Wednesday, 9 October 2013

BETWEEN THE STREETS AND THE STARS: Our interview with Manchester-based rock 'n' roll band The Electric Stars!

Photo: Interview with one of the best up and coming bands in the country coming very, very soon - The Electric Stars! AB Records
1 - What is your earliest musical memory and what pushed you towards perusing a career in the music business?
"I guess I have my mum and dad to thank for this as they always had the radio on! And it was tuned into Radio 1 when it was the best station, not the embarrassment it is today!"
2 - Had you been involved in any other bands or musical ventures before The Electric Stars?
"Yeah, like the rest of the boys, we had all been in bands that had some degree of local acclaim but nothing to write home about!"
3 - How did The Electric Stars begin?
"To be honest, the band did not exist till we came out of the studio with a white label promo of the album 'Sonic Candy Soul'...The album got fantastic feedback so we got a band together hey presto! THE ELECTRIC STARS haha..."
4 - Where did the name The Electric Stars come from?
"Well, we are a rock 'n' roll band with a very colourful outlook on things! We like to plug in and trip out and sometimes we end up in strange places, so it's the perfect name for us really!"
5 - How would you describe the sound of The Electric Stars?
"It's just rock 'n' roll man! We're not interested in searching for that chord that's never been played you know...It's primal, sexual, spiritual, sometimes out there, sometimes in your face, it's glamorous, decadent, dirty and beautiful!"
6 - Your album is called Sonic Candy Soul. What is the meaning behind this title and why did you choose this to be the title of your album?
"Simple really! Its a sonic blast of rainbow coloured sweets, each one coated in some brown soul sugar."
7 - Your latest single is called "Between The Streets And The Stars". What influenced this song and what is the song itself about?
"It's about the perfect high! That place you reach for that has just the right mix of beauty and ugliness, danger and tranquillity, innocence and depravity! We all want to go there you know even though people will deny it! It's the best trip man..."
8 - You filmed the video for this song in Estonia. How did this come about and how did it feel to be shooting professional music video abroad?
"Well through a mutual friend, we were asked if we wanted to submit a song to have a storyboard written by some film students. We had the single about to be released so timing was cool and the students entered their ideas into a competition. The winner was chosen and he was guided by an established Estonian video producer and along with a great team they did a fantastic job! While we were over there we did some gigs and were interviewed for TV and Estonian press so all went really well. Estonia is a beautiful country and the video is one of the best we have done so far!"
9 - Do you have any 'rituals' before you go on stage?
"Drink the rider!"
10 - Any live dates coming up?
"Yes we are playing the New Years Eve gig at The 100 Club which is already sold out! Aside from that no, as we are in the studio full on now..."
11 - Any new songs in the pipeline?
"Yeah, that's why we are locked in the studio! We are working hard on the second album."
12 - When can fans expect the next official release?
"There will be a single hopefully just in time for Christmas and the album next spring!"
13 - Who would be your dream collaboration?
"Probably jamming with Brian Jones on weird instruments in a field haha..."
14 - Who would be in your dream super group?
"Elvis on vocals...Hendrix on guitar...Lennon on rhythm and backing...Entwistle on bass.....Bonham on drums! Rock 'n' roll brother!"
1 - Favourite Beatle?
2 - Favourite band?
3 - Favourite new band?
"The Universal."
4 - Favourite song?
5 - Favourite album?
"Forever Changes - Love."
6 - Vinyl, CD or download?
7 - Style icon?
"George Best."
8 - Favourite clothing brand?
"Cheeky hand me downs."
9 - Favourite film?
10 - Favourite TV show?
"The Monkees."
11 - Who would play you in a film of your life?
"Bruce Lee."
12 - Favourite food?
13 - Football team?
Hope you enjoyed this feature on The Electric Stars! Check out our previous feature on Casual Agenda!
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