An interview with The Libertines

After just interviewing Pete, he’s intrigued to see what Carl has to say to the same questions, a bit like one of those best friend tests you find on social media, except with Doherty playing guitar lightly in the background, in the Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth.

Carl seems restless, a friendly smile never leaves his face. His family is on the way to visit, it’s made clear how much he values this precious time off stage.

There’s such a bond between both Carl and Pete, their friendship has seen more ups and downs than a fiddlers elbow, yet they still seem like long lost brothers.

So you’re coming to the end of your tour now, are there any gigs that have stood out for you?

(C) I think Manchester, it was the first gig we’ve ever done where the balance has just been right, like a ‘shiny floor show!’, with wall to wall people packed in, but then we’ve sort of retained our spirit and gone up. Yeah it was poppin!

Cause you know you can never really tell until after a gig, cause sometimes everything will be in place and it will be perfect or it could just be shit, but we managed Manchester and that was the main thing.

It’s the north that’s why!

(C) Oh is that right! You’ve never had much luck with Manchester have you Pete?

(P) No I told you didn’t I, I always jinxed Manchester…

I’m surprised you didn’t hear about it…

So about the intimate gig in Nottingham, it came by accident it wasn’t really supposed to happen…

(P) when we came out, and there were still kids outside and we got the guitars out

(C) Oh yeah that tiny guitar!

“It’s like my emotions are a big sack of cement that I carry around behind me, after I stop it takes me a while to actually reach me”

So how important is it for you to do intimate gigs?

(C) Well moments like that are really important, I can’t really organize them, they just kinda happen and the spirit is there, it’s great, sometimes I feel terrified and feel under pressure but it felt really natural in Nottingham…

(P) It was something joyful, I came out and Carl had come out first, and to see Carl stood there in the car park with a little guitar…

How small was this guitar!

(P) This guitar was tiny! It just filled my heart with joy, didn’t really even used to happen that much, back in the ‘so called day’ when we had gigs and it was just like, “we need to get these fucking people out of our house!”
It was amazing, and you were happy and you were smiling! They kept saying about how long they had been waiting there, we felt we had to do it forever, so we were like “right! We’re gonna get you all presents from the bus”, and we ended up giving like pants away and stuff like that!

“It’s so much more than the music itself, the energy and the presence, being receptive to something deeper and bigger.”

Dirty or clean…

(C) Spotless… I think! Intimate gigs are important to me, I still do it with the Jackals, and I still play with an armpit lodged in my face…

(P) that’s why you got The Jackals together wasn’t it? You wanted to take it back to the lads in the back of the van, going around the country and the enthusiasm of that, the new members of the band, Carl really gets off on it!

(C) But I like doing really energetic stuff as well, but Pete says I play too fast!

(P) no I don’t I never say that! You know Ruby Tuesday is her real name? She was taken off the streets right by Bobby Gillespie and sent to college and got on the path of righteousness!

(C) How did he find you!

I was at the gig at Manchester and I wouldn’t leave until I met Bobby, when I did we got deep about politics and from then on I’ve worked closely with his photographer… so what went through your mind the minute before you were about to announce your reformation?

(C) There was a certain sense of pride to say I’m in The Libertines again, it’s very slow for me, it takes me ages for my body catch up, but at the time you’ve gotta just think, just do it!

It’s like my emotions are a big sack of cement that I carry around behind me, after I stop it takes me a while to actually reach me
But I think with The Libertines thing it was quite slow, and then it wasn’t real until we’d written…

(P) it was important to get some new songs in the bag as well

The Libertines… your whole career has been… let’s use the word colorful, I can imagine you’ve seen some things; you’re still doing it now and it’s still mental, but what really makes you feel that excitement again from when you first started?

(C) Got to think about that really, obviously the friendship and the camaraderie, the pride and the relief, the simple things really. Also every gig I do I’m still so terrified, when I get on stage, initially I’ve gotta show the audience… just that energy.

