October is here and with it comes the resurgence of the metropolitan festival, this weekend we’re treated to not one, but two!
Unfortunately, they’re both on the same day, but that isn’t stopping The Old Pink House who are featuring on both of Twisterella and Neighbourhood’s lineups. They’re also fresh off a few dates supporting Anteros, so they’ve definitely got their practice in…
Hey! You’ve just supported Anteros on a few of their UK tour dates in Newcastle and Leeds, how did they go?
They were amazing. The reception at both shows was great and Anteros are super cool, down-to-earth people. It was a pleasure to play with them.
Your recent track ‘Talk’ was recently tipped on Radio 1 thanks to Huw Stephens, tell us a bit more about the track, what’s it about, what inspired it?
I always feel like our songs are never really just about one thing, and our lyrics always touch on different themes. I prefer to not really say what the personal experiences that inspired our songs are because I like the idea that people can relate to music through the lens of their own experiences, however cliched that sounds. I would say the core of the song is that I’m pretty terrible at being a social entity and I really struggle in that area, which has affected my personal life in a lot of different ways.
You’ve been named as ones to watch for 2018 by Live At Leeds for their November show, are you a fan of the festival?
Of course, I think Live at Leeds is an institution for emerging music at this point. We’ve only played Leeds a handful of times now but we love it there, so we’re definitely counting down the days.
Yeah, can’t wait!
You’re also playing Neighbourhood Festival on the same day as Twisterella, so it’s going to be a hectic day! What are you most looking forward to out of the two?
It’s going to be pretty wild! We’ve never played Middlesbrough before, so that’s pretty exciting as we’ve heard a lot of good things. Neighbourhood looks amazing as well, and a bunch of our friend’s bands are playing there so that will be a laugh.
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at Twisterella?
I’m not sure we’ll get a chance to see many people as we’ll have to leave as soon as our set’s over! Our hot tips are Cape Cub, Dream Wife and Avalanche Party though – be there or be square.
Definitely our mates in The Pale White and Feva – everyone should be going to see them. Personally, I’m looking forward to Yonaka – I saw them earlier this year and they were unbelievably good live.
If you could collaborate with any artist on each of the line-ups, who would it be and why?
I’d love to write a song with The Big Moon. They just seem like they’d be dead sound.
What can people expect from each of these sets? Any new material appearances?
A big synthy, riffy sweat fest.
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
They’re quite different – at festivals, you do get people who know you, but our experience so far has been playing to people who have never heard of us so it’s always an interesting experience seeing how new people react to the music.
Have you got many other gigs lined up for us to get excited about?
We’re headlining a show in our hometown Newcastle at Think Tank on October 27th which we can’t wait for. Our last show was a sellout so this one should be pretty special.
What are your top festival survival tips?
Drink plenty of water and bring a change of socks.
And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to Twisterella or Neighbourhood, in a few words, why should they come see you play? Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO.
Come see us play because we’d come and see your band if you were playing.