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WAVES recently released their second EP ‘Young Hearts‘, and we absolutely loved it (here’s our praising review). Unfortunately we couldn’t make it to the EP launch show but we did manage to get a few questions to the band about who they are, what they’re about and what they’ve got planned next:

 

So, Waves are a fairly well known band around the Island, but for those who still don’t know, who exactly are WAVES?

Waves are Liam Edgington (Bass and Vocals), Kyle Le Moigne (Guitar & Vocals), Benji Summers (Guitar & Vocals) and Tim Whittle (Drums), we formed in 2012 as four friends who enjoy playing music together, starting out as most bands do, jamming out songs we love and then it progressing into something more as we realised we had the sort of chemistry required to be a band and write our own music.

What kind of music do you play?

The term gets thrown around a lot with various different meanings, but we like to describe ourselves as an Alternative Rock band, our songs seem to always have the same Pop sensibility about them no matter what style we’re writing in, which is refreshing as we can write an entirely new song and it still feels like Waves.

 

Who or what are your influences?

What makes this band such a breath of fresh air to be in is that we all have different music tastes and influences, which we definitely feel comes across in our music, but as far as definitive influences on our sound i think we’d definitely have to say that on the new EP, Mallory Knox, Lower Than Atlantis and Moose Blood were all massive influences on our sound. (– I can definitely see the Moose Blood influence on the new album.)

 

You recently released your brand new EP ‘Young Hearts’, how was the launch gig itself? What do these songs mean to you, and how have you progressed as a band since the previous release?

We did! The launch party for Young Hearts was a huge success, there was a great turnout and the crowd were so lovely to us as always, we love putting on our own shows because we have the freedom to do what we like with the night, and the ‘Young Hearts’ launch was no different as we had two amazing support acts (Lewis Shepperd & Polar Maps) who are great friends of the band so it was great to get them in for a set too.

The songs mean a great deal to us, they’re a massive step up for us as a band of songwriters as we challenged ourselves to write the best songs possible for this release, rather than recording whatever songs we had, we made sure that only the best songs made it onto ‘Young Hearts’ – lyrically the theme of the EP is based around the theme of being young, being in love and having your heart broken, subjects that we’ve all been through in our lives, and whilst these songs aren’t particularly based on things that have happened to us as in past releases, we resonate with these songs as much as any other because they’re so universally relevant to our audience.

We feel like we’ve progressed massively as a band since our last release, we’re better songwriters and a better live band, but most importantly we’re much better critics of our own work, we’re really strict on ourselves and are the first ones to admit if something isn’t as good as it could have been, but now we sit and ask ourselves why it wasn’t as good and are always working to improve on our past efforts.

What are the next gigs coming up this year, any festival plans?

We’ve got some really exciting things in the pipeline for the rest of the year, we’re currently looking to book up another run of shows across the UK towards the end of the year as well as a couple of cool festival slots lined up, it’s safe to say it’s going to be hard to ignore us for the rest of the year!

 

What’s the best gig experience you’ve had as a band so far?

We’ve been lucky enough to play some awesome shows in some great venues in our three years as a band; Isle of Wight Festival, Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms and a couple of our self-promoted Island shows are definitely up there, but i think we’d all agree that the launch party for our debut self-titled EP was the best moment for us as a band so far, we managed to pack 120 people into The Wight Rock Bar in Ryde with more waiting outside to be let in, for a band who’d only played their first gig 8 months before, that was an incredible feeling.

 

Where is the best place for people to find you and your music? (website, facebook, youtube, bandcamp? Etc)

We’re everywhere! 

Facebook
Twitter
Youtube
Bandcamp
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Thanks a lot for answering our questions guys hopefully we can catch you soon, and thanks to all you fans for reading!

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Interview with – Pioneers

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Pioneers are set to play a huge headline show at The Loft tonight in Southampton. With support from Fret-Buzz favourites KICKS, this is going to be a gig to remember. So, to get you hyped for tonight, here’s an interview the guys we did a while back with a few pics so you know what to expect and what they look like.

Introduce yourselves

Hi, I’m Toby and I’m lead guitarist.

I’m Sam and I do the vocals.

I’m Charlie and I’m the drummer.

I’m Bailey and I play the bass.

Where are you guys from?

Were all from the Totton and Marchwood area in Southampton – so very local

How long have you been together?

About a year and a month – so not long. End of December 2016. We agreed on new years eve that year to make the band. We’ve done other things with other people before, but this is the only thing that’s really clicked from the beginning. A lot’s happened in a year.

How did you form together – what made it stick?

