The Attic Doctors

(C) Mancunian Photography

(C) Mancunian 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 Bolton band The Attic Doctors 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?
Dean Peatfield (Frontman and Car Shotgunner), Joe Cubbin (Guitarist and Car Owner), Matty Dagger (Bassist and Email Sender) and Jack Smith (Drummer/Producer and Bird Noise Extraordinaire) consist of The Attic Doctors, who formed in the attic of Joe’s house in a pocket of Greater Manchester known as Bolton. Hence the first half of the name. The second half? None of us are 100% sure how ‘Doctors’ happened. It was a rushed decision after booking our first gig without actually having a name. Then it kind of stuck.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
The answer to this question could go on forever. To keep it short, we can pinpoint the individual stand out era’s of influence in our playing/songwriting. Joe is the dance revolution of the 80’s, Jack is the old school hip hop of the 90’s, Dagger is the punk upheaval of the 70’s, and Dean just chucks it all into a blender.

How would you describe your sound?
Genre-bending.

(C) Gaz Haywood

(C) Gaz Haywood

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Tour De Force is a song about escapism. It tells a story of a character who turns their back on the mundane, completely flips their life on its head in search for a new beginning. Something we all feel like doing at one point or another no doubt.

What’s your local music scene like?
Our hometown of Bolton has sadly suffered from venue closures just like a lot of towns around the UK. It doesn’t mean that it isn’t full of extremely talented artists who all do what they can to keep it alive.
Manchester is our home city where 3/4ths of us have lived over the past couple years. We’ve had some real milestone shows there alongside some incredible artists in equally incredible venues.
It is the UK capital of music after all.

(C) Gaz Haywood

(C) Gaz Haywood

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have a Saturday slot at Blackthorn Festival which we cannot wait for. We’ve never been, but have heard nothing but good things about it from friends who’ve both played and attended.
In terms of music, our summer has consisted of making our songs sound the very best that they can. We have four singles ready to go, and an endless flow of demos in the pipeline. All in due course...

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
This is a formal offer to provide backing band services for Youtube sensation, Brushy One String. ‘Chicken on a Corn’ is historic.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
There is one involving a van, a ferry and Bon Scott. Maybe another day…

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Fish, chips, mushy peas and gravy.

You can find out more about The Attic Doctors and their music on their website or via Apple Music, Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.