Emerging Artists #5 – Planet Earth

May 4, 2010 by  

Young and Lost Club’s latest offering, Planet Earth, have been touring and recording with Noah and The Whale recently and have also shared the stage with some of alt-folk’s biggest names, including; Laura Marling, Slow Club, Ex Lovers, Jay Jay Pistolet, Jeff Lewis, Soko and Johnny Flynn. The band recently released their second single, ‘Falling Into Love / What More’, which is the usual twee alt-folk we’ve come to expect and love from bands signed to Young and Lost Club.

Seeing as they keep such illustrious company, we thought we’d let the band introduce themselves…

Standard first question, how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?

We all met at the University of Manchester, and we all live in and around London now. We started making music together because we were all friends and dug the same stuff.

How long did it take you to decide on your sound/direction, and how did you come to the decision?

I think our songs have changed a lot since we started playing together a few years ago. We’re much less anti-folk now, which is probably a reflection of me being able to actually play my guitar, which in turn lets me put less emphasis on lyrics and more on rocking out.

What equipment are using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?

For our new single, Falling Into Love / What More, we used a reel-to-reel 8 track. I really love lo-fi stuff so I wanted to try doing it that way. I was a bit stressful to be honest, so I think we might switch back to digital. I’m not a very dedicated member of the lo-fi brigade.

What’s your average day at the moment?

Wake up, eat a fig roll, read, watch Masterchef, fall asleep.

What’s the best bit about being in a band and what’s the worst?

The best bit is playing music and touring with your friends and bands you like. The worst is dealing with bad promoters.

What’s the most high profile show you’ve done and what was it like?

We played with Noah and the Whale on the tour they did after 5 Years Time became big. It was crazy. People were shouting at us to play 5 Years. I was like, “you’ll get to hear it, but I can’t be the one to play it!”

If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?

I think there should be state funding for bands and artists. Otherwise it’s just people that treat art like business, like Damien Hirst, or who have loads of money in the first place, that rise to the top.

What bands/artists are you into at the moment new or old?

I’m really loving Fang Island’s album. I’ve also been listening loads to a live album that I have of Caetano Veloso and Joao Gilberto playing together, it’s incredible.

What’s the last gig you went to and what was it like?

The last proper gig I went to was Grouper at The Luminaire. I really love Grouper but had to leave early so it wasn’t great.

What would you like to happen for the band in 2010?

To go back on tour sometime.

What can people expect when they come to your live shows?

Me trying to work out where I left my capo, or why there’s no noise coming out of my amp.

Favourite music era/scene and why?

New York in the 60s/70s. You can’t really call it a scene because it’s too heterogeneous, but there were people like Dylan, Ginsberg, Arthur Russell, Jonathan Richman, Lou Reed, Frank O’Hara, Phillip Glass, David Byrne, who all knew or were connected to each other in some way.

If you could get one band to reform who would it be?

Electrelane.

What’s next for you guys?

Our new single comes out on Young and Lost on April 12th. Then this summer we’ll record our first album for Y&L, produced by Charlie Fink from Noah and the Whale.

Planet Earth @ Myspace


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