One third of FOUND – or more latterly one half, since Tommy Perman hung up his bass to concentrate on his new family – Ziggy Campbell has played under the name ‘Lomond’ Campbell before, but there’s not been much activity of late.
But with the band at a crossroads, but he and synths man Kev ‘River of Slime’ Sim are striking out on their own with new sounds. Campbell’s six track EP is Only A City Apart and should keep the FOUND fans happy with its mix of beats, jangly guitar and Campbell’s familiar textured vocals.
But this isn’t just a straight facsimile of his parent band, there’s a smidge of experimentation at play here, and whatever ends up happening to FOUND in the longer term, we can at least look forward the band producing sounds individually.
We caught up with Ziggy/Lomond to chat about the EP…
So who the hell are you?
Lomond Campbell, a pseudonym King Creosote coined after taking a photograph of me standing in front of the Lomond hills.
So Lomond’s not just your Sunday name then?
Maybe every second Sunday.
Describe your sound in ten words or less!
Creepy synthesisers, Scotch pop vocals and glottal stops beats.
When I was at art school I bought a Tascam four track tape recorder and a Boss SP 202 sampler from a student. Though I was studying sculpture I ended up doing most of my work on them. I obsessively recorded hundred of tapes worth of stuff and handed them in to be assessed at my degree show. I hope nobody listened to them.
Would you say you had any particular influences?
Easiest if I just list my last few purchases…
Agitation Free – proto Krautrock from the early 70s
Ray Terrace – some boogaloo
Beak> – one of Geoff Barrow’s projects (oh we know that one alright! – Ed)
Haroumi Hosono – Japanese guy who did tons of stuff but I really love an album from 1984 called S.F.X
What inspired the songs on the EP?
‘How To Appear Attentive’ = daydreaming about sex at the least appropriate time, usually during a supposedly important meeting. ‘Another Chancer’ = when playful drunken banter becomes something more deadly. ‘Yesterday’s You & Me’ = the strain of living beyond your means.
How do you feel your solo endeavours differ from FOUND?
When on tour I don’t feel bitter about being the only one able to drive.
Have you any solo touring plans?
Not exactly any world tours but a few sporadic shows throughout the year.
And what’s next for FOUND do you think?
I’m doing a collaborative album with River of Slime (also FOUND) which is coming out under the name River of Slime & Lomond Campbell. It should be out later in the year on Chemikal Underground. Also, I just finished building a whisky tasting machine with Simon Kirby, also from the FOUND Collective.