Saturday, 25 March 2017

New Music Review #36

Here we are with ten more songs you need to hear!

Alexander James - Faith

'Faith' is a cool little indie number with a dramatic driving rhythm and a gritty feel that works well with James' harmonies and perky pop-indie vocals. (6.5/10)

Alison Krauss - Losing You

With tinges of country, 'Losing You' is a gentle, atmospheric ballad that showcases to great effect Krauss' beautiful voices. Stripped back and simple, it's a delightful ballad with a retro throwback with modern production twists. (7/10)

The Amazons - Black Magic

Sounding like a cross between the Wombats and the Arctic Monkeys, this gritty rock-indie song doesn't perhaps have a huge memorable chorus but the general style and solid production effects make up for that. (6.5/10)

Casey Lowry - Trampoline

'Trampoline' is a sweet little indie song with a positive, upbeat chorus, and a strong electro-pop vibe and drum pattern that will raise a smile with its simple instrumental and quaint lyrics but ultimately fun feel. (7/10)

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This

I'm not a huge fan of the music of the Chainsmokers, and I'm sure people will have their own opinions on the sound of Coldplay, but together they've created quite a fun and perky indie-dance track that actually merges their strengths together into a cool pop hit. (7/10)

Frances - No Matter

'No Matter' is a mixture of things - electronic effects, vocal trickery, and indie vibes - that come together in a fun, perky and quirky song, held together by Frances great sunny vocals. (6.5/10)

Maren Morris - My Church

Continuing the increasing rise in popularity of country music, Maren Morris delivers 'My Church', balancing the attitude and guts of Kasey Musgraves with a more traditional country sound. Catchy, quirky but thoroughly country this is a great sing-a-long ditty that will please the country classic fans and those who prefer a more modern take. (7/10)

Martin Jensen - Solo Dance

It's chorus might be as generic and off-the-shelf as many other dance numbers but the choruses are catchy and uplifting, and the lead vocals sweet and involving. Worth a spin. (7/10)

Megan Lara Mae - Mask

If you want a track that's smooth and relaxing sung by a singer with a beautiful voice then you could do far worse than this great little song. It's choruses is perhaps not as big as you'd expect but the vocal work is great and emotive. (7/10)

Take That - Giants

Take That have taken a bit of influence from their recent collaboration with Sigma in this latest single as it has a stronger electronic focus than we may have had before, though it's still as poppy as you'd expect from the lads. It's safe, radio-friendly and generic, but it's still a worthwhile distraction from the man band. (7/10)

New Music Review #35

More music for your listening pleasure!

Alesso - Falling

'Falling' is not massively revolutionary - it's a pretty by-the-numbers dance track - but it's catchy and danceable enough to hold together, held together by the alluring lead vocals. (6/10)

Circa Waves - Fire That Burns

'Fire That Burns' is not their best but it's another perky little pop song with indie overtones that give it a bit more bite. (6/10)

Flo Rida feat. Sage The Gemini - Game Time

Let's by honest: the lyrics are naff, the production cliched, and the vocals heavily autotuned, but there's something catchy about the record amongst its absurdity, though not sure about the dubstep-basketball-sound-effect breakdown. (6/10)

Gary Barlow - Yorkshire

Taken from the new 'Calendar Girls' musical, this song might be a little cliched (and that's coming from someone who is from and live in Yorkshire) but its stripped back, jaunty, tongue-in-cheek tone is fun and singable. (7.5/10)

Lana Del Rey - Love

Don't expect anything different in sound from Del Rey with 'Love'. It's once more dark, slow and depressing but aside from the lacklustre breakdown it's a pretty smooth and relaxing little indie number, though it's definitely more of the same. (6.5/10)

Linkin Park feat. Kiiara - Heavy

Quite relaxed by Linkin Park's standards, this might split the fan base after something louder, screamier, rappier and, ironically, heavier, but the balance of vocals and the stripped back feel works for me. (7/10)

Marc Almond - A Kind Of Love

It's been a while since Marc Almond has been in the musical public eye but with new music like this fun, poppy number he's clearly been missed. A simple but optimistic little pop number. (7/10)

