“Summ(air)” is the kind of music you’d hear in your dreams, but wake up because Priestgate are here and NOW
Since their track “Summ(air)” got premiered with us back in July, the track has accumulated over 1,000 streams. Priestgate have only been around since the summer of 2018, but that makes no difference. In the short time they’ve been together, the quintet have been turning heads with their dream-pop sound. Blending shoegaze, post-punk with their indie pop sound, the influential collective sat down with us so we can get to know more. Let’s take a trip into the minds of Priestgate!
Who TF are Priestgate?
Priestgate is a Dream Pop/Shoe Gaze band, with Post Punk bass, vocals and drums mixed in. All five of us, (Cameron, Rob, Bridie, Connor and Isaac) hail from East Yorkshire and dropped our latest single, ‘Summ(air)’ on the 19 th of July 2019.
How long have you been making music?
Our drummer, Bridie, has been playing (several) instruments pushing 11 years now, with our guitarists, Connor and Isaac following later on. However, Priestgate is only a year and a half old, with Rob and myself (Cameron) jumping on the band wagon out of our own love for music and interest in playing in a band, hence forming the band at Bridie’s house, on the street that gave us our name, Priestgate.
Why do you make music?
We’ve always loved the way that music is a medium between people. No matter what you’re playing, someone identifies with the message, and it brings people together, not only for their love of music but because of the way that we relate to each other and to the patterns and thoughts behind the music, its mysterious and universally understood all at the same time, and we want in on it.
What/who are you biggest influences?
We all enjoy listening to a range of different music, but draw influence from DIIV, JAWS and The Cure in terms of our own music.
What would you say has been your best moment so far?
It’s hard to pick just one, as we’ve experienced such a steep learning curve as a band in the past year and a half. We’ve had many highs but the most obvious one that comes to mind would be the steady incline of people reacting to our music, at our gigs or after our single releases. Nothing beats the satisfaction of knowing your music is not only heard, but listened to. We’re reaching people and they’re answering back and they love it. That’s an invigorating feeling and it really keeps you going.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
Music is there for you to take away whatever you want, whether you relate or not. We think it’s entirely interpretive. All we hope is that our music is made up of those desert island disk-type tunes that you go back to again and again. That’d mean a lot to us.
What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?
Our dream “I’ve made it” moment would probably be the day we get to quit our jobs, and put everything into the band. It’s all we want and I believe we’re going in the right direction.
You’re about to drop a new music video, tell us more about it! What was the process making it like?
Being an English band, we deal with our notoriously temperamental weather, so our music video is currently on hold. Our mate Charlie (@charlierice) is an extremely talented photographer, and we’ve been working on capturing something that perfectly sums up the melancholic, dreamy and hazy sentiments that are relayed in our latest single, ‘Summ(air)’.
You recently released “Summ(air)” which we premiered, what’s the full story behind the track?
‘Summ(air)’ came to us in at the beginning of summer, – while it was still pretty cold. Summer 2018 was a big one for the band, we all became best friends and started the making music. It was equally formative for each of us individually. I think we all just wanted to make this melancholic, nostalgic feeling a tangible one because we all missed that life changing time of our lives, and whether you interpret the lyrics as missing a person or summer, or both, I think everyone picks up that longing for something that made you who you are today…whether that be positive or haunting.
Do you have any upcoming releases or shows that we can be excited for?!
2019 has held the same rapid pace that brought us on to the scene last year, we’ve been playing lots of gigs and released another single in July. Following suit, we’re back in the studio at Sugarhouse in Liverpool at the back end of the year, and we’ll be playing Headland festival in Scarborough in August, Hangout Bar and Trinity Live in Hull, and Jimmy’s in Manchester all in September.
and finally, who is your biggest fan right now?
Our biggest fan has to be Jase, Rob’s dad. That man has an undying and often aggressive passion for Priestgate, and has supported us every step of the way. Plus he’s really tall.. so he watches all of our gigs.
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