The Scotsman Sessions #93: Kev Sherry

Welcome to The Scotsman Sessions. With performing arts activity curtailed for the foreseeable future, we are commissioning a series of short video performances from artists all around the country and releasing them on, with introductions from our critics. Here, Attic Lights frontman Kev Sherry performs an unplugged version of new single Shoes That Make You Taller, taken from his forthcoming solo album Foxy Orthodoxy.

Political commentator, graphic novelist, singer/songwriter – Kev Sherry’s CV is certainly diverse. He writes for The New Statesman among other publications but also enjoys a reflective outlet as frontman of Glasgow indie popsters Attic Lights, who released their most recent album, Love in the Time of Shark Attacks, last year.

The band are currently on hiatus, but Sherry has continued to exercise his talent for melodic indie pop tuneage and inventive titles on his forthcoming debut solo album, Foxy Orthodoxy. Included in this missive from Maryhill is new single Shoes That Make You Taller, which Sherry performs unplugged from his living room for the Scotsman Sessions.

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“The song is an attack on the dodgy logic and overly simplistic arguments that fuel the rise of far right and fascist ideologies in the modern world,” he says.

Sherry has also wielded his pen, in collaboration with Italian artist Katia Vecchio, to create the digital comic Warpaint, which is to be republished as a graphic novel in the USA, UK and France in late spring/early summer 2021.

“It's a fairly militant feminist piece about a group of Scottish school pupils who react against the misogyny and patriarchy of their upbringing by painting their faces with their menstrual blood,” says Sherry.

Somewhere amidst all this creativity, Sherry has found time to get married. His partner is an anthropologist who works mostly in East Africa –“hence the Swahili writing on the drape behind me. We like to give a shout out to Tanzania whenever we can,” he says.

“This is actually the first time I've played guitar since getting married and I realised I had to take the wedding ring off as it kept clinking against the neck of the guitar. This does not bode well for touring/gigging given my propensity for losing things!”

Foxy Orthodoxy is released by Kartel Music Group/Here Be Apples Records on 18 September,

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