Tomorrow the northern parts of the UK will be jam-packed with oodles of new music, Neighbourhood hits Manchester and Twisterella hits Middlesborough.
We spoke to Team Picture who are tackling BOTH festivals on the same day for a catch-up and to find out why exactly you should be seeing them if you’re lucky enough to be at one of these great festivals.
Hey! You’ve been fairly busy gigging of late, have there been any standout shows?
We played with Ulrika Spacek, Parquet Courts, and one of our local faves Treeboy & Arc at the Belgrave Music Hall recently, and it was really fantastic.
You’ve had some pretty solid support slots for the likes of The Wytches, how was that for you?
Great! I think we also played with Treeboy & Arc at that show too! Love them, guys.
Your recent track ‘Air Not Air’ was a favourite of ours back in May, can you tell us a bit more about it?
I think that was the first song we ever played together as a group of people in the same room. It was nice to work with our friend and local renaissance man Joel Burden on the artwork, and lovely to collaborate with CLUE records on the release and accompanying zine.
Are we going to be hearing any new material before the end of the year?
Maybe. We haven’t decided yet. But there will definitely be new material next year, and quite a bit of it.
Yes! We’re playing a hometown show at the Hyde Park Book Club the previous night, so we’re going to be running on fumes by the time we get up to Middlesbrough. Regardless, we are very excited.
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at either festival?
Dream Wife were great at Blue Dot, so definitely them. I think we have to scram from Manchester before we get a chance to see anyone though, so that’s a shame.
Maybe HMLTD? I was equal parts confused and aroused after their set at Live @ Leeds earlier this year. They look like a fun outfit to be a part of. They also have very fun outfits that I’d like to be a part of.
What can people expect from your set? Any new material appearances?
6 nerds absolutely being as polite as possible for 35 minutes or less. We’re not arrogant enough to presume that many people at Twisterella will be too familiar with any of our songs, but we do have a few new tunes we’re trying out.
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
We definitely prefer our own shows, where we can curate the vibes a little more thoroughly. Festivals are fun though.
Have you got many other gigs lined up for us to get excited about?
We have a gig the following week on Saturday the 14th at the Brudenell Social Club as part of a Pizza for the People all-dayer. Should be a goodie! Also; the previously mentioned show at the Book Club on the 6th of October promises to be a significant sundry of sensational sonic styling.
What are your top festival survival tips?
Don’t start eating a bag of pistachios unless you intend to finish the job. The old water bottle/gin-stash trick is a timeless classic. Wear a vest as much as possible. And gingers of the world: just accept it; you will burn. Those last two points are somewhat related. Also, it’s October so you probably don’t have to worry about this for a little while. The gin tip is a perennial winner though, regardless of festival season status/appropriateness of the situation.
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.
Never again will you see such a consistently pointy array of cheekbones on one stage at one time (At least until HMLTD show up). And if that isn’t a good enough reason to go and see a band make the music sounds live on stage then I can’t help you.