Following the release of debut single ‘So Bad’, Newcastle trio The Old Pink House have fused together psych-infused aesthetics with hip-hop inspired rhythm sections, throwing in some big, infectious hooks for good measure. They’ve earned comparisons to some big names, such as Foals and Unknown Mortal Orchestra… a pretty impressive achievement at such an early stage.
For those who don’t know you, how would you describe your sound to them?
I’ve been calling it Cosmic Pop – I guess it’s indie rock slathered in phaser and synths.
You’ve been compared to the likes of Foals and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, how does this make you feel?
Well, they’re amongst my favourite bands that are around today so to be mentioned in the same breath as them is really flattering. I think you can probably hear the influences of those bands in our music, but I definitely think we do our own thing.
Where/who do you mostly take inspiration from when creating music?
I don’t know – my ideas just come to me at the most inopportune moments. Half the time, I’ll be out somewhere and I’ll suddenly get a hook or a melody stuck in my head so I have to sneak off and record it on my phone before I forget it. It’s like someone’s beaming them into my head. I guess I find inspiration from really mundane things because the best songs I’ve written have always come to me when I’m showering or something haha.
You recently supported Let’s Eat Grandma, what do you think of their unique performance style?
They’re definitely very unique, which is a very rare thing today. You can see an immense level of musicianship between the two of them for sure.
How have your live shows been so far, any stand out moments?
We’ve been very lucky so far to have played to some great crowds with some great bands. When we go on stage something just takes over us and we tend to throw ourselves around. We supported our good friends in The Pale White a few months ago which was pretty intense.
Chris – you originally started out making music in your bedroom, tell us a bit about how you’ve gone from there to here.
Around the time I finished university my band at the time broke up, which was a bit of a blow. I think I was having some kind of a quarter life crisis and wasn’t really sure what to do with myself, so I just got a job and started trying to be ‘normal’, which didn’t really last long before I felt the need to just start writing music again. I think my confidence was a bit shot after all that stuff happening, so I was just writing these songs and keeping them to myself at home until I eventually met Ollie and Max and managed to work up the confidence to get out and start playing shows. I still write and demo all the time at home, I’m a bit of a hermit.
Your debut track ‘So Bad’ has had quite a positive impact online, can you tell us a bit more about the track?
So Bad is basically me just complaining about myself. Self-deprecation just kind of flows out of me haha.
What’s next for The Old Pink House?
World domination, hopefully.