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Model Aeroplanes Interview

Well what a bloody stressful day I was having. Interviewing Breeze and FLESH, *cough* you can check those out on here *cough*, and running around Manchester trying to get to to every act at Dot to Dot. But y’know what, I deserve some rest sometimes. So I met up Dundee indie quartet Model Aeroplanes in one of Manchester’s many fine drinking establishments, the Blue Brick Club to be exact.

Firstly welcomes to Manchester, how have you found it so far?

Rory – Thank you very much.
Ben – It’s so nice.
Kieran – The bouncers down here are so much nicer compared to the ones up north.
Rory – We’re very much enjoying much. We’ve only been here an hour and a bit but we’re loving it.

So you’ve got quite a late set tonight, any nerves?

Ben –  We won’t have any nerves because we’ll be steamin’.
Kieran – I think we’re all pretty buzzin’ for it, it’ll be a good show.
Rory – It’s nice to be playing a let set because usually we’re just rushing about all day and kind of job done but I’m looking forward to it.

You’re supporting Saint Raymond, that should be a big gig. You looking forward to it?

Grant – It’s going to be a big show.
Rory – It’s at Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Kieran – Apparently it’s a really nice venue.
Ben – Callum is a really nice guy, so we’re really thankful for him having us on.
Grant – I think it’s a really good milestone for us to be playing that venue.

Your latest single is Deep In The Pool, what can you tell me about the track?

Rory – Well…
Ben – It’s a song.
Rory – It kind of started when, just for fun, we tried to write a really corny 80s montage song. It had like a key change in it, it was pretty 80s. But it kind of made a little tangent and it ended up how it is. I’m quite happy with it and I think it’s a sign of things to come from us. We’re trying to diverse ourselves a wee bit. Some people still say it sounds upbeat but I don’t think it is.

Where did you record it?

Ben – We recorded it with two guys down in Hertfordshire, which is the poshest place in the world. Two guys called One Bit and they are like electronic dance music producers, they’re really easy to work with and they totally get us.
Rory – They get us, we get them, sick humour, disgusting chats.
Kieran – Off the chain man.
Rory – It’s actually Joe’s birthday today, so Happy Birthday Joe.
Ben, Grant & Kieran – Happy Birthday Joe!

You were at The Great Escape Festival, how was that?

Rory – We brought the Scottish weather, it was fucking mingin’.
Kieran – It was brilliant, pretty crazy. Like we had heard that it was meant to be off the chain but we didn’t expect it to be as crazy as that.
Ben – Pretty dank.
Grant – Yeah it was a good festival. Obviously it is pretty industry orientated but people just let their hair and go a bit mental, it was nice.
Rory – I think we were a lot more nervous going into it then we should have been, was good fun.
Kieran – All the gigs we did we really busy and we got a good reception, so we can’t ask for anything more really.

Earlier in the year you supported Little Comets and with them they seem to chose support acts who go on to be being really successful, with The 1975 and Catfish & the Bottlemen as examples. Are you hoping you could possibly mirror that?

Rory – Yeah, it probably is just a streak of luck. With Little Comets, they’re such a good band and I think that’s the key. They’ve got the right fans who really enjoy being at their shows. Before the tour where we supported them this year, we supported them when Catfish were supporting in Scotland for one show. So that’s been nice to move up a slot. We got to meet Catfish before they exploded, so that was good. It’s a nice wee family .

In terms of new music, when are we likely to hear to some new material?

Kieran – We’re currently doing a lot of writing at the moment.
Grant – We’re not too sure, I think to just keep writing is the most important part.
Rory – It’s not even writing, I think we’re evolving right now. Before we used to just fire songs out and do it really spontaneously but what we’ve been doing recently is sitting down and getting into the total atoms of the song. I think we take a lot more care now and think that’s what you get from touring and maturing as a band. Without giving anything away because we don’t know what we’re doing yet but we’ll be doing some sort of body of work.

Finally, what does the rest of the year hold for you?