Mike Posner - In The Arms Of A Stranger (Grey Remix) 

It's not a huge departure from his previous singles in terms of sound (once more a remix adds extra flavour to the record) but it's bouncy production with layered vocals in different styles gives it some gusto that carries it well. (6.5/10)

Pitbull feat. Stephen Marley - Options

This slow and sultry number is actually really Stephen Marley's piece and Pitbull's contributions are pretty unnecessary and the song's better without him. (6.5/10)

Young Astronaut - Chasing El Dorado

Initially coming across as quite a slow and maudlin piece, 'Chasing El Dorado' quickly grows into a building, evocative and well produced slice of indie with some western cinematic undertones and a dark, broody appeal. (7.5/10)

Friday, 24 March 2017

KBPS Interview: Young Astronaut

Young Astronaut are a diverse indie outfit. With stark soundscapes, storming percussion and mesmerising guitars we spoke to co-founding member Chris about their new music

Could you tell us a little about your new single?
We’ve put two out. The first one is ‘Chasing El Dorado’ which is actually the opening track to our new album which is going to be called ‘A Gold Frontier’ and the second track we put out is called ‘The Chronicles of Fall and Glory’. The first song (Chasing El Dorado) is like a travelling song, and the first song we recorded for the album. It was one of those songs where we had an idea of how we wanted it to sound before we went into the studio. We were working with our producer Jack Swan and he had a few ideas to make the chorus really percussive so we focussed on that when we were in the studio and it came out as this blend of indie and strong percussion.

Do you have a preference over either single?
We released ‘Chasing El Dorado’ because we thought it was quite representative of the album as a whole, in terms of the sounds of the tracks, and the sounds we were making on the album, so that’s why we chose it as the first single. ‘The Chronicles of Fall and Glory’ is poppier and a little simpler than our other songs. We tend to write more complicated songs but on this one we stripped it down so there’s a heavy melodic piano that runs throughout, and we left it quite sparse. We wanted to release that to see how people would react as it’s different from what we did on the last album, so we picked it as it was quite approachable and with a different sound.

Your album ‘A Gold Frontier’ is out on the 7th April. What was the recording process like?
It was interesting. It was very different to our last album. We actually recorded it in two halves, starting 2014. We finished off the second half last year. A lot of the instrumentation was done in the studio and I did my vocals in our drummer’s cupboard. He recorded all the vocals so we could spend a bit more time getting the vocals how we wanted them to sound and spend more time doing over-dubs and harmonies, and doing some experimentation.

We also had a choir as well which was cool. I think there were about fifty of them that we recorded. We used brass and strings as well. It was a little bit more relaxed than our last album. We didn’t go in with a set number of days that we had to record things in. By splitting it up over a couple of years we actually took time to listen back to the tracks to see if we needed anything more, and to listen back to the tracks. So there’s a lot of layers on the songs.

Has having that time and freedom helped with making the album like you’d want it to be?
Having time to reflect on the songs [helps]. After you’ve been in the studio and you initially do the tracks, and hearing them after the demo phrase, and hearing them quite big, it can sometimes trick you into thinking that you’re completely happy with how everything sounds. But with time to reflect back and listen to them, you can think ‘actually if we try this or do something like that’ it was a good way to go.

For ‘Chasing El Dorado’ there’s a great roller disco themed video. What was that like to make?
That was a really fun video to show. We rented the roller rink for the entire time. It was shot in Essex; we didn’t really have a huge budget. Everything we did was self-funded. But they let us have the entire place for the day. But we’d also read online that it was Europe’s largest roller rink and at that time we basically had no one to be in the video. So we had this giant roller rink and this concept for the video, but we didn’t have anyone to be in it!

We were concerned at first then we actually put an advert out on our Facebook page for roller-skaters who wanted to be in the video and we got a massive response. All the local papers picked it up and the local roller skating communities picked it up and advertised it, and we ended up getting lots of people down. We sent about 200 e-mails so it was way more than we thought for a small band advertising a music video, and a lot of people wanted to get involved. We should have put on the advert we didn’t want any children in it as we had a lot and couldn’t account for their safety with what we wanted to do; it would be tricky in terms of insurance. So we decided to send a lot of generic ‘we know your child is probably a great roller skater but they can’t be in our video’ e-mails. The response was incredible.

