Indieterria meets Jack Fletcher Band

Hey all you people (right here, right now)!

So much is going on dear readers, that we donโ€™t know where to start! Interviews, pictures, secret gigs being organized (maybe in Birmingham, or maybe not ๐Ÿ˜Š), plans and collaborations โ€“ we are 24hrs party people, only our party is a long-time marketing campaign! It is an exciting time to be alive as our friend says, but we wish our day had 48 hours instead of 24. Or well, you only live once.

Saturday, the 9th of June is coming closer and closer and we cannot wait! We will have a mini Worcester invasion with HVMM playing at The Flapper, Lost Tigers appearing at the Bishop and Actress and Dead Dads Club coming back to The Sunflower Lounge to rock you like a hurricane. Please use the links below to purchase the tickets and support The Racket, Jack Fletcher Band and our Malvern boys in DDC, if you are looking for a quality entertainment. Always support your local DIY scene. Those bands are the future of the British guitar music!

Poster for gig at the legendary Sunflower Lounge on 9th June 2018

https://www.facebook.com/events/216304582300587/
https://www.seetickets.com/tour/modern-age-birmingham-w-the-racket

You can also read our previous interview with:
Dead Dads Club:ย https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/indieterria-meets-dead-dads-club/
The Racket:ย https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/indieterria-meets-the-racket/

The event has made it onto the newspapers in Brum, so we are happy kittens:

https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/music/2018/06/04/wolverhamptons-the-jack-fletcher-band-to-support-the-racket-in-birmingham/

Today, we would like to present you with the last interview we did to promote the show. The Jack Fletcher Band is one of Wolverhamptonโ€™s finest new bands and you just have to see them live. We talked to lead singer and guitarist, Jack Fletcher about the bandโ€™s name (quite obvious!), playing with Johnny Brown of Twisted Wheel and their new upcoming music. No beating about bush, only simple and straightforward answers. This is what we like!

Band`s logo

Jack Fletcher (vocals, guitar)
Tom Robinson (drummer)
Henry Bradley (bass)
George Hadley (lead guitar)

Official bio:ย  The Jack Fletcher Bans is an indie-rock four piece from Wolverhampton that can only be described as real rock with their stripped back guitar music, Midlands twang and their live-for-the moment attitude.

After the split of his former band โ€œThe Townโ€, lead vocalist Jack Fletcher began his solo career before meeting fellow band members: Tom Robinson (drummer) and Henry Bradley (bass) on a music technology course at university. From this friendship and the introduction of George Hadley (lead guitar), The Jack Fletcher Band was formed. Combining influences from mod bands such as The Jam & The Who with the rock and roll sounds of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.

To date these Black Country lads have played numerous festivals and venues including Lakefest (supporting the likes of Primal Scream, The Coral, Cast and Star Sailor), Party in the Pines Festival, Wolverhamptonโ€™s Slade Rooms, Notting Hill Arts Club, Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham and the legendary Band on the Wall in Manchester.

With their unique and timeless compositions, youthful spirit and optimistic outlook, The Jack Fletcher Band are a group that will stand the test of time. They are a band that not only defines the present, but a band that embodies the culture and guts of those that came before them and will continue to do so for years to come.

Amazing picture taken by our dear friend Nidge Luhg Sanders at Trust A Fox Photography https://www.facebook.com/TrustAFoxPhotography/

Before we start, let`s have a proper introduction to all the members of the band. Please tell us who is who?

Jack Fletcher: Hi. My name is Jack Fletcher and Iโ€™m the lead singer and I play guitar. The rest of the band is George Hadley on lead guitar, Henry Bradley on bass and Tom Robinson on drums.

You have been performing under The Jack Fletcher Band moniker for quite some time now. It is simple yet memorable name. Did you choose it on purpose or was it last minute decision that just stayed with you? Are you tempted to change it to something else?

Jack Fletcher: We decided on The Jack Fletcher Band as the bandโ€™s name wasnโ€™t really something we cared about. I wasnโ€™t really good at picking names so we picked the worst name that we could find (laughing). Joking aside, itโ€™s just stuck with us.

Your biography mentions that the band started out after a group of incredibly talented musicians took the same music course at the university. It is a perfect script material. Was it really a random encounter or did you know each other before?

Jack Fletcher: We all knew each other. Myself, Henry and Tom – we all really met at college and George was a friend of Jackโ€™s early onโ€ฆ and the rest is a history (laughing).

Jack, before forming this group, you fronted The Town, an accomplished act in its own right. Can you tell us more about your project?

Jack Fletcher: The Town was my first real band. We played all around the country when we were around 16 -17 years old. Looking back on it, thatโ€™s a big achievement in itself really. We did well and we were so very young. But we enjoyed it.

Jack Fletcher Band in black and white

You have wonderful working relationship with Twisted Wheel. You supported them several times and in return Johnny Brown performed with you on stage. How did your collaboration start?

Jack Fletcher: We were always big fans of Johnny’s music and we met him at an acoustic gig in Derby some time ago and our friendship has been good ever since. We see him as a hero, but please donโ€™t tell him that (laughing). He is a good friend.

The video to song “Has it all gone wrong” beautifully directed by Benjamin Harrp amassed over 100k views on social media.ย  We have to admit, we absolutely love this song. It is very emotional. Any back story behind this track?

Jack Fletcher: Thank you! The story behind this track is very simple. I personally believe everyone can relate to it. Anything can go wrong in life but I suppose, it is always for the right reasons. The song is very emotional but I think it has a positive ending. You know, โ€œkeep on keeping onโ€, that sort of thing. And we are glad to hear that people can relate to the songโ€™s tune and its lyrics.

Another of our favourites “What are you waiting for” was produced byย Ryan Pinson at RML Studios in Wolverhampton. Pinson is known for working with several upcoming independent artists such as Jump The Shark, Wax Futures and Cosmic Rays. His style isย crisp, a bit raw and energetic. Was that what you wanted to highlight in your song?

Jack Fletcher: Writing a good song is one thing but getting it produced well and making it sound like you do live is very difficult. Ryanโ€™s a legend. He is an excellent producer and he can do his stuff very well. Always brings the best out of our music and thatโ€™s very important for us.

As Vanadian Avenue is based in Worcester, we have to mention that you have played on our home turf at Worcester Music Festival in 2017. How do you remember it? We hope The Faithful City provided you with a solid crowd and good memories.

JFB live on stage

Jack Fletcher:ย Yeah we have played in Worcester a few times. To be honest sometimes a bit too early for us to have half-decent crowd. You seem to put up shows very early guys, but the experience hasnโ€™t been bad all bad (laughing).

On 9th of June you will join The Racket and Dead Dads Club at The Sunflower Lounge for a true rock and roll celebration. Are you preparing something special for the gig?

Jack Fletcher: We will try and impress people at gig on Saturday. Thatโ€™s what we always intend to do anyway. We are not planning anything special, we will give it our all and maybe play a new tune.

Your schedule this year is fully packed. Where can your fans see you next? Any summer festivals or important concerts we should be on the look out for?

Jack Fletcher: Weโ€™ve got a quite a few things coming up and we are getting quite busy again. But everything still needs to be confirmed. Always come to our social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to check things out. You will not be disappointed.

As mentioned already, the band is available on all important social media platforms, so take your pick!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackfletcherband/
Official website: http://www.jackfletcherband.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackfband
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejackfletcherband/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC81Xd2zyhx0Xkju36Q5Geug
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jackf_music

Talking to the bands is one thing, but seeing them live is a completely different set of vinyls. Hopefully we will see you in Sunflower Lounge this Saturday. Bring your friends, a pair of comfortable shoes and let’s dance the night away!

Au revoir la hautย ร  mes amis (just because speaking in French is hot these days)
xoxox
Rita and Malicia

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Indiaterria meets Karkosa – Korean version

Hello!

We never thought that our ย interview with Karkosa would be that popular! Thanks to all of you who shared and liked our post – it means so much to us! And we also went viral. Our interview turned out to be very popular among the Korean fans of the band!

We would like to thank Mia Choi, our lovely translator who worked so hard to translate this interview in a day and a half! That must be a new world record, we are sure about that!

You can find the English version of the interview here:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/indieterria-meets-karkosa/

And now for all of ย Karkosa’s fans in Korea, here it is! Enjoy!!

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์–ธ์  ๊ฐ€ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ์œ ํŠœ๋ธŒ ์ฑ„๋„์— ์ด ๋ธ”๋กœ๊ทธ์—์„œ ์ธํ„ฐ๋ทฐํ•œ ๋ฐด๋“œ์˜ ํŠน์ง‘์„ ๊ธฐํšํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๋ฐด๋“œ๋ช…์€ ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ(Karkosa)์ด๊ณ  ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์€ ํ–ฅํ›„ ๋ช‡ ๋‹ฌ ๋’ค๋ฉด ๊ทธ ์ด๋ฆ„์„ ๋” ์ž์ฃผ ๋“ฃ๊ฒŒ ๋  ๊ฒƒ์ด๋‹ค.

์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ

์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๋…„์ดˆ ๋Ÿฐ๋˜์—์„œ ์ง„ํ–‰๋œ ์ธ๋””์ฝ˜ ์ปจํผ๋Ÿฐ์Šค์—์„œ ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋‚ฌ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋“ค์€ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์—๊ฒŒ ์•„์ฃผ ํ›Œ๋ฅญํ•œ ์ธ์ƒ์„ ๋‚จ๊ฒผ๊ณ , ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ ๋ฆฌ๋“œ ๋ณด์ปฌ ๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น(Michael Warnock)๊ณผ ๋งˆ์ฃผ ์•‰์•„ ์งง์€ ๋Œ€ํ™”๋ฅผ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์–ด ๊ธฐ๋ปค๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋“ค์€ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ๋งŒ๋‚˜ ๋ณธ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค ์ค‘ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์นœ์ ˆํ•˜๊ณ , ๋…ธ๋ ฅํ•˜๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์ด์—ˆ๋‹ค! ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๋…ํŠนํ•œ ๋ฐด๋“œ๋ช…, ์ธ๋”” ์–ด์›Œ๋“œ์— ํ›„๋ณด๋กœ ์˜ค๋ฅธ ๊ฒƒ๊ณผ ์‹ฌ์ง€์–ด ์ง€๊ตฌ ๋ฐ˜๋Œ€ํŽธ ํŒฌ๋“ค์„ ์–ป๊ฒŒ ๋œ ๊ฒƒ๊นŒ์ง€, ๋ฌด์ˆ˜ํžˆ ๋งŽ์€ ์–˜๊นƒ๊ฑฐ๋ฆฌ๋“ค์ด ์žˆ์—ˆ๋‹ค. ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋Š” ๋” ๋งŽ์€ ๊ฒƒ๋“ค์— ๋„์ „ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ๊ณ , ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๊ทธ๋“ค์ด ๊ฐ€๋Šฅํ•œ ๋นจ๋ฆฌ ๊ทธ์— ๋„๋‹ฌํ•˜๋„๋ก ๊ณ„์†ํ•ด์„œ ์‘์›ํ•  ๊ฒƒ์ด๋‹ค.

