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  • josephseager 11:28 am on March 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: club smith, , leeds, the hair   

    Club Smith Interview 

    Joseph Seager had a chat with Sam from Club Smith, after their Leeds support slot at the Academy with The Sunshine Underground, and before their own headline gig on March 19th at The Cockpit.

    Hello Sam from Club Smith. How are you doing? Where are you currently?

    Currently at home trying to get over a hellish journey back from Norwich at the weekend. Broke down at 1.30am, didn’t get towed till 6.45am then stuck in the snow and didn’t get home till 1pm! Heavy night ! Good gig though.

    You release ‘The Loss’ EP on March 8th. Are you pleased with it?

    It’s easily the best thing I’ve ever been part of musically. Apart from perhaps the second set of recordings we’ve just done. I’m blown away by how it’s felt like second nature this time around to be doing stuff I’m so proud of. I think it’s down to the group atmosphere and the producers involved.

    What’s your favourite song from the EP and why?

    I love them all, really. I think the lead track ‘Lament’ is the best song writing achievement and nicely documents a frustrating portion of my existence, and I really like track 3 ‘Connected’ because it’s written about my late mum. The other 2 tracks are huge fun to play live.

    What’s this I hear about a second EP, set for summer release?

    Well, the tracks are recorded but we have to see when the right time is. It could be after the summer as we don’t want to ram Club Smith down people’s throats too much. No-one likes intense relationships, it always ends in tears too soon.

    You just supported The Sunshine Underground in Leeds and have your own show at the Cockpit coming up soon (two huge Yorkshire gigs). You must be getting a massive fan base now with this and other exposure?

    It (The Sunshine Underground gig) was pretty wicked, a whole heap of people were there. There’s been pretty much universal positive feedback about the new stuff we’re doing, even from people who are always honest with us so I’m guessing once it’s out there a few of the general public could like it. Who knows!?!

    I know you formed in 2009 but what made you first get into music?

    I think it was a fascination of what’s possible with music. It’s the ultimate escapism for the musician, but somehow it can also connect with other people.

    Why did you become Club Smith, stepping away from ‘The Hair’?

    LMS is probably the only place I’d answer questions about The Hair. The two bands feel like completely separate entities and parts of our lives. Basically The Hair toured with Kaiser Chiefs and then decided we were bored of the songs, some of which had been played for 5 years and even though they were good they probably had as much time in the sun as they were worth. Added to that we had a new member on drums in Vijay who basically made it fun for us again and had lots of new ideas. The songs changed with his input along with the impact of events in our lives around the time and suddenly we felt like a new band. Hence the change. A lot of people thought we were a bit silly changing everything after our biggest break as The Hair but it went a bit deeper than that for us, we wanted to produce something a bit more meaningful to us at the least…hopefully to others.

    What would you have done if you didn’t take the musical path?

    I think I’d be doing what I do now outside of music which is trying to work to help people (am a housing support worker). Learnt a long time ago it’s about job satisfaction if you’re going to have to work 35 hours a week, so you’ve got to care about what you do.

    What are you currently listening to, what’s on your mp3 player?

    Wild Beasts – 2 Dancers – simply astounding
    Gaslight Anthem – very simple…but good
    The Maccabees – Wall Of Arms – still listening to it and it’s amazing
    Sunshine Underground – Nobody’s Coming To Save You – obvious choice, but it’s getting under my skin big time.

    Who are you backing to ‘break through’ this year?

    Things have changed so much in the music industry I don’t really know what ‘break through’ means anymore. I’d really like to see Middleman make a living from music as they are serious grafters and great musicians. I think Wild Beasts will get even bigger than they are all around the world. Totally deserved for them and everyone involved with them too.

    What’s the best venue you’ve played?

    On the basis of the recent gig I’d say it’s Leeds Academy! It was great to play there and then see The Sunshine Undergound who we’ve been mates with for a while now do so well and sound so IMMENSE.

    Favourite artist you’ve toured with?

    We toured with a Liverpool band called ‘The Maybes?’ last year. Their music wasn’t really our thing at first but we got more into it over 15 dates. Decent lads but the best thing was their ridiculous activities on the road. There was about 6 of them in a 3 seater transit, seemed to be completely at the mercy of their balls, sacked their manager mid tour and parted ways with the agent, and caused massive havoc in a service station on the last night of the tour. It was proper entertaining listening to what they’d done every time we met up at the next gig.

    How do you go about writing your songs? Where do you find influence, or do they find you?