We had a choreographer down (called Ady). He’d choreographed the MTV awards just before that and he’d done lots of really interesting things for the Post Office, and had been in Starlight Express so was a competent skater himself. So he came down, and we didn’t really think we needed to choreograph it so we were really glad to have him down. That was a really interesting shoot, and was a really fun experience.  We did it all in around six hours and we had the song through the actual roller disco speakers and the whole place was like it was stuck in the 90s. It was so authentic, so visually our director was really happy as there were so many exciting things to film.

You have live dates coming up in April including your album launch party. How would you describe your live sound?
I’d say it’s bigger than we’ve ever had before, as on our previous albums we were more on the folky-side of our music. We played a lot of acoustics. We’ve now got an electric set-up so it’s a lot punchier, and we’ve integrated a lot of the electronics we used on the album into our live sound. We have tried to portray that as best as we can, so it’s basically a punchier performance than what we were doing before.

Finally what are your big ambitions for the rest of 2017?

We’re going to try and play as many songs as we can; get as many people to hear the album as much as possible as we’ve put a lot into it and get it out there in whatever ways we can. We have a festival date at Teddy Rock festival – a smallish charity festival – but there’s some big headliners like Twin Atlantic and Scouting For Girls. We’re going to play that festival and hopefully do some more shows over the summer.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KBPS Interview: Felin

You have a new single out called ‘Shackles’ – how would you describe it?
It was written and produced by myself and we released it on International Women’s Day because in this time, in the world today, I think it’s important to put a light on all the things that is going on with women’s rights and the song is about trying to break free of all the shackles and just do what you want to do, and not be afraid of what everyone else thinks, or this is how women are supposed to be, or supposed to act.

Did you write with International Women’s Day in mind or did that come after the song was written?
When I wrote the song I was in a dark place at the time and I went to a therapy session and they said that maybe I should do something else but music for a while and I went home, and for the first time in a long time I wrote a song which became ‘Shackles’. It’s about fighting battles that seem impossible to win and overcoming things and finding the strength to carry on. I’ve always wanted to release a song on International Women’s Day and this was the perfect song for it.

How would you describe the overall sound of Felin?
‘Shackles’ is a slower song as usually Felin is raw, loud, pop music with influences of rock and punk and I loved the rawiness and the edginess. But I started writing music just by playing music and singing so I had that inside me, so ‘Shackles’ is a purer song but it still has the feel that Felin music has.

You mentioned earlier about the production; is that a part of the musical process you enjoy?
I produce a lot of the music myself but I also enjoy working with others because I love to be able to share ideas with other people and get into all these different vibes. But I produced ‘Shackles’ by myself.

Do you have any live dates coming up?
We’re going to do some festivals here in Sweden in the summer and hopefully we’ll do something in the UK as well! We’re doing things in Sweden now but we’d really like to come over.

What are your big ambitions for 2017?
We’re in the studio now working on new music and the plan is to release that this year and play live more, and take on bigger and bigger stages and see the project involve.

What format will future music take?

The plan is to release an EP later in the year but for the moment it’s working on the singles.

Click here to find out more about Felin.

KBPS Interview: SQRD

SQRD is an exciting electropop project based in Stockholm. We spoke to SQRD about their new single 'Together'.

Your new single is called ‘Together’. How would you describe it?
It’s a cosy track and I had real fun creating it. It’s more vocal with a happier melody than my previous tracks, and it’s a song to turn on when you’re relaxing, if you’ve had a rough day, and want to chill out!

How has your sound developed from your Gold EP?
I think it just came about. Maybe it was me developing as a person that was reflected in it. [My latest EP] was a darker sound without that many vocals. I tried to make the vocals more prominent in the mix and also as part of the track, and a bit more happy. It’s not happy, but happier!