Big in Birmingham

๊ณต์‹ ์†Œ๊ฐœ: ์˜๊ตญ์˜ ์ธ๋”” ๋ฝ ๋ฐด๋“œ ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋Š” ๋งˆ์ดํด(Michael)๊ณผ ์žญ(Jack) ์›Œ๋…น(Warnock) ํ˜•์ œ์— ์˜ํ•ด 2014๋…„ ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„์—์„œ ๊ฒฐ์„ฑ๋˜์—ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ฆฌ๋“œ ๊ธฐํƒ€์— ํ†ฐ ๋Ÿฌ์‰ฌํŠผ(Tom Rushton), ๋ฒ ์ด์Šค ๊ธฐํƒ€์— ๋ผ์ด์–ธ ํŠธ๋กฏ(Ryan Trott), ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ํ‚ค๋ณด๋“œ์— ์œŒ ํด๋ฃจ์Šค(Will Clews)๋ฅผ ์˜์ž…ํ•œ ๋’ค, ๋ฐด๋“œ๋Š” ํ•œ ๋ฌถ์Œ์˜ ๊ณก๋“ค์„ ์ž‘๊ณก, ๋…น์Œํ•ด ์˜จ๋ผ์ธ์— ๊ฒŒ์‹œํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๋ฉœ๋กœ๋”•ํ•˜๊ณ  ํญ๋ฐœ์ ์ธ ๋ฝ ์‚ฌ์šด๋“œ๋Š” ์บฃํ”ผ์‰ฌ ์•ค ๋” ๋ณดํ‹€๋งจ(Catfish and the Bottlemen), ๋กœ์–„ ๋ธ”๋Ÿฌ๋“œ(Royal Blood), ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ๋” ์•„๋งˆ์กด์Šค(The Amazons)์—์„œ ํฌ๊ฒŒ ์˜๊ฐ์„ ๋ฐ›์•˜๋‹ค. ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ ์ฒซ ์‹ฑ๊ธ€ The Devilโ€™s Greatest Trick์ด 2016๋…„์— ๋ฐœ๋งค๋˜์—ˆ๊ณ , ์ด์–ด 2017๋…„์— ์‹ฑ๊ธ€ Monarchy, Sheffield, Where the River Flows๊ฐ€ ๋ฐœ๋งค๋˜์—ˆ๋‹ค.

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น Michael Warnock (๋ณด์ปฌ/๋ฆฌ๋“ฌ๊ธฐํƒ€)
ํ†ฐ ๋Ÿฌ์‰ฌํŠผ Tom Rushton (๋ฆฌ๋“œ๊ธฐํƒ€)
์žญ ์›Œ๋…น Jack Warnock (๋“œ๋Ÿผ)
๋ผ์ด์–ธ ํŠธ๋กฏ Ryan Trott (๋ฒ ์ด์Šค)
์œŒ ํด๋ฃจ์Šค Will Clews (ํ‚ค๋ณด๋“œ)

ํ‘๋ฐฑ์˜ ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ

์†Œ๊ฐœ๋ฅผ ๋ณด๋‹ˆ ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋Š” 4๋…„ ์ „ ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„์—์„œ ๊ฒฐ์„ฑ๋˜์—ˆ๋„ค์š”. ์ธ๋””ํ…Œ๋ฆฌ์•„(Indieterria) ๋…์ž๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ๋ฐด๋“œ ์†Œ๊ฐœ์™€ ๋ฐด๋“œ์˜ ์‹œ์ž‘์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ถ€ํƒ๋“œ๋ ค์š”.

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ์ œ ์ƒ๊ฐ์—” ์ œ ๋™์ƒ ์žญ(๋“œ๋Ÿผ)๊ณผ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ๊ทธ๊ฒƒ๋ณด๋‹ค ์ข€ ๋” ์ผ์ฐ, ๊ทธ๋Ÿฌ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ 5๋…„ ์ „์ฏค ๋ฐด๋“œ๋ฅผ ์‹œ์ž‘ํ•œ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”. ์ €ํฌ์˜ ์ฒซ ๊ณต์—ฐ์€ ์•„๋น ์˜ 40๋ฒˆ์งธ ์ƒ์‹  ํŒŒํ‹ฐ์—์„œ ์˜€์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๋•Œ์™€๋Š” ๋ฉค๋ฒ„๊ฐ€ ์กฐ๊ธˆ ๋ฐ”๋€Œ์—ˆ์ง€๋งŒ์š”. ์ €๋Š” ํ†ฐ ๋Ÿฌ์‰ฌํŠผ(๋ฆฌ๋“œ๊ธฐํƒ€), ์œŒ ํด๋ฃจ์Šค(ํ‚ค๋ณด๋“œ)๋ฅผ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ์Œ์•…์„ ๊ณต๋ถ€ํ•œ BOA์นผ๋ฆฌ์ง€์—์„œ ๋งŒ๋‚ฌ์–ด์š”. ๊ฐ€์žฅ ๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰์œผ๋กœ ์˜์ž…๋œ ๋ฉค๋ฒ„๋Š” ์žญ๊ณผ ๊ฐ™์€ ํ•™๊ต๋ฅผ ๋‹ค๋‹Œ ๋ผ์ด์–ธ ํŠธ๋กฏ(๋ฒ ์ด์Šค)์ด์—์š”. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ๋ง๋กœ๋Š”, ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ๋” ์•„๋งˆ์กด์Šค, ์บฃํ”ผ์‰ฌ ์•ค ๋” ๋ณดํ‹€๋งจ, ๋กœ์–„ ๋ธ”๋Ÿฌ๋“œ์˜ ์˜ํ–ฅ์„ ๋ฐ›์€ ์ธ๋”” ๋ฝ ๋ฐด๋“œ๋ผ๊ณ  ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐํ•˜๊ณค ํ•ด์š”.

โ€˜์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌโ€™๋Š” ๋ฐด๋“œ ์ด๋ฆ„์œผ๋กœ๋Š” ์•„์ฃผ ๋…ํŠนํ•œ๋ฐ, ์ด์ƒํ•˜๊ฒŒ๋„ ๊ธฐ์–ตํ•˜๊ธฐ์—๋Š” ์‰ฌ์›Œ์š”. ์–ด๋–ป๊ฒŒ ์ด ์ด๋ฆ„์„ ์ง“๊ฒŒ ๋˜์—ˆ๋Š”์ง€ ๊ถ๊ธˆํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์˜ˆ์ƒํ•˜๊ธฐ๋กœ๋Š” ๋ฏธ๊ตญ ์ž‘๊ฐ€ ๋น„์–ด์Šค์˜ ๋‹จํŽธ ใ€Œ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ ์ฃผ๋ฏผ(An Inhabitant of Carcosa)ใ€์— ๋‚˜์˜ค๋Š” ๊ฐ€์ƒ ๋„์‹œ์—์„œ ๋ฐด๋“œ ์ด๋ฆ„์„ ๋”ฐ ์˜จ ๊ฒƒ์ด๋ผ๊ณ  ์ƒ๊ฐ์ด ๋“œ๋Š”๋ฐ, ๋งž๋‚˜์š”?

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: (์›ƒ์Œ) ๋„ค, ๋งž์ถ”์…จ๋„ค์š”! ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋ผ๋Š” ์ด๋ฆ„์€ ๋กœ๋ฒ„ํŠธ ์ฒด์ž„๋ฒ„์Šค์˜ ใ€Œ๋…ธ๋ž€ ์˜ท ์™•(The King in Yellow)ใ€์ด๋ผ๋Š” ์ฑ…์—์„œ๋„ ๋“ฑ์žฅํ•ด์š”. โ€œ๊ณ ๋Œ€์˜ ์‹ ๋น„๋กœ์šด ๊ฐ€์ƒ ๋„์‹œโ€๋กœ ๋ฌ˜์‚ฌ๋˜์ฃ . ์‚ฌ์‹ค ๊ทธ ์ด๋ฆ„์„ ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜๊ธฐ๋กœ ํ•œ ๊ฑด ์ €ํฌ ์•„๋น ์˜ ์•„์ด๋””์–ด์˜€์–ด์š”. ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ C ์ฒ ์ž๋ฅผ K๋กœ ๋ฐ”๊พธ์–ด ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋์ฃ . ๋…ํŠนํ•˜๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ๋ง˜์—๋„ ๋“ค๊ณ ์š”.

์ƒˆ ์‹ฑ๊ธ€ โ€œLonely Kidโ€๋Š” ์•„์ฃผ ํฅ๋ฏธ๋กœ์šด ๊ณก์ด์—์š”. ์•„ํ‹ฐ์ŠคํŠธ ์•ฐ๋ฒ„(Amber Le Grys)๊ฐ€ ๋””์ž์ธํ•œ ์•จ๋ฒ” ํ‘œ์ง€๊ฐ€ ๋‹จ์ˆœํ•˜๋ฉด์„œ๋„ ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ๋ˆˆ์— ๋„๊ณ ์š”. ์ด ๊ณก์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด ๋” ์†Œ๊ฐœํ•ด ์ฃผ์‹œ๊ฒ ์–ด์š”?

โ€œLonely Kidโ€ ์‹ฑ๊ธ€ ์•จ๋ฒ” ํ‘œ์ง€

ย ๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: โ€œLonely Kidโ€๋Š” 2017๋…„ 7์›”๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์“ฐ๊ธฐ ์‹œ์ž‘ํ•œ ๊ณก์ด์—์š”. ์ด ๊ณก์€ ์นผ๋ฆฌ์ง€์—์„œ ๋Œ€๋ถ€๋ถ„์˜ ์นœ๊ตฌ๋“ค์ด ๋– ๋‚˜๊ณ  ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๊ด€๊ณ„๋“ค์„ ๋งบ์–ด๊ฐˆ ์ ์— ์ œ๊ฐ€ ๋Š๊ผˆ๋˜ ๊ฒƒ๋“ค์„ ๋‹ด๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ์ €๋Š” ์ € ํ˜ผ์ž ์žˆ๋Š” ๊ฒŒ ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•˜์–ด์š”. ๋˜ํ•œ ์ €๋Š” ๋ณดํ†ต ์ œ๋ชฉ์— ์ ํžŒ, โ€œlonely(์™ธ๋กœ์šด, ํ˜ผ์ž์˜)โ€๋ผ๋Š” ๋‹จ์–ด์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ, ์Šฌํ”„๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ณ ์ •๊ด€๋…์„ ๊นจ๋Š” ๋ฌด์–ธ๊ฐ€๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋“ค๊ณ  ์‹ถ์—ˆ์–ด์š”. ์•ฐ๋ฒ„๊ฐ€ ๋งŒ๋“  ์•„ํŠธ์›Œํฌ๊ฐ€ ๊ฝค๋‚˜ ๊ณก์˜ ๋ถ„์œ„๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ์ž˜ ์‚ด๋ ค์ค€ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”. ๋‹น์‹ ์ด ๋งํ–ˆ๋“ฏ์ด ๋‹จ์ˆœํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ, ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ํšจ๊ณผ์ ์ด์ฃ . ์ €ํฌ์˜ ์ด์ „ ์•„ํŠธ์›Œํฌ๋“ค๊ณผ๋Š” ๋‹ฌ๋ผ์š”. ๊ณก์˜ ํด๋ผ์ด๋ง‰์Šค ๋ถ€๋ถ„์€ ํŒŒ๋ผ๋ชจ์–ด(Paramore)์˜ โ€œAinโ€™t it funโ€์˜ ๋ธŒ๋ฆฟ์ง€์—์„œ ์˜๊ฐ์„ ์–ป์—ˆ์–ด์š”.

3์›”์€ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ์•„์ฃผ ๋ฐ”์œ ๋‹ฌ์ด์—ˆ์–ด์š”. 3์›” 17์ผ, ์ถœ์‹ ์ง€์ธ ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„ O2 Institute์—์„œ ์„œํฌํŠธ ๋ฐด๋“œ North Parade, Elliot Sturman๊ณผ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ํ—ค๋“œ๋ผ์ด๋„ˆ๋กœ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๊ธฐ๋„ ํ–ˆ๊ณ ์š”. ๊ทธ๋Ÿฐ ๋‹ค์Œ ์บ ๋˜์˜ Dublin Castle์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๋Ÿฌ ๋Ÿฐ๋˜์œผ๋กœ ์ด๋™ํ–ˆ์ฃ ? ๊ทธ ๋•Œ๊ฐ€ ๋Ÿฐ๋˜์—์„œ์˜ ์ฒซ ๊ณต์—ฐ์ด์—ˆ๋‚˜์š”?

