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 Vinyl Staircase 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?
VS comprises of George Ogle, brother Jake and Luke Andrews, and Michael Thorpe. We met down the local in Dorking town, which is where we reside. ‘Vinyl Staircase’ is an anagram of all of our names.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
George was birthed in the Hacienda so has been skanking to the beats from day one. We listen to a variety of different artists but our shared influences include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sunflower Bean, Ty Segall, Cal McRae and many more.
How would you describe your sound?
“Can I get a long wet hall reverb on the vocals please.”
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
‘Last I Heard' is our most recent single and it’s influenced by our lord and saviour Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr).
What’s your local music scene like?
Duncan Smith is the Kingpin of our local music scene. He’s books the goodest of good artists at the Boileroom, and he dons a gloriously well maintained moustache.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We just dropped an EP, which you can listen to anywhere and everywhere. Over the next 12 months we hope to release plenty more new tunes, videos, and play plenty more gigs.
Fri 23 Mar – Moth Club, w/ Imarhan, London
Sat 24 Mar – The Time Machine, BYD Pres, Wokingham
Sat 31 Mar – Shacklewell Arms, HP All Dayer, London
Mon 23 Apr – The Boileroom, w/ FOXE, Guildford
Sat 28 Apr – Are You Listening? Festival, Reading
Fri 25 May – The Boileroom, Guildford *Headline Show*
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Brian Wilson or Jonathan Rado.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Sometimes everything goes wrong… jokes…
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
Don’t piss in the well.