The song is about the fear of losing people?
I had some people that I used to hang out with and then I moved to Stockholm from Berlin and there were so many people I still wanted to hang out with, and it was the fear of losing them.

Have you got any live dates coming up?
So far with SQRD I’ve never performed live. I have been performing live with previous bands.

Will you be touring?
I’ll see how things go. My private life is quite demanding so I’m doing a lot of travelling and I don’t really have the capacity to plan for a tour.

Will there be a video for ‘Together’?
Yes, a video is coming. We did it during the summer time so it will be a very relaxed video, filmed in Sweden in the beautiful nature. I’ll be really glad to share it when it comes out!

What are your big ambitions for the rest of 2016?
I would like to play live and do it, because I’ve been doing this project for over a year, so I should start playing live!

You mentioned previous acts before; what they were like?

They were a different type of music, jazz guitar! We had an ensemble, of jazz standards, and I played a lot of classical music before. So this music is more my own baby and not someone elses!

Find out more about SQRD on Facebook.

Monday, 20 March 2017

KBPS Interview: Glenn Hodge Banned

Describing himself as ‘original Antifolk kinda stuff with hints of Billy Bragg’ Glenn Hodge Banned has a new single out called ‘Faces on Tables’ and we got chance to speak to him about the new record, plans for the future, and an exciting upcoming crowdfunded campaign.

You have a new single out called ‘Faces on Tables’. How would you describe it?
Personally to me it’s a bit of an adventure, a little bit of a journey concerning me and a few friends in the distant past. I’m sure anybody else who hears the tune will make up their own story to it which people often do, which I think is great. It’s a bit of a toe-tapper. It’s Billy Bragg-esque. Some of my work is Billy Bragg-esque. Not all of it, but I’m told that’s what comes across. There’s a punky vibe. It’s not one to sit down to; it’s one to get up and have a move about to.

You mentioned there Billy Bragg; is there a political side to your music?
Some of it. I’m more of a social commentator than full on political in what I’m singing about, but of course it’s difficult not to have a slight opinion at the minute, whoever you are. Everyone’s a lot more aware now so it’s a lot easier to make a few comments and have people aware of what you’re talking about as opposed to maybe a decade or so ago. You go to a gig, you go to a festival and someone is banging on about something that’s happened politically in that environment and nobody had a clue what they were talking about but now you can get away with a lot more: you can say what you’re thinking and what you’re feeling and some people are down with that, so there’s a definitely a little bit in there.

You mention online that you have punk influences; is that important to you musically?
I’m not a big fan of punk music. I like it, but I think it’s more about the attitude that goes with it. I love folk music but the folk world doesn’t seem to love me. I’ve been describe as anti-folk and there’s always this underlying feeling of, not aggression, but there’s a little bit of something in there in the music. It’s not something I try to put in, it’s just my personality coming through in the music, which is what you want! There are so many nice records out there and I’m sick to death of them! It’s alright sounding nice here and there but I think every now and again you’ve got to give it some.

Going back to Billy Bragg, he’s been very positive about your work?
Yes, that’s always very nice to hear. He probably won’t even remember me now after saying that but it’s nice to have someone like that saying something positive about you as there are always negatives flying around no matter who you are. I’ll take anything and everything. I’m getting my name out there more and more. Having someone like that saying something about you gives you a little lift and reminds you that you’re on the right track, especially if you’re looking up to these characters.

As well as your studio work, you have some live dates coming up. How would you describe your live sound?
It’s all about live for me. I only record songs because I have to. I don’t enjoy being in the studio; I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed once being in the studio getting something down. I enjoy the finished product sometimes but most of the time I’m not crazy about it. It’s all about being on stage for me and interacting with people and getting them to feel something, whether they walk out half way through, sometimes in my first song as it’s not for everybody. Or whether they stay to the end and I have a fan for life. It’s about that forty minutes that you’re with this guys and the record is just a bit of a pesky by-product that you have to do these days if you’re going to be recognised and validated. It’s all about the live performance. There’s a lot of energy, I don’t take it too seriously. I like to have a bit of fun and if people are willing to have a bit of fun and go on a vibe with me then it’s generally a good laugh.