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ํ—ค๋“œ๋ผ์ด๋„ˆ๋กœ ์„ฐ๋˜ ๊ณต์—ฐ์€ ๊ต‰์žฅํ–ˆ์–ด์š”. ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ๊ณต์—ฐ์„ ๋งก๋Š” ๊ฒŒ ํ”์น˜ ์•Š์€ ๊ธฐํšŒ๋ผ๋Š” ์ ๋ฟ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ผ, ์ €ํฌ์˜ ๋ฉ‹์ง„ ์ƒˆ ๋ฒ ์ด์Šค ๋“œ๋Ÿผ ๋กœ๊ณ ์™€ โ€˜์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌโ€™๋ผ๊ณ  ์ ํžŒ ๋ฐฐ๋„ˆ๋ฅผ ๊ฑธ๊ณ  ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๋Š” ์ฒซ ๋ฌด๋Œ€์˜€๋‹ค๋Š” ์ ์—์„œ๋„ ์˜๋ฏธ๊ฐ€ ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ฒŒ๋‹ค๊ฐ€ ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์ด์ œ๊ป ๊ฐ€์žฅ ๋งŽ์€ ํ‹ฐ์ผ“์„ ํŒ”์•˜์–ด์š”! ์ „๋ฐ˜์ ์œผ๋กœ ์ €ํฌ๋„ ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์› ๊ณ , ๊ด€๊ฐ๋ถ„๋“ค๋„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ด ์ฃผ์‹œ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•˜์–ด์š”! ์บ ๋˜์—์„œ์˜ ๊ณต์—ฐ์€ ์ด์ „๊นŒ์ง€ ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ํ•œ๋ฒˆ๋„ ํ•ด๋ณธ ์  ์—†๋˜ ๊ฒƒ์ด๋ผ๋Š” ์ ์—์„œ ํ›จ์”ฌ ๋” ์‹ ๋‚ฌ์–ด์š”. ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ์ง€์—ญ์—์„œ๋ฟ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ผ, ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ๊ด€๊ฐ๋“ค ์•ž์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ด๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•˜์ž–์•„์š”. ์ •๋ง ๋†€๋ผ์› ๋˜ ์‚ฌ์‹ค์€, ๊ด€๊ฐ๋ถ„๋“ค์ด ์—„์ฒญ๋‚˜๊ฒŒ ์ฆ๊ฒจ์ฃผ์…จ๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฑฐ์—์š”. ์‹ฌ์ง€์–ด ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ์ˆœ์„œ์—ฌ์•ผ ํ–ˆ๋‹ค๊ณ  ๋ง์”€ํ•˜์‹œ๋ฉด์„œ ๋ง์ด์—์š”! ์•„๋ฌดํŠผ, ๊ต‰์žฅํ•œ ์ฃผ๋ง์ด์—ˆ๊ณ , ๋˜ ๋‹ค์‹œ ๊ฑฐ๊ธฐ์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๊ธฐ๋Œ€ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”!

๋ผ๋””์˜ค DJ ์Šคํ‹ฐ๋ธŒ ์ผˆ๋ฆฌ(Steve Kelly)๊ฐ€ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด์„œ โ€œ๊ฝค ์ ์ง€ ์•Š์€ ๋™๋ฃŒ ์ง„ํ–‰์ž๋“ค์ด ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๊ณก โ€˜Sheffieldโ€™๋ฅผ ์ข‹์•„ํ•œ๋‹ค. ๊ณผ์žฅ์ด ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ผ, ๊ทธ ๊ณก์˜ ๊ธฐํƒ€์›Œํฌ๋Š” The Eagles์˜, ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ๊ณก์ธ โ€˜Hotel Californiaโ€™๊ธ‰ ์ˆ˜์ค€์ด๋‹ค. ๋‚ด ์ƒ๊ฐ์— โ€˜Sheffieldโ€™๋Š” ์•„๋งˆ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ๋ผ๋””์˜ค ์Šคํ…Œ์ด์…˜์—์„œ ํ‹€์—ˆ๋˜ ์ตœ๊ณ ์˜ ๊ณก์ด๊ณ , ์•ž์œผ๋กœ๋„ ์ž์ฃผ ์„ ๊ณกํ•  ๊ฒƒ์ด๋‹ค.โ€ ๋ผ๊ณ  ํ•œ ๋ฐ” ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ด๋ ‡๊ฒŒ ๋ฝ ์Œ์•…์‚ฌ์—์„œ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘๋ฐ›์€ ๊ณก๊ณผ ๋น„์œ ๋˜๋Š” ๊ฑด, ๋ณดํ†ต ํ‰๋ฒ”ํ•œ ์นญ์ฐฌ์ด ์•„๋‹ˆ์ฃ .

๋ฒ•์„ ์–ด๊ธฐ๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌโ€ฆ (์—ญ์ฃผ: ์‚ฌ์ง„์— โ€˜์ž๋ฆฌ์— ์•‰์œผ์‹œ์˜ค. ์ผ์–ด์„œ์ง€ ๋งˆ์‹œ์˜ค.โ€™ ๋ผ๊ณ  ์ ํ˜€์žˆ์Œ)

ย ๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์Šคํ‹ฐ๋ธŒ ๊ฐ™์€ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๊ณผ ์—ฐ์ค„์ด ์žˆ๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฑด ์ •๋ง ํ–‰์šด์ด์—์š”. ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์ฒ˜์Œ ๋งŒ๋‚œ ์ดํ›„๋ถ€ํ„ฐ, ๊ทธ๋Š” ์ญ‰ ์ €ํฌ๋ฅผ ์‘์›ํ•ด์ฃผ์—ˆ๊ฑฐ๋“ ์š”! ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๊ทธ์™€ ์ฒซ ๋ผ๋””์˜ค ์ธํ„ฐ๋ทฐ๋ฅผ ์ง„ํ–‰ํ–ˆ์—ˆ๊ณ , ์ €ํฌ์˜ ํ—ค๋“œ๋ผ์ธ ๊ณต์—ฐ์—์„œ ๊ทธ๋ฅผ ๊ฐœ์ธ์ ์œผ๋กœ ๋งŒ๋‚  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์–ด์„œ ์ •๋ง ๊ธฐ๋ปค์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๋Š” ์ €ํฌ๋ฅผ ๋ณด๋Ÿฌ ์—„์ฒญ ๋จผ Blackpool๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์™€ ์ฃผ์—ˆ๋‹ค๋‹ˆ๊นŒ์š”! ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๊ทธ๋ฅผ 5์›”์— ๋‹ค์‹œ ๋งŒ๋‚˜๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๊ธฐ๋Œ€ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๊ฐ€ ์ €ํฌ ๋ฐด๋“œ์— ์Ÿ์•„์ฃผ์‹œ๋Š” ์—„์ฒญ๋‚œ ์—ด์ •์„ ๋ณด๋Š” ๊ฑด ๊ธฐ๋ถ„ ์ข‹์€ ์ผ์ด๋‹ˆ๊นŒ์š”.

๊ทธ ๋ฐ–์—๋„ ๋งŽ์€ ๊ณณ์—์„œ ์ธ์ •๋ฐ›๊ณ  ์žˆ์ฃ . BBC Introducing West Midlands์—์„œ๋Š” ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์˜ ์—ฐ๋‹ฌ์•„ ๋ฐœ๋งค๋œ ์„ธ ์‹ฑ๊ธ€๋“ค(โ€œMonarchyโ€, โ€œSheffieldโ€, โ€œWhere the River Flowsโ€)์„ ๋ฐฉ์†กํ–ˆ๊ณ , ๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ๊ณก์€ 2017๋…„ 7์›” ๊ธˆ์ฃผ์˜ ๊ณก์œผ๋กœ ๊ผฝํžˆ๊ธฐ๋„ ํ–ˆ์œผ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ์š”. ๋˜ํ•œ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„๋“ค์€ ๋ฆฌ์ฆˆ, ์—๋“ ๋ฒ„๋Ÿฌ, ๋ฐ”์Šค, ํ”Œ๋ฆฌ๋จธ์Šค๋ฅผ ๋Œ๋ฉฐ ์„ฑ๊ณต์ ์ธ ๊ตญ๋‚ด ํˆฌ์–ด๋ฅผ ๋งˆ์ณค๊ณ , ๋๋‚ด์คฌ๋˜ Sunflower Lounge ๊ณต์—ฐ์„ ํฌํ•จํ•ด ๋ช‡๋ช‡ ๊ณต์—ฐ์€ ๋งค์ง„์‹œํ‚ค๊ธฐ๋„ ํ–ˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๊ฐ„ ์—ด์‹ฌํžˆ ๋…ธ๋ ฅํ•œ ๊ฒŒ ๋“œ๋””์–ด ๋น›์„ ๋ณด๋„ค์š”, ๊ทธ๋ ‡์ง€ ์•Š๋‚˜์š”?

ย ๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ๊ทธ๋Ÿผ์š”. ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์ด ๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฒƒ๋“ค์„ โ€œ์‚ฌ๋‹ค๋ฆฌ ์˜ค๋ฅด๊ธฐโ€๋ผ๊ณ  ๋ณด๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. BBC Introducing์—์„œ ๋ฐฉ์†ก๋œ ๊ฒƒ์€ ๊ฝค๋‚˜ ๋ฉ‹์ง„ ์ผ์ด์—ˆ์ฃ . ๊ทธ์น˜๋งŒ ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๋” ์ž‘์€ ๋ผ๋””์˜ค ๋ฐฉ์†ก๋“ค์—์„œ ์„ ๊ณก๋˜๋Š” ๊ฒŒ ํ›จ์”ฌ ๋” ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์› ์–ด์š”. ์ง„ํ–‰์ž๋“ค์ด ํ•ญ์ƒ ์ €ํฌ ์Œ์•…์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด ๋” ๋งŽ์€ ๊ฒƒ๋“ค์„ ๋งํ•ด์ฃผ์—ˆ๊ฑฐ๋“ ์š”! Sunflower Lounge์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ๋„ ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์› ์–ด์š”. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ์Œ์•…์— ๋งž์ถฐ ๋ชจ์Š(์—ญ์ฃผ: ๋ฝ ๊ณต์—ฐ์—์„œ, ๋ชธ์„ ๋ถ€๋”ชํ˜€ ๊ฐ€๋ฉฐ ๊ฒฉ๋ ฌํ•˜๊ฒŒ ์ถค ์ถ”๋Š” ๊ฒƒ)ํ•˜๋Š” ํŒฌ๋“ค์ด ์žˆ์—ˆ๊ฑฐ๋“ ์š”. ๊ด€๊ฐ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ๊ฐ€๊นŒ์ด ๊ฐˆ ์ˆ˜๋ก ํ•ญ์ƒ ๋” ํฐ ํ™œ๊ธฐ๊ฐ€ ๋Š๊ปด์ง€๊ณค ํ•ด์š”.

์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ ์ˆ˜์ƒ ํ”„๋กœ๋“€์„œ ๊ฐœ๋นˆ ๋ชจ๋‚˜๊ทธํ•œ(Gavin Monaghan)๊ณผ์˜ ์ฝœ๋ผ๋ณด์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด ๋ฌผ์–ด๋ด์•ผ ํ•  ํ•„์š”๊ฐ€ ์žˆ๊ฒ ๋„ค์š”. ๋” ์…œ๋ก์Šค(The Sherlocks)์™€ ํ•จ๊ป˜ํ•œ ๊ทธ์˜ ์ตœ๊ทผ ์ž‘์—…๋“ค์€ ๊ฐˆ์ฑ„๋ฅผ ๋ฐ›๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ์šธ๋ฒ„ํ–„ํŠผ์— ์žˆ๋Š” ๊ทธ์˜ ์œ ๋ช…ํ•œ ์ŠคํŠœ๋””์˜ค(๋งค์ง ๊ฐ€๋“ )์— ๋‹ค๋…€์™”๋‚˜์š”? ๋ช‡ ๊ณก์„ ๋…น์Œํ–ˆ๋‚˜์š”? ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์–ธ์ œ ๊ทธ ๊ณก๋“ค์„ ๋“ค์„ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์ฃ ?

