Your music has been described as ‘The Stone Roses flapping at Echo and the Bunnymen’s long coats and mussing Robert Smith’s hair’. How close in general would you say critical perception of your musical style has been in relation to the bands you are influenced by?
Ben Romans-Hopcraft (vocals/guitar): It’s all over the place… I think some elements are correct, bands like The Stone Roses and Echo & The Bunnymen and The Cure, I like all of those bands, but I would never say that our sound is too dependent on that kind of style, all those particular bands and what they achieved is nothing to do with that for us, really. Loads of people always say that we sound like loads of 90’s bands… most of the bands we get compared to, we don’t really listen to, we listen to a little bit, as much as the average indie rock listener would listen to most successful, famous bands, it’s not like a passionate thing. There’s a lot more other things going on, which people will probably see. We only have two songs out. The whole thing is limited to two songs; people make their own assumptions of probably about six minutes of stuff you can hear on the internet.
Leo Dobsen (guitar): We’d like to think (the full album will be out by) April. It probably won’t be out by April. Optimistically saying April, but we know it’s not going to happen…
Daniel Salamons (bass): Definitely before festival season.
This year, you have done multi-venue festivals alongside major camping festivals such as Reading & Leeds. Which of the festival atmospheres do you prefer?
Daniel: They’re both good, they’re very different.
Ben: I think it’s impossible to really categorise the big ones, ‘cause you go to Reading and it’s completely different backstage, the vibe is different at up-and-coming festivals. Every festival is completely different. In all honesty, I think I prefer the camping festivals because I associate them with summer, and I associate these ones with it not being summer, because that’s why they’re in a city.
Daniel: These ones feel a lot more like a gig because there’s three bands on at the venue and we’re just playing with them, which is cool, but maybe camping festivals are a little bit of a different vibe and you don’t really know what you expect to get when to walk into, as such.
As a band from London, how was it being in the hub of the city while developing your music? Would you say you had more opportunities?
Daniel: Probably fewer opportunities…
Leo: In a way, it depends how you look at it, if you want to find a load of A&R men in one room, the best place to do it is in London. The opportunity that we had, cause at the time we were one of the few bands playing the style of music that we were playing in Nottingham, so just because of the numbers, you get a lot more gig opportunities. We had loads of producers contact us, cause if you’re a band in Nottingham playing a certain style of music, people hear about you more easily, cause there’s more of a close-knit community, so you get more opportunities for producers. In London, everything’s so saturated; getting a good gig in London is a lot harder than getting a good gig in Nottingham.
The Guardian’s Paul Lester has described your debut single, ‘Blue Velvet’ as a “classic.” How does it feel to have such praise given to your work at this early stage in your career?
Ben: I call everything classic in a way, I guess it’s one of the things people say these days that doesn’t have the meaning that it used to have. But I think it’s really good that people are saying this, I try and play it down, but if anyone’s giving me support like that, then we appreciate it from anyone. If someone came up to me at a gig and said a song’s classic, I’d be like ‘great!’ , but the fact someone’s said that and put it in their publication is equally as great. Anyone who appreciates is good.
Dan: It’s really nice, whenever anyone says anything nice, it’s a good thing, but you don’t want to take it too seriously.
Leo: If people are listening to that track ten years down the line and say it’s a classic, then that’s great.
Dan: We’ll find out if it’s a classic.
Ben: Hopefully Paul Lester was right, potential classic. I don’t know if it’s a classic yet. We really appreciate the support from The Guardian, they’ve been really nice to us.
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