Baywaves are a dream-pop band hailing from Madrid, a city with a blossoming independent music scene, most notably Hinds and Los Nastys have come out of the city in recent years. After the band released their first EP ‘Only for Uz’, their style has been branded as hypno-pop and each track their new EP only reinforces this statement.
Picture this: An excited Arctic Monkeys fan wakes up last Friday morning, after months of waiting in anticipation for the new Arctic Monkeys album. Bucket hat on, they open Spotify and get stuck in to ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Cue approximately 40 minutes later and you’d see that person sobbing in to their bucket hat, which has now become a puddle and crying, “How am I supposed to have cans with the lads to this?!”. But is the divisive new album that bad? Continue reading “Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”→
‘Good Thing’ is Leon Bridges’ follow up to his Grammy nominated debut, ‘Coming home’. ‘Good Thing’ represents a change in direction for Leon, taking his classic soulful sound and adding in various elements of R&B, creating a storming follow-up full of confident swagger.
Recently I had a chat with Josh, Caitlin and Luke from ‘Heroine’, whose band name references the female members of the band. The band members are from all across the north of England and formed through studying at BIMM in Manchester. We discussed everything from gender equality to what makes ‘Heroine’ unique:
How do the male members of the band feel about the name referencing the female members specifically? Does this overshadow you?
Luke: Not really, it was actually me who came up with the name
Caitlin: When he first came up with it, I kind of hated it to be honest but Luke said it’d be cool to push the female aspect of the band
Did you feel that was a unique factor of the band?
Josh: Yeah it’s definitely the kind of angle we’re going for, that it’s female fronted and there’s a female drummer too.
Caitlin: I guess that’s an unusual factor though, in that we’ve got a female drummer, you don’t see that so i think that’s an aspect worth pushing.
Josh: It’s a selling point but also something that we’re proud of.
Luke: Yeah we’re all in that direction, we’re all for feminism and equality
Do you think there are enough up and coming girl bands?
Luke: I think so at the moment
Josh: I don’t know you don’t get many that are doing as well as male fronted bands
Luke: I think its up and coming though because obviously bands like ‘PVRIS’ are massive now
Caitlin: Yeah to be fair ‘PVRIS’ are huge right now and Lynn Gunn is the star, no one really knows the other two guys
Have you heard of ‘Pale Waves’? I think the boys in that band may feel a bit overshadowed in that band because the girls are at the centre of their marketing
Luke: Yeah I know what you’re saying, at the moment it’s not like it has to be this demanding thing
Caitlin: Yeah it’s not like the forefront of our band. It’s just an aspect of the band that we do like and if it’s relevant we’ll push that. As we’ve said from the beginning we’re all equals in this band
Luke: Even though we’re pushing the name ‘Heroine’, we don’t see each other as male and female
Josh: Just musicians. As well, Becky is such a personality of the band, you can’t, not use her as a selling point for it
Luke: It’s like Hayley Williams or someone like that, you can’t ignore the front woman of the band if they’re so quirky
Do you think things are getting better in terms of female members in bands? Do you think we’re seeing a lot more?
Luke: Yeah because my favourite band at the minute is Wolf Alice and obviously they’ve just been nominated for a Brit award for one of the last Brit’s
Caitlin: the thing is though, there’s always been female fronted bands about you know Evanescence, Paramore, they’ve been around the past couple decades. I think the lack of women in the music industry comes from other disciplines. I think the industry’s lacking just a female guitar player or drummer
Luke: It’s hard to pinpoint what the cause of that is, is it just for some reason that, somehow females don’t like to play instruments?
Caitlin: Or is it that we’re discouraged? It’s a big thing
How did you guys meet and form the band?
Luke: Last year me, Josh, Becky and Stan were mates last year and had a drummer called Ollie. We got together to have a jam and see what would happen but then it fizzled out a bit. But then it was the summer and I was bored out of my mind and i said to you guys ‘we need to do something’
Josh: You and Caitlin knew each other anyway. We basically came together through you
Luke: So then Caitlin came along and we always had Becky because Becky and Josh come together as a unit. It took Becky a little while to get lyrics down but when she was off, she was straight off
Caitlin: She can go away for about an hour and come back and she’s written the lyrics
I’m just wondering what influences you all had individually so we’ll start with Luke what artists inspire you?