When I was a kid I used to have this Doors live tape, there’s one moment in it I think it was when the music’s over…

Carl begins to mutter the lyrics of When The Music Is Over by The Doors at 100mph, a look of total confusion takes over Pete’s face

(P) eh?!

(C) I’m not speaking in tongue, I’m just trying to remember the lyrics… “We want the world and we want it now! And he goes ‘NOOOOOWWW!’ it’s not the recorded version it’s the live version, and ever since I heard that I thought, I’ve gotta do that on stage.

It’s so much more than the music itself, the energy and the presence, being receptive to something deeper and bigger. When we have those moments, yeah.

We were just talking about bands like Zeppelin, Nirvana etc, so much has changed now, I guess you can’t just go and scream down the microphone…

(P) I was never really into Nirvana, when he comes off stage though at that Reading gig…

Is that the one where Kurt came on stage dressed as Courtney Love?

(P) Yeah and she’s there when he comes off stage, and a little kid comes up to him, he goes from being this massive man on stage, all that power, then off stage he looks really kind of, troubled…

(P) This English kid comes up to him, he’s like uber American, Kurt, in my brain, and this kid goes “I’ve got you on my wall Kurt! I’ve got the drummers autograph, can you sign this?” and Courtney’s trying to pull him away, he gets to sign it but he just looks really confused by all these people around him…

Carl seems lost in thought, racking his brain for any Nirvana footage he’s ever seen.
Pete jumps up having just remembered something, guitar in hand and he’s straight back into work mode

(P) you’ve gotta remind me Carl, one of the songs live, I’ve been looking at the videos from Manchester and Glasgow, I watched some Reading, the song you played remind me to play it, can we have a look at it now actually?

(P) It’s ‘death on the stairs’, you’re locked into the chorus, fucking great performance; I’m a bit embarrassed about my verse but you’re really in there, normally through the chorus you play that straight riff, right? You go “please kill me!”…

The lads have both stood up now, Pete showing Carl footage of their Glasgow gig on his smashed up iPhone. We can all hear clearly in the video how Carl ever so slightly plays his guitar melody differently, a beautiful mistake, which has stuck in Pete’s head.

It’s been a long day with the boys and Pete needs to rest, Carl’s family has arrived and we all split up to continue what’s left of the day before they go on stage.

In a few hours The Libertines will play their second to last gig of this tour, thousands of fans impatiently wait near the BIC, top hats at the ready for a gig they will be telling their children’s children about.

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15 Years of Moon Harbour (Matthias Tanzmann interview)

 

Unlike most house labels, Moon Harbour is one of the only to be celebrating their 15-year anniversary and already talking about their 20th. We catch up with label manager Dan Drastic and Circoloco/DC10 Ibiza resident Matthias Tanzmann to find out the secret to owning such a successful and well-known label.

 

“It was quite a journey for us from a little Deep-House niche operation to an internationally well-received Tech-House label. I met Matthias shortly after he founded the label with André and was always a fan and now I’m working here for already 9 years and couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved in those years.”

 

To celebrate the 15th year anniversary of Moon Harbour Recordings, a compilation album ’15 years of Moon Harbour’ has been released, supported by the likes of Richy Ahmed, Catz’n’Dogz,Yousef and Steve Lawler.

 

Drastic explained the idea behind the compilation album; “We actually started on the concept in September of last year as soon as it dawned on us that we have this anniversary coming up. Over Spring and Summer, we compiled the tracks with the premise to get a lot of core artists and artists we worked with over the last 15 years”, With Tanzmann commenting; “Compilations have always been a little favourite to me. I like to bring artists together for a special release and it offers a great value for the DJs.”

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As if celebrating the techno and house label’s anniversary with the release of the compilation album is not enough, Tanzmann leads the artists on a worldwide tour, playing legendary venues in Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Italy and Dubai to name a few – “I am looking forward to the tour in general. There are so many great places that we will stop at. Most stops will be in Europe, but we will also be hosting our 15 Years of Moon Harbour events in South and North America.”

