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Motherwell singer songwriters Martin Smith and Callum Baird joined forces to record a new mini-album which will be launched on Saturday.

Martin formed Glasgow DIY collective GUMS! in 2012 and after his previous band The Plimptons split up last year has given it his full attention.

GUMS! includes former members of The Plimptons, post-hardcore devotees Orphans, dream-popsters Collar Up and monster riff experts Headless Kross.

After meeting at a party Martin invited Callum to bring his biting social commentary to the new record ‘Something Rotten’ which will be launched at Broadcast in Glasgow.

The first 100 through the door will receive a free copy of Something Rotten, which will be available to download from gums.bandcamp.com on Monday.

The six eclectic tracks chronicle everyday life and love in western central Scotland.

Martin said: “Callum and I were at Dalziel High together, although he was two years below me in the same class as GUMS! drummer and guitarist Jack Taylor.

“We met at a 30th birthday party and as we both did music, but had never worked together, agreed we should do something, a year later we finally got into the studio.

“We are really happy with the final result, we both wrote three of the songs, and had to step up to the plate as neither wanted to be the weak link.

“I remember the first time I heard what he had written I decided mine needed another go, and he then rewrote a track after hearing my revisions, so we really pushed each other.

“I am sure we will do further stuff in the future but GUMS! have stuff in the pipeline without Callum and Callum has an album without us, so we’ll see after that.”

The launch starts at 7.30pm with entry costing £6 and support provided by The Just Joans, led by another Dalziel High alumni Katie Pope, and Colin’s Godson.