Friday, 27 February 2009
So I caught up with Golden Silvers at their Hotel Room before their dazzling show at the Wakefield Escobar.
Heres there Interview
Golden Silvers Interview
Nathan-Why did you set up Bronze Club?
Golden Silvers/Will-We set it up so that we could put gigs on for ourselves and to put other bands we like on. We knew the guy running the Macbeth and he used to run a place called the Asylum where we used to go to this Jam. It seemed like the most obvious place to do it. Then it materialised from there.
Nathan- You’ve got Esser playing your club night right?
Gwilym-Yeah he’s playing in February because we will be on Tour
Nathan- So are you on tour properly at the moment?
Gwilym- At the moment we are doing three dates and then next week we are going to Mexico, to play a festival.
Nathan- How did that come about?
Alexis-Our management just told us that we had a gig in Mexico. I’d of never of expected us to be playing in Mexico.
Nathan- How long have you guys been together?
Alexis- About a year and a half yeah.
Nathan- I saw you at Latitude and then again in Birmingham last year before you supported Mystery Jets, but do you feel you have progressed a lot since you first started?
Gwilym- Yeah, we have just recorded our album and moved things along quite a bit.
Nathan-Did you get signed to XL?
Gwilym- Yeah we kind of had a bit of History with some of the guys from XL and when we were doing our tour a few Labels began to get interested and then XL came in at the last minute and were really keen and we felt that they were the best Label out there.
Nathan- How has the album gone?
Gwilym-Yeah its gone really well...
Alexis- Yeah it has been quite exciting. It is going to be out in April so there isn’t that long to wait.
Nathan-Yeah I thought you had recorded it quite quickly. What do think it sounds like?
Ben- Yeah it has moved along quite a lot to how we used to do it. We have changed the set quite a lot to try and get what we have done on the album. It has just sort of moved away from just going nuts.
Nathan- Yeah when I see you live you always seem to sort of Jam together
Gwilym- Yeah we have still got that, just trying to get the songs across is important
Alexis- The new sounds are important for us and to try and make it sound like the new album.
Nathan- What is your favourite song off the album?
Alexis- I still love Arrows of Eros. There’s a new version of that on the album. It is a bit slower than the original that came out last year. There’s another called locked in my head that I really like.
Gwilym- I sort of really like the new ones, there’s one called Please Venus.
Nathan- Yeah that’s my favourite as well. I also like true no 9 blues.
Gwilym- Yeah we have just done a video for that.
Nathan- I heard about that...Wasn’t it in London?
Gwilym- Yeah it was really cool
Nathan- I was going to ask about style, because you were in BUCK magazine. Do you feel that style is important for bands?
Gwilym- I think it is but I don’t think it should be the main thing.
Ben- Im sure if it was like a jazz band then they wouldn’t really care that much. I think alot of people do seem to care about it a lot.
Gwilym- I think for us the music is the main thing..
Nathan- Your obviously quite stylish people in my opinion, but do you feel that when people look at bands and think they are badly dressed do you feel they are put off.
Alexis-Yeah I think they do...they shouldn’t really because the music could be amazing but they could just look shit, but I do definitely think that people get put off by their style.
Nathan- What are your favourite influences, what do you feel you bring to the band?
Gwilym- For me its old folk songs to Leonard Cohen and further on. The way we perform the songs comes from so many different places. I love the Beach Boys and the Beatles
Alexis- There is a lot of funk involved as well such as 80’s Prince, Hendrix and Frank Zappa. I listen to a lot of Jazz. Anything really, we don’t just listen to one style of music.
Gwilym- We are kind of influenced by bands we like at the moment and bands that we get on at the bronze club like Invisible
Nathan- What do you enjoy doing outside of the band?
Ben- I don’t really have a life outside of the band (whole band laughs)
Alexis- I have a beautiful 2 year old daughter that I look after and that is amazing. Apart from that not much else because music is pretty much it for us.
Nathan- What would you be doing if you weren’t in the band?
Alexis- I would still be playing music in some form of a band.
Gwilym- Id would be a footballer or maybe a Boxer.
Ben-I would be a cycle Courier
Alexis- That’s because you were one.
Nathan- What does that entail?
Ben- You basically had to deliver post around London.
Nathan- That sounds pretty cool.
Alexis- Yeah when we are walking around London he’s always like nah it’s this way ha-ha.
Luke- Yeah that’s what Steve did, Steve from Good Shoes used to be a Cycle Courier.
Nathan- What will you be doing this year?
Alexis- Yeah we will be busy doing a lot of shows and a lot of touring
Nathan- Have you got any festivals you have been confirmed for?