Ben – We’ll be down in England loads, boycotting Scotland a wee bit. We’ll just see what the year holds for us, continue to build and grow.
Rory – What Ben meant to say was that “We’re going to be the biggest fucking band on the planet”. Nah I think it’s just abou growth for this year.
Grant – Write as much as we can, make as many fans as we can.
Rory – We don’t want to jump onto some wave or roller coaster, we just want to take it as it comes.

Big thanks to all of Model Aeroplanes for the interview and good luck for your gig supporting Saint Raymond tonight.

Liam Egan

 

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FLESH Interview

‘GET 2 GULLIVERS MANC PEEPS WE’RE ON NOW TILL 8!!!!!!! R PRAYERS HAV BEEN ANSWERED’, this is what Manchester quartet FLESH tweeted after they missed their original Dot to Dot slot due to heavy traffic. So with my press pass and notepad in hand, I ran 4356 miles across Manchester to reach Gullivers. Only managing to make it for their final track, FLESH’s snotpop was on top form. After their set finished, I caught up with Hazza, Robbie and Jon and talked about drinking sick to what it’s like supporting Peace.

So after rushing up from London and missing you’re original planned slot, you managed to finally get on stage here at Gullivers, how do you think it went?

Hazza – Yeah it went really good. We were really stuck in traffic, so we got held up fucking loads. Then we got off the motorway and we were like ‘Yeah yeah, we’re on it’ then this guy has got this steam tractor and he’s going like four miles an hour and he’s holding up everyone, I was getting proper proper stressed out. Then we got here and they were like ‘we’ll see what we can do’ and we were like   ‘we’re really sorry’. We then got asked if we could make it to Gullivers in seven minutes and were like ‘Yeah, we’re on it’. We came down and played a mini set, it’s good to be here.
Jon – It went alright seeing it was pretty last minute. ‘Play here in seven minutes’ and we were like ‘sound’.
Robbie – So we ran here, got our shit out and I think we got it together alright.
Jon – Yeah and there was quite a few people here too. We were proper stoked to get another slot, we would have been so gutted.
Hazza – So yeah, big love to DHP.
Robbie – Yeah shout out to DHP for sorting it out for us, it’s wicked.

You had a Bez like dude dancing at front, who was that?

Hazza – That’s our mate Joe, he’s from Stoke but he lives wherever he wants I suppose. He’s always around so we sometimes get him on stage and he gets it going. The last couple of gigs he has come up on stage and started throwing up, he likes drinking sick. So yeah that’s pretty cool.

You’ve had quite a packed month, how do you feel it’s gone so far?

Hazza – It’s been alright k’now, we do it all in our drummer’s BMW and that’s nice. But it’s been a packed month and we’ve carrying around a lot of shit because we do it all ourselves. Apart from today it’s been pretty easy and to be honest today didn’t end up even being that hard. It’s all going really well.
Robbie – It’s been really good. It’s been hectic obviously and we’ve had changeover in members for various reasons. But we’ve sorted it out and we’re having a good time.
Jon – It feels good to be this busy I think, playing up and down the country.
Robbie – It’s also an excuse to see our mates in other cities

You supported Peace back in March for three nights when they had their residency at The Deaf Institute, what did you learn from them gigs? Anything from Peace? 

Hazza – I learnt a lot of things, I think we all learnt a lot of things. We learnt that The Deaf Institute stage is a bit small… I kept hitting my head on the balcony. But yeah it was cool, we learnt a few things from Peace.
Robbie – Obviously with Peace they’re on it, they’re really good live.
Jon – We’ve learnt some vocal warm-ups from them.
Hazza – They have an interesting way of warming up, so we copy them.
Robbie – We’ve sounded better live ever since we started doing it.

You’re latest track is W8 4 ME, when can we see a follow up?

Hazza – That would be giving it away wouldn’t it?
Robbie – Secret for now but it’ll all be online soon though

Is it a track you play in your set?

