30 seconds with... The Perishers

Rising from the ashes of several local bands in the unglamorous surroundings of Basingstoke, Hampshire, The Perishers bonded over a mutual love of sixties pop, loud guitars and acoustic loveliness.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 17 Feb 2012
  • min read
Rising from the ashes of several local bands in the unglamorous surroundings of Basingstoke, Hampshire, The Perishers bonded over a mutual love of sixties pop, loud guitars and acoustic loveliness. Despite building a strong local following, the band realised their music would only grow as their experiences did and relocated to London, eventually settling in Monkees style chaos to live out their Kinks fantasies in the otherwise salubrious surroundings of Muswell Hill. Several years playing the well worn path from The Dublin Castle to The Borderline helped them fine tune their musical chops and attract the attention of several music industry A&R men...

How long have you been making music?
We’ve been together in various line-ups for about 15 years but as we are now for 4 years.

What inspired your latest album?
We wanted to create classic melodies that were inspired by the music we all love and hold dear. The important thing for us was to make sure that what went on the album was something we’d still enjoy playing in 20 years time.



What process do you go through to create your music?
Either one of us will bring along a song in various stages of completion and we’ll all contribute to get it finished or we tend to write from scratch at rehearsal so it’s very much a collaborative process.

How would you describe your sound?
It’s the sound that best represents where the four of us cross over in our musical tastes so firmly rooted in the classic 60s guitar pop of The Byrds and The Who and the bands they inspired such as Big Star, Ride, Teenage Fanclub & Nada Surf.

What would your dream collaboration be?
The Flaming Lips, Norman Blake or Brian Wilson.

Where can we catch you performing next?
We’ll be playing upstairs at The Garage on Thursday 23 February.

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