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Jade Bird Interview

‘Something American’ is a debut EP that showcases a distinctive new artist who emphasizes melodic craft and emotional subtlety. That EP comes from Jade Bird, a London-based singer-songwriter who is receiving praise internationally for her delicate and honest folk/country blend. She may only have one EP released, but she’s shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2018 Poll, made the Radio 1 playlist and had her US TV debut on The Late Show. We had a chat with Jade ahead of her upcoming tour which features a stop at The Bodega on 2nd March.

Hey Jade! Looking forward to having you here next year but for those who haven’t yet heard you, what can they expect from the show?

Some good music, a good laugh and a bit of sass ;)

Being included in the BBC Sound Poll must’ve been a great way to end the year! What did you get up to in celebration?

Well, insert rock ‘n’ roll story here *I was actually on tour*, so I had a nice long drive and some whiskey on the way back. I’ll be sure to have a few more on Christmas to have a late celebration though!

You’ve recently sold out your London show at Omeara and made your US TV debut, what else are you hoping to achieve in 2018?

Well, I’d absolutely love to sell out my first headline tour - that would be the dream. I’ll also be putting out my first ‘proper’ video, so that’ll be exciting too…

The debut EP ‘Something American’ has elements of Americana, country, folk and even glimpses of pop. Where did the inspiration for your sound come from?

I’ve got quite the pool of inspirations. I love great songwriters, that seems to be the running thread. Be it Howlin’ Wolf, Elliott Smith or Chris Stapleton. Some more favourites of mine are Ryan Adams and Alanis Morissette; I think I just like really honest writing too, stuff that you wished you written.

 

Cathedral has recently been added to the Radio 1 Playlist! How’s new material shaping up? Will we hear any before the tour?

Absolutely!! We have something VERY special coming in January, it’s quite a leap in my music, I feel like it’s really evolved and I just can’t wait to share that.

Rolling Stone have recently named you “a country artist you need to know”. How does it feel to have the support from huge names like Rolling Stone and BBC?

I’ve always been someone whose very confident in their vision but having such recognition can really give me a nudge to be like ‘you’re on the right track’, and that allows me to be more ambitious with my writing and my musical journey. So it’s hugely flattering!

And finally, if you could just play one song on one stage for the rest of your life, what would you play and where?

Great question! If it was a song of mine I’d say ‘What Am I Here For’. It’s not too strenuous to play for the rest of my life hahaha. I’d pick the Royal Albert Hall too. I’d probably do it in different accents just to keep it interesting.

Jade Bird will be at The Bodega in Nottingham on 2nd March 2018 –TICKETS

Check out ‘Cathedral’ live from Omeara here

Spring King Interview

It’s hard to believe Spring King have only released one album. Their fresh indie-punk sound has taken them to play arenas across the UK, massive festival slots and were the first ever artist to be played on Beats 1 by Zane Lowe. Fast forward a couple of years and the quartet are heading back on the road, doing what they do best in some of the most raucous venues. We had a chat with James from the band on what we can expect on their Bodega return in February…

Hello Spring King! Looking forward to having you here next year but for those that haven’t seen you before, what can they expect from the live show?

Hey! We can't wait to be back at the Bodega, it's one of our favourite venues! From one of our shows, you can be sure to expect energy, fast and loud music, mosh pits, crowd surfing, and all round good vibes.

Your debut album had a phenomenal reception since its release. How’s the new material shaping up?

New material is coming along very nicely, we've been working hard in the studio for the last few months and will definitely have plenty of new music for you to feast on in the new year - can't wait for everyone to hear it. 

It’s rare that a band has such a strong live reputation as Spring King. Is touring your favourite part of the band?

I think we all love the feeling of playing live, and it's something that we've all be doing since we were teenagers - we all love the creative aspect of being in the studio, but nothing beats the thrill of playing your hearts out in front of a crowd.

The last few years have seen you play massive festival slots and arenas all over the UK. What are your hopes for the rest of 2018?

We've been incredibly lucky to play some amazing shows over the last couple of years, and we're all hoping this will be a continuation of that - the main focus is to get another record out and tour it as hard as possible! I think the only thing left on our bucket lists is to hopefully play Japan haha.

This new tour takes you back to raucous venues you’ve played before and some new cities across the UK. What memories have you got of playing Nottingham previously?

This tour's going to be an amazing celebration of some of our favourite small venues around the country, including the Bodega, and we're excited to play to some new cities and new rooms. Some of our best shows have been in Nottingham; headlining the Rescue Rooms back in February was a definite highlight of the year and our show at the Bodega a couple of years ago was completely wild! Equally, we have played to one man and a dog (literally) in Stealth before, but hopefully that was just a one off... 

You’ve got a day off from tour, what’s the first thing each of you do when you get back home?

We all have our own routines. For Tarek, Pete and I, a major part of coming off tour is getting back into a regular exercise and eating routine, or at least cook some good food. Andy sits in bed eating chocolate and drinking milk, and I'll sit at my laptop reading The Guardian and recovering from what will presumably be a large hangover from the last couple of weeks. 

