RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BRIGHTON’S BAR STOOL PREACHERS
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
It wasn’t a choice. This is the only thing that ever really made sense.
Introduce us to all the members and your musical history.
We started as a bunch of scruffy lads from Brighton, and now we’ve grown into slightly better-dressed young men from all over the UK. We all grew up playing and we all love playing live, some of us are better technically, but we’ll never tell you who.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
We’re getting there! We had a really great start and the world kinda opened up for us. Then everything closed for everyone just as we stood on the precipice. So it’s graft getting back there, but we love it and have faith we’ll get to wherever it is we’re going.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Aliens man. Aliens. The world is a weird and wonderful place, believe in it all friends. And nothing. Or do what you want. Aliens.
Let’s share the love, what bands are you enjoying?
Right now: Turnstile. Manchester Orchestra. Yard Act.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Don’t fit in. Take risks. Believe in your sound and don’t listen to people bringing you down, there will be many who try.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Specifically, on stage and not on tour: Projectile vomiting behind an amp halfway through a Rebellion Festival set. That or every member forgetting the same song (Good News) at the end of a long tour – Italy ‘19. We haven’t had many moments where we wished we could collectively evaporate on stage, but that was one.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
I’d probably use a penny whistle. But, if they were, let’s say a humanoid alien from a class M-type planet that had evolved a similar syntax, I would describe it as: “bangers, power, and unity”.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
We give a shit. We give everything, every show. We’re aggressive and lovely at the same time. We wear flashing neon underwear. We write bigger choruses than an Elton John and Springsteen love child that was dipped in a vat of Abba.
I hear you have a new music video for ‘Call Me On The Way Home’, what can you tell us about it?
It’s the first single off of our new album ‘Above the Static’ out March 2023. It was shot by the hero Paul Smith (AKA Zombieteeth) and features the band, a massive strobe, a projector, a huge white room, a very talented roller skater, a massive chorus, and heartfelt lyrics.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.
We had a tune we were knocking about and we’d hired a small, mouldy room near us in Sussex that we’d used before to intensively run over batches of tunes before recording them. Overnight after maybe the second day, the new idea was bouncing around in my head like a pebble in my shoe, and I couldn’t unhear a totally different chorus for it. First thing the next morning as we filed back into the room, I just kind of shouted it at the lads, and they were like “Yep! That’s it!” We took it from there.
What was the recording process like?
We took over a friends 3 story Victorian pub in Blackpool – The Waterloo. With the help of Ben Hannah, we turned the whole place into a studio, and we lived there. The process was like magic. Every day we tricked a new piece of lightning into the bottle.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Ted Hutt told us to “Take risks, and then when you’ve taken them, go further”. So really, unlearning everything we knew, and just going for it without worrying how it would be perceived.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Oh god yes. Although I can’t personally listen to it yet. Any musician that listens to themselves and thinks it’s perfect is most likely either delusional or a liar.
Tell us about your upcoming album tour.
Can’t wait! We’re hitting loads of amazing places in the UK and Europe. Then we’re off to America, and then back to Europe to finish it off. It’ll be around 3 months in total, and we can’t wait to see loads of our friends and family across the world.
Don’t miss Bar Stool Preachers on tour in support of their new record ‘Above The Static’ in the UK in 2023
19 Apr Bristol Lost Horizon 20 Apr Birmingham The Castle And Falcon 21 Apr Sheffield Corporation 26 Apr Milton Keynes The Craufurd Arms 27 Apr Norwich The Waterfront 29 Apr Brighton Green Door Store 30 Apr London Underworld 3 May Nottingham Rescue Rooms 5 May Edinburgh Bannermans 6 May Newcastle Riverside