 

So what is it that keeps the Moon Harbour family so tight for 15 years? Its rare to see a label so tight, as it is no surprise that tensions run high with the 24-hour partying, “I think a lot of labels are started out of the wrong reasons and as soon as people realize how hard it is to run a label they just quit. Music-wise I think we always tried to adapt enough to stay current while never forget the groovy, organic Tech-House vibe we stand for. Of course the music we releases changed a lot since 2000 but the key elements of stayed the same. Business-wise you always have to keep up with trends, don’t get to comfy with how you worked over the last years, because it might change super quickly.

 

In the end, the shows are the thing you are doing the whole thing for. Okay, sleep deprivation might be not the coolest thing, but it’s worth it most of the time. This tour was a challenge in the planning phase since we had a certain time window we would hit, but thanks to André and Jan, our bookers, we got quite a cool tour together.”

 

Thank you and Goodbye

I’ve been itching to write more of a personal blog post for a while now, there’s only so much transcribing you can do before you’re asking people in real life to speak slower, so you can catch up with your written piece. (This may be more of a journalist inside joke, i’ll just shut up)

Today is International Womens Day, I’ve just left a screening for the 2015 film ‘Suffragette’ – completely speechless, my heart is literally jumping about.

I’ve never had much knowledge on the Suffragettes, after watching this film, as well as being a few pages into Melanie Phillip’s ‘THE ASCENT Of WOMAN’, I’m more proud to be a woman than i ever have been before.

I’m more enthusiastic for this national day, the suffragettes put their own lives on the line, lost their children, their homes, to fight for equal pay and the right to vote, for that i will thank them for every day of my life…

I’ll thank them by standing up for my own opinions, i’ll continue to speak up for myself and every other activist, this bit is really important – I’ll ignore any person who feels embarrassed when i speak up about something i’m passionate about…

believe it or not, there’s people out there who say “Ruby, why do you rant so much over twitter? why do you go to protests?” they’ll tell me i’m cringey, i post too much, i go on too much about what i’m up to, blah blah blah…

This goes on to something i’ve wanted to write about for a bit, since my interview with Anton Newcombe, since i’ve settled more with being on my own, i’ve realised a hell of a lot of things.

If you’re not happy, change what you’re doing. If you’re not happy with the people surrounding you, move on, go find new people, I’ve met some of the most incredible people recently just by going off and connecting with people who give off positive energy.

Surround yourself with people who are happy with your success, who want to genuinely hear about your amazing day out. There’s nothing i feed off more than hearing people describe their passions or something creative their doing at the time.

And if there’s people who you daren’t leave because you get a vibe they may be talking ill of you, then fuck em’.

Life is far, far too short. It really is that easy, just start with small changes, find a new job if you’re not happy at your current workplace, listen to some new music, go somewhere you’ve never been to before, keep your genuine friends close and leave anyone with negative energy behind.

I couldn’t have done half of the amazing things i’ve done if it weren’t for certain people, i’ll never stop thanking them for it, as well as the people who are just all round supportive.

I’ve stopped comparing myself to Victoria’s Secret models or Instagram famous people, people are creative and expressive in their own ways, we are all different and mean something to someone. I’ve stopped worrying about the people who complain about my social media yet continue to follow me. I’ve stopped trying to get people to like or accept me.

I’m happy with my friends, i’ve surrounded myself with some of the most open minded, easy going and supportive people in the world and i’m trying to be that person. I’ve left my grudges behind. I’m happy with myself and that is not a crime.

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Here’s a picture of my best friend Chloe and I, it’s her birthday today. Just one of those mate’s you will keep forever, fills me with happiness does this buddy.x

 

Peter Doherty & James Johnston exclusive limited edition 12″ vinyl for RSD 2016

With Record Store Day just around the corner, Clouds Hill have a little something up their sleeve.

A Peter Doherty & James Johnston release exclusive limited edition 12” Vinyl, due for worldwide release April 16th.

