The Reindeer Section

The Reindeer Section are a Scottish indie rock supergroup formed in 2001 by Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, which released albums and gigged in 2001 and 2002.

The Reindeer Section
Promotional photograph from 2002
Background information
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
GenresIndie rock
Years active2001–2002
LabelsBright Star
Associated actsAlfie, Arab Strap, Astrid, Belle & Sebastian, Cadet, Eva, Idlewild, Mogwai, Mull Historical Society, Snow Patrol, Teenage Fanclub, The Vaselines
MembersBen Dumville
Lee Gorton
Sam Morris
Colin Macpherson
Malcolm Middleton
Aidan Moffat
William Campbell
Charles Clark
Neil Payne
Gareth Russell
Richard Colburn
Mick Cooke
Bobby Kildea
Iain Archer
Jenny Reeve
Sarah Roberts
Roddy Woomble
John Cummings
Colin MacIntyre
Gary Lightbody
Mark McClelland
Jonny Quinn
Norman Blake
Eugene Kelly
Johnny MacArthur
Jonathan Renton
Michael Bannister
Roy Kerr
Paul Fox
Marcus Mackay
Gill Mills
Stacie Sievewright

Lightbody describes the band's sound as "pretty much all very slow, quiet, folky-type stuff. Stuff that I really love listening to, like Low, for example, and Neil Young and Joni Mitchell and all that end of things. It's sort of inspired by those records rather than by the American rock music that inspired me to start a band in the first place."[1]

The songs "You Are My Joy" and "Cartwheels" were featured on the 2009 Snow Patrol best-of album, Up to Now.


Formation and Y'All Get Scared Now, Ya Hear!: 2001

The Reindeer Section arose according to Lightbody out of a chance get-together of musicians at a Lou Barlow gig in Glasgow in 2001, at which Lightbody drunkenly laid down the challenge to others to "make an album together", to which everyone said "yeah yeah". Lightbody "went home and next day wrote the album" and later convinced Johnny Davis of Bright Star to fund a recording session and release the proposed album. The group met over three days of rehearsal and ten days of recording[2] to produce the first album. Y'All Get Scared Now, Ya Hear! was released on 20 October 2001 with a mini tour, the first venue of which was Belfast's The Limelight. In television, the track "Will You Please Be There For Me" was used in the closing of episode 39 of NBC's Ed.

Son of Evil Reindeer and hiatus: 2002

Son of Evil Reindeer was released ten months after the first, with a slightly different line-up. The single, "You Are My Joy" appeared on US show, Grey's Anatomy, and on the fourth series of US TV series Queer as Folk. The song "Cartwheels" appeared on "The Second Chance", an episode of The O.C.. The band's most recent gig was on 14 December 2002 at the Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow.

Band members



Release date Album Record label Highest chart position[3]
UK Albums Chart
30 October 2001 Y'All Get Scared Now, Ya Hear! Bright Star Recordings 107
13 August 2002 Son of Evil Reindeer Bright Star Recordings, Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 110


Release date Song Album Record label Highest chart position
UK Singles Chart
10 June 2002 "You Are My Joy" Son of Evil Reindeer Bright Star Recordings 89


  1. Archived 19 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Robertson, Mark (2 August 2001). "Stag party". The List. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  3. "Chart Log UK 1994–2008". Zobbel. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
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