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 Lectures find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The band consists of Jake Card, Liam Evans, Elliot Noble and Jacob Norris. We are from Tunbridge Wells, and three of us met at school there. The name ‘Lectures’ doesn’t have much significance really, it’s just something that stuck a long time ago.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We probably had quite different musical diets growing up - but now there are touchstones such as Radiohead, Darkside, and Preoccupations. That said, like any band would say, we’re influenced by loads of different artists, and it all seeps in somehow.
How would you describe your sound?
Hazy experimental pop music.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
It’s a song called ‘Your Whatever’, and it came about through chopping up and rebuilding old song that we never finished. The main vocal sample at the start actually came from a cover that Jake made of ‘O Superman’ by Laurie Anderson.
What’s your local music scene like?
We’re really fortunate to have a music venue in our town - The Tunbridge Wells Forum. It’s an amazing space to perform in, and it’s generously acted as our incubator for the past couple of years. If you’re ever in Tunbridge Wells, go see a show there.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Following the EP release we hope to play a lot more shows in the new year, and to put out a lot more music. The usual band stuff.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
An arranger/instrumentalist of some sort - Colin Stetson is incredible.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We once played to a near-empty club in Hastings, and all through our set some guy was making the sound that Zoidberg from Futurama does.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We smell nice.
You can find out more about Lectures at their website or via Facebook, Instagram, iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.