Pensioner are an independent rock band from Dundee, Scotland. The band are: Ross Middlemiss (Vocals, Guitar), Mike Lennie (Vocals, Bass), Mark Keiller (Vocals, Percussion, Drums) and Callum Sutherland (Vocals, Guitar). Since forming in early 2009, they have already recorded and self-released their debut EP, a double a-side single and in May 2011 released their debut album 'Yearlings' on Olive Grove Records. They have also played all over Scotland with the likes of …And So I Watch You From Afar, The Twilight Sad, Tera Melos, Errors, LaFaro and The Phantom Band.
'Yearlings' featured in several 'Best Of' lists for 2011 including Vic Galloway's Top 50 and Jockrock's Top 25 whilst also being mentioned in The Herald's 'Highlights of 2011'.
The band did a live BBC Introducing session for Ally McCrae on BBC Radio 1 in Scotland, with a track also featuring on the BBC Introducing show UK-wide.
Highlights in 2010 included a successful showcase at GoNorth in Inverness, airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland, Amazing Radio, Glasgow PodcART and Spain’s Cielo Liquido! Pensioner also recently featured on the ‘Bands to Watch in 2011' lists of Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Scotland) and Ally McCrae (BBC Radio 1).
Their debut album was recorded with the impressive Robin Sutherland (Laeto, Stapleton, Avast!) and has had airplay on BBC Radio 1/Scotland, Amazing Radio and a growing variety of podcasts including the BBC Radio Scotland Introducing Podcast.
The band are currently writing their second album.
released 02 May 2011
"As unpredictable as it is brilliant, Pensioner already have a contender for album of the year" - Jim Gellatly (Scottish Sun)
“...full of angular rock classics” – Ally McCrae (BBC Radio 1)
"...raucous, fun-time calling card from Dundee noise-poppers" - Nicola Meighan (The Herald)
"The titles might suggest a band that don't take things too seriously; yet Yearlings is a deceptively accomplished record." - 4/5 Review, The Skinny (#2 in top 5 album of July 2011)
"...these are flighty songs in experienced hands" The Irish Times
"...an accomplished album they should be rightly proud of" - Muso's Guide
"...it’s absolutely important not to write-off Pensioner as anything less than one of the most exciting emerging groups in Scotland at the moment, and “Yearlings” is a fitting opening to this career." – Songs Heard On Fast Trains
"Pensioner exemplify the ever diminishing fissure between bliss and confusion on this glorious debut." – Glasgow PodcART
"The band, a four piece from Dundee in case you’re wondering, have crafted a hugely enjoyable rock record that will be difficult to pigeonhole." – The Tidal Wave of Indifference
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