Hiya mate so introduce us all to The Palpitations, how did the band get together?
Nishant: I had recorded a few demos a couple of years ago, and was trying to find the right people to work with to bring them to life. Music has been a stop-start affair for me, it was a struggle to find the right people, and then serendipity brought Brett and I together.
Brett: I met Nishant when we played cricket for the same team in London – we both opened the batting. I listened to his demos in the pub after the game, and we went straight from the ground to a jam session.
Nishant: Tom and I had both worked as doctors in the emergency department in Luton. We’d been in plenty of horrific situations together – I’ve seen the man bring dead people back to life, so I knew that he could handle being a frontman.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Brett: Every time we get on stage, it’s a special feeling – especially when a packed crowd sing along with us.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Nishant: Someone in the crowd threw a lollipop at my face, and it nearly blinded me.
Tell us something about each member yourself that you think people would be surprised about?
Brett used to be ambidextrous and used to be able to play guitar solos both right-handed and left-handed. Florin tours the world with his wife as Arta Duo, a hugely popular Romanian folk band. Tom climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, rescued someone on top of the mountain and carried them down – but he never talks about it. Nishant lived in Prague for six years, and built a local following by playing Radiohead covers on the streets in knee-deep winter snow.
What drives you as a band? Nishant: Blood, sweat, tears.
If you could delete one band / artist from the history of the Universe, who would it be & why?
Brett: Nobody – everyone is relevant, even in a bad way.
Nishant: The Beatles. Just for the sake of nihilism.
If you could go back to the very moment you learnt your instruments /honed your recording knowledge what piece of advice would you give yourself?
Brett: Play with other people at an earlier age – you are never too bad or too good to play with others.
Nishant: Girls don’t go for bassists. Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? Brett: The fact that musicians always seem to struggle to make ends meet – particularly, how streaming and distribution platforms are cashing in at the expense of artists.
Tell me about your new single Siren and how it came about?
Nishant: I was working on a dark, angular chord progression, but couldn’t get anywhere with the lyrics – though I was set on the story revolving around a former female patient of mine who’d suffered from addiction. I ended up in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum a couple of years ago and saw a painting of a Siren tempting sailors to their deaths on dark, angular rocks. Everything fell into place after that – especially when Brett started to add guitar hooks on top.
What’s coming up in 2020 for the band?
Brett: We’ve been asked to play a few gigs, and we’ve turned our show into more of an experience for our fans. We’re also releasing our next singles Lights Out and My Carnivore over the next few months. Nishant: We’re working with Luton Aid Music Academy on a music video for Lights Out which will showcase the very best of Luton, which has an underground post-punk scene gathering pace.
The Palpitations Are Playing Live In 2020:
15th February at Black Heart, Camden 27th February at The Grace, Islington 29th February at The Horn, St Albans 4th April at The Castle, Luton (VB@H showcase)