Ross Mcpherson – The Starry Wisdom Cult & Hordes X (interview)

Today’s solo Hordes X band interview features a familiar face, definitely stand out amongst the other bands on the bill! Their music features vocal and guitar harmonies, driving rhythms, and a metric tonne of addictive hooks. But what are the prime factors behind creating a real Starry Wisdom Cult song? Frontman, Ross Mcpherson, cracks open the dusty tomes of their canon.

RM: We generally start with a cool riff, or hook, and then see where it takes us at band practice. We take our time, and if the song has a vibe to it then it’ll make the setlist. If not, we’ll just leave it, and move on. A lot of what we do never leaves the practice room.

It would appear “Seeing what works”, also means they feel equally at home on any show!

RM: It’s all just music to us, so we’re happy to play wherever we’re invited. Maybe Bob’s Country Bunker?


Going by their name, there’s no hiding a love of a Great Old One or so, but that doesn’t seem to be a focus of their lyrical themes.

RM: A lot of stuff is metaphorical, and isn’t necessarily about what it may initially appear to be. It’s usually something that has piqued Simon’s interest, so death and madness in some form.

They have had a fair share of scares recently, though, with health being at the core of most of them. Keeping things together when your body demands downtime can be a challenge.

RM: We all enjoy what we’re doing as a band, so, if anyone needs some time for whatever reason, be it family, or health related, we’re pretty comfortable with putting things on hold for as long as that person needs. There’s no pressure to rush back into things: the band’s not going anywhere. That is not dead which can eternal lie.

Always working on new material, it’s great to invite them back for Hordes X, and to ask them what they’ll be unearthing for us, and in the near future.

RM: Our set this year is a good mix of songs from over the years, and we’ll be closing with a brand new song, that we’re excited to share with everyone at Hordes X. We’re recording a three track EP in October. We move with glacial speed, and had planned to record long before this, but life has a funny habit of getting in the way.

We think it’s probably going to be worth the wait; every tune from The Starry Wisdom Cult has been a pleasure so far.

Venue: Beat Generator Live, North Lindsay St., Dundee
Artists: Krysthla, Bloodyard, Dog Tired, Ramage Inc., Threshold Sicks, Seed Of Sorrow, Dominicide, The Starry Wisdom Cult, Evil Blood, Catalysis,Volcano X, Darkness Divine, Melted Messiah
Promoter: Slow Dragon Music
Doors: 3:20pm
Entry: £10 (no booking fee)
Ages: 14+
Tickets available from wegottickets
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See also the Hordes X Outreach programme:

Venue: Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, Sauchiehall St., Glasgow
Artists: Krysthla, Dominicide, Centrilia, Burning The Dream
Promoter: Goddamned Promotions
Doors: 7pm
Entry: £8 (STBF)
Ages: 18+
Tickets available from Tickets Scotland

Venue: Monty’s Bar, Guildhall St., Dunfermline
Artists: Bloodyard, Melted Messiah, Nadé
Promoter: Noise Night
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free
Ages: 18+

Venue: The Market Bar, Church St., Inverness
Artists: Krysthla, Seed Of Sorrow
Promoter: N/A
Doors: 10pm
Entry: Free
Ages: 18+


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