We hear you’ve been working as producers with some other bands too, which new artists should we be checking out?

Yeah Tarek's been involved producing a fair few other bands like The Big Moon, Genghar and Trudy and the Romance, who are all good friends and great bands. Otherwise, Indoor Pets are old tour buds (and ace), Calva Louise and Fizzy Blood (who we're taking on this tour) are both the bomb and I think Andy Shauf is a must for anyone to check out. We played with him at a festival in France this summer, watched him on Tarek's recommendation, and he blew us all away. His new record is BEAUTIFUL! 

And finally, if you could only play one song on one stage for the rest of your lives, what song would each of you play and where?

What a question! For me, I'd love to play drums for LCD Soundsystem on Daft Punk Is Playing At My House at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, I could just play that FOREVER! 
[Andy] I would say it'd be a solo guitar version of Mr Sandman in a beach-side bar in Cuba or the Bahamas (somewhere hot at least), drinking an old fashioned.

Spring King will be at The Bodega on 7th February – LAST FEW TICKETS

Check ‘Rectifier’ Live here for a taste of what to expect

Youth Club Interview

With shimmering synths aplenty and beats to get you moving, Youth Club are one of the hottest UK bands around. Recent singles ‘Misunderstood’ and ‘Are You Wanting It All’ have propelled them to a hugely devoted fanbase as they take to bigger stages across the country. We had a chat with the Southend boys ahead of their Bodega show on 19th December.

Hey Youth Club! We can’t wait to have you here in December but for those who haven’t seen you before, how would you describe your live shows?

Energetic and sweaty! We just aim to make you dance as much as possible.

We hear your working on new material, how’s that shaping up? Will we hear anymore before the tour?

There are some new tunes coming out to follow 'Are You Wanting It All' & 'Misunderstood', we’re thinking an EP within the beginning of next year. And you will be able to hear lots of new music at the show…

Your latest single ‘Misunderstood’ sounds like it’s glistening with 80’s synth pop vibes, how did that song come about?

It was written in 2015 and put on the back burner. We worked on it a few times developing it more and more, and finally when we hooked up with Clint Murphy who we did 'Are You Wanting It All' he had some wicked ideas and some producer kind of views on the song that really took it that extra mile it needed to go to become what you hear on the record.

What experiences have you got of playing in Nottingham previously?

We have played lots in Nottingham with previous bands and twice I think as Youth Club, It's always been a wicked show and vibe, so it felt right to come back of course!  

2017’s been another great year for you with shows all over the place and more single releases, what are your hopes for 2018?

So yeah one more single and a EP is on its way, with more tours, festival season and an extra big show coming late next year, all to be announced soon…

We couldn’t get enough of your tunes over the Summer months – which artists have you been getting into recently?

Tom Misch, Cameron Bloomfield, Mura Masa, Tom Tripp & Mahalia are particular faves at the moment.

And finally, if you could only ever play one song on one stage, would what you play and where?

Toto Africa On Main Stage at Glasto because why the f*ck not!

Youth Club will be at The Bodega in Nottingham on 19th December – TICKETS

Listen to 'Misunderstood' here

Oddity Road Interview

Some cities in the UK stand out for their music scenes. Nottingham, of course, home to Jake Bugg, Saint Raymond and D.I.D. Manchester - home to Oasis, The Smiths and Everything Everything. Sheffield – home to Arctic Monkeys and The Sherlocks. Hoping to add their name to that list are upcoming indie-rockers Oddity Road who have been bringing their lively shows across the country. We met the quartet below ahead of their show at The Bodega on 27th October.

Hey Oddity Road! Looking forward to having you at The Bodega but for those who haven’t seen your live show before, what can they expect?

Hi Bodega. Yeah we're buzzing to get back to Nottingham, we've played a couple of times, and it always goes off! We go for high energy performances at our gigs whether it's to 4 people or 4000, expect the same this time around but turned up to 11. In a sentence blood, sweat and tears and a then a bit more sweat please. 

Sheffield has an incredible music scene with Arctic Monkeys and The Sherlocks leading the way, how does it feel to be adding your name to the list?

We've all just left school in Sheffield and have grown up watching bands emerge, we've been at The Sherlocks gigs at bigger and bigger venues with bigger and bigger crowds. It's incredible to be mentioned in the same sentence and we'd love to join that list of bands but we've got a long way to go. For now, it just feels mint to get out and gig, we've met so many top people in different towns and cities who like what we do, you've got to love it.

The reaction to your singles so far have been great! How is new material shaping up?

Yeah, the reaction was insane considering ‘Handshake’ and ‘You’ were both quick demo recordings put out last year when we were at sixth form. We've been amazed at how well they went down. Both were picked up by Dean Jackson at BBC Introducing and were played on BBC 6 Music too.

As far as new material goes, we're always writing and recording and working hard to get the songs sounding as massive as possible. We've been working with some incredible people. We're conscious we haven't put anything out for some time, but we're now sat on a lot of stuff to choose from when it does come to dropping something new.  It's really something else and shows how far we've grown, we can't wait to release it.

