The Trashcan Sinatras were formed in 1987 in the coastal town of Irvine, Scotland, by John Douglas, Paul Livingston, David Hughes, Stephen Douglas and Francis Reader. Quickly signed to esteemed British indie label Go!Discs, the group used its label advance to set up their own recording studio, Shabby Road, in nearby Kilmarnock, where they settled in to create three criticallyacclaimed albums.
The first of these, Cake, was released in the summer of 1990. Produced by John Leckie, it featured debut single "Obscurity Knocks" and its follow-up “Only Tongue Can Tell”, both of which became alternative radio hits in the USA, and introduced the group to what has become a loving and loyal fan base around the world. Their beloved second album, I've Seen Everything, produced by Gentle Giant’s Ray Shulman, came along in 1993, preceded by the lauded single “Hayfever.” The group’s next album, 1996’s self-produced A Happy Pocket, featured four singles, including the band’s much-loved cover of "To Sir, With Love".
In early 2015, funded via a pre-order campaign with PledgeMusic , the group set up camp with producer Mike Mog (Bright Eyes, Justin Townes Earle, First Aid Kit, Rilo Kiley) at his ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska to record their sixth LP. Released in April 2016, the album, Wild Pendulum, received a warm welcome from music critics and fans. The A.V. Club said “Wild Pendulum is lovingly crafted, with layers in all the right places,” while Allmusic exclaimed the album is “quite likely the best sophisticated guitar pop album anyone is likely to hear in 2016.” The band returned to the road for the first time in five years, supporting the release with concerts in the United States, Scotland, England, Ireland and Japan.
The Trashcan Sinatras will be touring again in 2018, in both their acoustic and full-band configurations. The band recently announced a late spring/early summer acoustic “One Night, Two Albums” tour in North America, where they will play Cake and I’ve Seen Everything in their entirety. This will be followed by a full-band supporting slot with Del Amitri on their July UK tour, as well as their own headline shows in the UK and elsewhere.