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Blaenavon Interview

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that Blaenavon have been on the tip of everyone's tongue (at least after they've figured how to prounounce the band name.) Indie's new kids on the block have already spent months of touring with acts like Two Door Cinema Club, Sundara Karma and The Hunna but with their debut album release in early April, headline tours are beginning to become all theirs...

Hey Blaenavon! We’re super excited to have you here, can you give us any hints about the show or the album?

Hello Bodega. For the first time the live show and the album are getting married in public. It’s really quite exciting because we get to exhibit songs that we’ve been dying to play live since we were little children. We’re hot and fresh off some massive shows supporting Two Door Cinema Club in Europe and we are on the top of our game. We missed our crowd out there on the continent though, we can’t wait to see everyone. 

 

 

This isn’t your first time in Nottingham, do you have any memories of playing in the city before?

We’ve been several times. The Bodega, Rescue Rooms and their surrounding pubs feel like second homes. Second homes in a city of the future that always brings to mind a film set in some perfect world, what with all the trams and constant sunshine. 

You’ve spent time supporting Two Door Cinema Club, Sundara Karma, The Hunna and The Sherlocks, how does your approach to a headline show differ to a support?

Well it’s amazing to be playing with those guys of course, but we’re keen to get back to our own shows. We are a very ‘interactive’ band in a way. Whilst people could see what we were about with those support shows and appreciate the songs, our set feels most genuine and alive when we have our own crowd that knows the songs inside out. There is an exciting feed going on and we often end the shows full of energy. We can be more confident in our craft when we know people have come to see it for us and we play off of that. 

 

 

Your debut album That’s Your Lot feels incredibly eclectic, you clearly had a huge range of musical and personal influences. Did your vision of the album change much over the 5 years you were making it?

I’m glad that you’ve noticed. It’s something we were worried about when we started mapping ‘That’s Your Lot’ out. At that time we were enjoying a lot of albums that had a clear line of vision and sound running through it and started to panic that we wouldn’t be taken seriously or people would think that we were throwing everything at the sticky wall. After a while we realised that it would be the only honest way to make our record. It’s a collection of the most important times in our little lives and they have been full of variety so far. Jim Abbiss our producer made sure the sounds held our diverse visions together and so it feels like a nice way to present those years. 

We’re loving what we’ve heard from the album so far, particularly Orthodox Man, which song from That’s Your Lot are you most excited to play?

 

Swans, but don’t tell anyone it’s a secret. We all have fond memories of accidentally creating a 7 minute leviathan when we were 15 and working in Frank’s sister’s bedroom. It transformed into something quite special in the studio and it’s a very expressive song to play. Some people have been asking us to bring it out of the woodwork since we started the band. 

 

After most blogs and magazines tipped you for 2017, this Summer is bound to be a big one for you! Anything you’re particularly excited about before the end of the year?

The kind of relief that occurs when the chicks leave the nest. We have put a lot of ourselves into this record and it is beyond our control from the 7th April. We will have a small glass of champagne. We have done everything in our power to make it brilliant and honest. Also very excited to see the reactions people have to the other sides of us which is found deep in the record’s journey. 

Thanks for speaking to us, see you in April!

Bye for now. 

 

Blaenavon will be playing at The Bodega in Nottingham on 6th April - TICKETS HERE

The debut album 'That's Your Lot' is released on 7th April - listen to 'Orthodox Man' here

 

Cattle & Cane Interview

Describing themselves as sibling harmony rock-pop, Cattle & Cane are one of the country's most refreshing new bands and are gearing up to release their new album Mirrors at the end of April. We had a chat with Helen from the duo ahead of their Bodega show on 10th May. Tickets are still available from http://bit.ly/2l86osm...

 

Welcome Cattle & Cane! We can’t wait to have you return back to Nottingham and hear the brand new album, Mirrors. Are there any hints you can give us about the new album and the new tour? 

