Say Hello To: Marigolds

Marigolds are a 4 piece indie rock band from Norwich consisting of Joe Maguire (Guitar/Vocals), Davey Perkins (Guitar/Vocals), Tom Goulding (Bass) and Owen Fuller (Drums/Vocals) – watch the video for their latest single ‘Chamomile’ below:

I did a quick Q&A with Owen from the band:

What’s the story behind your band name?

There’s a local legend in Norwich about this guy who would stand about directing traffic with a pair of marigold gloves on. Sadly it’s not as interesting as that, just came out from a brain storm and fitted the vibe we were going from. It’s inspiration was from a Promise Ring song.

What is your favourite venue and why?

There’s a place in the city which is an old church, renovated to be a music venue. It’s such a great place to play, the high ceilings and big rooms are such a nice change of pace to the usual cramped walls. Also has some great lighting.

What is the best gig you have had so far?

We supported Spring King (the night after they were on Jools Holland, so we were pretty star struck) and Get Inuit once. It was an insane show and was really humbling to see these guys put on such a great show on the same stage as us, was a sold out venue as well so we’re pretty chuffed with that one.

If you had to describe your own sound what would you say?

It’s like someone shoved indie, surf, emo, and pop punk into a washing machine and let it mix on 40 degrees for 5 hours.

Listen to the band’s ‘Asleep In The Sun’ EP below and follow them on Twitter here.

 

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Quick Questions with Peaness

I gave some quick questions to Jess, bassist/singer in Cheshire indie trio Peaness.

What is your favourite live venue and why?

“My favourite live venue…hmmm…I have a few, but I’ll go with a local venue here in Chester called Telfords Warehouse. It sounds great on stage and out front, all the staff are super nice, they look after you, pay you, feed you, and it’s always full of our buddies. All the bands here in Chester support each other and it’s just a lovely place to hang out together, plus it’s above the canal!”

Are there any venues you would love to play?

“We would have loved to have played The Kazimier in Liverpool before it got knocked down to build stupid flats.”

What was the last album you bought and on what format?

Image result for margaret glaspy emotions and math“It was Margaret Glaspy’s “Emotions and Math” on 12 inch vinyl.”

If you could support any act, who would it be?

“The Beatles 1963 – 1966.”

The closing track on your EP is ‘Ugly Veg’ –  what is the track about? And what are each of your least favourite vegetables?

“Ugly Veg is about how our beautiful planet is dying right before our eyes but no one really seems to be doing anything about it. My least favourite vegetable? I’m really not into sweet corn. Peas and love to all. “

Peaness’ latest EP ‘Are You Sure’ is out now. Watch the video for ‘Same Place’ below:

 

Caro Quick Questions

I gave Caro some quick questions, watch them play Smorgasbord below:

 

What is your favourite pre-gig food?

We have a fond memory of when we were in Newcastle and we realized we were meant to be on stage in 5 minutes while we were getting food and had to sprint down the street, Bryn with chunks of fried halloumi in hand, so we’ll go with fried halloumi.

What is the furthest you have travelled to play a gig?

Probably Llanelli in Wales to play at this bar called Mason’s that Bryn frequented growing up.
What would be your dream venue to play?
The Outdoor Theatre at the Esplanade in Singapore
Who would you love to share a bill with?

Neil deGrasse Tyson

What would be the best show you have played so far?

Can I give you a give you a top 3? On Roundhay festival because it was by far the biggest stage we’ve ever played and we got mountains of free food. BBC Introducing gig in the Brudenell because it was amazing playing to play that room with that many people there even though I’d nearly completely lost my voice, and last night with Gengahr in Sheffield cause it was very exciting playing our first gig on our first major tour.

Jake Houslby Quick Questions

I asked Jake Houlsby some quick questions:

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What’s your favourite pre-gig food?

You can never go wrong with a decent burger and chips!

Where is the furthest you’ve have travelled to play a gig?

Being a Northerner, the furthest I’ve travelled is the 300 miles to the big smoke! I’ll hopefully be spreading my wings a bit more next year though and going to Ireland for a few gigs.

What would be your dream venue to play?

I’d absolutely love to play to a packed out Royal Albert Hall. I recently saw Tallest Man On Earth there and it was incredible.

Who would you love to share a bill with?

I’d LOVE to share a bill with Sufjan Stevens. I’d die a satisfied man if I managed that.

What’s the best gig you’ve had so far?

It’s hard to pick out a ‘best gig’ cause the special ones are always special for different reasons. As time goes by though, the gig that sticks in my head and heart the most is one I put on in a church in Newcastle in May 2014. It was an amazing time in my life on a personal level and that gig was the first proper gig I’d ever put on. I put a lot of work into promoting it and, incredibly, I pulled it off. I think what made it so good was that I thought it was going to go so badly and nobody was going to show up but they did and it was just incredible.

Jake’s single ‘Bloom’ is out now, and was a recent WYM song of the day.

Carol Lake Quick Questions

I gave Scunthorpe based band Carol Lake some quick questions;

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 What is the best gig you have had so far and why?

My favourite show so far has to be when we played with our good friends the Crookes at Cafe indiependent. It was our first outing as Carol Lake and to play such a great venue in front of so many people was really something

Where is the furthest you have travelled from home to play?

As we’re still a fairly new outfit, we’re really trying to establish ourselves locally at the minute. I think that bands can sometimes rush to play further a field and can then find it more difficult to establish a good following. We’re all from Scunthorpe and are eager to give our fellow townsfolk the opportunity to see us as much as possible in the coming months.

