Comic makeover for Slains

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A BUCHAN landmark underwent a comic book makeover recently, thanks to a budding Aberdeenshire Musician.

Kintore-based singer songwriter Gordon Duthie commissioned an American graffiti artist to transform Slains Castle into comic book artwork to coincide with the online release of song ‘Hide’.

The music video has received more than 1,500 hits on YouTube since it was uploaded in December.

The video features 25-year-old Chris playing guitar at some of Buchan and Banff and Buchan’s most recognisable landmarks including the castle ruin and popular coastal village of Pennan.

“I’ve always found Aberdeenshire inspiring,” said marketing graduate Gordon.

“It’s really strange how it’s never given the credit and doesn’t get promoted enough. It’s a beautiful area of the country and I don’t see how that wouldn’t inspire you.”

The cartoon-style piece of art features Gordon sitting on rocks in front of Slains Castle, with Dracula looking menacingly on.

Gordon said: “The piece explores the urban legend that the novel Dracula was inspired by Slains Castle.

“I’ve always found this quite intriguing. Some say that the castle behind the inspiration for Dracula was in Whitby. But we know that Bram Stoker visited the area several times as he was writing the novel.”

Far from chasing fame and fortune, Gordon says that writing his own songs and performing them is a far greater reward.

“I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember,” he says.

“Chasing fame doesn’t interest me, I do it for the enjoyment. I think people who look to make money aren’t doing it for the right reasons.”

Gordon has uploaded a number of songs on to the music sharing site, which he records at home in Kintore using recording software, and has proved popular with music fans.

One user online user likened Gordon’s voice to that of Gruff Rhys. whose band the Super Furry Animals won the Mercury Music Prize in 2008.

To watch Gordon’s video, search for ‘Gordon Duthie’ on YouTube.