Mark Sharp & The Bicycle Thieves

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Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Mark from unsigned band Mark Sharp & The Bicycle Thieves to find out more…

Who is in the band and how did you come up with the band name?
Band members:
Mark Sharp - Lead vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Conor Ward - Bass Guitar
Darren Moran - Keyboard & Synth
Cameron McKay - Lead Guitar
Michael McCrossan - Drums

It started out just myself as a solo artist but as time went on, the songs and gigs grew and then so did the band really bring the recordings to life so we decided to put a title on it and became ‘Mark Sharp & The Bicycle Thieves’. The name comes from an old 50’s Italian film that I came across one day in a record shop, the name jumped out at me and I felt it had a nice ring to it so a thought am having that!

Who are your musical influences?
I’d say the music influences vary quite a bit within the band with a wide selection individually and a think that comes across in our music so it’s hard to pin point and describe our sound but with each song behind every catchy melody there’s always passion throughout with honest lyrics and heartfelt emotion. It’s important to us that the audience feels something from the song and can relate to them in some way.

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called ‘Tippy Toes’ and it’s a new sound for us, we’re always pushing ourselves to write better and come up with new ideas and styles. This one is even more so a departure from our earlier stuff but that’s what keeps us motivated and creative and that’s keeps things interesting for us.

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What’s your local music scene like?
The local music scene is at the top of its game right now, it’s always been there but finally people are starting to take notice. Acts such as Lewis Capaldi and The Snuts have took off a crazy amount recently and it’s great to see their hard work paying off. That only encourages us to keep going. We’ve always looked after each other over the years, growing up in the same area so to see it grow to the level it’s became is truly incredible and it makes the journey that much sweeter knowing you’re doing it alongside your mates.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We’ve got a few big gigs coming up, supporting Lewis Capaldi at both his sold out Edinburgh summer sessions shows alongside our good mates The Snuts and Luke La Volpe. Then supporting Kyle Falconer at the new festival in Glasgow called ‘Indian Summer Festival’ as well as a couple other festivals. We’re currently back in the studio working on more songs that we’re very excited about so hopefully another single out in a couple months and possible an EP to follow.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
There’s always a good laugh at the gigs, usually involving the crowd and a piece of clothing getting thrown on stage and for some reason there’s always people leaving with one or two shoes missing. Will never understand why but I love it!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
One thing we want the readers to know about us - This is a tricky one, I guess we really need to be experienced live - We've sold out every headline show we've played in the 18 months we've been together, and word keeps spreading - we'd love to showcase the live performance to an even bigger crowd.

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