RGM Introducing – CPSD

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band?

So CPSD started as my solo getaway from my Americana band, Hoodoo Operators. It was me and an ipad, playing these weird alt-rock tracks that I’d been writing at home After Hoodoo Operators ceased to be, I decided to make CPSD my main focus, and asked Daz & Si if they wanted to replace the ipad. Amazingly they said yes, and we started working from there.

Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

Chris (Vocals // Guitar)

Played in numerous bands over the last 20 years, most notably played guitar for Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys, and frontman for Hoodoo Operators.

Simon (Drums // Samples)

Drummer in ‘ahead of their time’ Leeds band Djingo, took a break from music for 10 years, and CPSD brought him out of retirement.

Daz (Bass // Synths)

A lifetime of bass experience, with bands such as Djingo, Exoterik, and currently alongside CPSD, the awesome Pulverise.

It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?

During the last year we made our first ever music video for our debut single, Use Once. We managed to get into the fantastic HOHM studio and track some of our new music, including this single, Down Came A Spider, which we also made a video for. We also had a livestream gig with Mill.TV at The Underground in Bradford, which we very much enjoyed. Apart from that, we have just spent the year working on writing more songs and developing our sound.

How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?

Yeah, things seem to be moving in the right direction, we have started to book shows, 2 out of 3 band members are now vaccinated, and all seems good at the moment – but if there is any government that could mess this up right now….

How are you feeling now the road map has been announced and live gig can return?

See above

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

See above? (laughing). No seriously, not really, if we’re not a fan of the question, then we usually won’t answer it.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

As in, do we believe lizard people and Satanists are trying to kill us all? No.

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit?

Blow Off The Dust by The Hazy Janes, we’re really looking forward to doing some shows with those guys later this year.

What support is out there for new artists in Bradford?

A mainstay of the Bradford Music Scene, and champion of grassroots bands in the Yorkshire area has to be Michelle Dalgety from Yorkshire Music Collective – she always attends as many gigs as possible, and plays tracks on her radio show. We also have some greatly supportive music venues, such as The Underground and Al’s Juke Bar, who try accommodate as many new bands as possible. 

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Bradford unsigned scene?

Being that we’ve not been able to watch any of the new bands in the last 12 months, it’s a hard question to answer. But our favourites from Bradford are Flash Cassette, Red Shakes and Felicia.

If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?

As a band? Probably that we’re not your average 3 piece rock band – we embrace samples and electronics beyond what most bands in the alt-rock genre would.

What useless talent do you have/ party trick? 

(Chris) I once did 6 shots of whiskey during an encore, does that count?

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

The last time we played 360 in Leeds, Valentines Day 2020, the whole room got involved in a singalong of one of our songs, it was great vibes.

What was the worst experience on stage?

We played a very small pub gig as a favour to a friend, and the sound engineer had been working 3 days straight, fell asleep during the set, completely gaiting the electronic drums in the midst of one of our most electronic heavy songs.

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Daz & Simon used to be the main doormen at the iconic Cockpit venue in Leeds back in the day, and Chris used to hate Simon back then. (laughing)

Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)

John Bonham on Drums, John Paul Jones on Bass, Jimi Hendrix on Guitar and Chris Cornell on Vocals.

If you could play any music festival which would it be and why?

Leeds Festival would be cool, we were all born & raised in Leeds, so couldn’t think of a better festival to play.

Who would you like to work with on the Unsigned Leeds / Bradford circuit right now?

Again, looking forward to playing again with The Hazy Janes, Felicia and Red Shakes, and from a little further afield, Hunter Gatherer, FUS and our old mates CDMC.

What makes you stand out as a band?

The songs, essentially. We’re writing better than ever, and the reception we receive is amazing.

Right now, what’s pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 

The fact this government has used Covid-19 as a way to strip public money in plain sight, and give it to their friends. Also, the anti-mask, 5G, David Ike, QAnon followers can get in the bin as well. 

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

Every single time we rehearse, we’ve been friends for a long time, and truly have a blast every time we turn the gear on. 

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

To be honest, our favourite song to play live is a song we haven’t yet played in front of an audience. It’s a song called repeater, and it yet to be released. It’s funky AF.

I hear you have a new release brewing, what can you tell us about it?

It’s a commentary on our government’s behaviour, Chris wrote it at the start of lockdown last year, mainly about the Brexit shitshow, but they’ve managed to make the lyrics more prophetic with every passing month.

How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?

It’s alright. We were able to socially distance, it didn’t really affect the process of recording. Ross at HOHM Studios was expertly set up for the process to work. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Yes, about another 10 songs, but you can’t have them yet ????

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.

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