Charity Shop Pop
Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Ormskirk singer Charity Shop Pop to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from the magical town of Ormskirk, it's near Liverpool for those of you who have no clue where it is. Music’s always been a part of my life, like, listening to it has always been a release for me, but I only picked up a guitar when I was 16.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I was brought up on the whole American 50s/60s rock and roll thing, like mainly The Beach Boys and artists like that, which I think come through a little bit on some of my songs, with that kind of psychedelic edge. Nowadays, I’m influenced by artists like The 1975, Jaws, Swim Deep, just anything with a jangly guitar essentially.
How would you describe your sound?
My go to line is ‘bedroom indie pop’, but I don’t know really. Someone described me as ‘ambient psychedelic rock’ at some point before, but while that matches a couple of my songs, it’s not the overall description I’d say. I don’t like producing the same sort of music all the time, I don’t listen to one genre, so my music comes through like that. I’d say it’s just a mishmash of everything really, but with underlying tones of indie pop.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest song out at the moment is called Dreaming (It’s A Nightmare) and it’s a bop. I was in a rut, both in my songwriting and personal life, and one day I was bored, decided to go on ebay, bought a nice pedal, plugged in it, it sounded perfect, and I randomly came up with the riff and the rest is history.
It’s essentially about where my head was at, at the time, not wanting to forget someone in my past and still kind of dreaming I was with them to get over the pain, but yeah, life’s good now, so even though everyone loves the song, it can be quite difficult for me to play.
What’s your local music scene like?
Liverpool is the best city in the world. That’s all. The scene round here is amazing, everyone supports each other. Like, I’ve heard in other cities, bands step on other bands to get higher up, but that couldn’t be further from the truth in Liverpool, and I think that’s why it's thriving at the moment. There’s just loads of really good bands and artists out there and we all know that and we all help and support each other in whatever way we can.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have just played Sound City, which was mad, but other than that, no festivals are planned, I need to get writing new material, have a break from gigging for a bit and come back stronger and all that. I’ll hopefully have another song out by the end of the year, maybe an EP, I don’t know, I’m just throwing ideas out at this point. We’ll see what happens.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
My best mates are all in bands round here and they’re all insane artists, and we all do stuff which is quite different from each other, so to come together and do something, whether it be a tune, or just like a massive gig or something, that would be mad.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Not that I can think of, ooh, maybe Sound City, it’s not really funny, just it’s not something that has happened before. I had a stage invasion at Sound City. To the point they were jumping on me and I couldn’t play, so I just had to join them in dancing, that was fun. There’s a video of it somewhere on the internet.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
This is the hardest question, I don’t know to be honest. That I love you all.