Paris Youth Foundation

(C) Lucy-Beth Photography

(C) Lucy-Beth Photography

Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Liverpool band Paris Youth Foundation to find out more…

Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Hey. Paris Youth Foundation are an indie band from Liverpool comprised of Kevin Potter, Jamie Hives, Paul Bates and Tom Morris Jones a. Kev and Tom have known each other since school days and have always been in bands together and with other friends.
After a while we wanted to take it a little more seriously, so we found some amazing people from a great arts university in Liverpool called LIPA and went from there.
The band name comes from when Kev was in Paris a few years ago. It was graffitied on metro station. He thought it sounded cool and wondered what it was so put it in his phone. When we were searching for band names he found it in his notes and thought it was great.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Everyone's influences vary drastically but growing up the bands we all loved across the board were bands like Bombay Bicycle Club and The Maccabees. Classic noughties indie I guess. We’ve all branched out in what we listen to as we’ve grown up and again it's very different person to person but we love everyone from The 1975 to The National to Foals.

How would you describe your sound?
It’s Indie pop songs with a huge sounding band behind them. Sad songs on steroids.

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What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our first EP was released earlier this year called 'The Nights Are For Thinking About You'. The influence behind it was we wanted to write a sad story but present it in a fast in your face package. Sad songs that you can dance to.

What’s your local music scene like?
Liverpool, as everyone knows, is one of the most famous music scenes on the planet. For somewhere so small compared to the likes of London and Manchester it consistently produces amazing bands and artists. There’s too many huge acts that have had a profound impact on us as a band from Liverpool and there’s dozens of your new favourite band just waiting to explode. If you're a musician it's the place to be.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Our next 12 months is very exciting. Unfortunately we aren’t able to say much about it but it will consist of lots of new songs and maybe the A word.

(C) Lauren Cowdall Photography

(C) Lauren Cowdall Photography

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Bon Iver, definitely.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Only one we can think of is when Jamie was late to Sound City because of a Liverpool Marathon. His car got stuck because of the road closures, and he had to literally run the exact Marathon route to get to the gig on time.
Fair play to him, we reckon he actually would have won the Marathon if he was registered for it - but we still had to cut our set by 5 mins.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
We’re 4 friends who love making music together. Sometimes you can get caught up in the business side of music but for us it’s about writing the best songs we can and playing them to as many people as possible. If one person listens to one of our songs and it connects with them, then it's all been worth it for us.

You can find out more about Paris Youth Foundation on their website or via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube, and you can find their merchandise here.