Release Date: Apr 8, 2016
Record label: Xtra Mile Recordings
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
With all the loud sniggering and the mass of terrible reviews that surrounded the release of Morrissey’s debut novel List of the Lost, it was easy to overlook the other indie songwriter who turned his hand to literature last year. There were fewer creepy sex scenes and no mention of a ‘bulbous salutation’, but Colin MacIntyre’s The Letters of Ivor Punch was much more to the critics' liking and ended up winning a few awards. Set on a fictional Scottish island, the book centred on an eccentric character who wrote letters to President Obama telling of local gossip and long held myths.
In the four years since reviving the Mull Historical Society (MHS) banner, indie pop stalwart and Hebridean renaissance man Colin MacIntyre also managed to publish his debut novel, The Letters of Ivor Punch. The book's title character, who makes his home on MacIntyre's beloved Isle of Mull, crosses over into the author's musical world on "The Ballad of Ivor Punch," the rousing lead single from MHS' fifth proper LP, Dear Satellite. It seems a fitting cross-pollination from an artist whose albums have always felt a bit like personal microcosms or creative habitats.