Thursday, 17 October 2013

I KNOW ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM: Our interview with Brighton based band Orchards!

1 - What was your earliest musical memory and what pushed you towards pursuing a career in the music industry?
Sam: "All our families, whilst not necessarily musicians themselves, loved music. So I guess it was always around us when we were kids, whether it was being played in the car or at home. As for why we want to pursue it as a career; there was nothing any of us could see ourselves doing other than playing music as a career, we haven’t given ourselves any other option!"
2 - Had you been involved in any other band prior to Orchards?
Sam: "We’ve all been playing in bands since our early teens, Catherine always focused more on singer-songwriter style music whilst the boys and myself have always been involved in the heavier weirder side of music."
3 - You hail from three separate cities within the United Kingdom and are now based in Brighton. How did you meet and how did Orchards begin?
Sam: "I met Catherine by chance in a bar during fresher's week of our university and we quickly established that we wanted to make music that was different to the stuff that was around at the moment. After jamming for a while with our drummer Will the search begun for a bass player."
Dan: "I had played music with Sam for a few years back in Liverpool so when I was asked to go for a jam everything just fell into place."
4 - Where did the name Orchards come from?
Sam: "Haha, personal joke about plums… I’m sure you could work the rest out yourself!
5 - How would you describe the sound of Orchards?
Sam: "We’d like to think it’s something quite new, a mixture of early nineties grunge, pop structures and prog sensibilities."
6 - Your eponymous debut EP was released earlier this year. What influenced the three songs on this EP?
Sam: "When we wrote the songs and put them together Brighton was in the depths of winter and a f****n’ snowy one at that so I think that came across in the mood of the three songs."
7 - The lead track from this EP is ‘I Know about Your Problem’. What is this song about?
Sam: "It’s about having a drug problem and knowing about it."
8 - Do you have any 'rituals' before you go on stage?
Sam: "Apart from trying to not get too drunk we try to piss each other off a bit, always makes for an interesting show."
9 - Any live dates coming up?
Sam: "Yeah, we're supporting More Than Conquerors in Brighton on 16th October, we're playing a gig with Dead Deer in Shoreditch on 18th October and we're playing Oxjam Fest in Brighton on 26th October. We'll also be booking another UK tour in the new year."
10 - Any new songs in the pipeline?
Sam: "One of the best things about Orchards is everybody writes so we’re constantly forming ideas, but we’ve got a lot in the pipeline just refining them all at the moment."
11 - When can fans be expecting the next release?
Sam: "We have a single release coming in the new year and then an extended EP following shortly after that."
12 - Who would be your dream collaboration?
Sam: "We would have loved to collaborate with Miley Cyrus when she was filming her video for 'Wrecking Ball'..."
13 - Who would be in your dream supergroup?
Catherine: "Tom Waites."
Sam: "John Frusciante."
Daniel: "Nick Oliveri."
Will: "Jon Theodore."
("The Quickfire Round" was answered as a band.)
1 - Favourite Beatle?
"Paul Lennon."
2 - Favourite band?
"Smashing Pumpkins."
3 - Favourite new band?
"Bosnian Rainbows."
4 - Favourite song?
"Apples, Peaches, Bananas and Pears by the Monkees."
5 - Favourite album?
"De-Loused In The Comatorium."
6 - Vinyl, CD or download?
"Floppy disk."
7 - Style icon?
"Miley Cyrus in the Wrecking Ball video..."
8 - Favourite clothing brand?
"If it fits we’ll wear it or not if the mood takes us."
9 - Favourite film?
Catherine: "500 Days of Summer."
Sam: "Jurassic Park."
Daniel: "The Searchers."
Will: "Point Break."
10 - Favourite TV show?
"Peep Show."
11 - Who would play you in a film of your life?
Catherine: "Nigella Lawson."
Sam: "Jimmy Bower."
Daniel: "GG Allin."
Will: "Simon Webb."
12 - Favourite food?
13 - Football team?
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