Track Listing

 

a1. Peter Doherty – The Whole World Is Our Playground (2:43)

a2. Peter Doherty – The Whole World Is Our Playground, performed live & acoustic (2:45)

aa1. James Johnston – Dark Water (6:40)

aa2. James Johnston – St. Martha’s, performed live (3:15)

 

It has been 7 years since Libertine’s frontman Peter Doherty’s solo album Grace/Wastelands and his 2nd solo is due for release in the autumn of 2016.

James Johnston, guitarist for PJ Harvey and currently Gallon Drunk’s frontman, is also releasing his debut solo album through German independent record label Clouds Hill, with his 1st commercial single due for release before summer.

This special 12” vinyl includes intimate live recordings from the Clouds Hill Festival in December 2015, which took place at the recording studios in Hamburg-Rothenburgsort.

 

Watch Doherty’s performance at the festival here – http://cloudshillgroup.com/intro2/

An interview with The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s frontman Anton Newcombe

 

Imagine you are sat opposite your most respected lecturer, the sometimes tedious lecturer, who quickly asks you “what did I just say?” when he suspects you weren’t listening.

Except you’re sat in an abstract-shaped recording studio in Berlin, with double windows and ‘floating floors’. Surrounded by sitars, tambourines, guitars, drums, bongos, mixing desks and piles of vintage and new vinyl, collected from all around the world.

Except you’re sat with someone, also as respected as your strict lecturer. Someone who doesn’t, and would never need to ask if you are paying full attention, but asks anyway.

You are sat with one of the most experienced, intelligent, expressive, unpredictable, artistic and in depth musicians to have ever created ‘art’.

 

Its all being live streamed on his very own TV show to hundreds of fans.

 

Art means many different things to The Brian Jonestown Massacre front man, Anton Newcombe.

Art is the plastic doll heads wrapped in toy snakes sitting above his record collection.

Art is his 14 studio albums, 13 EP’s, five live albums, five compilation albums and ten singles.

Art is one of his film soundtracks.

Anton shares his art with fans across the world on his TV show, Dead TV.

 

This is one of the first interviews I have been lucky enough to be left speechless about. An interview that has made me re-think some of my life choices and views.

I hope it has the same effect for you guys, so stay tuned!

DRENGE INTERVIEW

An interview with Eion Loveless, Drenge

 

How are you feeling today? Do you guys still get pretty excited/nervous to play big gigs?

 

Tonight, not particularly nervous, we played here (Southampton Guildhall) a few months ago, with Wolf Alice, so its quite strange to be back at a venue you were at just last month, and we will be back here in February, so we’re kind of used to it now.

 

So I watched your video yesterday, throwing the Sun in the bin, are you quite political within your lyrics? Or is it just outside of your music?

 

I wouldn’t say we’re overtly political but everything that I write about in the songs is about something, we live in the world, it’s more about situations where politics could impact on people’s life, or job perspective, I dunno political isn’t the word I don’t think, I mean it is but… it’s not about The House Of Commons!

 

So do you think its important to express your own views within your own lyrics? Or do you sort of try and steer away from being too controversial would you say?

 

To be honest a lot of people don’t really listen to our lyrics, with our band lyrics, they’re kind of more about, I try and write from the perspective that, the most possible people could understand what the song is about and empathise with it, because rather than writing from a very specific, narrow point of view, with very specific references and stuff, I just feel more comfortable writing so I can reach to more people.

 

If you’re very specific about certain people, or places, or names and stuff it can sometimes get a bit weird, when I write I try and write with a very open vocabulary.

 

So youre in a band with your brother, do you find it quite hard if you bicker or is it easier as you have grown up together?

 

Its very strange, most people when they’re in their early 20’s they’re very stranged from their brother. You only see them at Christmas, or weddings, but we see each other every day.

 

Its fun, I wouldn’t be in a band with him if we didn’t get on, we’ve been touring for three years so we’re used to it!

 

I read in an interview that you guys used to play a lot of parties, do you still do that now, do you miss being able to do it if not?

 

I don’t miss playing just parties. I remember at parties people weren’t particularly interested, they would put up with it. And now if I was to like pick up a guitar at a party, people would be like…ahhh… (sighs).

