If you had to describe your music in a sentence, what would you say?
I guess we’d define it as DIY pop, there is certainly a strong element of RnB in there though.
How did you get into music?
It was a pretty spontaneous decision. We all went to college to enrol on courses that we weren’t ‘qualified enough’ to be on. We all enjoyed playing music and decided that this sounded like a good idea. I don’t think, at the age of 16, any of us were really thinking about the future of this decision.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
My mum has always been into Motown/soul, but my dad played me a cassette of him and his friend when I was younger. I had this strange feeling, which you might say is ‘cringe’, but I think something really resonated with me back then. I felt like it was a definitive moment and I thought, ‘I could do this; I could be a singer or a musician’.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform?
Perhaps Silence, our latest release. We’ve never actually performed it at a show, but we have done a live video with some amazing musicians, vocals and synths. We got our friend Tee involved with that, which was an honour. He put a verse over it and it’s just the heaviest.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
I’d be lying if I said we stick to one thing when writing, but we do focus closely on mental health. If there’s something that we can’t really voice in general conversation, it’s most likely in a tune somewhere. We’ve also been known to lend from other artists, such as Tracey Emin on our track My Bed.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special
Churches. The live video I mentioned earlier, that was shot in the Church of St Matthew and St James in Mossley Hill. The way the sound travelled in the room was haunting. We also played in a church in Leicester with Sofar Sounds. It hadn’t been used for 30 years prior and it had no heating, in the middle of February, so it was a cold set. They passed around those foil safety blankets it was that cold.
Why is music important to you?
It’s a huge therapeutic measure. Some things we write in our songs we could maybe never imagine saying them to the person who it’s directed at, so being able to put that in a line and letting it be said, that can heal a person. Also, there’s a documenting side of it; we often reflect on songs that we’ve written and who was involved in our lives at that moment in time. It’s like a photo album for us.
Silence is out now, as well as a new version featuring a verse by Tee.