SPOTLIGHT

Photography: Olivia Hunt & Ade Henry

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If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
Progressive psychedelia with bits and bobs of different genres thrown into the mix.

Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
Bottle: Everyone has always just wanted to play music. Me, Sam and Stu had been in various different bands together since we were kids, and found our way once Chris, Alannah and Luke joined.

Your music sounds like a blend of grunge and heavy psych. What drew you to the genre?
Psychedelics! Seriously though, we started off as a blues band back when we were kids, and eventually moved over to psych-pop. After that, we moved over to heavier music that really summed us up as a new band.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
Bottle: The first time I heard Floyd’s The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn it blew my mind.

Stu: Pink Floyd Live in Pompeii.

Sam: Stop Making Sense, because it showed that gigs can be more than just music. The possibilities for different ways to entertain are endless.

Chris: Watching Anders Flanderz playing Girls Just Want To Have Fun through a Vocoder. He was banging a water tank over his head with bells around his ankles.

Alannah: My first gig Alice Cooper when I was nine. The drama of the show, the awesome performance, got me really excited about music.

Luke: Alfa Mist and Yussef Dayes at Abbey Road, playing Love is the Message.

“We wanted elucidate the psychedelic experience of the mind”

What was the biggest inspiration behind your new EP?
We wanted to elucidate the psychedelic experience of the mind, the journey you go through, and the light and dark that goes with it.

How has does your latest release differ from your previous work?
It’s a lot darker. We moved away from the psych-pop sound we had developed over a couple of years. The world’s a dark place and we wanted to capture it, but also reach for the light too.

How was the process of making the EP?
B: I had been messing round with alternate tunings on the guitar to form The Nerve Centre and Subconscious. Chris brought in Reflection. Once we had Alannah join the tracks gained that kick that made us think we need to get these recorded.

Why is music important to you?
Music is the food of the soul. Everyone is the same when it comes to feeling music. It’s amazing something personal to us is personal to someone else for a completely different reason.

 

Subconscious Reflection is available now.

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