Tuesday, 27 March 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - Apache Spaceman

Apache Spaceman are a four piece band from Glasgow, with a heavy rock sound able to please most ears.  The band have a forthcoming EP which will no doubt build their fanbase.  We spoke to guitarist Stephen for our 'We're Only Here For The Banter' feature.  Have a read.

Hello, how are you?

Hello!  I'm good sir, thanks for asking.

It's the question everyone hates, but could you tell us a little bit about your music and your influences?

I would say our music comes mostly from a love of late 80's/early 90's alt. rock.  I don't know how you'd describe our sound but I would say that's our biggest influence.  Nirvana, Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins are all important bands for us.  Jeff The Brotherhood and Bass Drum Of Death are amazing as well.  I'm into a lot of modern lo-fi stuff like No Age, Times New Viking, Wavves, Milk Music and California X.  I think the rest of the band would add Black Sabbath and some hardcore punk.

What's your song writing process like?

It's usually very fast.  Someone will bring in a riff and we'll all mess about with it until we can create a structure.  We usually have a song complete after one rehearsal session.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

You could expect to see Galbraith (vocals/guitar) screaming violently in the faces of children.

If it were all to end tomorrow, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

In terms of the band?  Probably getting to the stage where it's acceptable to scream in the faces of children. That's a milestone for all bands.

What have you got planned for 2012?

We've got our debut EP coming out at the start of March.  That's exciting because we've been sitting on these songs for a while, it will be good to get them out there.  We've got a gig at The Classic Grand on March 23rd.  Then it will be making new songs, playing gigs around Scotland and releasing an album later in the year.  We're also going to be featuring on CATH Records' (PAWS' record label) first compilation album, which they're releasing in June along with a fanzine.  We're big fans of PAWS so that's cool for us.

At Scottish Fiction we focus on new Scottish music, how do you as a band view the Scottish music 'scene'

It's a fantastic time for music in Scotland at the moment.  There's a great diversity in a lot of the artists breaking through just now.  There are also some great promoters, venues, blogs and magazines about that seem to be completely geared towards helping promote new music.

What other Scottish artists would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

There's a lot of great Scottish artists about just now.  PAWS, Male Pattern Band, Happy Particles, Lady North, Bronto Skylift, Divorce, The Scottish Enlightenment, Remember Remember, Holy Mountain and Salo.  There's a few anyway.

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?

Ayr United.

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