Sam said we should make the band – that was literally it. Charlie and Bailey just basically picked up an instrument and learnt it for the band. They didn’t play before. Baileys learnt the bass and Charlie’s learnt drums for the band. Me and toby have played guitar for a while with other people, we’ve done a lot of practising on our own but never had someone to fill the roles of a drummer and bassist. We actually did it for a couple of months in school, but Sam didn’t admit that he could sing so we gave up because we didn’t have vocals. Charlie then said he was learning drums again, Sam admitted he could sing, we were wowed, so we started again.

Biggest inspiration?

Our common interest is the Arctic Monkeys but our sound is made from everyones individual inspirations. Toby likes his more Pop Punk music, so when we go heavier that’s more inspired by him. I’m [Sam’s] more into Jamie T, Slaves. Charlie likes more Blossoms, Foals and bands like that. And Bailey only listens to Stereophonics.

You’ve had a single and EP out – how have they been received?

Take Time was really well received, it got on Radio 1, everyone loves that song and it always goes off when we play it. The EP has been taken really well too, a favourite seems to be To Be Cool – that’s the next song we’re pushing. All the tracks are so different so all the feedback we’ve had about each song has been from completely different people. It’s all been good feedback so we’re happy with that. We already know that Take Time is always going to be that song that people are waiting for at a show because it just got picked up so quickly by everyone.

Highlight of 2017?

Headlining The Joiners for the EP launch show – we sold it out at the end so I don’t think it could have gone much better. Meeting Liam Fray from The Couteeners because I’ve liked that band for ages and he sent us a tweet supporting us and telling us we’re going in the right direction.

What’s in store for 2018?

Well, what isn’t? We’re really pushing for festivals in the summer – I think that’s the next logical step for us exposure-wise because people who go to festivals are going for the experience rather than for a certain band, so it’s going to be more people discovering us for the first time. Hopefully there’ll be some news of that upcoming soon.

Literally booking as many gigs as possible. we’ve got our setlist now and we know it’s solid, so we’re trying to play as many shows as we can wherever it is. We have a big show at The Loft at the end of March with Atmos Music – that’s the next big step for us.

Favourite venue played?

It’s still The Joiners probably because of the sound quality and the music being in your face – the drums are loud, the guitars are loud, everyday loves it.

The Music Box in Salisbury is good too. It’s like some weird little night club. You play upstairs, it has sticky floors, and it’s quite busy – in Salisbury, the weirdest of places.

Recommend local bands?

Circus Of Five. They supported us at our last show and a lot of people came up to me and said they really liked that band play played before us. Cool guitar music, good drums, a nice lead singer. There’s the Dead Freights. They’re quite bluesy and quite rock n roll.

Posh Ellen, they’re a new band who seem to be quite good. And we do like Kicks as well, probably for their attitude, they have that rock n roll thing going on.

Why should people come to your gigs?

Firstly for the atmosphere. It’s just got better as we go on. There’s a sort of diehard amount of people who come to most shows, we didn’t think our music is the sort that you can bounce around to, but they seem to like to bounce around to it – they make it work.

The quality of the music is equal to the quality of the atmosphere and the crowd. A lot of people who don’t know our songs say they can still enjoy it based on the whole experience which gets us a really great reception.

Final words?

Listen to our EP and wait for some upcoming festival news. Keep an ear out, there may be another EP coming out at the end of the year.

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Tibican raising awareness for Lupus UK through release of charity single ‘Your Kisses Work’

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Tibican are a London based alternative indie band with a sound flatteringly likened to that of giants Foals and Wolf Alice. 

Consisting of Dom Scialo, Peter Saunby, Cathal Wharton, Tom McKay and Marc Saunders. Their Indie style coupled with their live performances make Tibican one of London’s most up and coming unsigned bands, earning them rave reviews along the way.

Their debut ‘When You Love Your Love’ was picked up by BBC Introducing and since featured on several international stations.

Regarding new single ‘Your Kisses Work’ the band explain:

“It’s been a long process but we’re ecstatic to finally announce the launch of ‘Your Kisses Work’ as part of our campaign to raise awareness for Lupus UK, The Lupus Foundation of America & St Thomas Lupus Trust”.

Lupus is a chronic and currently incurable auto-immune disease believed to be affecting thousands of people throughout the UK and about 5 million worldwide, of which 90% are female.

Having experienced within the Tibican family what life is like living with Lupus, they have decided to release their first charity single. All profits will be donated to the three charities mentioned above and we hope more people will become aware of the condition.

Available via all major online distributors and streaming services.

First 150 downloads will receive B-Side ‘Wolf’ FREE

Lupus UK: http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/join-lupus-uk-now/

Lupus Foundation of America: http://www.lupus.org

St Thomas Lupus Trust: http://www.lupus.org.uk/

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