We had a chat with lauded Coventry upstarts Candid to find out about everything from their hometown roots to their lofty future plans

The West Midlands has been something of a breeding ground for upcoming artists as of late, with talent emerging from all across the county. A band that have caught our collective eye lately are Coventry’s Candid. Their forthright brand of commanding indie rock seems to grasp for your attention without ever feeling forced or over-elaborate. They have created a sound that feels authentic, raw and, well, candid. Intrigued, we caught up with the young band to find out some more about them.

Who TF are Candid?

Candid are an up-front indie rock group from Coventry, consisting of two brothers and two school friends: Rob Latimer (lead vocal and guitar), Dan Latimer (lead guitar), Sam Baines (bass guitar) and Ben Williams (drums). We produce infectious, powerful indie rock with the live show in mind, inspired by the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Amazons, Sam Fender and Tame Impala. Think irresistible drum beats complimented with searing guitar riffs held up by a backbone of unreserved lyrics.

How long have you been making music?

We’ve been making lyrics for almost three years now as a band, I attempted to write music prior to being in the band using looper pedals, layering up guitar parts to produce more instrumental music. I still think that’s where my strengths in song writing lie, because it’s what I’ve been doing for the longest and is still to this day how most of the songs are initially born.

Why do you make music?

Without sounding cliché, music will always be there, it’s personal to everyone who hears it, it allows the listener to build their own relationship with the song and the end goal and idea of having a crowd of people sing the words back to a song you wrote in your bedroom is any musicians dream. If I ever lack any form of motivation or inspiration I go back to the same video of Oasis performing in Manchester in 2005. The passion from the crowd from start to finish is completely inspiring, it literally looks like a wave of people when the first song starts. Bit of a long-shot, but it’s always been a goal of ours to experience that sort of crowd.

What are your biggest influences?

Initially for us as a band, it was all about Catfish and The Bottlemen. I was slightly late to jump on the bandwagon and after hearing Kathleen on the radio at school one day, I went online to find out who I’d just been listening to because it was everything I had been waiting for in terms of hearing on mainstream radio again. I bought the album and pretty much rinsed it for months after buying it and couldn’t seem to get enough. It got us into writing music again and restored a little faith in the future of guitar music and I feel a lot of other bands similar style to us would say the same.

The Amazons are a huge influence too, the energy and electricity they filter through their music is unreal. I’m also a huge fan of Tame Impala, huge soundscapes and synth drenched melodies, I feel they’ve really been an influence in pushing the band in a new direction sonically.

I also find up and coming new music from smaller bands to be particularly inspiring, new bands always seem to have an edge to them. Fresh minds and a ‘let’s take on the world attitude’ can be heard in a lot of new guitar music.

What would you say has been your best moment so far?

Performing at our local festival we had all been attending since we were old enough to remember was a very special moment. We had been grafting away, desperate to make our mark on the local music for a solid two years prior and to have received recognition and be put on the Godiva Festival main stage in front of thousands was a very fulfilling moment for sure.

I’d also say watching people lose their shit and mosh at your set for the first time is a special moment, you can’t help but feel that energy and it takes the live show to the next level, as you know for a fact there are people in that crowd loving their life in that moment.

What do you want people to take away from your music?

Enjoyment, reliability and hopefully one day memories. Our aim is to make music that people can love both live and on record, the idea of escapism is channelled through our music and hopefully our music can help other people achieve that too.

What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?

Playing main room academy shows up and down the country with a big fuck off bus to travel to and from with. Watching crowds queue up outside the venue and hanging around to chat afterwards would be a big moment for us, something we are striving to achieve. Watching a sea of people lose themselves for an hour during our set knowing the words to every song, would be a ‘I’ve made it’ moment for sure.

The West Midlands has been producing more than its fair share of talented bands as of late, how do you guys feel about your local scene?

The West Midlands music scene is thriving right now, so many ridiculously talented bands and the crowds to go with it too. It’s a load of rubbish when people say, ‘the local music scene is dead’ because it’s not. There are a huge number of bands willing to put in the hours, manage themselves, release records themselves, travel up and down the country out of their own pocket for the sheer love of music. That really translates and you can tell when a band is truly passionate about what they do.

We’re surrounded by bands like The Clause, Sugarthief, Riscas, Ivory Wave, Violet, Spilt Milk and of course our good friends Free Galaxy all flying the flag for the local music scene. That’s just the tip of the iceberg and there are far more amazing bands in the West Midlands, with great promoters to bring us all together, particularly Live Loud Cov, Sonic Gun & The Future Sound Project.

Can you tell us some more about your latest single ‘Concrete Jungle‘?

Concrete Jungle is all about Coventry, the way it looks and the way it makes you feel. It’s not explicitly about Coventry as such, more about a city you’re aiming to get out of but due to your own inability to stop making the same old mistakes. The song relates to anyone juggling their dreams and reality, being harnessed by the pessimism that surrounds you and the people telling you ‘there’s no way you’re getting out’, a lyric from the song.

I never write too explicitly, because that wouldn’t leave room for the listener to build their own relationship, so I’ll give you an idea but I’ll let you have a listen and build your own story.

Thus far your approach has been releasing a steady stream of singles, what are Candid’s plans going forward?

Probably more of the same, our debut music video lands on YouTube Friday 19th June which is a big step for us and will hopefully show a personal side to the music. An EP could be on the cards next year, but who knows?

We have a busy summer ahead now playing Y Not Festival, Coombe Weekender, Sonic Gun Weekender, headlining the Future Sound of Coventry so we’re going to refine our craft, lock ourselves away, write a lot and get shit-hot at playing live and hopefully some new music will be out next year some time…

And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?

I feel like we could offend people here by labelling one singular person our biggest fan. We’ve got some amazing fans, who are willing to travel both up and down the country to see us, people who have literally flew from other countries to watch our shows. One girl called Lucy has flown from France on a number of occasions to see us and a number of other bands in the scene live, that’s some serious dedication right there.


Concrete Jungle is available now