    The music comes from one idea in the band that’s developed as a group, the words spring from the top of my head but are almost always derived from my mood at that particular time. It’s a snapshot into what I’m thinking I reckon, and how much I soak in about everything, which is really interesting to reflect on because outwardly I’m quite full of bravado and act as if I’m really laid back when I guess I can’t be, judging by the lyrics!

    What do you miss when you are touring?

    My girlfriend and bits of routine, it’s a heap of fun though touring.

    If you were a jelly bean, what colour and flavour would you be and why?

    The white one I think as it’s a bit exotic like.

    Some quick fire questions. Tea or coffee?

    Tea, can’t take coffee lows. Plus tea has endless variations…I’m sure you’ve seen the advert with the waterfall and that…

    Summer or winter?

    Summer

    Eat in or take out?

    Eat in, love to cook as long as I don’t wash up.

    Marvel or DC?

    Errr. None?

    Mac or PC?

    Everyone in the band would say Mac, and though I don’t use one I’d have to agree. They look sliiiick.

    I think I know the answer already but…Reading or Leeds?

    Leeds!

    And finally, what’s next on the agenda for Club Smith?

    A tour, coming to Leeds on the 19th March! Come!

    Good luck with the EP and the tour Sam!

    Club Smith released ‘The Loss’ on March 8th.

     
  • josephseager 11:38 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , album jelly bean, aoife hearty, batman, , , joseph seager, leeds, , , , produced, promote, , tea   

    Rodina interview 

    Joseph Seager speaks to Aoife Hearty from Rodina.

    Hello Aoife Hearty from Rodina. Where are you currently?

    I’m sat up late answering these questions having a cup of tea – I’m a bit of a night hawk!

    How’s 2010 going thus far?

    Good – we have been rehearsing with the live band to promote the album.

    You are releasing the single ‘Always Had A Dream’ on March 15th. What made you decide upon that for a single release?

    We have a few gigs around then and we’ll be playing some more over the summer so we thought its a good time to be getting the songs out there!

    What’s your favourite track from the album?

    I like “These things you do” – I love how it’s produced and it works well acoustically too.

    If Rodina was a Jelly Bean, what colour and flavour would you be and why?

    Strawberry Daiquiri (Viva Cuba!).

    If people don’t know what you and your music are about, how would you describe Rodina?

    What I say normally is its jazz-folk-latin-pop with laid back vocals!! Haha. No they are just catchy songs with a chilled out feel – there’s so many influences on the album.

    How did you come to work alongside all the album featured musicians?

    Joe, who produced the album, introduced me to a lot of the people because he has played with them in other bands. We were lucky to get so much talent on the album and it would have been impossible to do without them – for instance getting The Haggis Horns around to put down those horns in half an hour was really amazing.

    Where did the name Rodina come from?

    I liked Rodina straight away and it means “motherland” in Russian – that appeals to me for lots of reasons because I moved away from home when I was young and it’s a big part of me.

    What made you start singing? When did you realise you had such an amazing gift?

    I grew up in Ireland in a big family who sang around me all the time! My friend at school introduced me to old tapes of soul and R&B singers.

    Who would you love to perform with, past or present?

    Present – Yasmin Levy
    Past – Chris Connor

    What are you currently listening to on your mp3 player?

    An Irish singer called Rita Connolly, a song called “Venezuela”. It’s quite a traditional song but I’m a sucker for the old stuff.

    Best venue you’ve played?

    We played upstairs at Sela Bar in Leeds and it was great. There’s an old upright piano we used and it has a really high ceiling that makes everything sound nice. They also do a good Mojito!

    Where do you find your influences? Or do they find you?

    People I know, place I go, music I hear!!!

    What do you miss the most when you’re on the road touring?

    We haven’t toured yet! But when I’m away I miss my bed and novelty dog slippers.

    You’ve had some really intimate gigs around the Yorkshire area including Royal Park Cellars and Harrogate Blues Bar. Do you enjoy the close proximity of those types of gigs or would you prefer to be playing to thousands of people?

    I love the gigs we’ve done – it’s nice to connect with a small audience and they are really attentive – but I’m sure we would love it playing to 10,000 people!

    Some quick fire questions: Tea or coffee?

    Tea

    Summer or winter?

    Summer

    Superman or Batman?

    Batman (Michael Keaton!)

    Mitchell or Webb?

    Webb

    Mac or PC?

    Mac

    Possibly the most important question now, Reading or Leeds?

    Leeds!

    What’s next on the agenda for Rodina?

    We hope to return to Istanbul and Spain where we had a couple of great gigs last summer. We are going to be playing at Limetree Festival in August and a couple of other festivals. We’ve already started writing new songs and we are going to showcase them over the coming months. Keep an eye on http://www.rodinamusic.com

    Thanks for your time Aoife. Good luck for the future.

