|For What It Is by In The North Wood|
Hello, how are you?
Yeah, we are doing well thanks.
How would you describe your music?
It’s a big mix of things. We are essentially a Folk-Rock band with hints of Bluegrass, Celtic, Rock and even some punk elements thrown into the mix.
What was your first thought when you found out you were going through to the Future Sound of Nottingham final?
Holy shit we actually get to play a show at Rock City! - We were stoked.
You get to play at Rock City, pretty awesome right?
Pretty awesome is a good way of putting it. We are psyched to be playing the same stage bands like Nirvana once did. It will for sure be the biggest show we have ever played.
What can we expect from your set at Rock City?
High energy, foot stomping, four part harmonies and rocking out.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever seen at Rock City?
Thats a hard one as between us we have been to so many shows. Mitch and James really loved The Revival Tour last October, and Richard and Calum caught a great performance in 2010 of Mumford & Sons and Johnny Flynn.
Why did you decided to enter the FSN competition?
Because we believe it would open a lot of opportunities for us as a band whether we won it or not. We also loved the idea of meeting a lot of other like minded people along the way. Plus the thought of potentially playing Splendour, Rock City and the Market Square was awesome.
What was it like to play in the Market Square in the semi-final?
It was our first ever outdoor gig, and it was a hell of lot of fun. We really wish we could of played a longer set though! Straight after we got off the stage we had an interview for the Nusic podcast and you can hear us still buzzing like mad during it.
Why do you think you should open the main stage at Splendour?
We are very passionate about what we do and we feel it comes across on stage. We love to get the crowd involved in our high energy set, so it will be a great way to get everyone in the festival mood for the rest of the day.
How long have you been playing and making music?
As a band we officially formed as four piece last April. However prior to then James and Mitch had been playing together for a few years, notably in a punk band when they were 15. We all originally met in 2010 playing in two separate outfits at open mics around Notts, after a few discussions we decided to merge together as a four piece.
What is going through your head when you are up on stage?
We could happily do this for the rest of our lives.
What other local bands and musicians do you like?
Thats a really hard question, we love so many local bands. We are currently loving the likes of Will Jeffrey, Frazer Lowrie and Frankie Rudolf.
What do you like to do on a night out in Nottingham?
You'll usually find us in the Bodega on a Wednesday or Friday night. Feel free to come say hi, we are a friendly bunch we promise.
What is your earliest musical memory?
Richard and James' are playing in school concerts about 11 years old, on the drums and flute respectively. Mitch's is singing in a choir at 13 and Calum's is hitting pots and pans in his kitchen when he was a wee man.
How can people find out more about you?
Our two main medias are our Facebook and Twitter. We are updating both these pages regularly and there’s loads of photos and information available. We also are on Soundcloud if you would like to listen to our debut EP Southern Ground.
Any final words for the LeftLion readers?
Hopefully see you all on June 17th at Rock City.
In The North Wood play the Future Sound of Nottingham final at Rock City on Sunday 17 June 2012.