INTERVIEW: BIG FAT ASTRONAUTS

Devon trio BIG FAT ASTRONAUTS will kick off their UK tour in February with support from a range of bands. We chatted with the lads ahead of the tour to find out more!

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Tell us a bit about yourselves?

Big Fat Astronauts is made up of Charlie Stork (Vocals/Guitar/Keys), Josh Sanderson (Bass Guitar) and Jacob Rix (Drums/Percussion). We all live in Exmouth (massive) in Devon.

When did you first form?

We’ve been through multiple line-up changes and dodgy band names since Jacob and I (Charlie) started making music together in 2012. The current line-up formed in November 2013. We recruited Josh (bass) when our previous bass player left to form a deathcore band… yes.

What inspired you to start to make music?

We’re all lucky to have musical parents that encouraged us creatively growing up. But if we’re being real about this, we’re actually mindless puppets employed by the government to distract people from serious world issues.

Who are some of your influences?

 At the risk of sounding massively cliché, we listen to a really wide range of stuff! Some current indie-ish stuff, Tame Impala, Foals, Eagulls, Merchandise, Wild Beasts… some classic post-punk and ambient/experimental-rock bands like Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Smiths, Talk Talk, Brian Eno and recently more Jazz, Funk and Hip-hop music: Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, BadBadNotGood, GoGo Penguin, King Krule, Prince, Rejjie Snow. Although our inspiration doesn’t just come from music; films and chicken Caesar salads are also big parts of our lives.

So you’ve got a tour coming up soon, when does it kick off?

The tour kicks off on February 8th at The New Cross Inn, London. There’s some rad bands on the bill that night, including our good friends Semantics from Birmingham. We’ve been wanting to play London for a while now, so it kinda feels like a bit of a landmark for us.

Who’ll be supporting?

We’re playing with different bands in almost every city – Bandicoot, Diablo Furs, Putamen and our homeboys Semantics, Hollows and School Disco. Gonna be some funny afterparties.

Have you got any releases in the pipeline?

Keep your eyes peeled for April.

How would you describe your sound?

Post-punk, progressive indie-psych-rock.

What advice would you give to bands who are just starting out?

Be nice to everyone, make the music you want to make (not just what’s cool right now), try to listen to lots of different types of music, and don’t lose sight of why you started making music.

Where online can people listen to your material?

Our SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/bigfatastronauts and our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2IgnAkUd0jz_8p_hhepFQg/videos

What are your hopes for 2017?

Play as many shows as possible to as many people as possible, write the best songs we can and have as much fun as possible (and get sponsored by Red Stripe).

Cheers lads & good luck on tour!

• TOUR DATES FEB 2017 •
08.02.17 – LONDON: https://goo.gl/4T32tj
09.02.17 – CARDIFF: https://goo.gl/gWORgm
10.02.17 – MANCHESTER: https://goo.gl/szG9Ba
11.02.17 – NOTTINGHAM: 
https://goo.gl/bCj7To
13.02.17 – BRISTOL: 
https://goo.gl/iM1SM5
16.02.17 – LIVERPOOL: 
https://goo.gl/RaIEc1
17.02.17 – BRIDLINGTON: 
https://goo.gl/1Ys3CB
18.02.17 – SHEFFIELD: 
https://goo.gl/T3Edhk
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