabesque’.
Hi Pronto Mama, how are you today?
Hello FM, I’ve been looking for you. I’m sound aye just pottering about the house the now waiting on a sausage supper. A Liverpudlian sailor attacked me last night because I had too much patter for him and I had to welcome him to Glasgow. However, he broke my glasses which is an absolute pain in the arse. Apart from that I’m okay.
Please introduce yourself and let us know what you play.
My name is Marc Rooney and I was born in the Rotten Row maternity hospital in Glasgow. I’ve always thought that was a tremendous name for a hospital in which babies are born. Start as ye mean to go on. I play the guitar and write the songs for Pronto Mama, I also sing the songs I write for Pronto Mama.
Tell us what your new album ‘Any Joy’ is all about?
‘Any Joy’ is a collection of songs about hope and hopelessness. Vice and virtue. The duality that has been present in Scottish cultural art since James Hogg and Stevensons’ Jeykll and Hyde. It is an album about love and friendship hand in hand with hate and jealousy.
Growing up, was music always your main passion?
Aye, there was a time growing up when music was the only thing that mattered to me. That and hash. I used to think Bob Dylan smoked a lot of hash and that’s why he was so good. Little did I know that he was full of amphetamine so I wasn’t so cool after all. Drugs are tricky to get right. Glasgow. Celtic.
If you could write music in any other genre, what kind of artist would you want to become?
I don’t write music in a genre I just write music. But alright, Mariachi or Cabaret.
If you could date any artist, current or not, who would that be and why?
Alicia Keys. If you don’t know why I can’t explain it to you.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Gin and Tonic
Now describe your look in 2.
Describe your attitude in 1.
Finally what can we expect from Pronto Mama in 2017?
You can expect one of the best albums that’s came out of Glasgow in a long time cos that’s what you’re going to get. Deacon Blue are reforming.