Declan Welsh & The Decadent West
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 Declan Welsh from the band Declan Welsh & The Decadent West 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 is me (Declan Welsh), Duncan McBride, Ben Corlett and Jamie Holmes. We met at different points actually, me and Ben have been pals since school, me and Duncan Uni, and we met Jamie through playing gigs in Glasgow. Me, Ben and Jamie are all from East Kilbride and Duncan is from Clarkston - which are all pretty much suburbs of Glasgow. The band name came from me first playing solo and then when the guys came on board, the whole sound changed and it became a band, so we christened those guys The Decadent West cos of the whole alliteration deal. Got a nice ring to it, DWDW.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My musical influences growing up ranged from Rage Against the Machine, to Billy Bragg, to Arctic Monkeys. The now it's a lot more lyric focused, I love people like Kate Tempest, Courtney Barnett, Angel Olsen, Parquet Courts, Ezra Furman, Goat Girl. I dunno about influence directly, but even folk like Nina Simone, Kendrick Lamar, Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Scott Walker, Marvin Gaye, all of the stuff you like I suppose goes in there and influences you in some way.
How would you describe your sound?
God knows, I mean it's obviously got shades of indie, from straight up to a bit more twee, post punk is a huge influence on how we sound, there's some new tunes with serious grooves in them, taking more from like LCD or The Rapture, I think the common thread is maybe reverby/chorusy guitars and the lyrical content.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
It's called 'Do What You Want', and the biggest influence behind the subject matter and lyrical content is just wanting to say something on tolerance, acceptance and being sex positive. It's an important moment for this generation to support trans rights and sex workers rights, and go be inclusive and open to all expressions of sexuality. Musically, it's got that kinda jazz minor 7th chord back and forth thing you find in a lot of soul and funk tunes, so I guess it's like a really white version of that haha. Celtic soul, maybe akin to that film 'The Replacements'.
What’s your local music scene like?
It's really decent aye, loads of great bands, cool venues, Glasgow seems to have a wave of really talented people coming through and we're all pretty apply. It's dead nice.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We're releasing an EP in June and doing the Great Escape in May. We're on tour right now in Scotland. I'm typing this reply from a tour bus. That's commitment right there.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Ehhhhh I mean Courtney Barnett, Alex Turner, Jarvis Cocker, Kate Tempest. Actually, James Murphy of LCD producing one of our tracks would be cool as fuck. Or maybe John Cooper Clarke doing some poetry.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
At one gig, a guy repeatedly asked us to play "Live Forever" by Oasis over and over again. He was steaming, and seemed a nice, if persistent, person. We don't do covers, so I said this. Still he requested. I then asked if this worked on any other bands. The crowd laughed, he laughed, we all laughed. I thought that would be the issue quashed. Once again, though, he asked for the song. So I just ended up introducing our last 5 tunes as "this one's Live Forever by Oasis" and then playing our own tune instead. He believed it every time. I sometimes wonder where he is now. If he's still at that same venue, if the one thing that can release him from his eternal limbo is a band playing that song. Maybe we should learn "Live Forever" by Oasis. It is a decent song, to be fair.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
That we pay everyone who comes to our gig or even streams a song £1000 cash via PayPal.