Hello, how are you?
Hi, we're good thanks.
How did you guys all meet and get together?
We all met through school a couple of years ago. Me and Lawrence used to jam together and after a while we decided to form a band. We got Lucy to learn to play bass and we've been a band for about 18 months now.
How does the songwriting work?
It normally starts with me coming up with an idea for a song on guitar and an idea of a melody for the vocals. I show the idea to the rest of the band and then we start playing around with it and coming up with ideas for the drums, bass and all that. When we have more of an idea of the structure of the song I come up the final lyrics. Any changes from there happen slowly through things not sounding as good as hoped live really.
How would you describe your sound?
Aah, that's a hard question to answer for any band. I guess like kind of 90's Grunge & Post-Punk with hints of Indie.
Tell me a fact about the band that you’ve never told anyone else before...
Wish we had one to tell you!
What was your first gig like?
Like most Nottingham bands it was a weekday slot at The Maze. Nobody apart from the people who we forced into coming and our family was there. Lucy had only been playing bass for about a month and none of us had ever played in front of people before outside of school. Our friends seemed to enjoy it and we got some good feedback from the people who worked there.
How have you found trying to get shows in Nottingham, especially when you were first starting out?
Not too hard at the moment as if we make sure we stay active and keep things fresh, then everything seems to be fine. At the start it was virtually impossible though. I guess people just expect you to be rubbish if you've not had much experience, so nobody ever replied to emails or offered us anything. In the few gigs we had I think people started to realize that we were alright and we started to get more and more gig opportunities.
What was it like playing the Main Stage at Rock City...
It was one of the best experiences of my life. It seemed like there was so many people there - or at least the light gave that illusion. It's something none of us will never forget. We hope to be able to play that stage again sometime.
What others gigs have you enjoyed?
We recently had one at The Jam Cafe which we all really enjoyed. The turn out was great and people actually moved to our music. It's a tiny little room which got cramped very quick so it was all very intimate.
Have you had any nightmare performances?
We haven't really been around long enough and done enough gigs to have had a 'nightmare' one. We've had quite a few bad moments though. Things like all of us forgetting our parts to the song on the encore and terrible crowds dressed up as Super Mario. That kinda stuff.
How do you feel you’ve developed as a band since you released the Son EP last year?
I think we've got a whole lot better in that time. It seems like we recorded that EP years ago. We have so many new songs that we can't wait to get out to people. We've all improved at our instruments a lot since then.
When can we hear some new recordings?
We are part way through recording an album at this moment. We're very excited about it and it's sounding amazing. Not sure exactly of a release time but it shouldn't be too long.
What other local bands do you enjoy?
There's loads of great Nottingham bands around at the moment, too many to name them all really. But a couple that I personally really like are Paranoid Travelers, Fists and Jake Bugg.
What can we expect from your gig for us at Nottingham Contemporary?
Things will be loud and crazy. We'll be playing a couple new songs. It should be a really great night and we'll put on the best performance that we can.
What do you do like to do in Nottingham when you aren’t playing in the band?
We all spend a whole lot of our time at college at the moment but when we have spare time we like to go see other bands that are around.
What is your earliest memory of music?
I'm not sure of mine but I know Lucy's was being played Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles when she was about 6 years old.
Any final words for the LeftLion readers?
Keep 21 April. It's going to be an amazing night! Hope to see you all down there.