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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?

We’re a warm and fuzzy power trio from Manchester, UK. Kel plays bass and sings, Jim plays drums and sings and Giz plays guitar and is too cool to sing. Check out our whole album on Bandcamp, we recorded it with legendary producer Gggarth Richardson (Melvins, Biffy Clyro, RATM) in Canada and we’re very proud of it!

How would you describe your style and genre?

We take influence from some of the legendary bands from our city of Manchester like Joy Division and The Smiths and we mix it with some 90s alt-rock stuff from the US like The Pixies, Sugar, Fugazi, Bikini Kill and of course, Sonic Youth. We all love loads of different kinds of music from motown to metal so we put a sprinkling of other ideas into our songs too. But the main thing is we want to write good songs, it’s the most important thing, it’s got to be singable.

Who are your biggest influences and idols … and why? Do you have any idols? Are you a super fan of anyone? (Dead or alive, musician or non-musician)

Kill your idols! We don’t have idols but we are influenced by passionate music, indie films, dystopian poetry, clever wordsmiths and the dank streets of our city.

What´s new right now? What should our readers know about that is coming up from you?

We only released our debut album 10 months ago, it’s called Unfolding and you should check it out on Bandcamp, spotify etc. We’re currently working on about 10 new songs in the rehearsal room and hoping to record something new in the next few months. We have three gigs coming up, Brixton Windmill (London) on August 19th, Chunk Leeds on September 2nd and Manchester Academy 3 on September 29th. We’re going to work on new recordings before touring again. Next year we hope to get out of the UK for more shows as well as probably touring here in Spring. You can keep up to date with us on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us on Bandcamp too where you will be able to pre-order new material as soon as we have recorded it!

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?
We’ve been playing in bands for a pretty long time so we have a lot of friends in other bands and have toured the length and breadth of the UK, building up a lot of contacts so we get quite a lot of gig offers. It’s a good idea to network with other bands, get some gig swaps, build up an audience in your home town first and then travel to out of town shows if they are well promoted.

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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Our biggest challenge and the challenge for most bands is always money and time. It’s expensive to be in a band, you need to pay for equipment, rehearsal time, transport to and from gigs, recording, pressing up CDs and vinyl, photographs, artwork, it goes on and on. This means 99% of musicians, even relatively successful ones have to have a job or some other form of income. So that makes finding time to tour quite difficult, it’s tricky to find a boss who is understanding enough to let you have lots of time off for gigs and tours. Finding that balance is tough! But we love what we do and don’t care about making money, so we just deal with it. If you love it you’ll find a way! We partially crowdfunded our debut album, which was a massive help!

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How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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