FAULT Exclusive Online Interview: The Lapelles

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Scottish five-piece The Lapelles are bringing hope back to Britain’s music industry – or so we think. They’re young, they’re fresh and they’re killing it. Such early days for the band – they’ve only been around for about a year now – and they’ve already scored supporting slots with the likes of The View and The Last Shadow Puppets. Their fanbase is growing more and more each day – they can even call Chloe Grace Moretz a fan now – and it seems that there’s no stopping them anytime soon. FAULT caught up with the group ahead of their supporting slots for Blossoms and The Kooks this weekend and here’s what the boys make of it all.

 

Merely six months ago, you were barely known outside of your hometown. Now, you’ve toured with the likes of Alex Turner and even got Chloe Moretz hooked on your music. Did everything sink in?

Not really. The past few months have been very surreal. A lot of the time we were playing basements and smaller venues in and around Glasgow, it’s quite a jump to go from that to a 2000 capacity theatre.
Up until May we had never even been on a tour before so it’s something we’re slowly starting to get used to!

 

You’ve gone from playing songs by the likes of The View to supporting The Last Shadow Puppets on tour. What did you make of the whole experience?

The past few support slots have been great. It was quite a strange experience as I used to busk a lot of their songs when I was younger; to be playing with them was a whole different level.

 

What’s your story? How did it all come together for you guys so swiftly?

We’ve kind of hit the ground running since the start of this year. Beforehand it would just be a lot of our friends coming to our gigs at Broadcast or The Priory. I think after 2015 more and more people started to become more aware of us and since then word has broken out a lot more. News travels pretty fast in Glasgow!

 

What influences do you each individually bring to the table?

We all have our different influences (Chris is into hip-hop artists like Young Fathers, Jamie is a big Foo Fighters fan, Jack & I are really big Replacements fans, Leon listens to a lot of Two Door Cinema Club and Alt J and I like a lot of surf music) but we meet down the middle with bands like Phoenix, The Vaccines, The Cribs, LCD Soundsystem, Orange Juice and The Jesus & Mary Chain.

 

In an overly saturated industry, how do you plan on making The Lapelles stand out and keep a steady rise to the top?

I think simplicity is the key the majority of the time. If you can write something that is simple and effective at the same time, you end up with something that can really stand out. If you overthink things too much, the whole idea starts to become diluted and completely different from what you originally had in mind.

 

For people who have never heard your music, how would you describe your sound?

Alternative guitar music blended with synth. Like Postcard Records but with a bit more of a bite.

 

What are you currently listening to?

We’ve been listening to a lot of Black Honey in the van lately. I heard about them through Flying Vinyl and have been itching to see them live since!

 

What else is lined up for The Lapelles in 2016?

We’re playing with The Kooks and Blossoms this weekend then a few festivals over the next month (T in The Park, Belladrum, Electric Fields). We’re hoping to release a new song over the upcoming months too.

 

What’s your FAULT?

Procrastinating probably. I get very addicted to Donkey Kong when I’m bored.

 

 

FAULT Magazine Weekly Playlist: Love Ssega

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R&B meets disco deliciousness with London based artist Love Ssega. The former Clean Bandit vocalist recently released his “Pray For Love,” a warm funky tune filled with retro synths and vocals that remind us a little bit of David Bowie. We asked the singer to put together a playlist of some of his favorites tunes and the result is mirrored blend of his East African and British influences.

Mim suleiman – nyuli

“If you have groove, I don’t need to sell this to you. Nothing is overdone here. Plus she’s East African so that has to be a good thing”

Young Fathers – Shame

“The most exciting new band in Britain. They make music as if they’re not scared. That’s exciting to me. And their live performance is off the chart. We need more artists like this”

Cassius – I Love U So (Official Video)

“I dig a lot of French electronic music. It’s always exciting and fresh. I could have put anything from Ed Banger on this playlist, but this one from Cassius wins for the visuals and killer hook”

Ata Kak – Obaa Sima

“Starts off with sweatboy vocals and then throws in a gully Ghanian rap at the end for fun. It’s this crazy, original stuff that inspires me”

Kano – Garage Skank FREESTYLE Video

“Kano was the voice of my London growing up. From the raves, pirate radio to the night buses. This video is just like him – authentic. Doing it to this day on his own terms”

Breakbot – Back for More

“I snuck this in because I love basslines. Simple as that”

The Clash – Guns of Brixton

“London has many cultures living here. That’s the beauty of the place. Real Londoners speak up to protect this and spread love. Who better to play us out than the daddies… The Clash”

Festival No. 6 announce Grace Jones and Belle & Sebastian as headliners.

 

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Save the date – over the weekend of the 3-6 September, Festival No. 6 will host Grace Jones and Belle & Sebastian as headliners.

Also appearing on the bill are 2014 Mercury Prize Winners Young Fathers and feted Mercury nominated poet and spoken word artist Kate Tempest.

Other confirmed live acts include Rae Morris, Shura, Stornoway, The Bohicas and Fryars. The festival will be announcing a second wave of artists including the final headliner in the coming months.

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Equally renowned for its electronic bill, No. 6 is unveiling its first wave of DJ line-up, including headliners DJ Harvey and a UK festival exclusive from the 2 Bears with a live set. Other confirmed DJs include Bicep, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Gerd Jansen, Andrew Weatherall, Optimo, Ralph Lawson, Justin Robertson, Maurice Fulton and Mark E.

It’s  easy on the pocket as well.  Tickets range from 160£-180£ for Friday arrivals and £175-£190 for Thursday arrivals. You can take the little ones along as well, it’s free for kids aged 10 and under.

For more info, visit www.festivalnumber6.com or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/festivalnumber6