The Arbourdecks Interview

Piling into the cramped backstage of the Castle Hotel, The Arbourdecks were joking away like they hadn’t got a very important gig in a couple of hours. Having to use an amp as a seat, we began talking about the origins of the band and what was next for The Arbourdecks.

Firstly how are you?

Dan – Yeah we’re good.
Jack – We’re wonderful.

Do you have any nerves for tonight? and if so then what do you do to get over these said nerves?

Louis – Not really but 15 minutes before we go on we will.
Dan – Yeah 10 to 15 minutes before we will but once we start playing it’s fine.

So tonight’s the single launch of Weekend, tell everyone a bit about the track.

Jack – Go on Dan, inform us all.
Dan – Weekend is sort of based on a template of a four minute indie rock ‘n’ roll song. It’s not too long and it’s a good track with lots of energy, it’s Libertine-esque. It’s big sounding, big chorus and has relatable lyrics.
Jack – Ripping ladies clothes off with the wave lengths.
Dan – Big choruses and good lyrics, there isn’t enough of it these days.
Jack – It’s something hard hitting.

Where did you go to record the track?

Dan – We recorded it in Sugarhouse Studios.
Louis – I can say nothing but good things about Sugarhouse. The guys there really helped us out because we ended up changing it a bit from what we originally had. If you look at the video for Weekend when we were at the Roadhouse, you can hear the difference. It sounds a lot better, everyone stands out a bit more now.
Dan – Yeah it was really good recording there, they did a good job on it. We did a real thorough recording that we were really pleased with.
Louis – Also if something didn’t work then they would say but they weren’t arseholes about it.
Jack – Good old guidance of the producer.

When you write tracks, do you all have creative input or is there one of you who likes to take control?

Dan – The direction we’re going, it’s more of a collective experience.
Jack – Dan is the main foundation.
Dan – I’ll normally write the chords and lyrics, sometimes me and Jack will collaborate on the lyrics. So yeah chords and lyrics then i’ll show it Teej and he’ll put his pedaltrain on it.
Jack – Teej applies the magic to it, Teej is the magic.
Louis – We’ve got to the point we’re we all know each other quite well, even though Teej has just joined.
Teej – Well I do know you quite well, we are cousins… (laughter)
Louis – We know now each other well enough to say ‘that doesn’t work, we need to change it’. It’s not as if we’re like ‘this is shit and I hate everybody, this is awful. I don’t want to be in this band anymore.’ It’s more constructive.
Jack – I see us as a creative brotherhood.

So this sound you have of big choruses that’s similar to The Courteeners and Catfish & the Bottlemen, are either of these influences or do you all have a variety of influences?

Louis – We’ve been asked that before and we all said different genres.
Dan – As a band, even though it’s an indie band, we all have different tastes in music and musical backgrounds, so we try and do things that haven’t already been done and add different things to it. Like Teej has a metal background, Jack has a jazzy punk background and Louis is psychedelia. So we just try and mix that with the formula that’s been tried and tested in indie music.
Louis – Sometimes we have tried to do it with everyone’s backgrounds and it just doesn’t work.
Dan – Yeah sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but what we’re playing tonight is a fair representation of what we’re all in to.
Jack – It’s good to make compromises to make things work.

How did The Arbourdecks initially start? What’s your origin?

Dan – I started The Arbourdecks with one of the former members Danny then we got Jack involved on bass. After that we had a couple of line-up changes with our drummer.
Jack – We then got the main man Ellis on the scene then we got his cousin, now we’re tearing shit up.

Is there any musicians that you look up to and think ‘yeah, I want to be like them one day’?

Dan – I’d say Jim Morrison.
Jack – Freddie Mercury.
Teej – Probably John Frusciante from Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Louis – I’m gonna say Kevin Parker from Tame Impala because of all the instruments he plays.

So finally what’s the plan for The Arbourdecks for the rest of 2015?

Dan – More gigs, more performing, get another single out.
Louis – Support someone who’s quite big, instead of these smaller gigs. I don’t want to say these gigs are bad but if we can get in there with a bigger band then that would really help us.
Dan – We just want to keep pushing and pushing.
Jack – We’re ready to progress aren’t we gents?

So if you want to catch The Arbourdecks live then you’re in luck as they are playing Gullivers in Manchester on April the 17th, tickets can be bought on the door for £5.

Liam Egan

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