Tuesday, 30 April 2013

We're Only Here For The Banter - The Streams

If you are a fan of Stag & Dagger headliners We Were Promised Jetpacks, then chances are you'll dig this three piece from Denny.  The Streams have a pretty awesome start to the year by anyone books.  Grabbing the chance to support The 1975, they have also released their début EP and support The Twilight Sad, with whom they also share loud noise making influences.  Check them out!

Hello, how are you?

We are great, had a good Sunday roast like...

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

Our music is really modern and loud, we use a lot of reverb and staccato to make things interesting because there are only 3 of us.  We don’t know how to describe our sound but we go with the tag of indie/alternative. We have various influences from bands like Dire Straits, Nirvana, Queen and Pink Floyd, but we love our Scottish music scene just now.  There are so many good bands we look up to and are influenced by.

What's your song writing process like?

Basically Shaun will write a rough song and bring it in the practise room and we build it round that.  Jamie starts adding in bass melody and Martin tries some drums to fit.  It’s the easiest way, we all have input and contribute different ideas and end up with noise, good noise.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

We try to be as loud as possible at our live shows.  There are moments when vocals and guitar are dynamically arranged so that when drums and bass kicks in its head nod-able!  We just play our set and try say minimum so we can fit in as many songs as possible.  Something always goes wrong like a strap coming off or a lead coming out, always works out alright though ahah!

What was playing with an establish band like The Twilight Sad like?

The fact we are all fans of The Twilight Sad made it pretty amazing getting to play with them, even better that it was at our home town, and even better it was the same day we released our EP!  It was only a few people from selling out.  The Sad absolutely killed it, such a pleasure.

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

Definitely the last six months!  Supporting The 1975 three times at sold out shows and playing with The Sad!  We never thought we would get these chances in one year.

What have you got planned for 2013?

2013 has been pretty amazing already, we have been so lucky and had such a great response!  We just want to keep going the way we are, try get some more amazing support slots and travel around meeting people.

What other artists (Scottish or not) would you recommend to the Scottish Fiction readers?

We are good pals with Mini Dinos, those guys are really cool, and so catchy live!  We have been fans of Bwani Junction for ages, Shaun was part of the stage invasion at the album launch, those guys are so good.  Also check out Honeyblood, those girls are Deap Vally... but better!

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

We got asked to support Biffy Clyro this year, but we couldn’t cause Martin was grounded

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