If anyone wants to see me live and if they’re coming to London, or London-based, I’m playing on the 27th April in the Spice of Life in Soho which is a great venue. Dylan has played there as well as lots of great characters through the years. I’m playing with a band called Heavyball so it’s going to be a proper good night.  They’ve got all sorts of stuff out and they’re off on a European tour the day after that gig. They’re great live, and I think they’re going to do a cover of ‘Faces on Tables’ at the gig and I’m looking forward to that. It’ll be something different seeing someone else’s presentation. I think a few years ago I wouldn’t have been too keen on that but it’s nice to have someone interested in my work and putting their own vibe to it.

What are your follow-up plans for the single?
I’m doing a Kickstarter campaign. I’ve had some really nice folk from the Bright Brothers and these guys have helped me make a really quirky Kickstarter video. I’m doing a crowdfunded campaign to pay for this record. Up until now, as an independent folk artist, I’ve funded everything myself out of my own pocket but I want to make a proper album. Just to have a proper body of work. The whole album process is a tough slog but I want to get to the end of that, to have a body of work to show to people and show them what I am and say ‘stick this in your car!’. I’m hoping with the gigs that I’m playing and with the following that I have, that I can get what I need and get something that I can be proud of it out there. It will be live soon, possibly mid-April. I’ve recorded a free single that I’m going to give away with it and I’m just waiting for that to be mixed and mastered. Once that’s done and the video is edited I’m ready to go!

Finally do you have any big ambitions for the rest of 2017?

My focus has to be to enable myself to move myself forward. The Kickstarter campaign is this spring so realistically it’ll be summer before I can start making the record so by the time it’s made, mixed and mastered I’ll be looking at Christmas, or maybe 2018, before I can take it on tour. That’s not that far away and time is flying by, but it’s all about sticking to one thing at a time and then the end game is taking that on tour and move up the ladder which I’ve been doing all these days.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

KBPS Interview: MONA

Nick Brown, Zach Lindsey and Jordan Young make up MONA, an exciting band from Nashville. Ahead of their gig this month in Leeds we spoke to them about their music.

You are playing the Wardrobe in Leeds later this month. How would you describe your live sound? 

Your most recent EP and lead single was called 'In The Middle'. What was the inspiration behind the song? 

It's had a big reaction on Spotify - what's it been like to have that for your song?

Was the video a fun experience to record?

Do you have a particular favourite track on the EP?

You have an American tour starting in April; how do dates there compare to the UK?

Do you have any further live dates planned for the summer?

Have you got any follow-up album plans at all?

What's the best place for people to find out more about your music?

Finally, do you have any big ambitions for the rest of the year?

Monday, 13 March 2017

KBPS Interview: Dan Owen

Shrewsbury-based singer-songwriter Dan Owen is preparing to embark on a UK tour which includes the Oporto in Leeds on 12th April. We got the chance to speak to him about his new single 'Moonlight' and his upcoming live dates.

Your new single is ‘Moonlight’. How would you describe it?
It's a really slow tempo song. I always say it has an around the campfire sort of feel.  Quite simple guitar picking but a pretty demanding vocal. 

What was your inspiration behind the lyrics?
It is a love song of sorts. With some darker undertones. People tend to project their own meaning onto songs which I think is really good thing. It means they relate to the lyrics more and create an emotional connection. Sometimes I don't want to ruin their vision of the song by explaining too much.

The video features footage from your tour; how did that all go?
The footage came out of 2 tours, one was from a Birdy support tour and the other half was from a tour with Kaleo, they were both really awesome tours with amazing crowds and artists. Touring is my favourite part of my job. I get to travel, meet great people and sing to my hearts content!

What’s your most memorable moment from the tour or the one you’re currently on?
On the tour I'm on now (which is my first ever headline European tour) to stand on stage at the Paradiso in Amsterdam and hear people in a different country singing my songs back at me has been a memory I will never forget. Singing a duet with Birdy every night of the tour is going to be pretty hard to beat too!

