Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Brighton band Roma 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?
The band is made up of Pol Mira on main vocals and guitar, David JN on drums and Craig Glynn on bass. David met Craig at college over 6 years ago now and they both moved to university together in Brighton 3 years ago where they met Pol. We played in a band previous to Roma Palace as a 4 piece for a while before continuing on as a 3 piece and releasing our debut Live video for a song called "Take My Heart Away" on YouTube in December 2018.
The name Roma Palace came from the idea of a 'dream romance' scenario. The words "Roma" and "Palace" both carry with them a whole world of imagery and imagination to them which relates to a romance theme, which I think, sums up what we're trying to do both musically and lyrically.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We all come from fairly different musical backgrounds. Pol is inspired by a lot of Folk music like Neil Young and James Taylor. David personally loves everything from Metallica and Blink-182 to Ed Sheeran and Craig's a huge Coldplay fan but also loves bands like Metalcore titans Architects but we all share similar influences which make up the foundation of our sound with acts like John Mayer, Phoenix, Parcels and Vampire Weekend.
How would you describe your sound?
We tend to gravitate towards an Indie-Pop sound that makes you want to move with tight and punchy rhythms from the bass and drums, with Pol's intricate finger playing floating over the top to produce the catchy melodies we love to feature in our songs.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single 'You' tells the story of someone beginning to understand the depths of their emotions felt for someone they've considered a longtime friend and finally realising that they're in fact in love with them. It’s something we can all relate to, that we’ve seen and heard of a lot of times, but when it actually happens to you it still feels special which is why we felt the need to write about it.
For the music we went for a story-telling approach with a strong groove and really catchy chorus. The idea behind the bridge was to try to replicate a lot of electronic dance music but with just the three of us playing our actual instruments. What we got was a big drop that we see in like a 'Mr. Oizo' or 'Daft Punk' track. We love the idea of electronic music and its pulsating rhythms and beats that really hit your chest but don't like the idea of using samples or click tracks (especially live) so finding ways of replicating that style organically is something we love experimenting with.
What’s your local music scene like?
Brighton has such an amazing music scene. It's crazy the number of great bands you can find in such a small city and where most people know and support each other.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We don't really wanna think that far ahead haha. We've got a lots of ideas planned for the next months like videos, singles and possibly our first shows outside of the UK. We're focusing on the release of our first EP that we plan to release early next year, and get as many festival shows booked in for next summer!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Quite a lot to be honest! One of our biggest dreams was to record with Philip Zdar but he tragically died a few months ago...
Other than that we would love to jam and write some songs with Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), meet Thom Yorke one day just to see his songwriting process, go on tour with the band Parcels or have a Jam with the elusive John Frusciante haha.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Our last show was quite memorable, rather than playing our normal set list, we ended up just jamming for 2 hours which was lots of fun! People were going crazy and dancing on tables and there were guys playing percussion and even a guy playing a flute!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That we've got lots of things planned for the future and we're just getting started! Also that we make a mean Mexican feast... the filthier the better!