Luke: It started off with late 80’s Guns N Roses and that type of music. It progressed in years, i went on to 90’s like Nirvana, Radiohead and Muse. Then I started to listen to little indie bits like Wolf Alice
How about you Caitlin?
Caitlin: It’s always been a hard question because musically in terms of writing I’ve never really been influenced. I come up with my own grooves and stuff. But as I’ve gotten older and I’ve come to uni I’d say my biggest influence in life and music is Paramore
Josh; I’d have to go with Radiohead and Queens Of The Stone Age and TOOL. It’s kind of simple for me
Luke: Going back to how we met, me and Josh bonded over TOOL riffs
Caitlin: It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship
Luke: Yeah right away we started riffing for ten minutes, everyone else was like ‘What the fuck’s going on’
Are you blending all of these influences together in to your own sound?
Caitlin: It often starts with either Luke, Josh or Stan coming up with a guitar part, sometimes a bass part. We kind of jam it and then build ideas on top of that
Luke: I think the idea is that we all have these unique ideas but we don’t tie ourselves down with a genre. We never set out to be a rock band or a metal band
So when you first start out as a band is it a case of getting songs recorded straight away, is that your first priority or do you have more of a long-term goal?
Luke: It’s kind of confusing, we’ve set out with a plan but we have to see if it works
Caitlin: I guess recording is the priority at the moment for sure, all the time Becky’s looking for gigs and little festivals we can get. We just booked another four days in the studio and then we’re looking at getting a video done for our first single pretty soon
Luke: The only plan that we have set that’s set in stone is we wanted to release on the first term back of university, just because everyone is fresh and ready to get back in to the social aspect.
Is it all about building that fan base and really kind of going from the ground up?
Josh: It’s kind of difficult because we haven’t released anything official, all we’ve got is our page. We’ve got plenty of music on the way, all we can do is invite people to like the page
Luke: We’ve got almost 300 likes now, we’ve done quite well to say we don’t have much content on the page. We’re hoping with this first track to draw in that core audience
Caitlin: I think we’re already working hard on trying to get people on our page to get to know us. I feel like if no one knows who we are or we don’t have people who consistently interact with us then when we do get round to releasing music then we’re not gonna have anyone who’s interested. It’s really important to build that relationship
Is there any news on a name for the single?
Josh: It’s called ‘Damsel’ as in damsel in distress
Do you know if there are any themes that Becky tends to go with in her writing?
Caitlin: When we get a chance to listen or read the lyrics we can definitely see that there’s a kind of story throughout the songs
Josh: I think a lot of it is about mental health and Independency is a big thing for her
Luke: It’s all personal subjects, mental health, things like heartbreak and whatever else that comes with it
Josh: It’s just a twist on it though basically
Luke: I think with Becky we’d say she tries to sort of change the story as it goes. It’s a way of getting the story across without being too mundane or samey
How would you describe your sound?
Josh: The way we always describe it, it’s kind of grungey, Radiohead kind of like moody alt rock
Caitlin: Yeah it’s kind of like moody pop. We have two sides, we have grungey Radiohead for ‘Damzel’ and other heavier songs and we have a flipside because we have this theme running through
Luke: it’s the same solid sound but different texture
Josh: I think we’re in the early stages and still finding what our sound is
Caitlin: Every song we write is changing but It’s still got that alternative rock sort of vibe throughout
What’s going to make ‘heroine’ stand out?
Josh: I think the main big thing we have is our sound
luke: Me and Josh have been to a few gigs around Manchester and we see a lack of actual riffs and melodies in a sense. There’s a massive Indie scene going on right now and it’s all spacey chords and lots of reverb. You miss that sort of punky elements, our songs are built on riffs
Josh: I think at least in terms of BIMM bands, not to sound big-headed it makes us stand out
Caitlin: I think it benefits us that the way we write is built of riffs. That defines our sound in a way
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If you look closely enough, you’ll find a fist-full of independent rock music coming out of Spain right now. Hinds’ debut album ‘Leave Me Alone’ helped the band branch out to audiences abroad, particularly the British Indie scene, which was almost inevitable given that most of their songs are sung in English. Their debut brought fun-loving yet aggressive at times garage rock with a breezy summer vibe which made a great debut album. Continue reading “Hinds: I Don’t Run”→