How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
Tom and Nathan met at school in the late 90s and began writing music together. Following the rise and fall of a number of bands, they started Grudle Bay in 2003. After a number of years living in London and a few trips around the world, Grudle Bay returned to their native Oxfordshire to focus on writing and recording. Fellow Oxford-based musicians Tom Dyson (keyboard/vocals) and James Pamphlion (drums) completed the line up in 2011. Grudle Bay is a place we all know and love.
How would you describe your music?
Essentially, we write pop music – we have a lot of time for Ariel Pink, Fleetwood Mac, Toro Y Moi, Phoenix, The Whitest Boy Alive, Jaga Jazzist, Alice Cohen, Troumaca….the list goes on.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
The first few months of the year, we focused on recording and releasing our Colder EP. This was followed by shows across London and the South, and some awesome festival appearances including Truck, Charlbury Riverside and Wychwood. As winter sets in, we’re hiding away in our little studio recording our next EP, the first track of which ‘Lilo’ is sounding truly brilliant.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
You’d most likely get a different answer from all four of us. Personally, I’d like to duet with 1980s era Morrissey for two reasons – 1) he’s an incredible lyricist 2) you are guaranteed to be more in tune than him.
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Same as question 4, you’d get a different answer from each of us. This Grudle would take Thriller by MJ because Human Nature’s the greatest song ever written, and learning to moonwalk would pass the time beautifully.