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ๊ฐœ๋นˆ๊ณผ์˜ ๋…น์Œ์€ ์•Œ๋ ค์ ธ ์žˆ๋Š” ๋งŒํผ ๋งค์šฐ ์‹ ๋‚ฌ์–ด์š”. ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์ˆ˜๋งŽ์€ ๋ฉ‹์ง„ ์ˆ˜์ง‘ํ’ˆ๋“ค๋กœ ๊ฐ€๋“ ์ฐฌ ๊ทธ์˜ ๋งค์ง ๊ฐ€๋“  ์ŠคํŠœ๋””์˜ค์—์„œ ์ž‘์—…ํ–ˆ์–ด์š”! โ€œWhere the River Flowsโ€ ํ•œ ๊ณก๋งŒ ๋…น์Œํ–ˆ์ง€๋งŒ ๋˜ ๋‹ค์‹œ Gavin๊ณผ ์ž‘์—…ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”!

2018๋…„์€ ๋‹น์‹ ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ๋ŒํŒŒ๊ตฌ๊ฐ€ ๋  ๋งŒํ•œ ํ•ด์ธ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„ ๋ณด์ด๋„ค์š”. ์ง€์—ญ ์–ธ๋ก ์œผ๋กœ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ์˜ ์ฃผ๋ชฉ, ๊ณต์—ฐ ๋งค์ง„, ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ ๋ฏธ๋ž˜๊ฐ€ ํŠนํžˆ๋‚˜ ๋ฐ์•„ ๋ณด์ด๋Š”๊ตฐ์š”. ๋‹ค์Œ ๋‹ฌ์—” ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ ์—ด์„ฑ ํŒฌ๋“ค์„ ์œ„ํ•ด ์Šคํ† ์–ด์— ๋ฌด์—‡์ด ์ค€๋น„๋ผ ์žˆ์ฃ ? ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ์ง€์ผœ๋ด์•ผ ํ•  ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ๊ณต์—ฐ์ด๋‚˜ ์‹ฑ๊ธ€๋“ค์ด ์žˆ๋‚˜์š”?

์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ ํ™๋ณด ์‚ฌ์ง„

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ์˜ฌํ•ด๋Š” ์ง€๊ธˆ๊นŒ์ง€ ์—„์ฒญ๋‚ฌ๊ณ , ์ด์ œ ๊ฒจ์šฐ 4์›”์ด์—์š”! ์ง€๊ธˆ๊นŒ์ง€, ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์ฐธ์—ฌํ•  ํ›Œ๋ฅญํ•œ ๊ณต์—ฐ๋“ค์ด ์•„์ง๋„ ๋งŽ์ด ์žˆ๊ณ , ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๋˜ํ•œ ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„ ๋ฎค์ง ์–ด์›Œ๋“œ์—์„œ ์ตœ๊ณ ์˜ ์ธ๋””/์–ผํ„ฐ๋„ˆํ‹ฐ๋ธŒ ๋ฐด๋“œ ํ›„๋ณด์— ์ง€๋ชฉ๋์–ด์š”! ํ˜„์žฌ๋Š” Isle of Wight festival์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” HotVox ํˆฌํ‘œ์—์„œ ์„ ๋‘๋ฅผ ๋‹ฌ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๋Œ€ํ•œ๋ฏผ๊ตญ์—์„œ ์ €ํฌ ์Œ์•…์ด ์ž…์†Œ๋ฌธ์„ ํƒ€๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ๋•๋ถ„์—์š”. ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์˜ฌํ•ด ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ๋˜ ๋ฌด์–ผ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š”์ง€ ๊ธฐ๋Œ€ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ๋งŒ์•ฝ ๋ฉ”์ด์ € ํŽ˜์Šคํ‹ฐ๋ฒŒ์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋‹ค๋ฉด ์ €ํฌ ๋ชจ๋‘์˜ ๊ฟˆ์ด ์ด๋ฃจ์–ด์ง€๋Š” ์…ˆ์ด๊ฒ ์ฃ !

์•„๋ž˜ ๋งํฌ์—์„œ ์ €ํฌ๋ฅผ ํˆฌํ‘œํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
https://hotvox.co.uk/artists/karkosa

์ด๊ฑด ํ”ํžˆ ์žˆ๋Š” ์ผ์ด ์•„๋‹Œ๋ฐ์š”! ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„ ๋ฐด๋“œ๊ฐ€ ์„ธ๊ณ„ ๋ฐ˜๋Œ€ํŽธ์—์„œ ์ž…์†Œ๋ฌธ์„ ํƒ€๋‹ค๋‹ˆ! ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„œ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์ด ์œ ๋ช…ํ•œ ์ด์œ ๊ฐ€ ๋ญ”์ง€ ์•„์‹œ๋‚˜์š”?

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: (์›ƒ์Œ) ์†”์งํžˆ ๋งํ•˜๋ฉด, ์ €ํฌ๋„ ์ž˜ ๋ชจ๋ฅด๊ฒ ์–ด์š”! ์ €ํฌ๋Š” SNS์—์„œ ์ €ํฌ๋ฅผ ํŒ”๋กœ์šฐํ•  ์—ฌ์œ ๊ฐ€ ์žˆ๋Š” ๋ชจ๋“  ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค๊ณผ ๊ด€๊ณ„๋ฅผ ๋งบ์œผ๋ ค๊ณ  ๋…ธ๋ ฅํ–ˆ์–ด์š”. ์ฒ˜์Œ์—” ๊ทธ์ € ์ ์€ ์ˆ˜์˜ ํŒ”๋กœ์›Œ ์˜€๋Š”๋ฐ, ์ •๋ง ๋ฉฐ์น  ๋งŒ์— ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์ฒœ๋ช…์ด ๋„˜๋Š” ํ•œ๊ตญ ํŒ”๋กœ์›Œ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ๋‹ต์žฅ์„ ๋ณด๋‚ด๊ณ  ์žˆ๋”๋ผ๊ณ ์š”! ์ฃผ๋กœ ์ธ์Šคํƒ€๊ทธ๋žจ๊ณผ ํŠธ์œ„ํ„ฐ์—์„œ์š”. ๊ทธ๋“ค์€ ์ €ํฌ ์Œ์•…์˜ ๋งํฌ๋ฅผ ๊ณต์œ ํ•ด์ฃผ์—ˆ๊ณ , Isle of Wight festival ํˆฌํ‘œ๋„ ๋„์™€์ฃผ์—ˆ์–ด์š”. ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์–ธ์  ๊ฐ„ ๊ทธ๊ณณ์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๊ธฐ๋Œ€ํ•˜๋Š” ์ค‘์ด์—์š”!

์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋ฅผ SNS์—์„œ ํŒ”๋กœ์šฐํ•˜์„ธ์š”:
www.karkosa.co.uk/
https://en-gb.facebook.com/officialkarkosa/
https://twitter.com/officialkarkosa
https://soundcloud.com/karkosa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLFIGmi7Cwo

์œ ์šฉํ•œ ๋งํฌ๋“ค:
https://bromsgrovestandard.co.uk/news/northfield-band-and-worcester-singer-through-in-austin-socials-search-for-a-star/
https://artists.nme.com/artist/karkosa/

์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์•ž์œผ๋กœ๋„ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ์ตœ์•  ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„ 5์ธ์กฐ ๋ฐด๋“œ, ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ ํ–‰๋ณด๋ฅผ ์ง€์ผœ๋ณผ ์˜ˆ์ •์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์ง€๊ธˆ์œผ๋กœ์„œ๋Š”, ๋‹น์‹ ๋„ ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„ ๋ฎค์ง ์–ด์›Œ๋“œ-๋ผ์ด์ง•์Šคํƒ€ ํˆฌํ‘œ๋ฅผ ํ†ตํ•ด ๊ทธ๋“ค์„ ์‘์›ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํˆฌํ‘œ๋Š” 4์›” 24์ผ์— ๋งˆ๊ฐ๋ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

ํˆฌํ‘œ ๋งํฌ:

https://www.facebook.com/thebirminghammusicawards/posts/831404343728207
https://www.survey-maker.com/poll1927441x550C4e13-538

Text: Malicia and Rita Dabrowicz
Translation:ย Mia Choi

๊ณ ๋ง™์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค!!

Indieterria: WorcesterWave youngest bands part 1

Hello!

It’s December already and soon 2017 will be a history. Despite what the popular songs says, it was a very good year for Worcester and Worcestershire groups. After numerous articles in the press, sold out gigs, sessions for BBC Introducing, national radio plays and won competitions,ย we can be proud of our musical scene and its accomplishments.

If you are searching for brand new bands to look out for in 2018, to quote again another popular song, please don’t look any further. Your faithful A&R’s at Vanadian Avenue spent the entire last week composing a list of emerging groups that will keep you headbanging, pogo’ing and singing along for the next 12 months. Some bands are well established, some are just starting and some have their resume filled with important names, legendary venues and songs on the charts.

This guide has two parts already and we will be adding more in the future:
You can read the next chapters here:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/indieterria-worcesterwave-youngest-bands-part-2/

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2017/12/24/indieterria-worcesterwave-youngest-bands-part-3/

Please keep your eyes open and you will be attending the best concerts without the need of travelling anywhere outside of Worcester! There is so much happening in our city, it’s really hard to keep track of every event out there.

To make it easier for you music lovers, please read our guide to the bands that will rock 2018. We salute them!

Navajo Ace

Navajo Ace

Navajo Ace acoustic

Official bio: Worcester band Navajo Ace formed in 2016 and are quickly garnering themselves a reputation as an interesting underground band that make music with power and soul. The band combines a broad spectrum of influences, breathing new life into a sound somewhere between the grittier end of 90s college alt rock, shoegaze and Emo before it became a dirty word.

Named after the DC Comics Native American superhero character, Johnny Cloud from 1960โ€™s โ€œAll-American Men of Warโ€ (created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Irv Novick), Navajo Ace is an Americana/college rock four-piece based in Worcester. The band started playing together early in 2016 and their current line up consists of Adam Barnes (vocals and guitar), Thom Dewhurst (guitar and backing vocals), Christian Burton (bass) and Crag Sharpe (drums). On August 6th 2017, they released their 5 track EP โ€œFive Turningsโ€ (โ€œTiger in the Tankโ€, โ€œUnderneath Carsโ€, โ€œAwkward Placeโ€, โ€œFive Turningsโ€ and โ€œDrop The Needleโ€). The EP has been recorded at a well known studio JT Soar in Nottingham, produced by Phil Booth & Navajo Ace and mastered by Jesse Cannon at Cannon Found Soundation (Limp Bizkit, Man Overboard, NOFX, The Misfits) in New York.ย  In September, their song โ€œAwkward Placeโ€ debuted on BBC Hereford and Worcester and the band received positive reviews from Andrew Marston of BBC Introducing and Louder Than War magazine.

Navajo Ace are constantly touring nationally (Nottingham, Lincoln, Bristol, Plymouth) and locally (sold out gigs at Heroes Bar with nth cave, Worcester Music Festival and acoustic set at Bottles in Worcester). They supported Moose Blood, Bivouac and legendary bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, Big Walnuts, Yonder, Porno for Pyros, The Stooges).ย  The band is inspired by the music of Some Skeletons, Transmissions, 36 Strategies, Thousands of Reflections and Rosebud.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/navajoace
Twitter: ย https://twitter.com/navajoaceband
Soundcloud:ย  https://soundcloud.com/navajoace
Louder Than War review: http://louderthanwar.com/something-that-shines-introducing-navajo-ace/

Novaview

Joanna Edwards on vocals

Novaview live on stage

Formed in Worcester early in 2017, Novaview is the youngest group to join the WorcesterWave scene and one with a massive potential. The group consists of four band members: Luke Rhodes on guitar, Joanna Edwards on vocals, bass player Jack Godwin bass and drummer Tate Ellison. Inspired by My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Smashing Pumpkins, this very young shoegaze/dreampop quarter is now working hard on their demo songs that will be released in 2018. We hope their new material will include a remastered version of โ€œIn Limboโ€, a beautifully crafted and very catchy song they currently have on their Soundcloud account.

