Tuesday, 24 July 2012

We're Only Here For The Banter - Penfold

Naming yourself after Danger Mouse's sidekick is one sure fire way to gain my attention.  Having the tunes to keep my attention is another matter, and lucky this Livingston four-piece have done the business so far with their debut EP 'Hindsight And Regrets'.  We caught up with lead singer Thomas for a bit of banter.

Hello, how are you?

Hi!  We are all pretty good.

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

We are a hard hitting alternative rock band who like to make some noise live.  As a band we have a range of influences including The Xcerts, Smashing Pumpkins, Frightened Rabbit and Bombay Bicycle Club.

What's your song writing process like?

The song writing process differs between each song.  Either one of us writes a full song including lyrics and brings it to the band, or one of us has an idea which is brought to the band which we then build on and bass player Calum and I will go on to write lyrics.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Energy.  Sweat.  Four boys giving it their all.  Crowd Interaction.  Clapping hands.  Slightly overweight taps aff drummer.

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

On the 31st of May we released our debut four track EP through Signal Flow Records at a packed launch night in Bannerman's Edinburgh.  After the show the EP received good reviews in local blogs and has received plays on well known podcasts such as Scottish Fiction and stations such as Amazing Radio.

What have you got planned for the second half of 2012?

We are currently recording a new single that we are going to release in the autumn as a free download which will have a music video to go with it.  We are really excited about this.  We will also be touring throughout Scotland to show other places what we have to offer.

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

The Scottish music community is tremendous at the moment and we really feel it hasn't been stronger.  It is full of bands that are doing really well such as Twin Atlantic, Fatherson and Bwani Junction.

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

There are so many great artists in Scotland at the moment but we really like So Many Animal Calls, Carnivores, Dead Sea Souls, Johnny And The Giros and our friends Hold The Suspect.

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

Because of events last week this seems about right:

"Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but I'm on 02, so fax me maybe!"

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