Id rather just chat to people at parties!

 

 

How would you say from your debut album to your album Undertow, your sound has changed?

 

We had never been on tour before, so we toured a lot and we also had a massive amount of time to record the second album, which we didn’t on the first record. It just meant that we’d go in everyday, if we didn’t have anything to work on, we’d go back and work on something else. I don’t know, I haven’t listened to the two records side by side… I probably should.

 

But I feel just as if the performance of the band got a lot stronger, I feel like the songs got more interesting and more listenable.

 

I know Ive compared you to Nirvana, and so have a lot of people, what has been your favorite comparison so far?

 

Damon Albarn compared us to The Talking Heads, which was like, he said one of our songs sounds like Talking Heads, I don’t think he was talking as in like ‘it sounds like Talking Heads’ it was more like, there’s things that happen in that song, that would happen in a Talking Head’s song.

 

You wouldn’t see David Byrne on stage like… rocking haha.

 

I saw you guys at Wolf Alice and the crowd was pretty mental, what goes through your head when you see the crowd literally beating the shit out of each other?

 

Our music might not suggest it but I’m all about peace and love, I get really edgy whenever I see it, I’m like fuck! Maybe the next step will be an acoustic album!

 

The other thing is people get quite pumped up for our shows, it allows them to release energy and not have to like, buy tickets to go see Slipknot, a band you’d more associate with hardcore moshing I guess.

 

I guess you used to do that when you were younger anyway, finding yourself in the mosh pits!

 

I was always in the pit, and then I went into a mosh pit about a year a go and realized I was to old. You’ve gotta have open arms, no fists, you’ve gotta make sure if someone falls over you pick them up! You gotta smile, you gotta look after everyone there, its not just about beating everyone up and doing a weird type of dance.

 

I saw on one of your interviews that youre a big fan of Robbie Williams, did you ever manage to get him on your guest list?

 

My girlfriend’s mum is Robbie’s biggest fan; his manager was at our label talking to our label boss, and then someone went “Eion! Your girlfriends mum loves Robbie Williams!” then because o that conversation, my girlfriends mum got tickets to go and see a dress rehearsal in like a big hanger, about 8 people there, Robbie did the entire show.

 

Obviously you guys play big gigs, festivals and smaller gigs, which do you prefer or are they all similar experiences?

 

I think we get a really healthy dose of all three. We never get bored of them, towards the end of festivals youre abit like… sigh… another big crowd, theres no sound check, you’re abit like what we gonna do with all of this time, yeah small shows are really intense and fun. They all have massive plus sides and not many negative sides.

 

Is there anything we can look forward to from you guys?

 

At the moment I’m on tour mode and that finishes on Saturday, ill get home, ill probably just have two days to just chill…

 

And what do you do to chill?

 

I usually go for a walk, cook a bit, just normal stuff! Heroin… I get all of my zeberas out… yeah.

ALBUM REVIEW//NGHFB – CHASING YESTERDAY

 

There’s not been a day since Oasis split up when a reunion hasn’t been mentioned. Noel Gallaghers new album, along with his ever growing success seems to be a massive ‘fuck you’ to these rumours. As the saying goes, why would Noel need any more fame or money by reuniting the 90’s band?

Following from his first solo album, his musical capability seems to be ever growing. ‘If I Had a Gun’ was one of 2011 most popular alternative songs, Gallagher seems to have used the same technique with Chasing Yesterday to create the hype, by releasing his undoubtedly most popular song ‘In the Heat Of The Moment’.

The First Song of the Album ‘Riverman’ has tinges of Pink Floyd Riffs, leading on a more heavy rock sound In ‘The Mexican’. Primal Scream psych riffs make an appearance In ‘The Right Stuff’ whilst legendary guitarist Johnny Marr joins Gallagher in the last song of the album ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’.

Gallagher seems to know his audience well, cooking up an album featuring all genres of alternative music. Yet again, he has stepped up his game and released what could be the album of the year.

