From selling out the Sebright Arms to playing The Great Escape, we had a chat with Giant Party to find out how much of a Giant Party they’re having…
The Great Escape is this week! To celebrate we have a whole host of interviews lined up with the acts that you 100% need to get yourselves in front of. First up, here’s Giant Party.
You recently sold out the Sebright Arms in London, how was that for you?
It was really humbling to sell out the show and have so many people join us, it felt like a real landmark show for us, as it was one of the most fun, sweatiest shows we’ve played. It was our first show for Parallel Lines (London Promoter) as well, Jon is a legend, so it’s ace to be working with him.
Your new single ‘Actress’ is mega, how have you found the reaction to it?
Ah cheers, it’s a bit of a journey of a song. A lot of our friends and fans have been saying it’s their favourite thing we’ve done, which is a pretty great thing and we hope it lived up to expectations after our previous single ‘White Ink’ did so well. Both tracks have been played on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music show multiple times, which is a dream come true, big up Lammo for his continued support.
What’s the overall main aim that you have when creating new music?
Our music is a snapshot of who and where we are at the time, so the main aim is for it is to document that, instead of being perfect. If we believe in it and are happy with it then that’s enough.
You’re playing at The Great Escape next week, looking forward to it?
Cannot wait, Brighton is a really special city to us some members lived there for a while. We played The Alternative Escape last year, so to step up to an official showcase this year feels like a real achievement as a band and we hope to see many fans there.
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at the festival?
We saw Idles the other day at Live At Leeds, they’re top. As are Japanese Breakfast, Insecure Men, Dream Wife, Snail Mail. We’ve heard lots about Bodega who we want to check out, we also saw a band called Sports Team at Rough Trade, who were really great live as well. But yeah Great Escape is all about stumbling across bands who you’ve never heard of, hopefully, plenty people that haven’t heard of Giant Party will discover us there too.
If you could collaborate with any artist on the line-up, who would it be and why?
Hmm, we’d make a supergroup consisting of members of Idles, Snail Mail, Japanese Breakfast, and maybe Erol Alkan on the decks. The Traveling Wilberry’s vibes.
What can people expect from your set?
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
It’s slightly different as you get to watch loads of other bands and play to new audiences who have never seen you before, so you need to turn them into fans from the start. Whereas our own gigs are full of people who are already usually fans of our music. We don’t really have a preference, both fun in their own way!
Have you got many other gigs lined up for us to get excited about?
Our next London headline show has just been announced, it’s at The Lexington on 24th October, that’s the big one for us, our biggest headline show to date, again for Parallel Lines, then we also have a few more festivals lined up around the UK and France, which will be our first show outside of the UK!
What are your top festival survival tips?
Stay hydrated, love each other, don’t drink too many beers too early as you have to see as many bands as possible.
And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to The Great Escape, in a few words, why should they come see you play? Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO.
We’ve put in the hours and really worked hard on our live show, there’s love, mental breakdowns, plenty dancing, hits, the lot. Just come down and check it out on the Friday at The Prince Albert, onstage 10.15pm, see you there, GPx