     
  • josephseager 9:39 am on March 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , annual, , blue roases, darwin deez, duke special, , incredible, leeds, , , male bonding, music festival, , rolo tomassi, sky larkin, spectacular, stages, the invisible, , , wood pigeon   

    Live at Leeds lineup news 

    Blue Roses, Hadouken! and Sky Larkin were this week added to the Live At Leeds 2010 line up, adding to any already spectacular line up for the annual music festival.

    This follows the recent addition of The Sunshine Undergound in what promises to be a day of incredible music in the city with in excess of 150 bands appearing across 17 stages around Leeds on Saturday 1st May.

    Also announced this week were Blood Red Shoes; Darwin Deez; Duke Special; Male Bonding; Rolo Tomassi; The Invisible and Wood Pigeon.

     
  • josephseager 1:31 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dark, direction, edgar allen poe, fantastial, ghost, hands, ignored, leeds, little boots, , magic, , raw, remedy, second, spooky, victoria hesketh   

    Little Boots news 

    Little Boots has revealed that she is planning a “raw” and “spooky” style for her second album.

    In an interview, the ‘Remedy’ singer confirmed that fans can expect her to build on the sound she used on her debut LP Hands.

    The star – real name Victoria Hesketh – explained: “The last album was fantastical and magic. It takes you away to another dimension, and I think the next album will be rawer and a bit more down-to-earth.

    “It’ll still be magical, but quite dark and spooky at the same time. Hands hints at it.”

    The 25-year-old added that her song ‘Ghost’ is the best example of the direction she wants to go in, explaining: “That’s one of my favourite songs. It feels really honest and quite weird.

    “It was inspired by some poetry that I was reading. There’s the feeling of being ignored.”

    Little Boots also said that she may look to Edgar Allen Poe’s poetry for inspiration when she works on her new record, saying: “It’s that dark side that I like.”

    Leeds Leeds Leeds…

     
  • josephseager 11:12 am on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: courteeners, goldhawks, , labum, leeds, , , , , , , where in the world   

    Goldhawks news 

    Where In The World

    Single – March 29th

    Plus Tour Dates – including two NME Brats shows, support tour with the Courteeners and headline Lexington show on March 29th

    Goldhawks release their second single, Where In The World, on Vertigo on March 29th.  The single comes amid busy touring for the band with a bunch of headline shows, various club dates and a support tour with the Courteeners. Goldhawks, heavily tipped as One To Watch in 2010, are a live band not to be missed – they wowed the masses last year with a brace of shows at CMJ in New York and a sold-out residency at London’s Ginglik. Their debut album Trick Of Light follows on 7th June.

    It only takes a few bars of Where In The World to tell you that you are in the presence of Big Music.  This west London five-piece are not in the business of half measures, not interested in anxious, apologetic, half-baked landfill indie. Goldhawks make their ambitions clear from the start: the giant opening guitar riff sets its cap at arenas, not the toilet circuit. The Where In The World video, shot over a freezing UK Christmas in Cornwall, features UK surf champion Seb Smart, braving the high seas intercut with the band performing.

    Two years ago, under his own name, Bobby Cook was releasing a single, Deja Vu, whose sweeping strings and acoustic shuffle saw him quickly bracketed alongside the likes of Laura Marling, Jamie T and Mumford and Sons on the dawning London skewed-folk scene.   Already, people whose curiosity had been aroused by Deja Vu’s gentle acoustica found themselves faced with a very different prospect live. “The songs were getting much heavier,” Bobby remembers. “On one hand, I was drawing on a passion for Ryan Adams. But then I’d find myself being inspired by filmic and more textured music. And it was obvious to everyone that this big, majestic sound wasn’t just down to me.”

    More like revivalist meetings than gigs, Goldhawks’ live performances have reminded older hands of the zealotry and ferment of Echo and The Bunnymen. To their own generation, Goldhawks represent something that can often seem like it’s in very short supply indeed: music that has nothing to do with striking attitudes or ticking commercial boxes, and everything to do with what Bobby calls his only reason for making music in the first place: because he has to, he’s “got no choice”.

    Tour dates –

    12th Mar   Blackpool, Empress Ballroom (with Courteeners)

    13th Mar   Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

    18th Mar   London, Brixton Academy (with Courteeners)

    22nd Mar   Newcastle, Academy (with Courteeners)

    23rd Mar   Edinburgh, Picture House (with Courteeners)

    24th Mar   Glasgow, Academy (with Courteeners)

    26th Mar   Leeds, Academy (with Courteeners)

    29th Mar   London, Lexington

     
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