The New Nostalgia

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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 Patrick from unsigned London band The New Nostalgia 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 guitarist James Sands, bassist Sam Bramhall, Charles Adler on drums and myself on vocals and acoustic guitar. We met a few years ago at university in Liverpool but somehow didn't manage to get the band together until just last year. The band name comes a shared general annoyance at the overuse of nostalgia in popular culture.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I grew up on a diet of Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones and Bob Dylan. They taught me a lot about storytelling and I think you can still hear that influence in our music today. Right now, we take a lot of influence from bands like Gang Of Youths, Shame and IDLES. I think all of these bands know how to perfectly cram their music full of emotion and meaning, they feel like they're bringing something new to the table and it is very refreshing.

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How would you describe your sound?
Reverby alternative rock with socially conscious lyrics.

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest release is Fragile Bones. It's a song about being in your early twenties and messing up. There's this weird period that a lot of people go through post-university where you have the responsibilities of an adult but still feel like you're living a teenage lifestyle. You realise that when your parents were your age they had a house, kids, lifetime jobs and that realisation can hit you hard. It's a song about getting home after a night of drinking and having a conversation with yourself in the bathroom mirror!

What’s your local music scene like?
We consider London to be our current home and we've been performing there pretty religiously for the past 6 months or so. As it is such a massive city, the diversity of venues is amazing. I think if you wanted to you could probably perform every month in a different club across London and you wouldn't have to play the same venue twice! It's a city filled with passionate people doing music for the love of it and the quality of talent is very high. Not a fan of dragging amps on the tube though.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We're back in the studio in October to record some music and work towards our debut album. We're also currently working with a group of amazing producers who are remixing Fragile Bones and we hope to have that out as an EP in the next couple of months. We're performing pretty relentlessly over the coming months and you can find all the details on our website.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
A dream collaboration would be with Phoebe Bridgers. I was listening to her music a lot when I started writing for The New Nostalgia and I took a lot of inspiration from her lyricism. I was working out how to deal with grief at the time after the loss of a family member and I took a lot of comfort from her music, it inspired me to get everything down on paper and to try find beauty in bleak topics. For a long time, I was hung up on writing sad songs because I felt like I would be passing negativity on to other people. Phoebe's music for me is validation that writing openly and honestly about sadness is possibly the most positive thing you can do. For me, Killer + The Sound with Noah Gundersen is the best collaboration of the past ten years. It genuinely fills me with hope for the music industry.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
We're curating our first charity festival at the Fiddler's Elbow in Camden. It's in support of Music Minds Matters, an amazing mental health charity and lots of our friends are playing! If you're in London, you should come! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/date-night-2019-in-support-of-music-minds-matter-tickets-68125700805.

You can find out more about The New Nostalgia via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.