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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MANCHESTER BAND SPANGLED…AGAIN!

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

We have had a few chats over the years, lads, how do you reflect on your journey so far as a band?

It’s mad to think In the space of a couple of years we’ve gone from playing small pubs in Manchester to now having our biggest headline show at Academy 3 next year! It’s also been class meeting a load of new people and feeling part of this lil underground indie scene. It’s neato burrito. 

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, where do you feel you sit in it right now?

I think we’re in a good place, surrounded by good people. I think that’s the key to it. It’s very easy to get shafted in this industry – but we’re happy to say so far we’ve managed to avoid that! And by the sound of things in the background, it’s gonna get bigger n better soon (hopefully…).

We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?

Absolutely. The more ears and eyes you can get into new music the better. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

The pigeons are watching. Always watching.

Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in Manchester that you would like to share?

Our boy’s Rosellas, as usual, are smashing it, Garden Party too and a new band called Paper Scenes who we’re loving at the moment!

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What advice would you give other artists starting out?

Put 110% into every gig, no matter what the crowd. It’s so important. We’re nothing special right, but we love what we do and we put everything into it and that’s what has helped us to grow. 

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Guitars, drums, basses, Clothes, the lot. But they all sound and look different – that’s what makes it okay right? 

Oh yeah, also bought puppets of ourselves. That’s normal.



What was the worst experience on stage?

I think it differs for each one of us. We’ve all had nights where we’ve struggled with the sound on stage and equipment playing up but nothing really notable luckily! 

How was your Soccer AM experience?… we want all the gory details…

We nutmegged Jimmy Bullard a good 10 times… Nah only joking, there’s nothing gory to tell. They’re a bunch of wholesome lovely human beings. It was hella strange being in front of massive cameras though, not something we’re used to – was an experience we’ll never forget though.

Ben and Puppet Ben

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it? 

An intergalactic space cake journey.

What makes you stand out as a band?

We’re weird. There, we said it. And we’re not trying to be anyone else. 

Talk me through the thought process of the new single.

We wanted to try something a bit different. Just had a lot of fun with it really – there was no method to the madness. The music for Underpants was a nod to The Rolling Stones, kinda punchy bouncy rock n roll like Jumpin Jack Flash or Start Me Up. Whereas Charlie Hills was just a throwaway riff that boiled into something brutal and punky. 

What was the recording process like?

It was a little more intense than Charlie Hills we’d never played together before in a room, so everyone kind of had to learn it on the spot which is different for us. Normally, when we’re recording, we’ve all played the tunes together before and got a good understanding of how we want it to turn out. Charlie Hills was blind and that’s probably why we love it, it’s pure chaos. 

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

Trying to retain familiarity without repeating ourselves. The age-old struggle. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No. The tunes are a product of us and the time we recorded them. It’s a moment in time, always is – you shouldn’t fiddle with that. 

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

We’re working on a lot of new material and were really excited to see where things go. We hope the people love the direction we’re going in – cos we do. And don’t forget, March 2023 at Manchester Academy 3, is the place to be. Spangled out baby x