Gwilym- At the moment we have been confirmed for Bestival and hopefully some others.
Nathan- Thanks for your time Lads, I hope you have a good show.
Golden Silvers Myspace
Golden Silvers- Arrows of Eros Mp3
Monday, 16 February 2009
So it has been an exciting few weeks since I last blogged on here.
We have had the NME Tour at Leeds Academy featuring Florence and the Machine, White Lies, Friendly Fires and Sadly Glasvegas. This will be reviewed fully later on.
Then we had the much anticipated Golden Silvers gig at Wakefield Escobar which I had luckily been given the chance to interview them and then got put on the guest list. So a very good night all round. It was also time for 'Nath and Harry's' second outing on Leeds Student Radio after a successful yet slightly shortened debut. This went a lot better than we had planned and we also got to do a full two hours of radio due to another show having outside circumstances so we got to max our playlists to our hearts content.
On this same fun fuelled weekend I also managed to get completely and utterly destroyed at Cockpit after Golden Silvers with my trusty wingman Luke so it meant I slept alllll the way through Valentines Day which was a good thing in Ernest as I am terrible at romance. So on Sunday I felt I needed to make up for this lost day by doing some podcast work with harry in the studio and by chance bumped into Das Pop who were lovely fellows. So we managed to get put on the guest list for their show that evening and so became 'Jean Pierre' for the night. Much to Harry's delight as for his love of Das Pop.
They were in fact surprisingly very very good live and a lot of fun. The Drummer also looked like a mix of Michael McIntyre and Nick Grimshaw which was entertaining.
So back to the NME Tour.
I will now Rate each band individually.
Florence and The Machine (8) this was only because we only caught the last song but it was my favourite Dog days are over’ and she did look stupidly hot.
White Lies (9) they did everything that I expected of them. As good as they were in Bristol and a vast improvement since Latitude and Field Day. However it has been a good 4 months and a number 1 album since I last saw them and they haven’t changed much or improved in anyway. However Florence did make a guest appearance during 'Unfinished Business' which gave me another glimpse of the Fiery Redhead.
Friendly Fires (10) I have known about this band since they first released 'On Board' and had their wacky videos of strange racing taking place on Athletics’ Tracks. However I have never been able to catch them live which have always gotten to me. So seeing this band for the first time was always going to be a bit special and it didn’t not disappoint at all. I knew as soon as flashing disco lights were wheeled onto the stage that they were going to bring the house down and that is exactly what they did. From the epic dance anthems of 'White Diamonds' and 'Strobe' to the soul shaking 'Paris' they had the crowd dancing into a frenzy from the moment they stepped on stage.
What was really great about Friendly Fires live show was that they seemed to be enjoying it as much as the crowd were and Ed's crotch thrusting and non stop energy showed how much playing live meant to the band. It was like a non stop Carnival from the word go.
Glasvegas(3) Miserable, Dull, Lifeless- There are many words that I could describe their Live show but that sums it up. As well as playing easily their best track first to leave us with Shockingly bad lullabies sung in Scottish, they would not survive for a second without the lights they had obviously stolen from the ' Geraldine' video. After 2 brilliant up and coming bands as well as a band who brought disco funk into the 21st century it baffles me as to why NME thought that this band were going to do anything other than ruin the night. It also makes me wonder how long it is going to take until the Glasvegas bubble bursts. Especially with all the up and coming talent coming out of our shores.
Golden Silvers Myspace
Friendly Fires Myspace
Golden Silvers-Arrows of Eros Mp3
Nath and Harry's Radio Show Week 2 pt 1
Nath and Harry's Radio Show Week 2 pt 2
Thursday, 5 February 2009
So it seems like a lifetime ago that I have written on here and a lifetime ago that I have heard anything new from the Maccabees...Until now.
They are back and have a brand new tour. Praise the lord. By far the best band to come from our shores for a long time it has been overdue for a while.
The past few weeks seem to of flew by in a haze of hangovers and lack of university attending but from now on it can only get better. This weekend see's the start of my radio show at Leeds Student Radio (www.LSRfm.com)at the very very early but refreshing time of 9am on a Sunday .However it will mean I have to stay in and do Uni work on a Saturday night but oh well. This weekend is also the NME Tour at Leeds Academy which I am very much looking forward to. I am hoping White Lies blow me away again as well as seeing Friendly Fires for the first time. Florence will also be very good to look at; Glasvegas however will have to be a miss after their dismal performance in Bristol.
I am also very looking forward to Jack Penate’s new album after hearing Today’s Tonight which is nothing like he has done before and has a much more funk/Caribbean sound about it which fits his voice perfectly.
More after this much anticipated weekend!
Over and Out x
Leeds Student Radio