You’ve had a busy year so far supporting The Sherlocks and at festivals including Y Not, Dot to Dot and Tramlines. How does a headline show differ to a festival slot?

Yeah, we've played to some huge massive crowds this year. Albert Hall in Manchester was nuts and Y Not to a packed tent was one of the most amazing experiences but we've been looking forward to this run of headline gigs for a long time.  The fact we get a longer set time means we get to craft the set a bit more than we would at a festival, we feel like we can show more of a range of what we have to offer. We also find it pretty mad looking out into the headline crowds and thinking people are there to see us play! It's special knowing they've taken the time and spent their hard-earned cash to come out and see us. Our recent headline gigs in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield have been on another level. The crowds have been right on top of us, right up for a dance and mosh and totally into it.

You played over at Rescue Rooms earlier in the year, what are your experiences of playing in Nottingham before?

Yeah, we've played in Nottingham a couple of times, at Rock City and Rescue Rooms, we've been really lucky to get to play at top venues. We were on early at Dot to Dot this year on a Sunday. We thought there'd only be a few people there and 5 minutes before coming on it was empty! But it filled up really quickly and we were amazed at how full it was, how many people came down to see us. We had a great time and then we were shown the delights of Nottingham by some locals who knew their music scene!

You’ve got a day off from tour, what’s the first thing each of you do once you’re home?

Haha, well we've all got really different approaches to this. Jack has a big glass of milk, one of life’s real pleasures! Dan will pick up his guitar and start writing and recording demo tunes, always working. Ethan will start planning the next gigs and Joel will have a cigar, a pint of real ale and then sleep!

And finally, if you could just play one song on one stage, what would you play and where?

That’s a tough one. Handshake has always been a song which has gone down well at our shows, it'd be great to think it has enough staying power to see us go from playing it at free gigs in Sheff to playing it at Glasto Main Stage or Wembley watching the whole place bouncing along. We'd call it a day then and all join Joel for a cigar...

Oddity Road play The Bodega in Nottingham on 27th October – TICKETS

(Plus guests Vega Bay and Vigilantes)

Listen to ‘You’ here

Slowcoaches Interview

They’re ferocious, energetic and are unleashing their fresh punk sound to venues across the country. Slowcoaches certainly aren’t a band you’d mess with following the release of their incredible debut album, ‘Nothing Gives’, last December. Fast forward 10 months to October and the London trio are already teasing new material and are turning the amps up in preparation of a UK tour. We had a chat with Heather about what we can expect from their Bodega show on 25th October.

Hey Slowcoaches! Can’t wait to have you play at The Bodega but for those who are still yet to see you, what can they expect from the live show?

Sweat, noise, bruised knees.

You released your ace debut album ‘Nothing Gives’ last year, is new material starting to take shape yet?

I’ve been working on our second album for a while now. It took a bit of time to get myself in to the mindset of what I wanted it to be. It’s taking shape now which is really exciting but also pretty scary. We have a new single out next week and it’s the first release from the new record. I’m pretty nervous to see how it goes down but also can’t wait for people to hear it. It feels like a big step in to something much darker that I always wanted to make.

We saw you tear apart The Chameleon last year in Nottingham, what experiences do you have of playing the city before?

I’m from Nottingham so I know the city really well. I bloody love it! When we first started out we played at The Bodega with Shonen Knife, which was crazy cause they’re one of my favourite bands to watch ever. I was literally shitting myself. I’m actually super excited to come back to the Bodega cause it’s one of the places I started going out to when I was a kid… I mean when I was 18 obviously.

‘Nothing Gives’ is jam-packed full of energy and adrenaline, where did the inspiration from your sound come from?

Thank you! I’m a very anxious person, I have a really short attention span and I get bored easily so I think that’s why I write music that’s fast and changes a lot. I guess that’s the inspiration. My mood fluctuates quite wildly between mania and feeling really low and I guess that seeped into the songs on the album. It’s pretty subconscious but it makes sense.

You had some great festival slots over the Summer including Great Escape, End of the Road Festival and Tramlines but how do headline shows differ?

I mean every show is different. Sometimes headlining can feel really great, cause you’re in a certain city and you know everyone there is going to go nuts. But then you can play a slot like we did, opening End of the Road Festival, with kinda low expectations, and be totally surprised by how amazing the crowd is / how in to the music they are. That’s the best feeling.

And finally, if you could only play one song on one stage, what would you play and where?

There’s a floating stage they built on Lake Constance in Austria in the nineties. And it was literally a massive book. And it’s being read by a giant skeleton. Seriously google it, it’s amazing. It sounds like an Iron Maiden set or something but I mean its huge and actually really beautiful. What song would I play? Probably 54, cause its still the one that gets everyone dancing the most.

Slowcoaches will play The Bodega in Nottingham on 25th October – TICKETS

Plus support from Monster Treasure

Pick up a copy of ‘Nothing Gives’ from https://slowcoaches.bandcamp.com/album/nothing-gives