Hiya folks take a seat, what made you decide to start a band?
Hi there, thanks! Well, We all have quite different backgrounds and influences, but I think we share the same curiosity to try out new things musically, a taste for the unusual and a really strong urge to create.
Introduce us all to the members, how did the band get together?
Ok, I’m Han, and I’m the lead singer and keyboard player, Joshua is the bass player and he does backing vocals, and Ollie is our drummer, and he does backing vocals as well. I met Josh years ago when I first moved to Bristol and I was looking for musicians to start a band and he replied to a post I put online. We started the band together and Josh has always an essential part of it. We changed drummers a couple of times, and somewhere down the line we played at gig in Bristol at The Old England, and Ollie was there. He watched us play and approached us afterwards to tell us how much he enjoyed the show, and told us he was a drummer. When our previous drummer, Tom, decided to move abroad, Ollie was the first person that came to mind, and he’s been amazing!
What is the unsigned scene in Bristol like at the minute?
There are lots of great bands out there. There’s just a huge variety and talent out there for such a small city.
What good bands are coming out of Bristol at the minute?
My Octopus Mind, Cosmic Ninja, Cousin Kula, Last Hyena, Beak>,Hysterical Injuries, Our Nameless Boy, Soeur, Lice, Hexcut, Waldo’s Gift, No Violet, Miss Kill. Too many to mention them all I guess.
What support is out there for new artists in Bristol?
The support in the UK comes only from the public. I was completely amazed by the campaign to save The Exchange, and how #saveourvenues has resulted in such great success. I think there is a genuine cultural interest in live music in this country, which has become to mean something intrinsically British, which is the reason I decided to move to the UK. No many countries have that. Sadly culture and art have not been a priority for the government for the last few decades, and I just can’t imagine how people could cope with a situation like the one we’re living right now, if we didn’t have art and culture to keep us sane.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I guess the release of our previous EP “Reality Suspended” was a great gig. We sold out the Crofters Rights, and that was the last gig with Tom, our previous drummer, and also the first one with Ollie. We actually had 2 drum kits on stage, and we also invited Fabiola Morales to do backing vocals with us on stage, who helps us a lot with Management of the band, but is also a great singer. She’s featured on some of our recordings as well. I think that was a lot of fun for all of us.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Probably a gig we did shortly after the release, also at the Crofters Rights. We had the Agent that worked with Peter Gabriel, and the ex-drummer of Tears for Fears come to our gig, and we were super excited, and just before we started playing someone poured beer on Josh’s pedal board, and he hit the amp with the head of his bass, which meant that when we started playing he was completely out of tune, and that was also my first gig with a new keyboard, and I had a few surprises from some of the settings on my sounds. All in all, it wasn’t necessarily a bad gig, but we just didn’t feel very comfortable at all.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Josh has a degree in Political Sciences. Ollie is a carer, and he’s left handed, but when he joined the band, he decided to play right handed so we wouldn’t need to switch the drum kit around for our gigs. And I, Han, am half Colombian, half Dutch. I grew up in Colombia but was forced to move away by some tough circumstances.
Right now, whats pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus 🙂 )
I really miss getting together with the band to make music. We’re still working on music at the moment, but it’s not the same when you can’t spend time together and work on something together.
Its strange times at the min with the virus almost stopping the whole live music scene in uk and abroad, how do you plan to stay productive while we get through this?
Absolutely, we’re releasing this now, but we’re already working on what’s coming out next and trying to give people something new and entertaining to help us all get through this.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?
I guess probably the time when we recorded our last EP “Reality Suspended”, we had the incredible luck of having the Grammy Award music producer, Sylvia Massy, record us. She was great, and we had a lot of fun. We quite enjoy inappropiate humour in the band, and the way people like Donald Trump has made discrimination seem like the norm within politics, it leaves a lot of space for humour. So the band started making jokes about me (Han) being Mexican, making reference to my Colombian background, and at some point Sylvia (being from the US) decided to join in the banter and said she’d build a wall around me. We couldn’t stop laughing for a very long time. That was a lot of fun, and we’re all looking forward to record with her again at some point.
Tell me about your new single and how it came about?
‘Unwanted Song’ is a song about the current political climate in the world, which touches subjects such as Brexit, corruption and discrimination. The song depicts a submissive society that allows a person that steals Government information to bring attention to crimes being committed against humanity to be severily punished by a failed (in)justice system, while the rich and powerful use soldiers and weapons to steal the resources of an entire continent and leave their children to starve to death, yet they walk free (WikiLeaks, Panama Papers, Obedrecht), concluding in the realisation that we are all pieces in a game they’re playing with our lives, which is quite poetically portrayed on the video clip with the mirrored chess board scenes.
All profits from this single will be donated to NHS charities to help the fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic.
With that in mind, “Unwanted Song” serves as a wake up call to work together, and learn humanity was never designed to hold this much power, and only a society that champions altruism, will ever see the day a person with power does something for them. Whats coming up in 2020 for the band? We’ve got a few other surprises this year, but at the moment it’s too early to tell. We’re all going through a phase of change and adaptation. But we’re definitely keeping very busy, so we hope to be talking to you again very soon!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?