Hello! We are so excited to come back to Nottingham. It was such a dark horse on the tour we didn't realise how amazing the audience would be there! The new album is quite different to our first. We've definitely explored new avenues, new sounds and new themes with this album so we can't wait to tour it. And obviously we'll be playing tracks off our debut album too!

2016 was a very busy year for you with tonnes of festivals and gigs. How’s 2017 looking?

2017 is looking pretty hectic too! We've got so many things penciled into our diary already. But we wouldn't have it any other way! We love being on the road or going away to write and record new material. 

 7 Hours and I’ve Been Silent have been met with a great reception so far, which songs do you most look forward to playing live? 

There's so many that's it's really hard to chose. Our songs vary quite a lot from the quieter, softer harmony lead songs to the ones that we can kind of let lose with. I personally love the ones that free me up on stage and let me move and express myself more. "Make Your Vision", "Fool For You" and "Saviour" are my favourites from our new album. 

 

This isn’t your first time in Nottingham, are there any special experiences or memories that stand out?

I remember being shocked in Nottingham when people sang back our songs. We expect to hear it when we're gigging close to home so it was such a good feeling to experience that. And I remember so many people staying back after the show to come and meet and speak to us and everyone was so cool - Nottingham is such a friendly place! 

If you could pick one place to perform that you’ve never played at before, where would you go?

Ohhhh tough one there's so many!! I really like obscure venues. Venues that aren't really meant to be venues. We've played on a train before and in a launderette, so yeah somewhere a bit different!  

One last question, how would you describe yourselves to someone that’s never heard you before? 

This is such a hard question! Sibling harmony rock pop?!

Cattle & Cane headline The Bodega on 10th May 2017 - TICKETS

Listen to '7 Hours' here

Victoria Interview

Describing themselves as "piano driven alternative pop rock", Victoria are preparing to embark on a headline tour bringing their beautifully crafted stadium anthems to intimate venues. Before they stop off at the Bodega on 22nd March, Victoria told us what to expect from the show, their views on Nottingham and their favourite venue in the world...

Victoria will be playing the Bodega on 22nd March with special guests Wild Front, Vega Bay and ELANA - TICKETS HERE

We’re all big fans of your Distant Nights EP in the office, what can we expect from the live show? Are there any hints you can reveal?

Thanks very much! We’re putting our set together at the moment and we’re excited about it. We’ll be playing songs from our first EP as well as some brand new tracks and as Nottingham is the first show of our tour it’ll be the first time that we’ve played some of the songs live.

How would you describe your music to someone that has yet to hear you?

We’re big fans of bands like Coldplay, Keane and One Republic so there are definitely some elements of them in our music. Genre wise I’d say that we’re piano driven alternative pop rock.

You’re stopping off here as part of one of your first UK tours, are you excited and have you heard anything about Nottingham crowds?

It’s our first time playing in Nottingham and we can’t wait. We’ve been to a couple of shows in Nottingham before and they were amazing. There are some great bands from Nottingham so we’re keeping fingers crossed that we can live up to the high standard!

We hear you’ve been spending lots of time in the studio, how’s the recording been going?

A lot of our recording happens in our house in North London which is a lot of fun and we’re really happy with what we’ve been making. We’ll be putting out new music before the tour so keep an eye out for that. 

One last question, if you could only play one song in one venue for the rest of your careers, what would it be?

We’d probably go with something like Glass of Water by Coldplay as it’s an absolute belter but it's one of their lesser known songs so we could pass it off as our own. In terms of the venue, it’d have to be the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury - 4 out of 5 of us grew up in Somerset so the festival is high on our bucket list.

 

Victoria will be playing The Bodega on 22nd March 2017 with special guests Wild Front, Vega Bay and ELANA - TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Listen to 'Souvenir' here

 

The Tangents Interview

We caught up with Notts trio The Tangents ahead of their headline show here on 3rd March, discussing everything from the show to festivals to Knebworth... Support on the night will come from 5-piece indie rockers Short Weekends and Mansfield lads For The Girl. Tickets are still available from http://bit.ly/2lBEPXs...

