The New Union

Classic melody-driven pop is the result of The New Union, four young pups bonding over a desire to make music and to avoid getting a ‘proper job’. They've just released their second EP, Staying Friends after a fantastic showing at last month's Great Escape Festival which will have won them even more friends. M catches this energetic Brighton band for 30 Seconds on their way up...

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 5 Jun 2013
  • min read
The New Union are four Brighton-based young men who’ve taken the sunny disposition of their home town and turned it into radio-friendly guitar driven pop.


Having only been together 18 months, the group have already done much to spread the word of their musical gospel.

Staying Friends is their second release featuring four songs which follow hot on the heels of their successful debut single Without You. This latest release was recorded with Grammy award winning producer Dan Grech (Scissor Sisters, The Vaccines, Keane, Tom Odell) in London’s legendary RAK Studios. Their songs deal in love and loss all shot through with a more hopeful optimism which have gained them comparisons with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club or Two Door Cinema Club.

The New Union have also been causing a stir via gigs with the likes of Clock Opera, Bastille, Slow Club, 1975 and Dog is Dead and a show at this year’s Great Escape. Keep your ears on them. It's obvious this union are moving fast...

We first started writing music because…

We thought we would be pretty good at writing some songs. Plus we'd all been in bands that had failed so wanted to give it a real shot before we got too old and had to get a job in the real world.

We have been making music since…

2012 baby

Our music is…

Alternative pop, ranging from the epic to the delicate.

You'll like our music if you listen to...

Radiohead / Death Cab For Cutie / Dog is Dead / Clock Opera.

Our favourite venue is…

The Fitz in Brighton. 20 people and it's sold out ... the perfect show.

Music is important because…

It gives people a means of escaping the real world.

Our biggest inspiration is…

Our biggest inspiration is the desire to not have a real mundane job and to play music for a living. The urge to fulfill that dream is what keeps us going through the long train journeys to venues and the taste of warm Fosters.

Our dream collaboration would be…

Easy - with La Shark

To try us out, listen to my song…

This is our new single called Staying Friends

If we weren’t making music we’d be…

Semi-professional footballers.

In 10 years time we want to be...

Not in a real job. Please not in a real job.

http://www.facebook.com/thenewunionband

Details of the band’s forthcoming tour are below:

26 June – London, Old Blue Last

20 July – Sheffied, Tramlines Festival

24 July – Brighton,

26 July – London

2 August – Banbury