In anticipation for our April Future Cuts gig (it’s free, on April 15th at the Finsbury Pub), we spoke to one of the most exciting new psych bands there is. We also got a playlist of their ten favourite psychedelic tracks for you, and it’s definitely worth a listen.
What do you feel you bring to live performances?
We like everyone to have real nice time, you can close your eyes, have a boogie, even both, whatever gets you into it.
Can you tell us a bit about your new single ‘Black Buddha’?
It’s a psych-pop song inspired a lot by what we were listening to at the time, people like Mac DeMarco and Tame Impala. Then when we jammed it out it got a slice more psychy at the end. It’s real nice to close the set with as we like to jam it out too.
Do you have any musical influences that we wouldn’t first expect?
For years we’ve loved FKJ, he’s definitely influenced the way we look at music. More recently we’ve been digging Yussef Kamaal as well. A few of us are quite into beat-tapes, people like Flofilz, Jinsang, Wun Two, etc. Commodo is pretty insane too.
The artwork for your music has always been fantastic, how important are visuals to you as a band?
Cheers! That’s thanks to an artist called John Lihou, he’s based down in Portsmouth and all his work is phenomenal. It matters to a degree I guess. For a lot of material like Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker and Bonobo’s North Borders, the artwork is part of the whole piece. If I’m looking through a bunch of records I guess the artwork is important for catching your eye but it isn’t vital. In a similar way as the band name is too, some bands I’ll listen to because I like their name. For years I used to think Bombay Bicycle Club was a genius name.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
It normally depends on the show but probably a track from our EP called ‘Wherever The Sun Goes’.
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