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Interview: The Kooshtie

Playing at the Garage earlier this month

 

We spoke to Falkirk band The Kooshtie ahead of their headline gig at the Garage earlier this month.

 

You’ve just released new single Freak Me, what was the inspiration behind this song?

Jack: Well, Oliver wrote the song.

Jenny: You wrote the song, we came and played it.

Oliver: It’s kind of a tribute to Nirvana, the lyrics are anyway, the music isn’t. I found a cool chord, and that was it. We had original lyrics, and it was lovey dovey, and I didn’t like it, so we changed it. I was reading Kurt Cobain’s journal; it was inspired by Nirvana, but it wasn’t. I don’t sit down and intentionally write a song, it just sort of happens.

Jack: It’ll start with a guitar lick, or a vocal melody or something, and it just kind of builds. The inspiration and the foundation could be anything and it builds from there.

Oliver: Jack writes songs as well.

Jack: None of them have been used.

Oliver: But he does write them.

Jack: There will be some songs by me soon hopefully.

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Jack

 

You’ve also recently had a line-up change?

Oliver: We’re about to have another one; we’re losing Kieran as well. This is Kieran’s last gig actually. But the line-up change with jack was quite plain and simple. Jack was actually the first guitarist.

Jack: That must’ve been last year, then I left.

Oliver: And then he phoned me and said “I wanna come back”.

Jack: Nah, I got a phone call, maybe April…

Oliver: No, no, get this down straight.

Jenny: It was February.

Oliver: It was January, and Go-Get’er just came out, and you phoned me and you said “I wish I could’ve been in it”.

Jenny: Oh yeah, ’cause he phoned you when we were there.

Oliver: and I said “that’s cool man”, and then George left, and I went, “Jack do you want to come back?”

Jack: Yeah, and then a week later we played a gig at Record Factory, so yeah, within a week of joining the band. Kieran was the same.

Oliver: Yeah, we’ve kind of been all go.

Jack: It makes for a good environment, you don’t get that chance to sit back and analyse it, it’s just constant. It makes it a more professional atmosphere I would say; the fact that everything’s just been going.

Oliver: It’s been a bumpy road so far, to say the least. We’ll have a really good gig and then the next one will be average. I think we over-do it sometimes, but it’s been good since Jack joined. The dynamics of the band is going to change, we’re going to write a whole new set list. Kieran’s leaving ’cause he doesn’t like Jack. He came up to me and said “I don’t like that guy”.

Kieran: It’s just his hair.

 

Describe your sound in 3 words

Jack: It’s very f*cking good.

Oliver: Clichéd. I was going to say something negative like “Really f*cking sh*t”, but you bet me. Modern rock…

Kieran: Punk.

Oliver: This is why Kieran’s leaving the band.

Jenny: Red raw.

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Kieran

 

   

    You guys are from Falkirk…

Oliver: Yeah, but Jenny’s from Clackmannanshire.

Jenny: Yeah, Alloa.

Jack: We’re based in Falkirk.

 

 

 

What’s the music scene like there?

Oliver: Sh*t. Non existent.

Jack: It used to be quite good.

Oliver: Five years ago it was quite good. Don’t quote that.

Jack: There’s really good bands in Falkirk, but there’s no venue.

Oliver: Yeah, there’s no venues to play live music anymore, there’s like one or two, but even then,

Jack: People don’t want to go out and listen to music anymore, listen to rock ‘n’ roll anymore. It’s a shame sometimes when folk would rather pay £6 to go to a nightclub than see a band.

 

Where do you see yourselves a year from now?

Oliver: A year from now we’re going to play T-Break, that’s the dream.

Jack: Yeah, that’s the goal

Oliver: Once we’ve got a secure line-up, that’s our first goal.

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Jenny

If you could perform at one place, anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Jack: Madison Square Gardens

Oliver: Wembley

Jack: As long as there’s a lot of people there, anywhere.

Oliver: What was the place Rolling Stones played?

Jack: Hyde Park?

O: Nah, mind when they held that gig in the middle of the desert?

Jack: There’s tonnes.

Oliver: A rooftop.

Jack: Abbey Road; all these random places that it’d be cool to play.

Oliver: The moon. The first band to play on the moon, and if we’re not too old, we’ll play Mars.

Kieran: When we’re in the area.

Oliver: We’ll just swing by

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Oliver

 

What influences the band?

Oliver: Well, women.
We’ve been compared to so many bands it’s hard to narrow it down on influences

Jack: It’s like a kind of mix of influences.

Oliver: We all listen to different types of music.

Jack: It’s such a wide variety of stuff we listen to, but I think it’s just the want to play music.

Oliver: Yeah, I like playing my guitar; there’s no greater feeling than having your songs sung back to you. We’re only a young band, so we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

 

The Kooshtie will be playing at Glasgow’s Pivo Pivo on Saturday 4 July. Check out new single, Freak Me, right here.

 

 

 

 

 

Mutineers at Pivo Pivo

Mutineers at Pivo Pivo

When a band achieves a great deal of success, you half expect them to take their fans for granted, having so many, or not have the time to spend talking to them.

This is most certainly not the case with Mutineers.

The Manchester band took to the stage on Saturday 2 November in Pivo Pivo as part of their UK tour to promote new single Tell Me Why.

Before the gig began, I was working up the courage to go over to their table and ask them for an interview (which will hopefully appear on the internet soon!).

Mutineers at Pivo Pivo

Sitting in the venue with just myself for company, being incredibly socially awkward, and not having much experience at this whole interviewing thing, I was more than a bit nervous.

But once I’d worked up the courage to actually go over to their table, they made me feel right at ease.

The whole band, Nick Mallins (vocals/guitar), Michael Reed (lead guitar), Charlie Salt (Bass/Vocals) and Tom Twemlow (Drums) were happy to give me an interview, and afterwards let me sit and chat with them before their set, which was awesome.

Three artists supported the headliners; first up was a solo act by the name of Elska, who had such a presence on stage that you could scarcely take your eyes off him. Despite breaking a string on his guitar, he still sounded great, which is an impressive feat.

He was followed by band The Cranes, a group of talented musicians, awesome tunes, and a brass instrument, who suited the gig well.

Next up was Those Who Wait, who, with an energetic frontman, great music, and use of the same, or a very similar, brass instrument (seems to be a trend) really got the crowd going.

Finally, it was the turn of Mutineers.

They performed songs from their album Friends, Lovers, Rivals, which sounded just as good live, if not better.

The crowd danced along to an array of popular hits like You Used to Be Okay, Alone In Our Ideas, and Stick Together.

Smart insightful lyrics were carried across the venue by Nick’s wonderfully unique voice, alongside Charlie’s spot on backing vocals and talented bass playing.

Highlights of the set were Infidelity, Shadow Kisses, and of course, the brand new single, Tell Me Why (which will be stuck in your head for days).

The stage presence they have is incredible, and it was really refreshing to see a band so visibly enjoying what they do. You can’t help but feel the infectious enthusiasm they project while effortlessly delivering their music. In particular, Michael and Tom; their complete immersion in the music made the set a joy to watch.

Their blend of catchy melodies, fantastic vocals, and intelligent lyrics, made the gig one of the best I’ve been to. With promise of a new album, and judging by the audience’s reaction, I’m not the only one who hopes they’ll pay another visit to Glasgow soon.

If, however, you’re lucky enough to live in Leeds, they will be performing at The Cockpit on Saturday 16 November.

For tickets, see here.

An amazing band with amazing down-to-earth members is a rare combination; be sure to check them out.