PARTICK Thistle fans are often unfairly accused of choosing to opt-out of Glasgow’s traditional football rivalry, preferring to sit on the fence and offend no one.
Few would admit to such a charge and more than a couple Woodside Inn regulars would fight it in no uncertain terms.
Not so Scottish Music Awards nominees HYYTS.
The Dundee-born and Glasgow-based duo – pronounced heights – embrace their status as Thistle converts and credit their adopted support of the Firhill side as key to their success.
Adam and Sam have been friends since childhood but are relatively new fans of the club.
Adam said: “When we were young, we never got to see each other, maybe only once or twice a year and it would always involve a football game, so that’s always been a big part of our friendship.
“We moved to Glasgow from Dundee four years ago and we wanted to avoid the Celtic and Rangers thing as much as possible.
“We thought it was a toxic thing and we didn’t want to be involved in it.
“So we thought, okay, Partick Thistle has got an amazing club, amazing supporters so let’s dive into that and since we did that, the BBC took interest in us, the wheels started turning and we’ve ingratiated ourselves in Partick Thistle history.”
They turned their alt-pop electronic stylings to a Thistle supporters song of their own invention.
T.H.I.S.T.L.E. reached thousands after it was featured on the BBC’s A View from the Terrace last year.
The band’s half-ironic tribute to the Jags was lost on some supporters and embraced warmly by others.
“Since we did that song, we haven’t been able to go to a single game,” said Sam.
“It started getting mental and my face was like, 40 people’s Twitter profiles and we thought, half of these people are going to love us and half are going to hate us and start chucking pennies at us.”
More than anything, the pair are looking forward to getting back on the road and playing gigs again.
Adam said: “Being nominated for Best Pop Act is such a great boost because, in lockdown, we’ve not had any tangible reception of our music.
“It just us musicians with fragile egos the validation we need.”
Sam added: “We had so much momentum before lockdown and iit was frustrating to have that stopped dead, so it’s great to be recognised.” m
The winners of this year’s Scottish Music Awards will be announced in an online event tonight, featuring sets from Texas, Amy McDonald, Lewis Capaldi and more. You can tune in from 7pm at this address: WWW.NORDOFF-ROBBINS.ORG.UK/SMAS2020