The Receivers Interview
Hannah Petch / 28-03-2019
How did the four of you end up forming a band?
Nick: We were all in separate bands and the timing was just right with projects ending and starting, everyone seemed up for it and involved and it’s stayed that way.
What other singers/bands influence you?
Nick: The Cribs, recently Alvvays (particularly their second album), Radiohead, The Strokes.
Alex: IDLES, Interpol, George Harrison.
Harry: Weezer, The Beatles, Muse.
Louis: Big fan of Foals and Lady Bird at the moment.
What can audiences expect from your upcoming tour?
New tunes and a whole lot of sweat!
Your new EP is coming out on the 3rd of May, what can your fans expect from that, is there an overall theme to it?
Nick: Our best six songs yet, some different instrumentation & you can expect some smashing backing vocals from Alex.
There isn’t an overall theme but lyrically it’s just about where I am in my life now and getting over things, it’s a lot more personal than anything else I’ve written.
What advice would you give to other young musicians/bands who want to get their music out there?
80% of your material is gonna be shit and you need to try to cut the fat a bit, We used to write a song a week and here we are two years later with less than 20 finished songs. Don’t overdo it but then again, put the effort in. It’s worth it!
What is your favourite thing about being in a band together?
We get on really well as mates as well as musicians. It’s a good vibe.
Do you plan to release more music after this EP? If so, what sort of stuff can we expect?
Yeah but we don’t have a clue yet, certainly not an album, we’re scared of doing an album.
What makes you different from other emerging bands/artists?
That’s a tough one. We like to remain active and never really take any breaks, 2017 we absolutely burnt ourselves out but 2018 and 2019 we found a good balance.
What would your desert island disk be?
Nick: Probably The White Album, there’s so much on it.
Alex: it’s gotta be Brutalism. (Idles)
Harry: Weezer - Pinkerton.
Louis: Jeff Love and his Orchestra - Big Bond Movie Things. It’s all the Bond theme tunes, all of it, it’s brilliant tho. The most Alan Partridge thing I own.
What is the story behind your band name?
Nick: I took it from a song by The Coral, it sounded kinda 60’s & classic. However, a lot of people take some innuendos from it so it’s a laugh I guess.
What is your songwriting process like? Do you all write together or is it just one of you that writes?
Do you write the music or the lyrics first?
It’s a mixed bag, every tune is written differently, it keeps things fresh and you never really expect it. We wrote Saturday, Rimshot and That’s What They Told Me (from the new record) in one month and couldn’t quite believe it, that was a good writing spurt.
What is your favourite venue to play in?
Nick: Leeds O2 Academy, absolute stuff of dreams.
Alex: Eagle and Child, any Leeds Brewery establishment really!
Harry: Fibbers, looking forward to our return there on May 5!
Louis: Leeds O2 again!
How has your music evolved since you first started playing together?
It’s matured a lot since we used to open with a song that was 2 songs from the same Interpol album combined haha! Louis also got a new snare for his 21st and it’s definitely improved things
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