How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
Nick and Ian knew each other as they played together in a previous band. Francesca was found through an ad in the NME while Luca we met in a pub in Brixton. The name is taken from the lyrics of a song by Secret Machines.
How would you describe your music?
We call it psycho-pop a lot. Partly as a piss-take made up genre as it’s quite funny how some people cling to genres twenty years after they died, partly also to get across the idea that there are some psychedelic influences but the focus is always on the fact that we make pop songs.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
Apart from playing a lot of gigs around London (in particular we seem to play in clothes shops a lot!), we have been busy recording our debut album Staring at the World which is launching on 3rd December. We have a lot happening in the coming months: a new music video for our single The Promise is coming out soon, a launch party at PaperDress Vintage in London is happening on 6th December (come along!), more gigs are planned in the new year! At the same time we are already writing new material for the second album!
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
Francesca: We are all in love with The National at the moment, so yes they are definitely top of the list. We would love to tour with them. High Violet makes me shiver from start to end, each song is just brilliant musically and lyrically. Actually I might put it on now…
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Francesca: It would be The Smiths compilation Louder than Bombs . It has 24 tracks so it would keep me going for a while.