What are your names?
Matt (lead vocals and guitar),
Tom (guitar), Isaac (bass and backing vocals),
Dec (drums and backing vocals)
What is the band’s name?
How did you come up with the band’s name?
Busted released a single called Nineties and Matt thought the word looked good written down, and he could image a radio host or something saying ‘this is new from Nineties’. Proper Rockstar backstory.
What is your genre of music?
Indie synth guitar pop
Give us a little bio about you.
The lads have been making music with different people under the different names for a while now, us four played together for the first time in November 2019 and since then we’ve just been making music and playing at various places around the North West. We’re all of different ages so we’re all quite different in some ways but at the same time we get on really well and we’re all on a level with each other.
What made you go into music?
I think it has mainly been experiences of bands growing up like watching Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury in 2007 on tv when they were barely 21 stands out. Personally, every time I go to a gig or watch videos of live performances, it reinforces my goal to be doing that one day.
Who are your influences?
Bands like The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Blossoms, The Killers, Oasis, Kasabian, Kings Of Leon are massive influences on us all in terms of that indie/indie rock sound but a few of us are also into people like Frank Ocean and Post Malone, Isaac especially is into bands like Chic, Parliament Funkadelic, Jamiroquai. I feel like the growth of synth/guitar music over the past decade or so has really rubbed on us, and you can here that in some of our songs, especially the poppy sound of The 1975’s second album.
Are you a signed?
Your new single ‘Nightgown’ is out now, tell us more about the single. Nightgown has been in the band for years and was written after listening to a lot of the 1975, it’s a fairly simple song but its dead catchy and really fun to play.
What is the meaning behind the single?
It’s is about giving your all in a relationship and trying to make it last but not having the effort reciprocated, but you hold on in hope because you get teased and strung along. They say what you want to hear and show you what you want to see, and you fall for it.
Who did you work with on the single?
We went through the recording and producing process with Gareth Nuttall at The Lounge recording studio in Wigan, it was mastered by Grant at Fader Mastering. We also shot a music video with Matchbox Productions.
What was the writing and recording process like? the recording process was fairly quick, we made the snare sound really tight and cut the decay to get that kind of ‘80s/The 1975 sound. We also layered a lot of vocal harmonies and counter melodies which was something new for us which we really enjoyed.
Describe the track in two word.
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect from it? We will hopefully be finishing up a third single and after thatan EP within the next month or so, of course dependent on how the pandemic develops and the practicality of actually getting all of us together. Will probably be more uplifting pop songs as well as maybe something a bit different, I think the EP especially will allow us to experiment a bit from song to song.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
‘turn that fucking shit fog machine off’
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? Bar the obvious instruments etc, it’s the stupid stuff like pen and paper to write a setlist (or if we’re really on it that day, a pre-prepared set list), portable phone chargers, that kind of thing. Matt never seems to have his own plectrums or capos,so someone always has to have spares on them.