Interstate formed in April 1979 and played the Glasgow Circuit until 1983. their set consisted of rock covers and original material, one of the things that set them aside from some other bands was their antics onstage which involved "flying easter eggs", "smoke bombs" and a "revolting green grog", all of the band wore white boiler suits onstage and were also known to wander into the audience mid song for some vocal participation from the crowd so earning themselves the reputation as "The Craziest Band in the Country", this did not take away from the fact that they were very good musicians well capable of performing their own material as well as performing covers "Better than the original bands concerned" (from "Scene" magazine 1981)
The Band were managed by Oasis night club in Clydebank who financed a single which featured the songs "Last Ghost" and "Lady" written by the band and recorded at Cava studios in Glasgow 1980, the band got together again for an Interstate reunion gig in May 2000 playing at the Gallery Bar in Carluke.
What are they doing now? Ian Brown- keyboards/guitar is with "The Miami Showband" based in Scotland, Clem Smith- vocals, is singing and living in Arizona,USA, John Collins- drums, now living and still playing in Surrey, Allan Craig-bass, is playing with a band called "Zen" based in central Scotland and Michael Paterson-lead guitar, is playing with "Private Lessons Band" also based in Scotland.
Band line up
Clem Smith - vocals,
Michael Paterson - lead guitar,
Allan Craig - bass/vocals,
Ian Brown - guitar/keyboards/vocals
John Collins - drums
Picture taken at the Interstate reunion gig May 2000
Above..Interstate performing at the Kaim Park annual open air festival in Bathgate June 1981 also performing at this gig were - Ryans Express, The Dolphins, Henry Gorman Band and Red Ellis.
Thanks to Michael Paterson for all of the Interstate info