We’re off to the seaside this weekend! Joining us at Boardmasters is a whole array of fantastic acts… including Banfi.
Banfi has been wooing us continuously with their music, plus their beautiful performance that we caught at this year’s Truck Festival and it’s left us more excited than ever to catch their set at this year’s Boardmasters Festival this weekend.
Hey, guys, you have quite the array of festivals under your belts this year, we saw you smash it out the park at Truck for instance, how has it been for you?
Thanks! Truck was definitely incredible, a great experience to be on the MainStage and of course incredible that so many people turned out to see us.
We’ve done quite a few festivals this year now and it’s almost starting to feel like we’ve been on the road all Summer, which is great because our performance gets better all the time and you really feel like each time you play the show gets easier and you’re able to put more of yourself into it every time. So yeah, this Summer has been great!
Your recent track ‘She Comes Home’ is BEAUTIFUL, how have you found the reaction to it so far?
It’s cool to have the support of people like Spotify when you release a track, and they’ve been amazing by playlisting She Comes Home a bunch of times. It’s weird these days releasing a track only in its digital form and trying to gauge what people think of it from just the numbers on a screen! But the reaction to that song particularly in our live shows is amazing. It has always been somewhat of a live favorite but since releasing it the reaction is getting better every time, we love seeing people dance to our music and they seem to move to that song!
You have a pretty extensive tour coming for us in September with the wonderful Bryde, have you got anything special planned for it? Are you fans of Bryde?
We have got a couple of special things planned for the tour which we’re excited about putting into the world, but you’ll just have to get yourself some tickets and come down to one of the shows if you want to see/hear them! As for Bryde, we’re super happy to have her on board. We were at Live at Leeds when we first saw her play. We were all blown away by her voice and the intimacy of the songs, we literally walked straight up to her after the show and asked if she’d come on tour with us! Luckily for us (and anyone coming to the shows), she said yes.
Tell us a bit more about ‘She Comes Home’, what inspired it, what made you release it?
Musically it started with the percussion – we had these massive sounding tom samples and wanted to use them in a groove like Tom Wait’s “Pasties and a G-String”.
Then the chord progression came on the piano – the song is in B minor, and you’d usually play F# minor chord in this key, but we use the major 3rd in that chord which creates that weird eerie kind of feeling. We then changed the piano to that synth-marimba.
Then the chorus lyric came. People think it’s about a prostitute but it’s not. It started out as a man having an affair and going home to his wife each night and then I switched the genders because it sounded better. The infidelity thing runs through the whole song, hence the references to that play called “Phaedra’s Love” by Sarah Kane.
It’s one of the most fun songs for us to play live because it’s quite an uncommon groove these days and audiences really get into it!
You’re playing at Boardmasters this week, looking forward to it?
We’re definitely looking forward to Boardmasters. We’re going to be there for the whole weekend because the line up is so great so hopefully, the rain holds off and we get to go see everything we want to. It’s also basically on the beach and no one wants to be on the beach when it’s raining…unless you’ve got a full wet suit on and decide that surfing is a good idea?!
We’re all looking forward to different things, but I’d say Stormzy will be great, especially if the crowd are buzzing and know his material. There are loads more though; Alt-J, DJ Shadow, Wild Beasts, The Vaccines.
And a few of our good friends are playing as well – San Felu, Tender Central, A Blaze Of Feather, Meadowlark.
So many things to see, I hope we fit it all in…eeeek!
If you could collaborate with any artist on the lineup, who would it be and why?
I’d have to say DJ Shadow – We’re big fans of sampling and manipulating sounds in a way to get something new and original and I think he’s basically the king of that. Some of the things he does on his records are just crazy and so experimental but he finds a way of pulling them off so that they sound natural and effortless. What a king!
What can people expect from your Boardmasters set? Any new material appearances?
We’re going to try and do a couple of new things for this performance and that includes some new material that nobody has ever heard…exciting/nerve racking stuff.
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
Festivals are very different to your own shows. You’ve got to try a little harder to grasp the energy of your audience, but that is definitely part of the reason why festivals are great. The challenge and the work you put in on stage is next level sometimes compared with smaller shows, so you really feel like you’ve given everything you’ve got at these festival appearances.
I wouldn’t say we prefer one or the other, but playing festivals does feel very special sometimes.
Have you got many other festival appearances planned for us to get excited about?
We’ve got Victorious Festival coming up in a couple of weeks, which we’re really looking forward to. Then we head out on tour at the start of September and later in September and throughout the Autumn we have a few European festivals that we’re super pumped for!
What are your top festival survival tips?
If it’s going to rain, then make sure you’ve got your wellies and a good coat with a hood! Once you have those make sure have enough supplies to keep you warm, these include – Alcohol… Not that we want to encourage excessive drinking, but you’re on holiday and it certainly does keep you warm! Sorry
And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to Boardmasters, 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’re hard-hitting, a soft touch and helping hand…We’ll keep you dry and out of the rain (we’re playing in a tent…) and have you singing and dancing along in no time. We’re definitely better than ambling around in the rain wondering what to see, so come say hello!
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