They cite influences from Fleetwood Mac and Duran Duran to Coldplay, and are already turning heads with their live gigs.
Last autumn they got together with Live Connection to record a three-track sampler and accompanying videos, which were circulated round industry executives and tastemakers. Then, in December, they signed a deal with EMI Publishing.
M caught up with the band to find out more…
How and why did you get together?
We all met at Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke and were brought together through our passion for music. We decided to form our own band so we could start writing our own music.
What’s behind your sound and how did you come to it?
We have all been brought up with music from a young age so it has been and will always remain within us. We developed our sound through many influences, such as Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, Coldplay and Fleetwood Mac. Our shared love for these artists has helped us develop our own signature sound, which incorporates catchy indie driven guitar, strong rhythm and vocal melodies, which will stay with you long after hearing them. However, we have done and will always strive to experiment with the feel and sounds of the instruments.
What equipment do you use and is their any particular reason for your choice?
Rich (bass) and Sam (guitar) both use Orange amplification, as a reliable and retro British sound that helps define their contribution to the band's sound. They both also use Fender guitars, which they feel most comfortable using. Si (drums) plays an SJC kit following a recent endorsement and Natalie uses her Yamaha keyboard for writing and live performances, due to its huge array of sounds to choose from.
Where was your first live show and what was it like?
Our first live show was at a local pub called The Harvest Home in Sam's hometown Whitchurch. We took the opportunity to perform our material for the first time to a crowd of friends and family as well as many locals. We received amazing feedback and much encouragement and support which we have continued to enjoy right through to the present day.
What’s next for the band?
We are all excited about the band’s future and plan on stepping up our game further this year. We intend to release our debut single within the next month or so and then head out and play as many shows as we possibly can.
What bands/artists are you into at the moment?
Natalie is enjoying Jimmy Eat World and their latest effort Invented, which she describes as ‘incredible!’
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