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Stephen Pastel and Gavin Thomson announce soundtrack to stage adaptation of This Is Memorial Device

24 April 2024, 15:54 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Geographic have announced the expanded soundtrack to Graham Eatough’s Fringe First award-winning stage adaptation of David Keenan’s 2017 cult novel, This is Memorial Device.

Written by Stephen Pastel and Gavin Thomson (formerly of Glasgow band Findo Gask and The Pastels’ resident soundman), the soundtrack comes across as a third iteration of the book, establishing a whole new angle on the myth of Memorial Device through reworked home recordings.

Pastel and thomson release first tasters “Introduction To Why I Did It” and “We Have Sex”, the latter of which was found in an archive of old teenage recordings Pastel made with his old pal John McCorkindale (Corky).

“John was in a local post-punk group called Cheap Gods and I already had ideas for The Pastels. “We Have Sex” is like neither,” says Pastel. “We just plugged in and totally went for it. John had a synth and a drum machine. I had a guitar and a fuzz pedal. John is singing, I think, about being right about art and a platonic love which actually isn’t. We didn’t know it then, but we were already part of what was happening in Airdrie, Coatbridge and environs with Memorial Device and others.”

Following recent performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, the award-winning production, starring Paul Higgins (The Thick of It, Slow Horses), is currently showing at London’s Riverside Studios for a run of performances until 11 May.


1. Introduction To Why I Did It
2. We Have Sex
3. Occluded By Chemistry
4. The Most Beautiful House in Airdrie
5. Square Peg In A Black Hole
6. I Started Painting Landscapes
7. What Is A Memorial Device?
8. Chinese Moon
9. Footsteps In The Snow
10. Lights Out For Forever
11. The Morning Of The Executioners

This Is Memorial Device: Music from the Stage Play is available to pre-order now.

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