Hazza – Maybe, might be.
Jon – Might not.

You’ve recently got a new drummer Conor, how have the shows gone with him as drummer?

Hazza –  They’ve been terrible…
Robbie
 – Nah like a dream, like a dream.
Hazza – Yeah they’ve gone fucking great, he’s an asset.
Jon – He’s solid man.
Hazza – Plus he’s got a BMW.
Robbie – He’s actually solid in general.
Hazza – Yeah yeah he’s hard as fuck, which all adds. Protection and all that.

So Jon, how has it gone switching from drums to being a guitarist? has it been weird at all?

Jon – Not really, I guess I’m a guitarist mainly anyway so it wasn’t a big step. I’ve played guitar in bands and stuff before and I think it feels more natural. I think it’s more fun too.

You’ve been compared to Oasis, Madchester bands and Weezer by people but is there any comparisons you’ve had that you’ve just completely disagreed with?

All at once – Goldie Lookin Chain
Hazza – Cos we’re not shitty Welsh Hip-Hop for a start. People just see tracksuits and think ‘Yeah, Goldie Lookin Chain’.
Robbie – Yeah some people may see the tracksuits on them and make the comparison. Tracksuits are cool man and they’re practical.
Hazza – The thing is, we don’t even wear full tracksuits… Just the tops… or the bottoms… but not together.

Finally, what are the plans for FLESH for the rest of 2015? If you can tell me

Jon – Can we give it away?
Robbie – Nah we can’t give anything away mate. We’ll just be cracking on with more gigs.
Hazza –  We can’t even tell you where we are going after this, there’s an injunction.
Robbie – We’ll be shooting a lot of stuff over the summer and getting ready to smash it out in September.
Hazza – We’ve been doing a lot of live shit recently, so we’re gonna calm it down, chill out and get some little recordings out.
Jon – We might go in record in the Caribbean I think…

Shout out to FLESH for finding time do to the interview during their busy schedule and if you know what’s right then you’ll check out their stuff down below.

https://www.facebook.com/luvflesh?fref=ts

http://www.luvflesh.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/LUVFLESHH

https://soundcloud.com/luvflesh

https://www.youtube.com/user/LUVFLESH

https://instagram.com/luvfleshh/

Liam Egan

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

Ought Interview

Fresh from their month and a half long North America tour, hotly tipped Montréal based band Ought took some time out of their busy schedule to answer some of my questions.

So for those reading who aren’t familiar with Ought, can you give us a quick biography of Ought?

We’re just four friends who enjoy playing music together.  We met in Montreal where we all went to school and now live and work.

Who are your musical influences?

Pretty diverse. We really run the gamut as far as what we each listen to.  Ought is where we meet in the middle.

For your album ‘More Than Any Other Day’ you’ve received massive critical acclaim with publications like Pitchfork labeling it as ‘Best New Music’, what was your initial reaction when you saw all these reviews?

It’s all very flattering, it’s been a pleasure meeting and talking with all these people who dig the record.

I first heard of your band when I watched theneedledrop’s review of your album on YouTube, have you found that other people have come across of your music because of this review?

Not that I’ve specifically heard of, but I am sure it is the case!

So what are your plans for the rest of the year? Thinking of doing a UK tour maybe?

We’re finishing up a 1.5-month long NA tour and then heading to Europe for some festival dates.  Taking a few weeks off and then doing another month in the US/Canada and another in Europe.

Is there any new bands in particular that you’re listening to at the moment?

Broken Water, Dub Thomson, Lungbutter, The Past

 

Finally, if you could tour with any band in the world, who would it be?

Kate Bush?

 

So if you haven’t already checked out Ought’s debut record then I highly recommend that you do as it’s one of the best records released this year, available in a non-existent record store near you. Also they are embarking on a UK tour later this year, so if you want a night of ultimate boogying and amazing music then get yourself a ticket.

Also thanks again to Ought for answering my questions, I really appreciate it.

Liam Egan