Interview - Lapels

Nathan - Guitar/vocals/writing, Andy - Guitar/vocals/writing, Will - Bass and Adam - Drums

- Tell us about your latest release All things down to you.
The inspiration behind that song is just wanting to get up and do it really. It’s that simple. Andy had the basic idea for the song so he came round to my house for a couple of days and we just sat in my music room, drank a load of beers and bashed it out. It all came together roughly within that one night and it was one of the most enjoyable songs to write because it seemed to all just come together so easily - Nathan

- How would you describe your sound?
It’s always difficult to describe our sound as we don’t want to pigeon-hole ourselves, but there’s definitely influences from the greats of the 60’s, 70’s, 90’s and 00’s guitar bands. Nathan

- What do you write about?
Life generally… the ups and downs of everyday people. We write about the ‘normal’ things that people can relate to in their everyday lives; experiences that everyone has encountered at some point - Nathan

- What do you listen to when you are home?
Andy and I (Nathan) tend to listen to a lot of the bands you would expect us to listen to, but it depends on the situation really… There’s plenty of nights where we may get in from the pub and we’ll cycle through loads of different types of music from all decades but at the end, we always end up listening to our favourite soul records or whacking a Beatles album on. Nathan

- Your favourite live performance so far?
I’d say it’s a toss-up between three so far which was supporting Echobelly at The Venue in Derby, supporting Luka State at The Bodega in Nottingham and Supporting Louis And The Shakes at Folklore in London. I like them all for different reasons but I always remember playing those gigs. Nathan

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage
A lot happened during our time in the studio, so it’s difficult to remember all of it, but one story that comes to mind is a particular day when we were recording vocals for a couple of tracks and at midday, everyone decided to go down to the pub for a quick pint as it was a nice day… but we ended up staying in there for around six hours. Andy then nipped back to the studio with the producer (Michael Smith) to carry on recording vocals whilst we all stayed in the pub. A few hours passed and Andy and Michael joined us back in the pub where we stayed until the early hours of the morning, but it all came to a halt when Adam started a fight with a local and Andy tried to dismantle the garden gazebo, at which point our manager had to smooth it all over and get us back to the studio for a few more beers. We find it funny mostly because we were put in a studio in the most secluded countryside area which pretty much consists of a street and a pub and we still somehow managed to cause trouble. Nathan

- Your favourite albums?
As a group, some of our favourite albums would be:
Village Green - The Kinks
Up The Bracket - The Libertines
Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not - Arctic Monkeys
Moseley Shoals - Ocean Colour Scene

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Probably someone like Gaz Coombes from Supergrass. Always seemed like a sound bloke and I’m sure he’s got plenty of good stories. Nathan

- What would you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth?
Probably just the standard stuff really… beers, cigarettes and food and plenty of it. Nathan

- What are your plans for the next future?
Going on to bigger and better things really… hopefully getting more high-profile things and playing up and down to country. Nathan

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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