|Kappa Gamma interview|
Why did you change your name from Cromwell Street to Kappa Gamma?
Tom: There were already bands on the internet called Cromwell Street.
Max: Also there was the Fred West reference. I was searching the internet one day and I saw this thing called Kappa Gamma and I thought that’s a cool band name. It’s a fraternity in America for deaf people.
Julian: You have to be cool, deaf and powerful.
Adrian: So when they hear about us they'll probably kill us so we have to make as much good music as we can as quickly as possible.
M: Well they’ll never hear about us will they.
J: Presuming they don’t have Facebook everything will be fine.
There are a couple of songs on your Soundcloud at the moment, are there plans to record an EP or album soon?
T: We are currently in the process of recording our EP/album. We’re not sure which one yet. We’re doing it with Denizen Recordings with Pete Fletcher who is a good guy. I think the plan is to release some songs with videos too.
Do you have anyone in mind to make those videos?
J: We’re working with Sam Potter and Andrew Faley who are from the Nottingham band Late of the Pier. They came in the studio when we were recording the single which will probably be first release and we chatted with them for a while. They revealed they already had plans to make a series of videos with us.
T: They’re working with Denizen at the moment and are trying to stop bands getting ripped off by record labels.
M: The single will be out around February time. It’s definitely happening.
Do you feel ready to get out there?
T: I don’t think we’ll ever feel ready.
M: It all happened very fast.
T: We are happy to just go with it as long as we know what’s going on.
M: We’ve been working with this label now for about six months and we had only been together six months before we were asked if we wanted a contract, so we’re used to things happening fast and we hope things will continue to happen fast.
Any plans to play other cities any time soon?
T: There are plans to get out there. Birmingham seems hopeful, and maybe Bristol and London too.
If you could play a gig anywhere, where would it be?
M: We’re gonna play at a Lazerquest soon.
T: We’re hoping to do that but we don’t know what the acoustics will be like.
M: They’ve had a rave in there before.
T: If we could play anywhere though, it would probably be in space or on a submarine.
I think there’s a waiting list for space to be honest.
J: Okay, Glastonbury main stage on our 21st birthdays, deal?
T: On the back of an elephant.
J: No elephant is big enough for Adrian’s drum kit.
T: Well the ones on Lord of the Rings are massive.
J: If anything it would be great to get on Lord of the Rings. It’s a good film! And Peter Jackson can do the next video.
So what’s the perfect way to spend a day in Nottingham?
M: In the day we’d walk the dogs and have a cup of tea, like ten times.
T: The best days are when we’re just sat in a room and playing and coming up with ideas.
J: A trip to White Post Farm followed by a picnic and maybe a little swim or a row in a boat somewhere.
Any bands that you love right now?
M: You Slut which are the best Nottingham band ever. They’re kind of a math band and they’re awesome.
T: There’s a producer called Scuba, who has a couple of post dubstep songs I really like.
Would you ever do a dubstep remix?
T: I don’t like the way bands like Enter Shikari do that. I don’t really like dubstep anyway. I like mellow music.
J: I’m really enjoying Crystal Fighters which Max introduced to me. Every single track feels like it could have come from a totally different place and the production is so different. It’s a brilliant album.
Kappa Gamma play I'm Not From London at the Nottingham Contemporary on Friday 27 April 2011.