Amoeba Teen

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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 Mark from Amoeba Teen find out more about them…

Who is in the band/duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The band features Mark Britton on lead vocals and guitar, Mike Turner on lead vocals and lead guitar, Simon Muttitt on bass and Carl Bayliss on drums and backing vocals. The name came from album liner notes in an Imperial Drag album.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We loved artists like Jellyfish, Wilco, Teenage Fanclub and Neil Young, and they remain an important influence. When we first learnt to play Mike and I (Mark) liked classic blues rock bands such as Cream.

How would you describe your sound?
Hooks ’n’ harmonies.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our new single is (Coming On) Stronger. It’s a bit of a dig at alpha males and the stupid things they do to show their dominance. We all know the type - there’s even one running the US at the moment.

What’s your local music scene like?
Pretty healthy. We come from Stourbridge in the West Midlands which has a long and proud history of music. Claptrap is our local music venue and there’s lots of new music being made. It’s such a cool vibe and they really support the live music scene. You must pop in and say hello.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
This year we play the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Liverpool at The Cavern. We have a number of songs recorded and plan to release something this Spring. It’s more in keeping with our earlier stuff - sounding good so far!

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Not really - we’re happy doing our thang.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We once started a small riot in a pub. Someone took exception to our song and kicked off. Before we knew it chairs and glasses were flying. I remember playing as the person that had been thrown out the pub came flying back in through the doors and onto a table. It was pretty scary at the time, but a pretty rock n’ roll story looking back. We kept playing throughout.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We’d love your readers to get a free copy of our new single! For a limited time you can download an MP3 here: https://show.co/dRgXcUl

You can find out more about Amoeba Teen at their website or via Facebook, Instagram, iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.

Jenny Pugh