Can you believe it’s nearly festival season again?! With Sound City and Live At Leeds having already happened and The Great Escape next week, we caught up with Team Picture. 

Leeds-based 6 Music/R1-supported sextet, Team Picture are soon set to release their debut mini-album, Recital, and we could not be more excited. It’ll grace our ears on June 1 via Big Dumb Music and the release comes alongside a headline May tour. Before all that kicks off, we thought we’d take the opportunity to catch up with them before their set at new music festival, The Great Escape, next week.

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Hey! How are you all? Your album ‘Recital’ is going to be out super soon, how are you all feeling about it?

Hey there! Yes, our mini-album ‘RECITAL’ is out on the 1st of June, and we’re feeling strong and super-sexy.

 

You’ve recently joined the Flying Vinyl family too, is vinyl important to you?

Big snuggles to Fly-Vi (do you think that’ll catch on?) for their support. It’s the only physical media I really care about. Although actually, now you mention it, we were driving around this weekend to all sorts of shows and listening to loads of Beastie Boys CD’s we had lying around and it was great so maybe we’ve made a grievous error.

 

What’s the main thing that you hope people take away from the album?

I hope people enjoy its eclecticism, and that it whets the appetite for what’s next to come… whatever that is.

 

It’s a fairly mini album in terms of track quantity, were you all just really strict on what made the cut and what didn’t?

We were originally going to do two EP’s released back-to-back or close together, and we were pretty sweet on that idea for ages. When we came to think about it though EP’s sort of felt like a cop-out, and that really the tracks should just be one piece of work. We resisted trying to label it too much and instead think of it as a suite of 7 songs in two wonky halves, but we’ve been calling it a mini-album for the purposes of trying to minimise how much of a pretentious bunch we sound like.

 

You’re playing at The Great Escape next week, looking forward to it?

You better believe it.

 

Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at the festival?

Dama Scout are pretty cool, aren’t they?

 

If you could collaborate with any artist on the line-up, who would it be and why?

Maybe all six of us could join Superorganism and then we’d be a Superduperorganism.

 

What can people expect from your set?

Colour co-ordination. Tonal lurch. Fun life-hack tips.

How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?

No huge preference, but playing on the floor to a room full of very glistening people is always the ideal live scenario.

 

Have you got many other gigs lined up for us to get excited about?

Yep, we’re touring at the end of May, between the 31st and the 6th of June and taking in LDN to Glasgow, and several places in between! The highlight should be a RECITAL launch show at the Brudenell Social Club on the 1stof June.

 

What are your top festival survival tips?

Gingers of the world, keep your suncream close. Get one of those cool spray-top ones for added fun. Oh, and the water bottle secretly full of gin is a timeless classic. While we’re on gin: soak a tampon full of it and stick it up your nose. You can thank me later.

 

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.

Ahh, I ran out of time! And I was just silent for the whole thing too. Anyway, don’t be daft, TEAM PICTURE would never go speed-dating. We’d ask our friend to go and ask you out for us and then we’d never speak to you again.