How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
Rob and I met when I moved schools, and an instant bond was formed when he was the one elected to show the ‘new kid’ around. Upon our first meeting I lied to Rob and told him that I had seen, of all bands, The Darkness live, because he had mentioned a fondness for them. I literally had to maintain that lie for years.
I think it was always obvious that we were going to start making music together. There was no-one on earth that made me laugh like he did, and I think he quite liked me too. It was years, though, before we sat down and started to write songs and I can still remember the feeling of sublimity as we sat down together for the early writing sessions.
After that, we put a bassist wanted advert up in Leigh’s only guitar shop, and like a romantic comedy, at that moment in walked Kate. Kate had a best friend too, Joe, who happened to play drums. It’s all quite fairytalesque.
The story behind the band name was a cheap attempt at irony. We were so poor that we couldn’t afford guitars or rehearsals, so as usual we just thought we were being funny. Unfortunately, the name stuck, and here we are, all these years later.
How would you describe your music?
Someone once said to me that make ‘smile music’. I like that, we’ll go with that.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
So far, the band has been quite hard to comprehend. It’s amazing to me that we can play in a place we’ve never been to, and people know the words to these little songs that are conceived in a dingy rehearsal room in Leigh. We’ve met so many wonderful people, and played in so many lovely venues that sometimes I find it hard to believe that it’s actually me, and it’s actually happening.
We’re going to keep working hard, obviously, and keep playing our little gigs and doing our little songs, because that’s what makes us happy. I think we’re going to have a good festival season too, which is lovely. We’ve already confirmed Kendal Calling, and there’s a few other cheeky ones too!
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
That’s such a difficult question. I think no-one will ever have a larger place in my heart than Morrissey. I mean, how could they? So maybe him? But I just know that he’d say it better, and he’d probably be a nightmare to work with.
I’d love to have Johnny Marr play some guitar on our tracks. Imagine that?
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Is it too much of a cliché if I say Pet Sounds? And because it’s literally perfect, of course it is!