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FRIENDS OF OUR YOUTH

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW FRIENDS OF OUR YOUTH, WHAT HAPPENED?

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?

Might be an obvious answer, but I suppose it just happened, organically, naturally. Like, listening to parents and family members albums being played. Then you discover those first songs, bands for yourself, and they kinda become yours, like they speak to you like nothing else did. Then I guess we just took it to another step and wanted to recreate what we heard and what was being sung. And I guess that then becomes even more important as you grow up, your identity, voice and outlet, your thing. 

Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history?

Paddy (guitar) and I (David guitar) have played together for years, we were in a band called Maupa for 10 years, toured all over, got signed, made a record.. Greg (bass) new to FooY, been a session player, jazz player, musical director..all round fountain of knowledge. John (drums) played in bands around Manchester, formed the band Echoes supporting Badly drawn boy, Gomez etc did a stint for ACR, also a jazz head; studied with Geoff Riley.

What was life like for you before music?

Simple haha. Not sure we can really remember… 

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

If you mean music path as in, making music, then probably Heroin by Velvet Underground

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Perhaps on the cusp, on the fringes. Like – what do we do with them? Which we quite like. Although it can have its ups and downs, of course. 

Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Don’t try and please. But be aware

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

I don’t care what people think about us. I don’t like cheese. I beat a UFC champion at mercy (in no particular order)

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

To be in a David Lynch film soundtrack

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

If we started to worry too much we’d stifle ourselves. We’re not dicks so I’d like to think nothing would be cancelled. Rather we’d only offend people who need offending…

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If no why not?

Ha! Umm, I think you could say there is often a grain of truth in the most bizarre things. . . there’s some weird shit goes on in this world…I’ll leave it there haha. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

In all honesty, I don’t think there’s been a bad one (although others might tell you differently). Maybe a silly one – like having slightly overindulged in various, umm things… 

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

Paddy is a dab hand at DIY, generally fixing and making anything – he’s yer man, John could have turned pro footballer, Greg has written a book about Status Quo, I’ve trained with a world renowned pizza chef in Napoli. 

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

The unexpected. 

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

It’s unexpected, yet familiar. It’s honest, but mysterious. 

What was the recording process like?

It was ace. We worked with the amazing Olly Betts, from The Duke Spirit, at his Studio The Crows Nest.  We did it over the course of a year, numerous sessions. We worked quite fast when we were in the studio, tracking the songs and any extra ideas. We often worked until late and sometimes just slept on the studio floor; all in, immersed in the process. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Hard to say, every experience in writing and recording can be a learning curve. You might know what you want, but end up going down a different path. I guess learning when to draw a line under something

Would you change anything now its finished?

I could sit a pick it apart, I have done that with things in the past. But there’s no point, and actually we’re very proud of it. I’m always very self critical, but it’s not fair to project that on to everyone else who played on it, produced it. What they did is magic to me. 

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

More music. 

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