Novaview debuted in October at the Boneyard Sessions concert at The Firefly in Worcester and made a big impression on the audience and music promoters. It is worth mentioning that Joanna Edwards has an unique, almost ethereal voice that can only be compared to that of Hope Sandovalโ€™s of American dreampop giants, Mazzy Star. Vanadian Avenue will be closely watching their progress as their prospects are big and bright like the starry skies in the middle of winter (the most luminous time of year if you wondered).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/novaviewuk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Novaviewuk
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/novaview

Junior Webb

Junior Weeb playing live

Junior Weeb on the green grass

Official bio:ย  Junior Weeb are an indie funk/alternative rock four-piece hailing from Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. With hard-hitting bass grooves, soulful vocals and sticky guitar licks, Junior Weeb take their influences from a catalogue of different genres hoping to create a finished product that pleases your ears.

Hailing from the Worcestershire town of Droitwich Spa, former Victorian health resort and a well known beauty spot, Junior Weeb is an indie/alternative rock quartet with massive dose of energy. They easily pass it to their audience during their live performances causing serious cases of pogo, headbanging and singing along. The group consist of Chris Phee (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Max Killing (bass guitar and backing vocals), Joe Webby (lead guitar and an obvious inspiration behind the name) and Quentin Hill (drums).

The band known affectionately as the Juniors (or alternatively as The Weebs) has been together for over a year and spent the majority of that time recording their demos and touring. They supported Muncie Girls, The Riscas, Ivory Wave, The Americas (at the O2 Academy in Birmingham) and Soeur at the sold out show at the Marrโ€™s Bar in Worcester.ย  They will return to Birmingham this Christmas to play alongside Mama Roux and The Icon.

On April 21th 2017, their debut single โ€œNo rightโ€ was chosen as the track of the week by this Feeling circuit and a month later, popular website GigSlutz gave the boys a glowing review describing their music as a โ€œdreamy, psychedelic affair with just a hint of Oasisโ€. With recommendations such as this and a strong following, Junior Weeb is on the best way to make it to the charts in the next couple of years.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juniorweebband
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/juniorweeb
Twitter: https://twitter.com/juniorweeb

Jodie Hughes/The Lightweights

The Lightweights

The Lightweights at The Marr’s Bar by Indri Richardson

Before joining forces with The Lightweights, Jodie Hughes was a well established singer/songwriter in her own right. At the age of 16, Worcester School of Rock and Performance alumna, Jodie became the youngest person ever to perform at Worcester Music Festival and at the Independent Music Week in her hometown to support Anteros and The Assist. The Lightweights are three-piece indie/punk rock band from Worcester consisting of Jodie Hughes on lead vocal and guitar, Alex Russell on bass and Euan Richardson on drums. Second guitarist, Fiona Berry occasionally joins their performances but doesnโ€™t seem to be a permanent member of the band anymore.

The Lightweights had a very busy summer performing at the Live Experience Festival, Battle of the Bands at the Rugby Club, MappFest in Malvern, Bowfest in Bromsgrove and Worcester Carnival. Recently the band supported Jacklines at Birmingham O2 Institute, the RPMโ€™s and Thousand Mountain at the Marrs Bar in Worcester and participated in the 10th edition of Worcester Music Festival. The band is currently in the studio working on their debut EP.

Jodie Hughes:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jodie.katrinahughes99
Facebook: https://facebook.com/jodiehughesmusic
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jodiehughesmusicandstuff
Reverb Nation: https://www.reverbnation.com/jodiehughes

The Lightweights
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelightweightsband
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelightweightsband/

Jesse River Dylan Murray

Jesse River Dylan Murray picture by Andy O’Hare

Jesse live on stage

23 year old Jesse River Dylan Murray is the singer/songwriter based in Worcester. His strong voice, impressive range effortlessly changing from falsetto to bass and striking scenic image has been compared to David Bowie, Mark Bolan and Johnny Cash. Named after River Phoenix and the bard himself (Bob Dylan), Jesse is designed for fame. His debut EP โ€œClassical Musicโ€ has been released in July 2017 to positive reviews. JRDM has been very busy this year touring and gigging in every corner of West Midlands and beyond (The Brecon Fringe Festival, Wales) , performing with numerous local acts such as Reuben Seabright, Ben Dallow, nth cave, Nuns of the Tundra (at the Marrs Bar), Boneyard Sessions and Doozer McDooze (for Worcester Music Festival). He is often performing at the Open Mic nights at the Chestnut Pub in Worcester. 2018 seems to be another busy year for him as Jesse is already booked for summer festivals such as Breathfest.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jesse.River.Dylan.Murray.Warner
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JRDMcreations/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jesse-river-dylan-murray
Bandcamp: https://jrdm.bandcamp.com/album/classical-music

The Ben Vickers Collective

The Collective

Ben and his Collective playing at Firefly in Worcester, picture by Malicia Dabrowicz

Reggae, ska and funk musician Ben Vickers is somewhat of a Worcester music scene legend. Performing since he was 11 years old (right after he received his first guitar), Droitwich resident Ben played, jammed and shared the stage with almost every local musician. He has worked at well established music shops in the city center (RGS Worcester and Cranes Music) and tutored countless amateur musicians helping them develop better guitar-playing skills. He was also in popular Worcester band, Hometown Tourists.

However, Ben is best known for playing acoustic solo sets that draws big crowds. He has played at The Marrs Bar, The Firefly, Heroes, The Chestnut, Bottles and many other local venues. He is also involved in running popular open mic nights and jam sessions. Ben performed at Youthcommโ€™s Minifest, Sunshine Music Festival in Upton, Worcester Music Festival, Worcester Show and was featured on BBC Introducing by Andrew Marston. In 2015, he released 4 song EP entitled โ€œKeep it Real Funkyโ€ which received a lot of radio play at BBC Hereford and Worcester.

Benโ€™s newest musical endeavour is called The Collective. It is a five-piece outfit consisting of very experienced musicians. Except Ben Vickers (lead guitar and vocals), The Collective include Poppy Waterman-Smith (piano and vocals), Matthew Todd (bass guitar), Ryan Lerigo-Jones (drums) and Pat McArdle (percussion, melodica and samples). The Collective plays a mixture of ska, roots rock reggae rhythms with touches of jazz and soul. It is worth mentioning that Poppyโ€™s powerful voice and scene presence gained the attention of Seal, who invited her to perform as an opening act for his concert in Manchester in July 2016. In November, the band released their first EP (recording of Davis Amps live session).

Ben Vickers:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/vickersbeard
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/vickersbeard
Twitter: https://twitter.com/6stringwiszard

The Collective:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecollectivereggae/
Bandcamp:ย https://thecollectivereggae.bandcamp.com

Ruben Seabright

Ruben Seabright

Ruben playing live

Malvern native, the 29 year old singer/songwriter, Ruben Seabright is the owner of one of the most recognizable and the most powerful voices in Worcester. Ruben comes from artistic and musical family and he has been performing along with his parents and siblings locally since a very young age. He has released his debut album entitled โ€œDepthsโ€ in 2013 and has been performing extensively ever since. Ruben shared the stage with Soeur, Nuns of the Tundra, This Wicked Tongue, Ben Vickers, Vault of Eagles, Thousand Mountain and many more. Recently he has supported Nigel Clark (of Dodgy), Heck (formerly Baby Godzilla) and Kill the Romantic. He has been featured on BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester in 2016. Ruben is currently working on his new material to be released as an EP next year.

Ruben is hosting a number of open mic nights in Worcester and Malvern where he performs solo or in the company of his father, Paul โ€œToadโ€ Seabright, member of successful Worcestershire groups Health Warning and Sons of Spock (winners of Three Counties Band of the Year award).

Please keep your eyes on the entire Seabright clan as the talent runs in the family! Ruben is married to fellow musician, Becky Rose Seabright and he is a brother-in-law to writer Katie Lowe, whose debut book โ€œThe Furiesโ€ has been purchased by Harper Collins for an international publication in 2018 (and they paid a 6 figure sum for it as well)!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RubenSeabright/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rubenseabright
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/ruben-seabright
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rubenseabright/

Please come back soon as we are not finished yet!
The second part of our ย guide will be released next week (or even sooner as we are really dying to show you the rest of the bands).

Have a great evening,
Malicia and Rita Dabrowicz

Indieterria meets Mutant-Thoughts

Hello, hello!

It’s the middle of the month and Indieterria is now back with another cool band you just have to know. Usually people like us here at Vanadian Avenue (professionally known as Artist and Repertoire or A&R’s for short) are sailing the vast waters of the world wide web in search of another talent to bring it to the surface for your enjoyment. It is a hard, ungrateful task at times but once a truly talented band or a musician is found, a long and successful career can begin.

Mutant-Thoughts logo

Sometimes we don’t have to search at all, the bands approach us themselves and all we can do is to sit, listen and admire as they are excellent at their craft. Our latest guest, Mutant-Thoughts found us on social media and we had to invite them to Indieterria as they are truly unique band!

Official Bio: Mutant-Thoughts is an experimental synth-rock band formed by Han Luis Cera (vocals and synths), Joshua Lennox-Hilton (bass and backing vocals) and Tom Pearmain (drums). Their unique sound combines traditional rock music with electronic sounds, eerie vibes and beautiful melodies. Mutant-Thoughtsโ€™ live shows are a spectacle that cannot be missed โ€“ it is equally energetic and emotional, filled with odd time signatures, crazy electric signals, heavy bass lines, eclectic vocal harmonies and to the listenerโ€™s surprise, no guitars. Using synths, drum machines and other special effects, Mutant-Thoughts is able to transform their surroundings into a completely new, detailed musical reality. The band released their first album in 2016. Their latest EP entitled โ€œIs This Me?โ€ was released in September 2017.

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Mutant-Thoughts

Han Luis Cera (vocals and synths),
Joshua Lennox-Hilton (bass and backing vocals)
Tom Pearmain (drums)

We are sure all music journalists can wholeheartedly agree that looking for a new, interesting band to write about can be tricky. Among millions of self released singles, YouTube videos and EPโ€™s filled with repetitions or (in worst case scenarios) bad cover versions, discovering a true gem sometimes feels like mission impossible. Yet the hours spent listening to home-made demos are rewarded when you come across a band that captivates you with their music within seconds. We all know that feeling: the music starts, you close your eyes and a beautiful sound landscape unravels its mysteries to you through lyrics, tempo changes and fuzzed guitars. Good things do come to those who wait and we are really lucky to discover Bristol based trio that calls themselves Mutant-Thoughts. Vanadian Avenue sat down with their lead singer, Han Luis Cera to discuss their beginnings, unusual name and growing up in Latin America.

Mutant-Thoughts promotional shoot #1 byย  Igor Tylek Photography

We have interviewed many bands with unique names, but yours is one-of-a-kind. It could be the title of the next Marvel superhero blockbuster. Where did it come from?

Han Luis Cera: (laughing) I admit, it does sound a bit like the next Marvel/DC psycho-thriller! Thatโ€™s a film Iโ€™d like to watch. The actual name came from a very dramatic break up of my previous band. The whole thing left me in a situation in which I started having thoughts I didnโ€™t recognize as my own, hence the name, Mutant-Thoughts. I thought it would no logger be possible for me to play with a band again. I started writing songs as some sort of personal therapy. However, when I moved to Bristol, I felt a lot better, and was happy to play with others again. I found Joshua Lennox-Hilton (our bassist), and Tom Pearmain (drumer), and Iโ€™m very happy and lucky to play with these two guys.

We are interested in learning more about Mutant-Thoughts. When and how did you meet?

Han Luis Cera: I moved to Bristol in 2014 but even before then, I was already looking for musicians to collaborate with. After a while, I met Josh, as he responded to a post I wrote online looking for a bass player. Around the same time, I befriended Pablo, an Argentinian drummer that played with us for the first year; sadly he had to leave us as he moved abroad. He basically transformed all the electronic songs I have written on my own into proper rock music as no band could ever play them in their original version (laughing)! After Pablo left, we played with another drummer named Tobias for about half a year, and he left for personal reasons. Then we auditioned a few drummers. Tom was the first one we heard that day and we were so impressed, that the decision was easy. He just understood immediately what we were doing and it was very easy to get along and work with him.

Mutant-Thoughts promotional shoot #2 by Igor Tylek Photography

Han, you are Colombian native. Can you tell us about your life in Latin America.ย  What type of music you grew up listening to?

