Electro-Pop isn't something that I'm really familiar with as a rule. However, I'll listen to everything and anything on the quest for new music to put on the show. So when I mentioned that I run a podcast about new music and was searching for talent on a Facebook group run by EV from Faitala, she was quick to mention that she played in a band. I had a listen and heard some great stuff from her and fellow band members, frontman David (Faitala) and Drummer Oli.
It took a while to arrange the interview but when Faitala were in Nottingham for a headline show at The Bodega, we were finally able to speak!
P.S. For those of you interested in podcasting, you can find a link to EV's Facebook Group HERE.
I came across Nieves through social media, and I'm really glad that I did. A chance encounter with a friend's Facebook wall (thanks Ross) led me to the video for 'Legs and Arms' on youtube. I was instantly drawn in by the simple yet effective piano motif at the beginning of the song. The gradual addition of the guitar, vocals and drums brings the song to a crescendo that peaks in a really catchy chorus. I wanted to hear more and listened on Spotify and was impressed at the overall standard of songwriting and arrangement on the EP Matriarch.
At this point I knew I wanted to interview the band and feature them on an episode, so I set about getting in touch with them, finding out initially that they were from Glasgow and by chance that they were playing their first ever show outside of Scotland, right here in Nottingham the next week. Fate, one may say? In any case we spoke and managed to arrange an interview prior to their packed out show at Rescue Rooms. A venue with great sound which allowed an excellent live recording of the show. (See video below & listen to episode to hear)
I met Michael through Jason Loftus of new Nottingham internet radio station NGDigital. He's got a keen ear for a tune and is a big fan of British rock musicians like Oasis and Paul Weller. These influences shine through in his songwriting and arrangements. He recently released his debut EP 'You Find Out On Your Own', a collection of three original songs which were all self-written. The arrangements incorporate full rock band instrumentation, most of these instruments were played by Michael with the exception of the drums.
He may well be on the lookout soon for band members to take his show on the road, so interested musicians should watch this space!
This time, it's the turn of the indie rockers. The Young play an energetic brand of indie rock with a level of expertise that exceeds their age. Barely in their twenties they are sure to become a formidable act both on their local scene and beyond. I had an interesting chat to them about the strangest shows they have ever played...
Listen to the Proc-Cast above to hear more or click HERE to visit the SoundCloud page to download and listen later.
The Young's Facebook Page
The Young on iTunes
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