Photography: Danny De La Bastide @danieldelabastide

Dipping into wonky, head nodding pop, the five-piece strut onto the scene ready to test neck muscles with a charming groove.

 

If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
Will M (vocals): ‘Synth-easy speak-pop’, but obviously that’s ludicrous. So it’ll have to be a Pulp/Nick Cave/B-52’s love child.

Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
Will M: I was a bit of a late bloomer. I only started writing music from about 20. Before that I was quite happy being the rhythm guitar man creeping about at the back of the stage
Leo (guitar): I used to make little demos and recordings in my bedroom as a teenager, which taught me about production and overall sound. I had a performance lecturer at uni who told me to write parts to serve the song rather than to serve yourself.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
Stuart (drums): Seeing Metronomy in 2015 set a high benchmark for how tight and energetic a band can be live. It was a special gig and they’re a big influence on our music.

Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
Leo: I love playing Perfect Family. That was our first tune to come out of nothing in a practice, almost by accident. It was amazing to be in that room where a single note developed into a whole song.

“Music gives us a creative outlet and gets us away from the day to day grind”

What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Will M: A lot of the songs have a sentimental quality about them, I like to write about things that we all experience. They can be quite abstract, though, and sometimes I don’t really know what the song’s about until it’s finished.

If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Will B (bass): Yoko Ono. We’d probably get a decent crowd.
Lydia (sax/keys): Big Thief would be amazing. Adrianne Lenker’s voice does things to me.

Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
Stuart: Our last gig before lockdown was at Quarry. Great space, amazing sound and really nice people running it.
Lydia: We went to Germany last year to play at a beer festival. Not our best performance, but probably the coolest venue.
Will M: A special mention to The Zanzibar, too. We were saddened to hear the news that it’s closing down. It was vital for new artists in the city.

Why is music important to you?
Will M: Music brought us all together as a group – we’ve been to some lovely places and met lovely people. It gives us a creative outlet and gets us away from the day to day grind, especially when we gig. It gives you that freedom to express yourself and let loose a little, and that’s pretty special.

 

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