Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Manchester unsigned band AFFAIRS find out more...
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
AFFAIRS are James Robinson (Vocals), Liam Grindell (Guitar, Vocals), Daniel Parker (Guitar, Synths), Jack Richards (Bass) and Michael Bradnam (Drums). We are originally from all over the UK but met at Hull Uni only to then relocate to rainy industrial Manchester which is miles more fitting for us musically. For the name we really just wanted something ambiguous and non-descript, to the point where you can’t really make a decision about what we sound like purely from the name alone. (Liam)
We love Life Of Leisure, what was the influence behind it?
Great to hear that you are digging it. Lyrically the track is about striving for the high life and the relentless chase for glory or success along with the inevitable lows that may follow. We think that this is something that everyone can relate to, the idea of bettering yourself and striving to be something more. On the musical side we really wanted to produce something that felt natural with tons more focus on the right tones and sounds. The track itself came out pretty easily and generally flowed so we want to try and roll with the natural free flowing feel. (Liam)
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Collectively I would say we have quite the varied mix. Personally I grew up surrounded by a lot of 80s music from my parents, so a love of synths has definitively developed over the years. We are all into quite varied things so it’s difficult to say that other bands directly influence our own music as that would be some mad sound that would come out. We tend to take more influence from the world around us, film, literature etc as it’s more open to interpretation. (Liam)
How would you describe your sound?
Doompop. Make of that what you will. (Liam)
What’s your local music scene like?
Manchester is pretty much a hive of everything. Pretty much something on every night of the week that we would like to go to if the wallet could handle it. The community is huge here which is great for always meeting new people. Awesome to see so many bands coming out of the city and do well. (Liam)
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We're working on a follow up single to Life of Leisure at the moment, which we're looking to release early next year. To be honest, we're in no rush to release an album yet as we want to make sure the timing is right. You might well even see another EP before then. Guess we enjoy keeping people waiting! (James)
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I guess the dream for me would have been David Bowie as he'll always be one of my heroes. In terms of current artists, I'm really into the new Bon Iver album at the moment. His voice is so drastically different to mine in terms of range, it would be cool to have a sing together and see what could happen. (James)
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Most of our funny stories are probably too rude/disgusting to repeat to be honest! Not long after we started out, we supported Alt-J at Fruit in Hull. It was probably our first big support slot so it's fair to say we were all a bit nervous. About two songs in, Dan (our guitarist) knocks their keyboard flying. If you're reading this guys, we're still very sorry! (James)
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
That we're all over the Internet like a fine smelling cologne, mostly under the handle @affairsband, where you can find all our stuff and when and where we're next playing. (James)