It’s great to have you back playing at our venue, everyone in the office can’t wait! What does it mean for you guys to come back for another headline show in your hometown?

It's been a little while since we've done a headline show in Nottingham, we've been spending time sorting out the line-up and writing some new tracks. So we're proper buzzing for this one! It's always great to play your hometown and we want to make a major statement with this show.

How would you describe The Tangents to someone that’s never heard your music before?

Indie rock with a bit of garage rock thrown in. It's faster and more aggressive than your usual indie band. We sound a bit like The Jam when they started out, with more of a pop hook.

Where does the inspiration for your music come from?

The lyrics are mainly about relationships, the daily grind and getting off your nut. I think that these are things that most people can connect to and that makes the songs more relatable when you're listening to it. In terms of the music I tend to write the lyrics and a basic structure, and then the lads will hear it and come up with their parts. That means that the tune ends up being bigger than the sum of its parts, cos we all listen to different music and so you get loads of different inspirations shining through. There's a couple of cheeky Nottingham one-liners in the set.

You’ve supported great bands like The Sherlocks in the past, how does playing a headline show affect your set?

Playing a headline show is great because we get to play more tunes and we can make the last tune proper mega. We mess about with it, it might have a mental guitar solo at the end or we might just repeat that chorus until nobody has any vocal chords left. Depends how much beer everybody's had. 

It’s not long until festival season now, what have you got lined up for the Summer and the rest of the year?

We'll be announcing all of our Summer plans over the course of March. We're in the studio working with a very talented producer for our next single, which is gonna be bigger sounding than ever. But everything else is under wraps whilst we plan it out.

One last question, if you could only ever play one song at one venue for the rest of your lives, what would you play where?

Champagne Supernova at Knebworth.

 

The Tangents headline The Bodega on 3rd March 2017 - TICKETS

Listen to latest single 'Forever More' here

Ryan Hamilton Interview

American singer/songwriter Ryan Hamilton has been busy writing and recording his new album with his band The Traitors released today. Before he returns to Nottingham with an acoustic evening joined by specal guests on 1st March, we had a chat with Ryan about the new album and all things Nottingham... 

Tickets are still available please double click here > > TICKETS 

 

We're so excited to hear your new album with The Traitors, can you give us any hints about what to expect?
I'm so excited for you to hear it, haha! I've never been more proud of anything. I feel like it's the best group of songs I've ever written, and we're finally releasing an album as a band. This album sounds like what we sound like live. There's something about me being from Texas and my bandmates being from the UK that results in this old school, country tinged rock ‘n’ roll sound. I think this album is the perfect example of what our band is.

 

You’re stopping off here as part of your acoustic tour, how do acoustic shows differ to your full band gigs and do you approach them the same?

Well, other than it being "acoustic" and quieter than the big rock ‘n’ roll shows, it'll pretty much be the same! Crossing our fingers for an "MTV Unplugged" sort of vibe. I am really looking forward to this tour. The show will still be full band (plus some fun guests) but the songs will be presented a little differently. I've always loved it when bands did acoustic tours so I’m really happy that we're doing one of our own.

 

This isn’t your first time in Nottingham, do any special memories or experiences stand out from before? 

Mickey and Rob (drums & bass) are from that neck of the woods, so playing in Nottingham always has sort of a "hometown show" vibe which we love. I have a lot of fun memories from stopping at The Bodega the last couple of tours. Last time we were there, we shot a music video for "Medicine" so, the Bodega and the whole of Nottingham will always be associated with that fun memory. 

 

You’ve promised some special guests for the night, have you got any other surprises up your sleeve?

Yes! Paul Miro will be our special guest for Nottingham. Chrissy Barnacle will be supporting the whole tour. Can't wait to share their talent with everyone. We have some other fun stuff planned, but I don't want to give it away.

 

Last question, which songs are you most excited to play for us in March?

I am most looking forward to playing songs from the new album. Particularly the songs "Smarter", "Heavy Heart" and "We Never Should Have Moved to LA".