The New Consistent
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 The New Consistent to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from Worcester in the West Midlands, which is about 40 mins outside Birmingham. I’ve always been into music since I was young, but properly got into making my own music around the age of 14. I think most teenagers get into music as they get older so it was quite a natural thing, there was no big moment when I suddenly decided I was into music. Most kids use music as a way to define who they are and at that sort of age you’re just beginning to find out who you are. As I got older though I found myself wanting to pursue a career in making music and so have not stopped since.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I first got into music I was a massive indie kid, so I was into loads of bands from the 60s till now, and still am of course. But as I’ve grown up my music taste has widened so much. In terms of current influences, I’d say I take inspiration from Loyle Carner, The Streets, Murkage Dave and Alex Turner (although Alex Turner when he was about 19).
How would you describe your sound?
I can’t really define my sound that easily. I’ve always said I want my musical project to be one whereby I can dip in and out of different genres. For example, my debut single is more guitar based, with a big dreamy shoegaze influence, whereas my latest single is a bit more guitar lo-fi with an almost hip hop drum beat in the background.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is titled ‘3 Years’ and it is basically just a mini-story. It was the 3 year anniversary of me and my ex missus, and we’d had a little row in the night, nothing major just one of the silly ones every couple has. I basically went outside for a smoke and wrote all the lyrics out in about 10 minutes on my phone. It’s just about my thoughts and feelings at that exact point in time.
What’s your local music scene like?
Worcester is only small so there’s never much going on to be fair. Whilst I was growing up there we always used to attach ourselves to any Birmingham scene, and we could kind of get away with it cos we are so close. So in that sense it’s obviously huge cos Birmingham is such a great city. But locally around town and that, there ain’t a lot of people doing bits. To be fair, there’s the Marrs Bar in town which I’ve heard is quite good. I think Blaenavon played there quite recently.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
A lot. In the new year I want to release my debut EP, which is gonna consist of 5 tracks, including the first two singles. I also want to start playing live as soon as possible, I’ve been talking a bit to someone from Sonic Gun concerts who are Birmingham based promoters about doing some shows. Then the rest of the year I just want to release as much music as I can and fit as many gigs in as I can, just put myself out there.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
A lot of people. I wanna do more songs with Ozzy (Swim Deep) who I worked on the first two singles with. I’m in talks with Jordi from Sugarthief about doing a song, cos we’ve kinda known each other for a few years just from going to gigs and that. I’ve also got a tune I’m working on at the minute which has a chorus that would really suit Murkage Dave's voice, I'd love to get him on it.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
The reason I wear so many rings is cos it makes it easier to knock Tories out.