Dundee four-piece SAHARA, were kind enough to talk to me ahead of the release of their self-titled debut EP. We talked new material, favourite albums, and festivals.
1. Hiya, introduce yourselves!
We’re Sahara – Adam (vocals/guitar), Megan (guitar), Keir (bass) and Ally (drums)
2.When and why did you decide to form?
We formed early last year, don’t really know why but probably just because we were all into the same music and were looking to put it to good use somehow.
3. How would you describe your sound?
That’s always a difficult question which we usually leave for listeners to determine themselves, but we’d like to think it’s quite energetic and catchy with our own twist.
4. Who would you say influenced you the most?
Our influences are constantly changing, but overall bands like Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, The Stone Roses and Babyshambles have always been an influence, whether that has been conscious or subconscious.
5. So your debut EP is out on the 29th – without giving too much away, what’s your favourite track on it, and why?
Our favourite on the EP is probably a song called Cough Syrup. It’s the newest track of the 3 and we took it into the studio completely unfinished and Scotty Anderson (producer) was able to do things which improved it so much. I think we only wrote the verses literally the night before the last recording session, so hopefully it’s paid off.
6.Where will the EP be available to download/stream?
The EP will be available on all major platforms: iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play etc. We also have a limited run of physical copies on our Bigcartel (saharatheband.bigcartel.com)
7. Have you got any gigs coming up?
We’re playing our first festival and first English gig down at Y Not Festival in Derbyshire on Saturday 30th July. We didn’t actually expect to be playing that and it’s just mental to be on the bill with acts like Noel Gallagher, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Circa Waves, Pretty Vicious, Peter Hook and Rat Boy because they’re all influences and some of our favourite bands. We’re also playing a few gigs in Dundee in August/September – one supporting Baby Strange who we love and another playing a gig for Alan McGee’s Musicians Against Homelessness charity with Hurricane #1, The Mirror Trap and other local bands.
8. Do you plan on writing any new material in the near future?
Yeah, we’ve had a few new songs on the back burner for a while which we’re working on whenever we can. They’ll hopefully be finished for our gigs later on in the year.
9. If you could’ve written any album ever, what would it be?
The Strokes – Is This It. We struggle to find a single flaw in that album! Also Jamie T – Panic Prevention.
10. We all have songs which are a guilty pleasure, what would you say yours is?
Megan – The Swedish Eurovision entry for 2016 (Frans – If I Were Sorry) is an absolute anthem and so is the whole of Metro Station’s debut album – judge me.
Ally – Lana Del Rey – Sad Girl, no even guilty.
11. If you could play a gig anywhere in the world, where would it be?
You can’t beat a British festival.
12. Other than playing them, have you been/or are you going to any festivals this year?
Megan – I went to T in the Park on the Friday. It was probably the worst day for the lineup but the weather was good for once and I finally got to see The Stone Roses live.
13. Do you like or dislike marmite?
We all agree that Marmite is brutal but Ally says mon the Twiglets.
14. Any pets?
Ally has a dog
15. What’s your favourite album of 2016 so far?
The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come to Expect
Spring King’s debut
Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride
DMA’s – Hills End
Sahara’s debut EP is set to be released on July 29th on all major platforms; and as their dedicated fanbase continues to grow, Sahara are seemingly going to become one of Scotland’s most exciting new bands! You can pre-order the EP here.
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