At 17, Roddy Frame and his band Aztec Camera debuted on Glasgow’s legendary Postcard Records, releasing two singles for the label before moving on to Rough Trade where the unique acoustic sound of their debut album High Land Hard Rain was responsible for inspiring a whole generation of indie bands. Aztec Camera’s career involved an array of intriguing collaborations – from recordings with legendary R&B producer Tommy Lipuma and Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto to a duet with The Clash’s Mick Jones on Good Morning Britain.
Along the the way, they released singles like Oblivious, Walk Out To Winter, How Men Are and Somewhere In My Heart which would all become radio favourites.
In 2002 Frame released the solo album Surf, a landmark album of new compositions recorded in single takes, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. The record was a massive critical success; most reviews agreeing on Surf being a seminal piece of work by a voice still underrated by the general public.
It was followed by a string of dates at Soho’s legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s and the acclaimed follow up album Western Skies in 2006. Following a long hiatus, broken only by a warmly received tour of the UK in 2011, and by a sell-out string of prestigious shows in the UK to celebrate the 30th anniversary of High Land Hard Rain, Roddy was inspired to return to recording.
Seven Dials, the result, received a rapturous reception and Roddy celebrated its release with a UK and European tour. Since then Roddy has been writing and preparing to go back on the road later this year.