Glasgow’s Button Up revive the Northern Soul sound with “Listen To Your Heart (Beat)”

Glasgow’s Button Up harken back to the Northern Soul sound with their brilliant single “Listen To Your Heart (Beat).” (Photo by Gordon Richardson.)

By John Curley 

I was really knocked out when I heard the single by the Glasgow-based five-piece Button Up entitled “Listen To Your Heart (Beat).” It was released last month, but it sounds straight out of 1965. The single can be purchased on iTunes in the United States. “Listen To Your Heart (Beat)” is the first single from the forthcoming Button Up album Modena, which is expected to be released in July. 

Button Up is comprised of Sara Kerr on vocals, Garry John Kane on bass and guitars, Greg Barnes on keyboards, Andy Gardner on guitars, and Lesley McLaren on drums. (Kane also serves as The Proclaimers’ bassist.) 

Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper raved about “Listen To Your Heart (Beat)” in the April 9th issue, stating that the song is “a foot stompin’ Northern Soul-slyle classic full of Hammond organ sound and featuring the terrific vocals of Sara Kerr.” 

To watch the great Mod-themed video for Button Up’s “Listen To Your Heart (Beat),” click below: 

Greg Kane of the Scottish band Hue and Cry directed the video. He said in an e-mail statement, “I’ve always been a fan of Italian mod style. The video was influenced by the films Roman Holiday, Quadrophenia, and 60s magazine adverts for Vespa and Lambretta. The only downside was getting up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Thankfully, the Glasgow weather didn’t let us down.” 

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One thought on “Glasgow’s Button Up revive the Northern Soul sound with “Listen To Your Heart (Beat)”

  1. Great band and video new album on the way soon thanks john at goldmine for the review.
    Take care and spread the word

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