Last year, the Scottish band Trashcan Sinatras wanted to perform every song it had written. They played long sets—sometimes up to three hours.
That was daunting, according to singer Frank Reader. But it made this year’s tour much easier. Trashcan Sinatras will come to Tucson on Thursday, May 17, as part of its North American acoustic club tour “One Night, Two Albums.” The jaunt finds Reader, John Douglas and Paul Livingston playing their 1990 debut album Cake, and their 1993 follow-up, I’ve Seen Everything in their entirety. Trashcan Sinatras will also include a selection of other songs from their catalog.
“We didn’t really know how they were going to sound,” Reader says. “They were written with the three of us sitting around in the circle. It was a long time ago, wasn’t it? Some of them we hadn’t played for, maybe, 20-odd years. Some of them we never played at that time. We were pleasantly surprised.”
Trashcan Sinatras formed in Irvine, Scotland, in 1986, with songs filled with pop harmonies and wordplay lyrics. Their debut album, Cake,” featured the hits “Obscurity Knocks,” “Only Tongue Can Tell” and “Circling the Circumference.”
In July, Trashcan Sinatras will head overseas to tour with their peers, Del Amitri, who recently reunited.
“We don’t usually do full-band shows, but one of the gigs is at Edinburgh Castle,” says Reader, who has lived in the States for 11 years. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance for us. The others are old British traditional rock ‘n’ roll venues, as opposed to conference centers and the likes you tend to come up against a lot these days.
“We felt this would be a blast. You never know how many of these opportunities to play will come along.”
Trashcan Sinatras, Club Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, Tucson, 520.622.8848, hotelcongress.com, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, $22-$25.