Lewis band shine on prestigious stage


When Paramount swaggered onto the stage at Glasgow’s O2 ABC Arena, they weren’t so much a breath of fresh air but more like a Force 9 gale.

The Lewis three-piece had stormed their way to the final 12 places of the Soundwave Music competition – seeing off the challenge of more than 300 entrants in the process.

Paramount, made up of Andrew Macleod (vocals and guitar), Alasdair ‘A1’ Macdonald (guitars/bass) and Charlie Morrison (drums), performed in the recent final at the famous ABC, where the likes of Stereophonics and Beady Eye have plugged in the past.

Unfortunately, the band didn’t win the event which came with a top prize of recording studio time and an exposure package.

But having played such a famous stage, and had excellent feedback on three original songs, Andrew is beaming with pride.

He said: “We found out about half-an-hour after the event what the results were – unfortunately we didn’t win, but the whole experience was really valuable.

“We haven’t received official feedback yet, as that is something the organisers are doing this week when they contact each of the bands.

“Nerves weren’t really something which bothered us, as there were 11 other acts in the competition and we had been rehearsing quite alot over the holidays.

“All three songs we played were originals – ‘Knife Edge,’ ‘No More Life,’ and ‘Smile With Me,’ and to be honest we couldn’t have asked for a better crowd reaction – especially after you come off stage and random people are saying they’re going to vote for you, which really meant a lot.

“Overall it was a great experience to play in front of such a big crowd and in such an iconic venue! Hopefully it wont be the last time we play there.”