Hailed as 'the sound of young Scotland' in 1986, The Pastels have proven to be an enduring act, still commanding a legion of devoted fans and seeing off too many fads, fashions and scenes to mention. Steven Pastel has both inspired and infuriated a generation (or two) with his shambolic but compelling brand of tune-riveted pop. The band have both influenced and collabarated with the likes of Bobby Gillespie, Norman Blake and Jad Fair. The essence of Pastelism is as shambolic as it is melodic they make music for music's sake and always maintain their own unique, idiosyncratic outlook. Always separate from the scene mentality, The Pastels always remained a truly independent band.