If you had to cover another album in entirety, what would it be and why? 

I’d love to cover Paul Simon’s Graceland. I just think it’s such a significant album and would be a lot of fun to tap into the whole African highlife vibe

Where would be the dream venue for you to headline?

I’ve always liked the idea of playing South by Southwest. Since being in Bands, I’ve always followed the lineup and thought how great it would be to be asked to hop on a plane and be part of this creative community for a week.

If you had to pick, what would your favourite album be?

I really struggle with this question. I’ve been through so many different musical phases that I have a really diverse taste. I could never give you a single album unfortunately. This week I’ve been on a jazz kick so I’d say Miles Davis – Kind of Blue, last week was Wu Tang Clan – Enter the Wu Tang (36 chambers). In recent years though the stand out albums that I’ve really enjoyed are Makeout videotape – Ying Yang and Alex G – Beach Music.

Carol Lake are on soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/carollakemusic

Parekh & Singh Quick Questions

I asked Indian pop duo Parekh & Singh some quick questions.

Consisting of Nischay Parekh who sings, and also plays guitar, keyboards and synths, and Jivraj Singh, who plays drums, drum machines and effects, the duo hail from Koltaka in eastern India.

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What is your favourite pre gig food?

Nischay: “My favourite food before a gig would have to be sushi. It’s light and nutritious enough to keep me going but it doesn’t fill you up (it can do if you eat too much of course.) Japanese food is magical and I love how it’s flavours make you feel wiser almost. Strange, but true.”

Jivraj: “I can never eat before a gig. I like to play hungry. It’s probably unwise and unhealthy but I like to feel sharp because it helps me play sharp.”


Where is the furthest you have travelled to play a gig?

Nischay: “There’s a music festival in Rajasthan called called ‘Magnetic Fields’. It feels like an eternity of a drive.

Jivraj: “Magnetic Fields is in a palace in the middle of Rajasthan. Neither Nischay nor I is a good traveller unless we’re driving. We’re both looking forward to taking turns driving a tour car/van/bus.”


Where would be your dream venue to play?

Jivraj:  “Red Rocks because i’ve never played in a venue carved out of the earth. Also I relish the thought of playing in an amphitheatre. It feels more exciting than playing on a high stage and looking down at the audience. In an amphitheatre I really feel that the energy is more focused down onto the stage.”

Nischay : “Sydney Opera House looks very ethereal in the videos. They’ve also been hosting some of my favourite bands in the recent past such as Grizzly Bear. It’s so iconic that it’s an obvious choice for any performer.”


Who would you love to share a bill with? 

Nischay: “Leslie Feist and Caribou.”

Jivraj: “Beck and Bjork. This is a very long list. I could just as easily have said Nine Inch Nails. We’d love to share a bill with all our many heroes because we’re true fans (and students) of music. We also like looking at tech riders, so a side stage view is a geeky treat.”


Where is the best gig that you’ve had so far?

Nischay: “It would have to be a festival in Pune in 2013. NH7 weekender.”

Jivraj: “Our first gig as a duo at the NH7 weekender festival in Bangalore in 2012. It was raw but the promise of it was euphoric. Neither of us really knew how we were going to present the music. We’d only rehearsed for a couple of days. It didn’t really matter though, it just felt like play. I still think that’s the most pure high I’ve felt on stage.


Ocean, the debut album from Parekh & Singh is available on the 28th October from Peacefrog records. You can watch their brilliant video for I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll below:

Quick Questions with Doe

I asked Doe some quick questions:

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What is the best gig you have had so far and why?

Dean: Probably Deadpunk 2016 in Bristol ‘cause everyone went crazy for our Spice Girls cover and it made me feel special.

Jake: I don’t think I could pick just one but yeah Deadpunk ‘16 was definitely one of my favourites, not just with Doe but out of all the shows I’ve ever played.

Nicola: It wasn’t necessarily the best show but playing on a moving boat earlier this year has to be some kind of band/life highlight.


Where is the furthest you have travelled from home to play?

Jake: If we told you we would have to kill you.


If you had to cover another album in entirety, what would it be and why?

Dean: Tubelord’s r o m a n c e ‘cause it’s super underrated and Joey’s riffs are ice cold.

Jake: The Presidents of The United States of America by The Presidents of The United States of America cos it’s cute and fuzzy.

Nicola: Who Needs Guitars Anyway by Alice Deejay because it’s genuinely a great album and we could call it Who Needs Bass Guitars Anyway and it would be a funny joke. Double winner.


Where would be the dream venue for you to headline?

Jake: Oooh tough one, I dunno… um… space?

Nicola: Moth Club in Hackney, please respond to our emails.


 

What is your favourite pre-gig food?

Dean: Nothing usually ‘cause I’m too nervy and/or excited to eat.

Jake: I wolfed a whole load of chinese food before a show once and nearly vommed so I too try and stay away from most consumables other than beer. My favourite post-gig food, however, is pizza and/or chips.

Nicola: It is very cliche isn’t it but I do just bloody love pizza at any time of the day. It has to be at least an hour before playing though otherwise I feel doughy and sleepy.


 

Doe’s new album ‘Some Things Last Longer Than You’ is out now, the band are also on tour on the following dates:

Monday 19th September – Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Tuesday 20th September – Pop Recs, Sunderland
Wednesday 21st September – TBC, Edinburgh
Thursday 22nd September – Transmission, Glasgow
Friday 23rd September – Fuel, Manchester
Saturday 24th September – Audacious Art Experiment, Sheffield

find out more info at http://www.doetheband.co.uk.