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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW YORK BAND PENNINE SUITE

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

We can’t remember making any decision growing up that music was the thing we would focus on, it’s just something that we have been surrounded by for a long time. Equally, we realised rather young we would make an awful 5 aside football team so decided against that.

Introduce us to the members and your musical history.

Pennine Suite is the product of years of band experience in York. It started with Nick and Louis meeting over 6 years ago through a paper-written advert in a second-hand music shop in York. Harry joined shortly after this and they practiced together for a good few years. Some time in 2021 Moe was introduced to the group to learn the bass and was shortly after invited to become a permanent bass player in the band. Following this Louise joined the band as she got to know Louis whilst working in a local coffee/vinyl shop with him. The first Pennine Suite practice sessions as the full five piece started in September 2021.

Name me your 3 favorite Albums.

As a band I think the top 3 albums would have to be;

  • Songs for the deaf (Queens of the stone age)
  • Room on fire (The Strokes)
  • Blue Rev (ALVVAYS)

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

The view from the afternoon by the Arctic Monkeys is the first song I heard which made me want to get into a band and make music like that style.

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

We think we are doing sound, and we are proud to be making and performing our own music as much as possible, that is what matters to us. 

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

We take this issue at gigs very seriously and make sure to be aware during crowded gigs especially since this could be going on. If any suspicious activity is seen to be going on it is immediately talked about and staff are notified. Spreading awareness is the main thing right now so that others understand how women could be feeling unsafe and are able to step in if they believe it is happening in front of them.

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

We like to run competitions where you can enter, share the post and tag 3 friends. We find if you offer a good prize, for example, free entry to all show tickets, this will get a good amount of shares and comments and can get a new audience on your social media pages.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Louise and Nick are brother and sister.

Moe is 6’3”

3 of us live in the same house

What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

It’s just the current music industry’s most popular format and as a new band it’s something we need to take advantage of as much as we can. The Spotify pay issue is an ongoing issue that hopefully one day will be fixed. However, the new music which can be discovered off Spotify is amazing and I love the speed you can find new bands using its playlisting.

Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?

I (Louis) do indeed believe that flies are government spies.



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

We bought two children sized paddling pools for our garden when it was summer during the pandemic and we sat in them for about 8 hours a day. After a week it stopped being sunny and they have never been used since lol.

What was the worst experience on stage?

The worst experience collectively on stage would be on boxing day. We played a gig at York City FC which was an amazing gig that we loved, but it was about 1° and we were so cold we could hardly play our instruments!

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

Nick – His favorite film is Lost In Translation

Moe – Pass On You was the first song Moe ever learned on bass.

Louise – has an Instagram account where she reviews Guinness, @louisespints

Harry – does a very accurate Joe Swanson impression from Family Guy

Louis – is a semi-professional Darts player

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

We treat our shows more like a party and less like a traditional gig. We find the traditional theme of gigs where bands try to keep to themselves upstairs and out of the way of the crowd until the gig starts, is very boring. We rather make it a party atmosphere where live music is played throughout. We feel the audience feels more involved and it’s less pretentious.

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

This year we plan on releasing loads of new music as we have so much new material. Firstly we have our newest single Scottish Snow being released 27th January. This is the first of many releases this year so keep an eye on the socials to find out more!

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.

Scottish Snow was a funny one to write. I originally wrote it on a Yamaha voicebank keyboard from the 80s that was gifted to me and I thought it would remain quite stripped back. Then when we did it as a full band and finished the song together it took on a whole new life and was an instant favourite at our gigs. Louise and I really wanted it to have a lot of texture in the recording so we just beefed up the synths and guitars to have that Alvvays/The War on Drugs feel to it. We’re really proud of how it has come out!

What was the recording process like?

We love recording, it isn’t something we do very often but the action of going somewhere with an idea and leaving with something you’re really proud of is such a great experience. We feel right at home at Young Thugs Studio in York with Johnny and Noah. It’s based on a social club that I used to go into as a child with my family. Plus, it’s opposite my secondary school so I think the nostalgia definitely fuels the creativity.

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

It just to be a bit more on the nose I think. Scottish Snow is the first of four singles we want to release this year. The next one is a bit darker and heavier, another live favorite. But the newest stuff is a lot poppier and definitely more refined. Don’t try to overcomplicate things and a lot of the time, less can be more.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not really. Once we have recorded and released music to the public we like to look back on it as a chapter of our music career. Even if you listen to it a couple of years later and think some things could be different that’s not what was decided at the time and I think it’s worth more left as it was to show the change in musical opinion from then to now.

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

Just to urge anyone to come to York to see a live music gig at an independent music venue. The city is thriving with upcoming bands right now and the venues are some of the best in England in our opinion. Always something going on at either The Crescent, The Fulford Arms or the York Vaults, as well as many other locations to see live music in York.