You’re playing Leeds on the 12th April; what can people expect from your live sound?
A mix of up-beat sing along/clap along sometimes stomping tunes and sometimes more intimate slow songs. A bit of harmonica too :)

You have a new EP out called ‘Open Hands and Enemies’. Is ‘Moonlight’ reflective of that release as a whole? 
We called the EP that because two of the songs were written in a way of putting out your hands wanting to bring someone in, and the other two are about pushing someone away. So I suppose it is pretty representative of half of the release? 

You’re involved with Burberry Acoustic as well. How did you get involved with that
We got together over London fashion week and I went to one of their shows to sing them some songs live as well as recording the video session. It was an awesome day and they gave me a free outfit! :)

Your Facebook page has shots of you out and about. Are you a keen walker? Where’s your favourite place to go? Does that help you with songwriting?
I really like being outdoors, I grew up in Shropshire so hills and fields have always been a big part of my life, and it's usually the first place (and my favourite place) I go to unwind when I get back from tour. It is hard to not feel inspired when you're out there.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017? Any album hopes?
Definitely going to be recording a lot of songs through the summer along side a few festivals and really hoping to get something released towards the end of the summer with another big tour at the end of the year! 

Finally do you have a big dream for the year you’d love to achieve?
I would love to have a song get going on the radio. It would also be awesome if I could play to so many new people that every night of my next tour sells out. That would be really amazing.

Find out more about Dan Owen on Facebook.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

KBPS Interview: Hands of Industry

Hands Of Industry came together in Yorkshire during the summer of 2014, and have welded their influences of 90s dance music with 80s synth and dark wave to create their own unique and modern sound. Drawing favourable comparisons with the likes of New Order, Depeche Mode and The Sisters of Mercy, the band describe their music as "Dark Dance" – a fusion of driving acoustic drums, catchy synth hooks and samples that provide an imposing and atmospheric backdrop to the dark vocals and lyrical content. We spoke to lead singer Paul from the band about their upcoming new release ‘I Swear’.

You have a new single out on the 31st March called ‘I Swear’. Where did the idea for this song come from?
It comes lyrically from some experiences I’ve had working in psychology from working with people with pathological jealousy, so it’s a song that’s very much about control and how relationships can start out with the victim of pathological jealous feeling that their partner is wanting to do everything for them, that they’re looking after them, that they’re going to protect them, and gradually as that control takes hold and that person starts to understand and realise they are being controlled that they try to get out of that relationship, and you see the controller getting more and more threatening. I guess it’s quite a dark song, as you might have gathered from listening to it.

With the music, it’s just very typical of the Hands of Industry sound. It’s dark dance / alternative dance. We wanted to make it a combination and I hope we’ve achieved that.

You’ve mentioned dark dance. How would you define that?
If you think about bands like Depeche Mode, certainly towards the latter end of their career. Obviously they’re still going and they’re still fresh, and still a huge band, but as they got a bit darker themselves they’re music started to become much more dance-orientated in how their songs were structured and what was behind the lyrical content, which has always been amazing. But if you try and think about a combination of Depeche Mode and New Order, and I think what we’ve always tried to do is combine a dark lyric, a serious lyric, with a big anthemic dance backdrop, a dance theme that’s holding the lyrical content up. They’re songs that mean things to people and have a relevance to a larger audience en-masse, and songs that people can dance to.

Your songs have a fusion of 80s and 90s; was that an intentional decision?
I think we’ve tried to use all our influences. There’s very much an 80s and 90s comparison that we do keep getting which is absolutely fantastic as these are eras that mean a lot to us, and where we get most of our inspiration from, certainly from my perspective. I’m a huge Depeche Mode fan. I absolutely adore them, but also bands like Sisters of Mercy and New Order. Our drummer is a huge dance fan, he’s really into the Chemical Brothers, Bad Gadget and bands like that. And Brad, the keyboard player, he loves his Kraftwerk and he’s a huge electronica fan. It’s the right blend of personnel in the band as all the right ingredients for the sound come together. We feel it’s certainly not pastiche, and most definitely something deliberately that we’ve tried to make as an evolution from those influences.