Han Luis Cera: I grew up in Barranquilla, a port city in Northern part of Colombia. I was exposed to lots of types of music, but mostly Latin. Barranquilla has one of the biggest carnivals in the world, so we are used to listening to a lot of music, all day and every day. It is quite interesting to live in a society where music plays such an important role in our culture. Also, Barranquilla is located on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia; our music is hugely influenced by African music, with heavy emphasis on rhythm. That is the reason why the rhythmic section is so important for Mutant-Thoughts and why we put more fluid stuff on top of it. I enjoyed growing up in Colombia. I think that Latin America has a very interesting way of dealing with problems. People seem to be happy regardless of the situation. And I think it takes a lot of courage to see life like that.

Moving to the other side of the world can be a great adventure or a traumatic experience. How do you find the life in the UK? Was it easy for you to get accustomed to a new reality or did you experience any cultural shocks?

Han Luis Cera: I lived in Amsterdam before moving to Bristol, so I had my fair share of culture shocks when I moved there! Coming to the UK was definitely a lot easier. There are a few things that I find interesting in British culture, (like wearing shorts in the middle of the winter), but I really love living here. Iโ€™ve met very interesting and talented people, and Iโ€™m doing what I love!

We can imagine that music scene in Colombia and in the UK are completely different. What do you think about the music scene in Bristol? Should we even compare those two?

Han Luis Cera: I think British people generally have great interest in live music. That helps the music scene a lot and it gives the musicians a chance to grow. There are multiple small venues and places where musicians can play and reach new listeners. We only have a handful of venues in Barranquilla where you can see a live band play. Most Colombians tend to listen to music from records or on the radio, rather than live but that means the music is everywhere, even on public transport. During the Carnival season, there are gigs everywhere though.

Your music has been likened to Pink Floyd, Faith No More and Caspian. We hear UNKLE, a bit of Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead. Also, we are not the first ones to point out that when you sing, you sound like Tom Yorke or Davie Bowie from his Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars era.

Han Luis Cera: Some of the artists you mentioned have indeed influenced us. We all have different tastes in music and we bring them into the band. We give each other the space to experiment and grow. All of the bands that we are likened to are incredible and we can only see that as a huge compliment. I personally think we sound different to them, but if I could ever play together with any of those bands, Iโ€™d probably go into some form of a shock not being able to believe my luck!

Mutant-Thoughts promotional shoot #3 by Igor Tylek Photography

ย Mutant-Thoughts use a lot of odd time signatures, tempo changes and you are not afraid to experiment with sound. It is not so common these days but reminds us the golden days of the progressive rock: early Genesis, King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator. You have learnt from the best!

Han Luis Cera: To be absolutely honest, I donโ€™t really listen to progressive Rock, apart maybe from Porcupine Tree, and Pink Floyd, (if you can call them progressive rock). I donโ€™t really listen to music with odd time signatures that much either. I just have a fascination for rhythm, contrast and I enjoy doing the opposite of what other people are doing. Iโ€™m not trying to be interesting or cool or anything like that.

I just think that if something has been done before, there is no need for me to do it again. Iโ€™m not sure if weโ€™re succeeding at that, but thatโ€™s the idea. I could say that my fondness for rhythm comes from Latin music. There was a lot of jazz influence in 70โ€™s salsa. On the other hand, my fascination with sound experiment streams from feeling limited with the possibilities of keyboard based instruments. As much as I love the sound of a piano, or an organ, the synthesizer is the instrument I seem to be able to express myself most intimately with, but I do still check my parts on a piano though.

Last month, you have released your latest EP entitled โ€œIs This Me?โ€. It is a beautiful piece of music, very well written and perfectly executed. We are especially fond of two songs: the title track and the atmospheric โ€œAloneโ€. Can you tell us more about them?

Han Luis Cera: Thanks! Iโ€™m really happy to hear that. Well, the whole EP is about going through a rough period in life and being able to find a solution to your problems. It has some very dark moments and it has moments which are more up-lifting. The title song โ€œIs This Me?โ€ is about self-analysis. A question to one-self about what we are doing. Is this really what we want to do? Are we acting according to who we are or are we acting on an instinct? Are our action based on what we believe to be true at that moment or do we have the full picture of the situation? It is hard to find the answer to those questions.

Iโ€™m unable to explain just two songs without discussing the context of the other songs at the same time. They are all linked together. The second song on the EP is entitled โ€œChaos and Entropyโ€ which is about going through the actual problem. It is about losing oneself and just tasting every single moment of that path.

The third composition is actually a poem. I have named it โ€œTrying to Make Senseโ€ which I think the title is self explanatory. Then we have โ€œAloneโ€, which deals with the sense of realization that after the chaos and suffering, we are actually alone. At this stage, we have taken some distance from the world to give ourselves the chance to deal with our problems. And then we close the EP with โ€œAdaptationโ€ which is about changing, โ€œmutatingโ€ into a different person that is now able to deal with the problems left in the past.

Mutant-Thoughts performing live at the Bristol’s Louisiana club – photo by Igor Tylek Photography

Mutant-Thoughts appearance on the Bristol music scene was very well received. You have played alongside new prog/math rock talents such as Last Hyena or YOUTH. When can we see you on stage next?

Han Luis Cera: At this moment, we are working hard on promoting our EP and some of the new projects. We are lucky that Bristol has a great music scene with many, very talented bands we have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with.

We will be playing in Bristol again on the 2nd of November at Mr. Wolfโ€™s for the EP launch of โ€œSiblings of Usโ€ who were kind to invite us to support them. Also,ย  we will travel to London to play at Off The Cuff, the date is going to be confirmed soon. We are looking to add more dates before the end of the year, so please check our Facebook and the official website regularly.

You can follow Mutant-Thoughts at:

Official website: www.mutant-thoughts.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mutantthoughts
Bandcamp: https://mutant-thoughts.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mutantthoughts/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mutant_thoughts
Youtube: https://youtu.be/WTfwrTkjqaU

If you’d like to write about them, book a gig or interview the band, Mutant-Thoughts press pack will come in handy!

Interested in seeing them live? Mutant-Thoughts are real musical magicians!

Enjoy the brand new Bristol sound!
xxx
Rita and Mal.

Indieterria meets Nuns of the Tundra

Dear Readers,

We arrived into October not so quietly. Our ears are still ringing from both Worcester Music Festival and Musicians Against Homelessness gigs, but there is no sign of slowing down. Actually, next week we will rock out again – back at the Marr`s Bar for the EP launch of Nuns of the Tundra. The Nuns are from Malvern and they have built themselves quite a reputation in the last few years. It will be a sonic pleasure to see them live and to listen to their new material. We hope you enjoy first installment of Autumn selection of Indieterria.

Nuns of the Tundra logo

Music from the Shire

 

Nuns of the Tundra

Troy Tittley: Guitar
Arran Davies: Guitar
Jim Smith: Bass
Melos Moody: Drums


West Midland quartet, Nuns of the Tundra, is a rare beast. They easily melt American rock tradition with typical British favoritism for distorted sounds and gritty tunes, creating a fresh sound that has a chance of revolutionizing the rusted structures of the indie genre. Vanadian Avenue sat down with Nundraโ€™s (their pet name!) lead singer and guitarist, Troy Tittley, to discuss their newest single โ€œFloat Awayโ€, the Hobbits, road movies and composing on top of the Malvern Hills.

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According to your biography, Nuns of the Tundra was formed nearly two years ago. Can you please introduce yourselves?ย  Tell us how the band was formed and where did you meet.

Troy Tittley: The band is the brain child of me and my childhood friend, Arran Davies. We’d always be showing each other cool new music we’d found since we were about 10 years old, and in fact were in a band together called RoadKill when we were 13. We’re better hopefully by now. We had all these riffs and song ideas that were floating around not doing anything, and we had a ton of free time. We didn’t take it overly seriously at first; we made songs about swamp monsters, vampires, goblins… The song about killer sex robots from the future actually became our first single. I also have been in a band before Nuns with a producer Curig Huws, and Curig basically taught me some song writing rules that made me feel confident enough to give it a crack myself. So after that band broke up, ย Nuns were formed.

You have to admit that Nuns of the Tundra is a very interesting choice of a name for a rock group. We tried to look for possible explanation and this is our theory: You come from Malvern that derives its name from the old Welsh word โ€œmoel-brynโ€ meaning “Bald Hill”. The tundra biome is usually described as barren, treeless or bare. Also, Malvern as a town has been established by Benedictine order in late 10th century. Maybe as a joke, instead of the monks you called yourselves The Nuns. Nuns of the Tundra. Sounds pretty good to us!

The Nuns photographed by Colton Halls
https://www.facebook.com/coltonhalls

Troy Tittley: I absolutely love your theory and I wish we were that clever. I have to disappoint, but Arran loves nuns, my favorite word is tundra. Deep, right? Tundra Nuns sounded too indie, Nun Tundra doesn’t really work, I don’t know why. When I came up with Nuns of the Tundra, it was a joke, but when I said it out loud, it just stuck with me. We were going to be called nilbog (goblin backwards), but I think Nuns of the Tundra is equally as ridiculous and that’s why we love it. We also have some twitter followers using Nundra to save precious characters, and we really dig that name too.

Letโ€™s talk about Malvern for a while longer. You describe your music as โ€œdirty desert stoner rock from the unlikely Midlands town of Malvernโ€. However, Malvern always had a strong links to (popular) music. For many years it has been the home of Edward Elgar and Julius Harrison, classical composer and professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Through the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Malvern Winter Gardens was a popular venue bringing top rock acts such as Joy Division, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbaths and many others to West Midlands. It seems that you are continuing the local tradition of crafting good music.

Troy Tittley: Yes, you’re totally right. Malvern just feels like a tucked away music hub. The hills are pretty inspiring; I did a lot of writing up there because you can get away from everything, so Elgar was definitely on to something. It’s basically the Shire and we’re the Hobbits. It’s rather unlikely because I’d kind of expect a rock band to come from Mordor or Isengard. Maybe Sigur Ros lives in Rivendell! (laughs)

Your music has been categorized as a wild mixture of psychedelic, progressive rock, American collage rock, grunge and mainstream harmonies. Fugazi, Stone Temple Pilots, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse and Grant Lee Buffalo have been mentioned as possible influences. Which other artist you would add to the mix and why?

Troy Tittley: As you can see we have a lot of American influence. I love that Fugazi made its way into that list by the way! Live we can be quite raw, but we like to get the layers and intricacies in there too. Really, I want this sound to evolve into something that shifts from chaos to complexity and back, but that’s for another time. Right now, we are very guitar driven, and try our best not to retread ground structure wise or atmosphere wise, so the wild mixture is probably down to that. I’d probably add Nine Inch Nails and Foo Fighters to that list; it’s basically all I listened to growing up.

Nuns debut single โ€œRobot Loveโ€ received fantastic reviews from local and online press. It has been championed by Andrew Marston at the BBC Hereford and Worcester. You were also invited to play at BBC Introducing stage at Lakeview Festival at Eastnor Castle in August this year where apparently โ€œyou blew the tent poles offโ€ with your powerful riffs. Thatโ€™s very impressive start, donโ€™t you think?

Troy Tittley: The thing is that’s not the start! We’ve been going at this for a while now and a lot of the feedback hasn’t been so hot. But that gives you thicker skin and if you can get past it, then that’s when the real stuff starts happening. We used to post demos online to public forums, because face to face people often say things that let you off easy. Online anonymity allows people to be complete dicks to you and you just have to deal with it! So, really it started there. We just got our ass handed to us until our โ€œMind’s Eyeโ€ demo took off. We were on the front page of Reddit Guitar Facebook page for a while and it felt amazing. It doesn’t surprise me as โ€œMind’s Eyeโ€ is currently our most popular song.

Second release entitled โ€œMindโ€™s Eyeโ€ only cemented your reputation as a new band to look out for. Overblown Magazine called you โ€œthe saviours of mainstream rockโ€, Worcester Music Festival described you as โ€œdirty drive 100 MPH through the deserts of the wild westโ€ while Born Music gave you the title of โ€œone of the UKโ€™s most exciting upcoming bandsโ€. By now, you must be accustomed to constant praise.

