Saturday, 22 February 2014

ROMANCE ISN'T DEAD: Our interview with Aberdeenshire 4-piece The Framed!

Below is our interview with The Framed! Enjoy!
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Had you been involved with any other bands prior to The Framed?
"We’ve all played in bands before. Glynn and Gareth have been playing in bands together for a few years and Steve was part of an Oasis tribute band for a while. Jamie has been in other bands but concentrated on his solo material and made a bit of a name for himself around the Inverness area and the north of Scotland."
How did The Framed begin?
"Glynn and Gareth had been playing in another band and had decided that they wanted to play different material that was more enjoyable. After playing with several line-ups and a lot of different musicians we found Jamie and Steve and everything seemed to blend well."
Where did the name The Framed come from?
"We chose the name The Framed because it was simple and easy to remember. We could give you some long contrived reason for it but it’s simply because we thought it was short and snappy."
How would you describe the sound of The Framed?
"We essentially play rocked up indie. It’s got a punky simplicity to it with a bit of youthful naivety thrown in."
You used to be called Wasted Sidelines. Why did you change your name to The Framed?
"We were originally called Wasted Sidelines. It was supposed to be a description of the music industry but the majority of people we spoke to didn't really seem to get it and just thought it gave out negative connotations. Because of this we thought we’d change the name to something more simplistic that fitted the music we play better."
All your tracks to date have been recorded at a home studio. Would you say that this environment contributed to your music at all?
"The tracks we have at the moment are really just demos. Although by recording the demos in a home studio it gives us a chance to take our time and work things out. It lets us hear everything that we wouldn't hear in a live room and allows us to make more informed decisions about what we are playing. It can also be handy to see how arrangements work when recorded."
Who would be your dream collaboration?
"There are so many great musicians out there that would be a pleasure to play with. To be honest all of us would probably choose different people because we all have different tastes. We think that Graham Coxon would be a great collaboration though as his solo stuff is up our street and got that grungier side to indie which we quite like."
Any new songs in the pipeline?
"We are always writing and have a good few songs that we’re in the process of finishing."
Any new singles, EP's or album to be released in the near future?
"We are away to record a new EP next month at Monnow Valley Studios with Paul Tipler producing. We are all very excited about it and in the rehearsal process at the moment. The EP should be released in March or April."
Any live dates coming up?
"We don’t currently have any live dates booked because we have been concentrating on rehearsals for the studio at the moment. We will be booking live dates in the next few weeks to coincide with the release of the EP."
Who would be in your dream supergroup?
"Again we would all have different super groups however a group consisting of members from the Stones, the Who and the Kinks might be quite interesting."
Favourite Beatle?
Glynn: "John Lennon."
Jamie: "George Harrison."
Gareth: "George Harrison."
Steve: "John Lennon."
Favourite band?
Glynn: "The Specials."
Jamie: "Brand New."
Gareth: "Little Man Tate/The Who."
Steve: "The Stone Roses."
Favourite new band?
Glynn: "The Strypes."
Jamie: "Make Sparks."
Gareth: "Tiffany Page."
Steve: "The Enemy."
Favourite song?
Glynn: "I'm A Face - The High Numbers."
Jamie: "Can't decide - default answer, 70 x 7 by Brand New."
Gareth: "What's He Got - Graham Coxon."
Steve: "Waterfall."
Favourite album?
Glynn: "Definitely Maybe."
Jamie: "Fools And Worthless Liars - Deaf Havana."
Gareth: "Eric Clapton Unplugged."
Steve: "Be Here Now."
Vinyl, CD or download?
Glynn: "Vinyl."
Jamie: "Download."
Gareth: "CD."
Steve: "CD."
Style icon?
Glynn: "Paul Weller."
Jamie: "None - got a very confused style."
Gareth: "Sixties/eighties mod."
Steve: "Gem Archer."
Favourite clothing brand?
Glynn: "Fred Perry."
Jamie: "Volcom/Fred Perry/Vans."
Gareth: "Merc London."
Steve: "Adidas Originals."
Favourite film?
Glynn: "Duplex."
Jamie: "Shaun Of The Dead."
Gareth: "Almost Famous/Bad Taste."
Steve: "Cool Hand Luke."
Favourite TV show?
Glynn: "Swamp People."
Jamie: "Black Books."
Gareth: "The Inbetweeners."
Steve: "That 70's Show."
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
Glynn: "Ben Stiller."
Jamie: "Dylan Moran."
Gareth: "Mike Myers."
Steve: "Tom Hanks."
Favourite food?
Glynn: "Steak."
Jamie: "Cake."
Gareth: "Curry."
Steve: "Pizza."
Football team?
Glynn: "Man U/Aberdeen."
Jamie: "Don't have one."
Gareth: "The only sport I like is tiddlywinks."
Steve: "Man United/Aberdeen."
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