Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Louis from unsigned Gosport band Sad Palace 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?
We are Owen, Dan, Louis and Matthew. We met as a foursome at our local college, back in the day, around 2007/8.
Though me and Owen have been friends since play-school and played in various bands throughout school.
Matthew and Dan had also both played cornet in Hampshire County Youth Band so they knew each other for a few years, but it wasn’t until we all got to college that the magic came together baby.
The band name just came about through trial and error, endless suggestions that were vetoed before we all agreed on Sad Palace. We just wanted something that sounded nice but was also vague enough that it didn’t give away what style of music we play.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
For me personally my old favourites are old 60s artists; the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beach Boys. Plus bands like Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys. In my teens I also had a sweet spot for Blink-182, NOFX, Green Day, you get the picture...
As for now, we all have an eclectic taste in music, there is a lot of music we all love, from obscure jazz and 70s disco, to bedroom folk and half-hour recordings of African drums... there are too many groups to name. Between us we cover a lot of ground, but some modern bands we all like are bands like Everything Everything, Pond, The War On Drugs, Ratatat, The National and Sigur Rós.
How would you describe your sound?
That’s a hard one, because we’re so close to it. We spend so much time writing music that we aren’t so good at describing it... Our sound varies depending on what mood we’re in, but I guess it could be classed as Indie-rock, with elements of funk, dance-pop, jangle-pop, heavy rock... with a bit of trumpet thrown in here and there...
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
We just released a 5-track EP called Longbaby. The influence was just the innate desire we have to make music and get it out there I guess. Just us jamming in our practice space, our musical influences are all pretty much subconscious at this point, so I guess the influence was our entire existence up until this point... :)
What’s your local music scene like?
It’s not too bad, it’s been hard at times because so many venues have closed around us in the last few years so there aren’t as many local places to play. There is a decent scene in Portsmouth, but we’re from Gosport, the other side of the water, and it’s pretty quiet around these parts for the most part. Most of the venues we used to play in our hometown are either flats or shops now, so yeah...
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We are planning on recording another EP pretty soon, depending on when we finish it we’re hopefully going to do a little UK tour to support it. Possibly an album next year too, we’ve got a bunch of songs in the works so it all depends on how many we finish. No festivals booked this year though :( We’re waiting by the phone...
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We’ve mentioned before that it would really fun to collaborate with a few rappers and make a rap album... whether we get round to that is another question. But right now I think we’re happy in our own bubble doing our thang.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We’ve played a couple of fancy-dress gigs in our time, including one where we all bought each other hideous outfits that we had no knowledge of until 5 minutes before we played.
We also semi-ruined a wedding once because they wanted us to be their wedding band... we didn’t really rehearse enough because it was all covers and we weren’t used to it... ended up staying up until 3am the night before desperately trying to nail Madonna and Bryan Adams... we managed to busk our way through it though...
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
That we have some songs and they should listen to them :)