Supergroups aren't necessarily all that super. For every Cream, who had four albums and a clutch of classic songs, there's a Blind Faith, who had one album with a very dodgy cover, the second side of which was an extended drum solo. The Reindeer Section have been dubbed a 'Scottish Indie1 Supergroup'. It's a fair label, being as the band is made up of twenty-seven members of various Scottish groups on independent labels. That's right, twenty seven, almost as many as were in many seventies funk bands. Who are these people, and what have they done?
As The Section contains members of several Scottish indie groups, it makes sense to introduce the members via their 'day jobs' - this entry also doubles as a guide to 'Scottish Indie'. Pete Frame2 would surely approve.
All three members of Snow Patrol - Gary Lightbody, Mark McLelland, and Jonny Quinn - are also members of The Reindeer Section. Indeed, Lightbody is the driving force behind the Section, writing and singing the majority of the songs.
Snow Patrol have to date released two albums - Songs For Polar Bears and When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up. While both were fairly well critically received, it's fair to say that Snow Patrol seem yet to fulfil their potential, and quality control is a bit of an issue. Their main strength is Lightbody's fragile voice, an affecting thing which constantly sounds at the edge of tears.