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:

 

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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.

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.

Polo Quick Questions

I asked Matt from electronic trio Polo some quick questions:
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What is the best gig you have had so far and why? 
Tramlines Festival 2015, we played in a converted church and it was our first show with drummer, Dan. It had everything you can expect from a gig, wonderful audience, great setting, and a great aftershow.

Where is the furthest you have travelled from home to play?
London from Newcastle, i’ve you never done that drive don’t, because its rankk.

If you had to pick, what would your favourite album be?
Impossible to pick, my favourite album of this year is Porches- Pool. Is that a cop out? Probably, but that question isn’t right to answer..

If you had to cover another album in entirety, what would it be and why? 
We three have pretty different tastes, so it would have to be some kind of super-album that is an amalgamation of everything to keep us all happy.
Either that or, something we have no experience in to keep it fair.

Where would be the dream venue for you to headline?
Something like Shepherds Bush Empire, a venue size that compliments out music. It’s too easy to say ‘Wembley stadium’, but that sort of venue just wouldn’t suit us at all.

Watch the video for Polo’s track Visions of Fortune:

Black Delta Movement Quick Questions

I gave my quick questions to Matt from Black Delta Movement:

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

That’s like asking a parent to choose their favourite child! Our shows at Leeds Academy with The Jesus & Mary Chain, Hull City Hall with The Stranglers and our most recent performance at Humber Street Sesh are up there but we couldn’t possibly choose a favourite.


Where is the furthest you have travelled from home to play?
We played two shows in Moscow last year.

If you had to cover another album in entirety, what would it be and why? 
That’s a tough call – at the moment I’d probably go with Baby 81 by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club because I’ve had it on a lot lately. I think we could probably do it justice sound-wise too hopefully. That will probably change tomorrow though when I think of another I’d also love to do.

Where would be the dream venue for you to headline? 
Brixton Academy is a big one for me – I saw BRMC do their thousandth show there and it was one of the most incredible gigs I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s a stunning venue as well. My absolute favourite venue at the moment though is Manchester Albert Hall. Stunning place!

If you had to pick, what would your favourite album be?
Again, favourite child! I would probably go with Stanley Road by Paul Weller though purely because it reminds me of being a kid and my dad playing it all of the time. Maybe Wild Wood though? I’m not sure! Tough question!

Listen to Black Delta Movement’s track ‘The Trip’ below:

Peaer Quick Questions

I gave Peaer my quick questions:

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What is the best gig you have had so far and why? 
Tough question! “Best”? or “Favourite”? Is there a strict difference? I have two in mind, one for each of those categories. In the “Best” column, I’d probably say our show at Shea Stadium the other night (8/8) with Ovlov, Happy Diving and Patio. Really really fun show with great bands and a big crowd at a really awesome venue in Brooklyn.
As far as “favourite,” one that comes to mind is our show at the end of our May tour at Lyric Hall in New Haven, CT. Amazing bill (Queen Moo, Horse Jumper of Love, Glambat) at a really beautiful new-ish hall in New Haven. Really warm environment and wonderful performances all around. Sorry I couldn’t pick just one. Theres a lot more that I want to say, too.

Where is the furthest you have travelled from home to play?
Another double answer, sorry… The farthest that Peaer traveled on our most recent tour was Nashville, TN. While I was on tour playing bass with Bethlehem Steel in March I got to play a set in Austin, TX, so that might also count. Also… when I was traveling abroad a couple of years ago I played a solo set in Berlin, Germany, but that was just before the first Peaer album was recorded.

If you had to cover another album in entirety, what would it be and why? 
Fun!! If my band could pull off a note-for-note recreation of Pedro the Lion’s “Its Hard to Find a Friend” it would be awesome, I think. That album has some of my favorite songs ever and its generally a big inspiration for me. Really subtle and interesting guitar writing.

Where would be the dream venue for you to headline? 
Dream venue would be the concert hall where Zenon (Girl of the 21st Century) sees that song “Supernova Girl” mostly because its on a literal space station. So, a space station!! In space!!

If you had to pick, what would your favourite album be?
Very hard question…. a select few immediately came to mind and now I have to parse… But to me, in this moment, what with having to choose, I would go with “Summer in Abaddon” by Pinback. I’ve been listening to it for years and not a moment on it has grown old. Everything from the guitar tone and production style of the recording, to the subtly textured songwriting and arranging (they place a lot of importance on the drummer’s right hand, making a switch between hi-hat and ride cymbal seem like a large shift), to the feel and emotion of the record. It taught me that one can be successful in writing emotionally engaging music without a sense of melodrama. It is also one of those records that rewards those who spend time with it, the more you listen, the more you hear sorta thing.


Listen to Peaer’s track Pink Split below.