Troy Tittley: It is a good feeling knowing you are on the right track, but it’s important not to rely on positive press because it can make you soft, in my opinion anyway. I think I work harder when people are being harsh. Josh Homme once said โ€œYou’ve got to learn to love being hit by rocksโ€ and I think that’s true. But I am deeply grateful for the positive response.

Your latest single, โ€œDead in the desertโ€ has almost cinematic feeling to it โ€“ a certain dark vibe accompanied by an open landscape of fuzzed guitars and distorted echoes. It is easy to imagine surviving members of Velvet Revolver teamed up with Trent Reznor to write a soundtrack for a new road movie directed by David Lynch. I have to admit, it has been one of my favorite tracks this year. Can you tell us more about it?

Troy Tittley: Can I use that description? I love it. I would definitely watch that movie. That song started off as just the bass riff. Originally, it was a guitar line made by Arran. We changed it hugely and made it way more psychedelic. Then we dropped it from our set for over a year, the chorus just wasn’t right. After that, I got addicted to Arctic Monkeys’ โ€œAMโ€ album and it channeled a lot of how I was feeling at the time and the chorus just came together. Finally, the whole song just made sense. The weird sounds and little guitar licks were improvised in the studio. Our producer Scott Mahoney just set me up with this enormous chain of trippy guitar pedals, went out for a smoke and told me to do whatever I wanted. It was a really fun experience, and we were just trying to create the weirdest and most creepy soundscape we could get away with. I’m glad you like it.

Nuns of the Tundra during their BBC Introducing session
Photo by Andy O`Hare
https://www.facebook.com/andy.ohare1

On the 10th of October, you will release your first EP and a new single โ€œFloat Awayโ€. ย How many songs will be included? Where was it recorded?

Troy Tittley: The EP is the first 4 songs we recorded at the Funky Bunker in Malvern. โ€œFloat Awayโ€ will be the new track and all other singles released will be on there too. It’s our first CD and we’re so excited to have something physical. All songs were produced by Scott Mahoney and the current band lineup: me, Arran, Jim and Melos.

Recently, we found out that an animated video to โ€œFloat awayโ€ was produced by London based indie/alt rock art company YesMan. Its official premiere took place on the 28th of September and it has already been shown to critics at NYC Indie Film Festival where it was included into official festival selection. It will be competing for the main festival award in short movie category on 7 โ€“ 13th May 2018. We are very interested in learning more about this unusual collaboration.

Troy Tittley: YesMan caught our attention with his previous work; it has a really different feel to the majority of the stuff out there. We played him a lot of tracks that we’d recorded, and just asked him to pick the one that vibed with him most. We didn’t want any input; we just wanted him to come up with something, to make a song more than a song. โ€œFloat Awayโ€ is close to my heart, I wrote the main riff when I was very young, probably 13, so a part of me was hoping he’d choose it. And honestly the song works so much better with the video, once you see it, you won’t be able to separate the two. It’s just how I wanted it to be. Plus I get to be the moon!

Nuns of the Tundra are on the (rock and) roll. What are you up to in the nearest future?
Any gigs your fans should be aware of?

Troy Tittley: ย We’ve got a few songs that are recorded and ready to go. We like to surprise people, so โ€œFloat Awayโ€ will be a departure from our main sound. The next batch will hopefully add another element to our repertoire. We have some songs to be yet recorded, a tour through October and big plans for 2018. Also, we’ll be back in the Louisiana in Bristol on the 4th of October, and our EP launch will be held at the Marrs Bar, October 10th. We’re heading back down to London on the 27th of October and we’re playing a special hometown gig in Malvern at the Unicorn too. Can’t wait!

You can follow Nuns of the Tundra online:

http://www.nundra.com
https://facebook.com/nunsofthetundra/
https://twitter.com/NunsoftheTundra
https://soundcloud.com/nunsofthetundra
https://www.reverbnation.com/nunsofthetundra
https://nunsofthetundra.bandcamp.com

That`s all folks. We will see you at Marrs Bar on October 10, for the EP launch.

Mal/Rita

Indieterria meets Thousand Mountain

Dear Readers,

Another chapter in our ongoing project to discover new and exciting music in 2017. And this band happens to be also a headliner of Musicians Against Homelessness gig that is organized in Worcester on September 22, 2017 – so today. They don`t have a leader, discarded lyrics and use the power of music to evoke emotions and imagination of the listener. Thousand Mountain – ladies and gentlemen – one of the best match rock acts in the country!

Band logo

Let the music do the talking

In the visual age, it is increasingly hard for any instrumental band to successfully compete against rock groups fronted by charismatic leaders. Without attention grabbing spectacle or glass shattering vocals, singer-less ensembles are commonly considered a lesser form of entertainment. ย There are however exceptions to the rule. Heralded as one of the most innovative music acts on the West Midlands scene, Birmingham based trio Thousand Mountain, do not need cheap tricks to have all eyes focused on them. With their earth-shattering riffs and technical skills, they can create emotional performance that captivates the audience. During their recent visit to Worcester, we spoke to the band about their influences, preferences and the importance of being persistent.

According to your biography, Thousand Mountain is a three piece act formed in early 2016. Please introduce your band members and tell us more about your beginnings.

Thousand Mountain:ย  Sure! We have Dan Stokes on bass – huge Spiderman fan, Ash Andrews on drums – who is late for everything and Joel Hughes on guitar- who really wishes we were a Fleetwood Mac tribute band!

Like every strong/lasting relationship, we met over the Internet. Got sweaty in a room together for like 6 months – then music happened!

Read to rock – Thousand Mountain have established themselves as the leading match rock force in the West Midlands.

Your name, often abbreviated as TSND MNTN, is quite intriguing. Logo and song titles such as โ€œOpen Doorโ€ or โ€œKrakenโ€ point towards philosophical or mythological concepts. There are two famous Thousand Mountains in the world, one located in Japan – Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto (known as the Mountain of Thousand Gates) and The Thousand Buddha Mountain near the city of Jinan in China. Whatโ€™s the inspiration behind this particular name?

Thousand Mountain:ย  You’ve nailed it, we take a lot of inspiration from eastern culture and we definitely did not need a band name that began with TM because we’d already paid for a logo using those 2 letters, which led to us being called ‘Trevor McDonald’ for an afternoon (laughing). Definitely, the first one which you said!

You classify yourselves as a power house rock band. The official Webster-Merriam definition for it would be a โ€œrock group having great drive, energy, or abilityโ€. We have to agree. You are volcanoes of energy on stage and your technical skills are commonly acknowledged.

Thousand Mountain:ย  Thank you (laughing again).

Birmingham Promoters, PR and media company based in West Midlands, described you as the eclectic mix of alternative and metal sounds with the aesthetic of classical rock. Can you tell us more about your musical heroes? Who do you look up to musically?

Thousand Mountain:ย  We’ve not seen that?! That’s cool though.ย  We all listen to different artists so we each bring something different to the table when we write.ย  Dan used to listen to a lot of metal so we have a few heavier elements and massive riffs, Ash listens to a lot of math rock bands, so our rhythms are interesting and Joel comes from a jazz and blues background, so the melodies and choral content are something that’s important to us. We really love bands that aren’t scared of doing what they want. We all love Chon, TTNG (This Town Needs Guns), Manchester Orchestra, Plini and bands like that. Anyone with a guitar gets our respect.

Nowadays, almost all bands relay heavily on strong vocals or charismatic front men/women. You seem to deliberately break all existing rules โ€“ you play instrumental music and all band members are equal. Thousand Mountain does not have a designated leader that audience could concentrate their attention on during shows. What is the reaction to your very own and quite unique way of playing?

Three very wise and very talented men. Photo from band archives

Thousand Mountain:ย  None of us are good enough to be the focal point, but when you put all 3 of us together, we make 1 decent musician. We’re not super cool, beautiful hunks or charismatic talkers – so we have to compromise.

Your genre of choice is often criticized as a limiting form of art. Vocal-less by nature, it does not offer listeners a story, and is regarded as “too technical” in comparison to evocative cinematic scores. How would you counter such arguments?

Thousand Mountain:ย  There’s only 12 notes in music so if your vocalist can only sing in a handful of key signatures, but our guitars can play in all of them, then who’s really limited? Lyrics are telling you one personโ€™s story, most of the time people don’t have anything interesting to say, so just moan about how they’re so deep, our music sets a scene which you can fill with your own story. We could never compete with an orchestra, but for 1 guitar, 1 bass and 1 drum kit, we try our best.

2017 seems to be a breakthrough year for you. You have been performing extensively, sharing stages with the best new acts like Lost Tiger to the Wild, Rubio, Ideal Club (at the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham), Salt Wounds and others.ย  On 17th of August you have supported American legends of spoken word movement โ€“ Listener during their show at the Flapper. In short – you have an impressive resume for a young band.

Thousand Mountain:ย  It’s because we don’t leave promoters alone. We work a lot with โ€œSurprise You’re Dead Musicโ€ in Birmingham. And as I’m sure they’ll testify to, we’re really annoying.
But, if we see a show that we want to be on, we won’t wait for the invitation. We’re no strangers to playing some really weird shows just to get our names out there, so venues and promoters know about us. When you have a 4 band bill of 3 proper indie bands, then it is us. We’re definitely there to stick out and be remembered! We supported Press To Meco, who we adore on the back of playing to a room full of scared indie kids where the other bands didn’t talk to us all night. But you have to do things like that. It’s pointless updating Facebook once a month asking people to re-blog you on Tumblr – just turn up, put on a sick show and never stop asking for more.

Thousand Mountain has played in Worcester on several occasions in the past, always to sold-out shows. In September, you will grace our local stages twice: on 15th of September you will perform at Heroes Bar as part of Worcester Music Festival and a week later, on 22nd of September, you will headline the electric stage at Marrs Bar as part of Musicians Against Homelessness event in support of Crisis, a charity helping to eradicate homelessness from British streets. What can we expect from you on that night?

Photo from band archives

Thousand Mountain:ย  We love Worcester, from the first time we played we’ve been welcomed back with open arms. It’s by far our favorite city to play. Everyone’s open-minded about music and they seem to dig us. We get noticed when we’re walking around town now too, that’s why we come back so often – for an ego boost.ย  We’re really looking forward to that show, we’ve been to a few around the country before and they’re always busy nights. And to be headlining one at our favorite venue is something that’s very important to us. So expect a big, big show.

Two charity gigs in span of few days. You really give back to your own community. In your opinion, how important is it for independent artists to be locally engaged?

Thousand Mountain:ย  Massively. MAH is a huge platform, that’s all the motivation a band should need, but when you know it’s achieving something positive it makes it even more worthwhile.

What are your plans for the future? Any exciting news or plans for a new release?

Thousand Mountain:ย  Our first EP should be released soon, and we promise there won’t be a long wait for EP2! Additionally, weโ€™ve recently learnt how to use iMovie – which is extremely dangerous for band with a weird sense of humor like us. Everything else is a super-secret; youโ€™ll need to follow us to see whatโ€™s happening!

You can follow Thousand Mountain at:

https://www.facebook.com/ThousandMountain/
https://twitter.com/TSNDMNTN
https://soundcloud.com/thousand-mountain

Musicians Against Homelessness charity concert will take place on September 22nd 2017 at Marrs Bar

If you want to see Thousand Mountain play Musicians Against Homelessness concert, tickets are a ยฃ5 and can be bought from the links below:

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/413506
http://www.marrsbar.co.uk/events/musicians-against-homelessness-2/
https://www.facebook.com/events/106395143421500

To find out more about MAH visit Musicians Against Homelessness on Facebookย ย https://www.facebook.com/mahgigs/

As a headliner of the charity fundraiser, Thousand Mountain filled in the role of press spokespersons and they did quite well you have to admit. The local coverage was great, even before the event started:

Worcester Observer 19th September 2017

https://worcesterobserver.co.uk/news/charity-gig-will-help-homeless/

Worcester News 19th September 2017

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/15544094.Worcester_musicians_to_play_in_support_of_homeless_charity/

Severn Valley Radio, 20th September 2017

http://www.severnvalleyradio.co.uk/news/local-news/worcester-bands-will-play-in-support-of-musicians-against-homelessness/

That`s all for now folks. We will report from after the gig,

Mal+Rita

Indieterria meets Rita Lynch

Dear Readers,

Please forgive us if we will be acting like complete fan girls. We absolutely and dearly love Rita Lynch – our next featured artist on Indieterria. We have seen her live on January 1st, 2017 in Worcester, have her records in our musical archives and can hardly wait to see her perform at Musicians Against Homelessness on 22nd September. Read on, this is one of our favorite interviews yet!