Going back to songwriting, do your songs mostly come from your experiences?
I’ve worked in a lot of different areas of psychology, so I’ve had lots of experience working in forensics, working in quite complex psychology difficulties, and some not so complex. But I guess you’ve got to use your own personal experiences as well so I wouldn’t say it’s purely as an observer; the lyrics don’t come from an observer perspective completely. Some songs come from personal experience as well, which is another important thing for us as a band, that the songs aren’t generic. We want these songs to have impact and to connect with people. I hope that that comes across in the lyrical content.

The single launches at the end of the month; are there any plans for an accompanying video?
Yes! We’re currently in talks to shoot a video. We’re just in the process of getting storyboards together which is all very exciting for us. It’s an opportunity for us all to get our heads together and get some ideas based around what the song is about, which I guess is a challenge. We’re currently in talks now with some people to make sure the video truly reflects what the band is about, and to showcase us as well, to show who we are and what the dynamic is between the three of us, which is a really great dynamic. The story itself is going to be an interesting one when it gets to the video. We’re all looking forward to seeing how that comes about.

Away from your music I believe you qualified for Mensa at the age of seven?
Yeah! I don’t remember it as a seven year old, but this is what has been told to me as I’ve been growing up. I went to a school for gifted children. I spent a lot of my time in Ireland. It’s a curious thing and something I’ve learned to play down as I’ve got older, but as they say, it is what it is!

Your drummer also contributed to the name of your act, with his hand movements…
Adam is a phenomenal drummer. [The hand gesture] is something Adam’s done from the very beginning and he’s all got us doing that now, and it’s really effective and fits with us. It’s really different and I think it looks really good on camera, but it’s something he’s done way before he joined the band and has stayed with him, and has become part of our normal repertoire.

You have tour dates coming up in March and April. How does your live sound compare to your studio work?
It’s interesting. We recorded with Ian who’s a huge producer and has been involved with so many different projects, even right back to the Hit Factory. He’s worked with Kylie Minogue and various other people which was quite interesting for us, as a dark dance band how the songs would sound made for radio, but Ian’s been absolutely amazing and thankfully the kind of music we do is the kind of music Ian is really into, so it was a nice change for him to work with music that fits with his musical taste. What you hear on the radio is structured in such a way that it’s a combination reflecting on who we are and what we say as a band, but also making the music as interesting as we can make it for the listener.

Our live sound is very powerful. One of the things we’ve always tried to do on stage is to create a wall of sound that’s defined, but is really powerful, which is everything that we want to do. We want people to feel it musically, but we want them to feel it lyrically as well. Though we’re a three piece the sound that you’ll get from us is absolutely massive. The one thing we also want to include is anthemic pieces in songs that really uplift people. As dark as the lyrics are we want people to feel uplifted by the songs at the same time.

Following the single release have you got any plans for an EP or album release?
Alongside [the single] we have a fantastic remix by Mark Thwaite who has done an MGT German remix. It’s superb and again very dark. We’ve also got another remix – a night remix  – by Jake Neutron, which has much more of a house-feel to it, a real fall-to-the-floor sound that I’m sure people will love. We’ve got another two singles coming out after ‘I Swear’, though the release dates aren’t set in stone yet. We’ve got lots of stuff in the pipeline musically. We’re working on an album at the moment which is nearly finished, so we’re hoping once these singles are released we’ll be in more of a position to talk about an album release.  

Finally, what are your big ambitions for the rest of 2017?
One of things for us now, is we want to be a big band! We want a lot of people to like us, to listen to us, and to hear our songs and for it to mean something to them. We love playing live. We love the idea that [the song] is going out to a much larger audience on the radio. What we’d love to do this year is to generate the right amount of interest to allow us to work on this full time. It’s something that we love and feel passionate about as a band, and it’s something inate, and part of who we are, and a very natural kind of job to have if we can focus on this as a professional band, which is something we’re definitely looking for at the moment. And some bigger tours, and hopefully these things will materialise in the very near future!

Find out more about Hands of Industry at and hear the interview in full on BCB 106.6FM on Saturday 11th March at 6pm.