Sahara

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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 Megan from unsigned Dundee band Sahara to find out more…

Who is in the band and how did you meet?
Adam Campbell (vocals/guitar), Megan McNally (guitar), Matthew Tonner (bass). Myself and Adam have played music together for like 6/7 years, then we brought Matthew in at the beginning of this year through mutual friends.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
It was The View who started everything off for us when we were like 13/14. A Dundee band doing so well was something we were fascinated by. They’d cover songs by other bands who, because of this, we’d eventually we’d grow to love, and then it just became a knock-on effect from there. I also don’t think I know any band in Britain who hasn’t gone through a Libertines/Babyshambles/Oasis phase once in their youth. That was another necessary phase in shaping our music taste which kinda formed the basis/foundation for what we listen to today (though entirely different). The Strokes have always been a consistent influence too. At the moment, we’ve loving bands like Interpol, The Black Angels, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Neu, but for the past 6 months or so I’ve struggled to listen to much else other than Arcade Fire, and a boy from NYC who I recently discovered called Vlad Holiday.

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How would you describe your sound?
The first EP is just 3 jangly pop tunes.
The 2 singles we’ve put out this year could probably just be described as indie rock.
The sound of the music we’ve released probably isn’t the sound we actually want, although it’s the sound we wanted to go for at the time. This is where it becomes difficult, but nobody says you’re not allowed a clean slate for each release, so challenge accepted!

What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The single is called In Sufficiency. It came about by accident when we were rehearsing the night before we played TRNSMT Festival. With it being accidental, there was no conscious influences behind it, but by listening to it we can now hear a lot of subconscious influences - e.g.- The Strokes and Interpol. An interview we did a couple of months ago actually exposed the working title we had nicknamed it as for live shows before it’s release; ‘the Interpol one’. We hate picking song titles, so that actually remained the title until the minute we had to send it away to be distributed cause we highly doubt we could’ve got away with calling it that.

What’s your local music scene like?
Really really good. It’s been much more active this past year - more bands, more people coming to see bands and more people talking about bands. We’re lucky to be friends with so many great musicians who genuinely love helping each other out/seeing each other doing well, rather than this attitude of bitterness which often exists within a local scene. It makes it so much more enjoyable.

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What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Other than the two gigs we’ve got planned in September (2nd Sept @ Broadcast, Glasgow and 8th Sept @ Outwith Festival, Dunfermline), we’ve not got much set in stone. Definitely new music, probably in the format of an EP. This year has been relatively quiet for us. It’s actually helped us in the sense that we now know exactly what we want to do, and the things we’ve previously achieved mean we now have a lot of the help/resources to help us do it which we’re grateful for. We’re still so young. We’ll see what happens.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Too many musicians to name, although it would be great to collaborate with photographers/artists who could help us work on achieving the image we want to portray. We’ve done stuff with Fred Perry in the past which was cool, especially with us being such awkward people - something we never saw ourselves doing.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We played a gig in Edinburgh where a piece of kick drum pedal flew off into the crowd and was caught by the sound engineer. Wasn’t funny at the time though.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We hate almost every photo of us ever taken.

You can find out more about Sahara via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.