Rita Lynch performing at NYE party at Pig and Drum in Worcester , 31 December 2016 – January 1 2017

First Lady of punk

Donโ€™t believe when they tell you that punk is dead. The genre is not only very much alive and kicking; it is going through a period of renaissance. It may be a bit older (and wiser), less drunk and more philosophical at times, yet its message against austerity, social alienation and economic devastation rings loud and clear. Political climate is certainly helping to bridge the age gap between new audiences and the underground legends and helps deliver a musical middle finger exactly where it hurts the most. Yet, looking for rebellion is not the only reason why the kids turn to punk rock. Its biggest strength definitely lies in the authenticity and originality, constant re-definition and self-discovery. We have teamed up with Rita Lynch, the first lady of punk to speak about her career, surviving the odds and her plans for her rock and roll future.

You were first introduced to music when attending a Catholic school. Apparently, a nun has taught you how to play a guitar. Were the nuns really that supportive? Catholic schools in 60โ€™s and 70 were rather known to suppress any form of artistic creativity.

Rita Lynch: The nun who taught me guitar was one of the better ones. She obviously enjoyed playing guitar herself and, as teachers go especially all those years ago, she was slightly more interested in creativity. She had already put one of my stories in the school magazine. She also had given me the cane, a couple of times, once for laughing in church. None of the teachers back then were that interested in a shy child like me who was always getting ill. So she was a bit of a hero to me all those years ago.

As soon as you graduated, you found yourself in the middle of London`s punk rock revolution. You founded one of nation`s first all-female rock bands โ€“ Rita & The Piss Artists, playing mostly squats and small venues. Can you recall some of the wild days and tell us who were in the band beside you?

Rita Lynch: With Rita and the Piss Artists we did a lot of drinking. We were a 4 piece band. I played bass and helped write the songs, but I did not sing. During our time we had 2 different singers. The first was a woman called Caspar; she had a brilliant voice but left us quite quickly. The next singer, Jo, wasn’t a good singer but had enough front to do it. The guitarist was not very good but the drummer had played before so we, the bass and drums, mostly held it all together. One squat gig, we played at the Demolition Ballroom on Stokes Croft, Bristol and somebody pulled the plug on us, we were so bad. We would all get very drunk, maybe take some speed and get up on stage. If we had taken it a bit more seriously, we could have done well, maybe. It was more of a sideline to the serious job of drinking. But we were doing it for a while when few women were.

The drummer from the Piss Artists, Justine Butler, just lives around the corner from me now. She went on to get a Masterโ€™s degree and had a child who is grown up now. She is a lovely woman. We meet up now and again and she has come to loads of my gigs over the years โ€“ sheโ€™s very supportive.

Once your band folded, you permanently moved to Bristol. At that time, the town had a vibrant scene with bands such as The Cortinas, Social Security and The Pigs. How did the mostly male scene react to outspoken female artist from the capital?

Rita Lynch: When I first started playing my own gigs as Rita Lynch, I was a solo acoustic performer. The sexism was terrible, the things men in the music world said to me were often rude, insulting and so misogynistic. Stuff like women dingers are always late for gigs, have tantrums at sound checks, and generally talked about as if they were spoilt children. Some of the graffiti in back stage rooms really shocked me. I was, at the time, going out with a woman and mostly socializing on the gay scene. It kind of removed me from the heterosexual world which really helped in those first few years. I was never late and always professional and built up a defence against this sexism by dressing outrageously and, with my height being nearly 6ft I kind of must have struck quite an intimidating figure. It put a wall around me and inside that I happily wrote my songs and tried to perfect and develop my own music.

You also made yourself a name as a performer/protest figure marching around in a mutilated wedding dress. What was the protest about?

Rita Lynch: I went on a lot of demos back then. But the wedding dress was mostly just for wearing in the day time. So, every day was a personal protest. I bought it for 50 pence in a charity shop and ripped it up, and would wear it just to get attention, like I was living art, walking down the street. But loads of people would stare and, as I was always barefoot in the summer, I must have looked very unusual. Apparently a young child saw me from a window and told her mum there was a real live fairy walking down the street. This was all in St. Paulโ€™s. It was a vibrant place with big reputation for race riots. There was a lot of prostitution on the street corners and police would not go down the frontline. It had lots of drugs, crime as well and racism. It was a cool place to live very freely, if you had the nerve.

You joined cold wave outfit God Bless You as a bassist. At that time, the band consisted only of Simon Black and Dave Ryan. Within a year, you were not only a full time member, but also a co-vocalist. With you in the line up, God Bless You released several singles such as โ€œSugarโ€ which are considered the beginning of your career as an artist and performer. How do you remember the collaboration with Simon and Dave?

Rita Lynch: God Bless You was amazing musically. Dave had a fantastic voice and Simon was genius with inventing simple but amazing tunes and riffs. I was with them as backing vocalist for nearly 2 years. I learnt a lot from watching them put songs together. They also introduced me to countless good bands and artists like Iggy Pop and Roxy Music. Dave was a poet and a great thinker, his lyrics were brilliant. He was hugely pivotal in inspiring me to sing and write songs. I loved being in God Bless You. Dave and Simon were my heroes.

In 1991 you released your first solo work โ€œCall me your girlfriendโ€. The LP became very popular and music press compared you to Kirstin Hersh, Patti Smith, PJ Harvey and even Nico. Channel 4 made a documentary about you. Was it hard to copy with the attention of the media?

Rita Lynch: I loved the attention I got from the โ€œCall me your Girlfriendโ€ album but it was scary as I had been underground for so long and I also found it intimidating. It validated me but made me nervous as well. I had to write another album and I was unsure how to go. I personally thought that I could do so much better than this first album. The album got me a lot of attention on the gay scene but the record label I was with, Moles in Bath, did not promote it very well elsewhere. So, I became a ‘lesbian’ singer increasingly which was not what I wanted and I still had to make the cross over to the mainstream. Also, the record label did not distribute the album properly so people could not easily get hold of it. As a result, I was still ‘underground’ but big on the gay scene. Then both, me and my girlfriend, we got beaten up for being gay. These were harsh times to be ‘out’, I found all this very difficult. The music was getting lost and I felt uncomfortable with being heralded as a ‘lesbian icon’. I was a singer/songwriter but all the other identities were becoming more important. Being an artist, I was feeling misunderstood.

Cover of What am I – anther record from our sonic archives and also signed by the artist.

What am I – sleeve and inside of the record

Your background and lyrical themes also drew comparisons to Sinรฉad O’Connor โ€“ another female figure that could not be easily squeezed into a box. Looking back, do you think there were really similarities between you?

Rita Lynch: I saw Sinรฉad play at Gay Pride in London, I canโ€™t remember the year. She blew my mind; I had never seen or heard anything like it before. It was one of the most important gigs I have ever seen in my life. Unforgettable. I was humbled by the experience. There are similarities in that we both grapple with sexuality, Catholicism and politics. She is Irish born, I am Irish born to immigrant parents in London. Being Irish/Catholic is an identity made more personal and volatile due to the racism of the English and the weight of the ongoing war and domination of Ireland by the English. Sinรฉad was and is one the most important musical influences of my life.

You have been a successful solo artist for the last 25 years. In that period you released thirteen albums under your own name, three with other bands, appeared on over thirty compilations and scored several productions (Vampire Diary, Channel 4`s Rosebud), you toured nationally and around Europe. That`s an incredible body of work. Were you expecting such a long run in this dog eat dog industry?

Rita Lynch: No. I never expected to do music in the first place, let alone to be doing it for so long. I love writing songs, I love singing and putting a good lyric together. But my love of these things has developed hugely with the passing of time. I donโ€™t actually see myself as ‘successful’ artist. Over the years, with all the egos and vanities and nonsense that comprise much of the music business, I have tried to focus on the writing of songs and developing my particular style. I was heartbroken when my first album did not go as well as I wanted and as I got older tried to ‘give up’ music and get a proper job. I never did get a proper job. I am dedicated to making music. It is my job. I want to write as many songs as I can. My ambition with music has altered from wanting fame in a vanity way when I was younger to a true hard working attention to song writing. The music business or industry is vile. I donโ€™t think about it much anymore, like it has nothing to do with me. I admire people who dedicate themselves to their art, even when they do not get success, I have aspired to this. I try to work hard at writing songs. I donโ€™t go out much, whenever I get time, I do music. My son is severely autistic and it has been a challenging experience. My life is dedicated to the care of my son and music. I do a lot of gigs, solo and with my band. I am still hugely ambitious in that I have yet to write my best song. I need to communicate through music; it is my take on the human experience.

Cover of Good Advice record, from our own archives. Yes, it is signed and we treasure it.

In 2006 you reinvented yourself yet again by joining The Blue Aeroplanes. You recorded three albums with them (Skyscrappers, Good Luck Signs and Anti-Gravity). In return, John Langley and Mike Youe back you up on your tours. You seem more like good friends than just musical collaborators.

Rita Lynch: ย Being in The Blue Aeroplanes was amazing. I admire their music. Also that was how I met my drummer, John Langley. This has been the best musical collaboration since God Bless You. John is the best drummer most people will ever see. He makes every song better with his drumming. When we first teamed up, I wrote the album โ€œGood Adviceโ€. He is massively inspiring and also introduced me to new music. We were a 2 piece for a few years. He upped my game, I had to get better so I practiced more and more and worked harder at my guitar playing. We developed hugely as a band. We sometimes make up songs on stage – improvising with John is a dream. We understand each other musically. Itโ€™s like magic. When Mike joined us a few years ago, he fitted in easily. He is a very good musician and picks stuff up very quickly. It felt just right straight away. John and I have been good friends for years and Mike is a lovely easy going person. We have a laugh as well.

In 2016, an anthology of your music โ€œStory to tell (1988-2011)โ€ has been released to celebrate your career and involvement in Bristol music scene. Can you tell us more about this project?

Rita Lynch: Mike Darby used to be my manager about 25 years ago. He had the idea to put out this anthology. It is a cross section of songs spanning 3 decades. I want to bring out another anthology but will do this one myself through the record label I work with now. Also, I am currently setting up to release all my future albums with them and re-release all the previous ones.

You played Worcester on New Year`s Eve at Pig and Drum. You will return to Marrs Bar this September to take part in Musicians Against Homelessness event. Will there be a chance to hear some of your new music?

Rita Lynch: Yes, I will be playing a lot of my new songs. My new album entitled โ€œBackwardsโ€ will be released in January 2018. You will have a chance to hear some of my new material for the first time on 22nd of September.

 

You can follow Rita at:

http://ritalynch.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/rita.lynch.121

Musicians Against Homelessness charity concert will take place on September 22nd 2017 at Marrs Bar

If you want to see Rita Lynchย  play Musicians Against Homelessness concert, tickets are a ยฃ5 and can be bought from the links below:

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/413506
http://www.marrsbar.co.uk/events/musicians-against-homelessness-2/
https://www.facebook.com/events/106395143421500

To find out more about MAH visit Musicians Against Homelessness on Facebookย ย https://www.facebook.com/mahgigs/

Please note that due to a serious hand injury Rita will open the gig and her set will be shorter than expected. But it may be also streamlined on Facebook and it will be different than her usual sets, so you better be at Marr`s Bar 8:00 pm sharp! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Take care,

Mal+Rita