9/10

AN INTERVIEW WITH DMA’S

DMAs are one of the biggest upcoming bands at the moment, originally from Sydney, they promise a unique concoction of Brit-pop and indie with an Australian twang. We caught up with acoustic guitarist and songwriter Johnny to talk about the future and inspirations.

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This is your first gig in the UK in your tour, any venues in particular you’re looking forward to playing in Britain?

 

“Yeah actually I heard about this one now (The Joiners) through a band called Bad Dreams and they said it was a good venue, nothing really in particular.

It’s all pretty new for us, we haven’t toured really extensively in the UK so it’s all pretty new, I’ve heard of the one in Brighton, the Green Door, they’ve got cobblestone floors or some shit, and then I’ve heard good things about the deaf institute as well in Manchester.

I’m looking forward to going to Europe as well, 5 weeks ago we did different parts of Europe but once again, not extensively.”

 

We read in an interview that your first gig was when you hadn’t actually released anything yet and it was extremely crowded, how did that come about and how was that for you?

 

“It was a little bit daunting because we weren’t sure what the response was going to be like, we had one song released, that was getting played on the radio and we did that intentionally, we had seen bands in Sydney, I think you see it with any big city, you cant just go around playing three times a month, people get bored and your friends stop coming to your gig, we kind of purposely took time in writing the tunes and then to try and get songs played on the radio after never playing a gig.

And we did our first gig and it was crazy, there’s an old motorcycle store near where I live, we built a stage in there and hired a PA off our mates, probably around a 400 capacity venue, we had to turn 150 people away.

It was like ‘wow all these people are here to see us!’ and we were so new, even though we have been playing as a band for years it wasn’t like stage fright, it was just nice to see them all get involved.”

 

You played alongside The Black Keys and Tame Impala at the Governors Ball, how did you manage to get that and was it a challenge?

 

“We’ve got a badass-booking agent! That’s about it; it was our first time really going around America properly. You get to a point where, a stage is a stage and you get up there and do it. We would like to go back in a few years and step it up.”

 

 

What’s the response been like for your latest album ‘DMA’s’, have you had much attention on social media sites?

 

“It’s been great, its gone as well as it could have, we’re not one of those bands that’s going to scream to the top 40, but at the same time it’s like, we released the mini album kind of thing, and all this touring has pretty much been building up for us for when we release our debut LP, which is coming out in late February.”

 

Where do you guys take your main inspiration?

 

“It’s all pretty diverse, I know for me I’m a big Dylan and Springsteen fan, also bands like The La’s and Oasis, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, lots of big American bands, The Jesus and Mary Chain.

We’re from Sydney, in our generation you can get into anything you fucking want. Most of my friends, they’re not that narrow minded, they listen to absolutely fucking everything, cus’ its all cool for its own reasons.”

 

What is your ultimate goal? A certain festival or a sell out gig?

 

“Not really man. I try not to get too excited, what’s been working for us you know, if you just focus on the songs, the rest of it will come, so I try not to think too much into it, go with the flow. “

 

Do you have any opinions on the current music scene? Such as chart music or the current issue with NME going free, do you have any opinions on this?

 

“I think there’s always people writing great tunes, I think that music is at a really exciting time because it’s like you know, the whole electronic production thing is coming in, to be honest I try not to put my opinion out too much, whenever I see someone doing it, I think, what people like and what people get from music, it’s so subjective to who you are, and people use music for fucking thousands of different reasons.

That’s your reason for liking it so why would you try and force your opinion on someone else, when it takes a lot of very fucking beautiful people for this world to go round, it’s bullshit if you think your opinion is that fucking important.”

 

So is there anyone you’re currently listening to? Any new bands you guys think we should check out?

 

You should check out these guys actually, (Crown Of Thieves and The V2’s), our bass guitarist is in a band called Au.ra and check our Pop Strangers.

I got really into Tobias Jesso Jr.’s album, he had an album called ‘Goon’ which I was listening to a lot, obviously like the last tour I was listening to the latest Tame Impala album which was sick. Recently I’ve just been going back to my roots, listening to Joni Mitchell cus’ I love her lyrics, she’s amazing.

