Sad Boys Club
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 Jacob from Sad Boys Club find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet and where are you from?
Mac (drums) and I (Jacob, singer) went to school together in North London and played in bands with Herz (guitar) all through our teenage years. We played a similar circuit to Jake (guitar)'s band so we were acquainted but didn't really know one another as he was based in Yorkshire; I was desperate to find someone to play guitar for us and reached out to him on a whim, three weeks later he'd moved to London. I met Pedro when he was working on a session of mine as an engineer for a separate project that never came together. He's from Rio, allegedly.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Pedro growing up in Brazil, and Jake in Yorkshire, our influences were all a bit disparate growing up. For us London lot it was Bloc Party, The Strokes, Bombay Bicycle Club... as a unit now I think there's a broader palette of stuff we each incorporate but frequently we reference Cocteau Twins, The Cure, The National, etc.
How would you describe your sound?
I don't really like doing so, so I wouldn't, and I won't.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The new single is called American Spirit, and the flipside is called Here Comes The S.A.D - I'm not so wild on diving crazily deep into these things prosaically, so I'll just say I think at the core of most of our work is the struggle, or in some instances just failures, to connect.
What’s your local music scene like?
I don't know that we have a local music scene, we definitely don't feel connected to one if there is. We like a lot of what's going on in London with Sorry, Shame, Showboy etc. but we don't feel a part of that. We're our own beast.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
12 months is a long time, I'm not so sure where I expect us to be a year from now. One month at a time, but hopefully some festivals.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Father John Misty. Why not.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We've only played seven or eight shows, so far they've gone alarmingly well - ask me again next year.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?