Heaps of Van Morrison, I really like acoustic driven stuff which is probably why all DMA’s tunes are written in acoustic, one thing people notice about us is that acoustic is a pretty prominent thing, in Sydney when we first started, there weren’t really any Australian rock ‘n’ roll bands doing that, and it probably stems from a lot of that.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLOSSOMS INTERVIEW

An interview with Blossoms

The five boys from Manchester squeeze awkwardly onto the sofa, which is used to being sat on by excitable bands about to play at The Joiners, a venue described by The Arctic Monkeys as “a place where you have to play to get started”.

Sound check is finally over and after watching Blossoms muck about on stage trying to get the sound of Myles Kellock’s keyboard perfect for their first gig of the tour, lead vocalist Tom Ogden jokes around by playing a few Oasis tunes before the interview.

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The band agree on Brighton being the place they are most excited to play on their tour, “Myles is convinced it’s called Brighton ‘cus it’s always well bright”, says Ogden, “yeah, I reckon Bedford must be full of beds”, admits Kellock.

The atmosphere changes from lighthearted to moderately serious as Donovan tells me of a recent problem the band had with a festival.“We played Strawberry Field Festival and they never paid us, there were only about 200 people there…” – “Yeah and half of the festival had to go home after we played ‘cus it was dead windy or something”, interrupts Ogden. “We heard the owners fled the country!” says Salt as Donovan lightens the mood with a joke about selling their own bodies after not being paid. The word ‘bastards’ is muttered under one of the boy’s breath.

The band decide it’s time to start talking music, and it kicks off with talk of main inspirations. ‘Class Clown’ of the band Donovan throws in “Rick Astley!” along with Abba, courtesy of guitarist Josh Dewhurst who has kept quiet until now.

“But on a serious note”, Ogden announces, “The Doors to Arctic Monkeys, everything in-between from The Smiths to Oasis” – “But we do love Abba” adds Kellock. Salt mentions how their music is also inspired by film – “We make all of our own videos as well as our own tour videos, one of our videos is inspired by a 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film called Vertigo, the song’s called ‘Madly’.”

Along with this, Blossoms have invented their own sub-genre ‘Ethereal Nostalgic Sonance’. “Some people can take it as a little bit pretentious when you read it, the majority don’t understand what it means, they just label us as Psychedelic which is really lazy and pisses me off”, says Salt – “well we are playing for Club Psychedelia…” Donovan adds sarcastically. Ogden suggests calling it ‘dark pop’ while Kellock says “a lot of people say its sleazy as well, sexy” – here Ogden talks about a 50 year old man saying that to him last night and Dewhurst adds, “that’s what we go for you see, 50 year old men.”

Questions then turn to which musical era the band would fit in to the most. “If there was a warehouse and every floor was an era, like five floors, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, we’d fit in every one”, Salt says confidently. Donovan adds – “We’d be the lift!”.

The Coral’s James Skelly, who took a liking to their music and style, has recently approached Blossoms.“He produces us and he’s a friend. Basically we have a demo out called ‘Blow’, which we recorded ourselves, he heard it and loved it then got in touch. We bonded and became friends.”

If working with Skelly isn’t enough for the boys, they will be supporting The Charlatans in their next tour. This leads on to talk of who they would love to support if they had a choice.

Salt: “Neon Waltz”
Ogden: “Arctic Monkeys!”
Kellock: “every year The Smiths have been rumored to play Glasto…”
Ogden: “not gonna happen…”
Donovan: “said that about The Stone Roses! Oasis of course, we’re from Manchester.”

He points out how Salt doesn’t particularly like Oasis, which sparks bickering between the boys. This quickly ends when Dewhurst shouts, “SEAN PAUL…fucking yes.”
The interview draws to an end as the band start to joke about their tour managers sun burn on his chest. Quickly distracted and eager to get on stage, Blossoms stumble up and get ready to play the first gig of their tour.

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