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INTRODUCING: Go Gracious

With the release of their debut track Shake, and more material already well in the works, it’s looking to be a huge year for people pop group GO GRACIOUS.

Emily chatted with the Brixton based band to find out more about them…

Hi guys and welcome to indieblogfest! Could you tell us a bit about yourselves?

Dee: You may or may not be surprised to hear Go Gracious is actually a duo! (loosely based on if the person reading this has listened to our music. If you haven’t I’m not sure what you are waiting for?)

   Dee: I sing and play guitars, I was born in a small town on the south coast called Folkestone; basically as south as you can get without getting wet. Morris, who plays Drums and does a little bit of singing himself, was born in Peterborough. I have only ever been there once and I remember the house we were staying in had no light switches…. all the lights would just automatically come on as you walked in each room. True Story. We now live in Brixton, London and we formed late 2016, so very fresh faced and ready to go.

What made you guys want to start making music together?

Dee: We actually met on tour working for a band called Get Inuit. Morris is their Sound Engineer and I was Tour Managing them at the time. It was around a festival camp fire that Morris asked if I ever played music myself and I had that awkward moment of gently telling him that not only did I play music, he had also seen my band before. So we must have been memorable. After a few sips of Whiskey and a little jog of the old memory (we do see a lot of shows), Morris asked if I’d like to hit the studio with him to rework and produce some tunes. Shake being the first of said songs.

Morris: In my defence, you’d lost about a stone in weight, a pair of glasses and a ridiculous bandana between our conversation and me seeing your band.

What was the idea behind your name?

Dee: Well; first of all who doesn’t love alliteration? It’s the perfectly pretentious platform for professional performance! AM I RIGHT? No but seriously, it sounds really cool to say.

Grace is something that we all lack. I really don’t think you can ever be graceful enough in this world that seems to be falling out from underneath us at an alarming rate. So i say: if you are going through Hell keep going…. I think its really important that if we have to struggle through certain things we do it with grace. Sure, we may sound like hippies but I don’t have a problem with that as long as people know that we are about being good to each other.

Morris: As I recall, I let Dee name the band so I’d never have to answer this question.

So you recently released your debut single ‘Shake’ (Exciting!), have you got anymore material in the works?

Dee: YES! It still feels really weird to be able to say our debut single has finally been released. There’s a lot of hard work and love gone into something that only lasts three minutes, but its a bloody good three minutes ay? We are planning on releasing a three track EP very, very soon…. The progression of the project was always going to be a slow ride for us. Nothing rushed and everything relaxed. Then we released Shake and we received such amazing positive feedback now we are throwing every spare minute we have into our first EP hahaha.

Morris: I’ve got no idea what he’s talking about: I’ve been working on this stuff for months…

Who are some of your favourites bands/artists?

Dee: I could ramble on and on for days about this but ill try my best to keep it short!
The lineage ‘Bruce Springsteen’ left in the East Coast of the states changed my life…..

‘The Menzingers’, ‘The front Bottoms’, ‘PUP’ all give me chills deep into my revolutionary heart! ‘The Smith Street band’ and ‘Camp Cope’ fighting the good fight over in OZ. Seriously if you are a fan of song smithery that will make your soul ignite? Listen to ‘Will Wagner’ from The Smith street band.

More close to home? I really respect bands that can write a huge pop banger but still be cool if you get my drift? Catfish and the Bottlemen, Deaf Havana and The Hunna seriously nail that every damn time!

Morris: I’m also going to do my best to keep this short. It’s a dangerous game to ask musicians about music…

My favourite music changes every other day, but currently I’m really enjoying Spring King; I love their energy and live they are totally disarming by being indescribably nice, and having a confusingly polite stage persona, then smashing you in the face with big guitars and gang vocals.

I’ve recently rediscovered “One Hundred and Thirteen” by a band called Middleman. I’ve still not found anything that comes close to it’s lyrical beauty.
And I’m unashamedly pleased that Taylor Swift is back on Spotify.

Were you particularly influenced by any of these as a group?

Dee: I think the songwriting aspect of Go Gracious; very much so. I have always been in love with the revolutionary vibe and the really comes out of my influences. From a production perspective, what Morris adds is something of miracle to me haha, he makes every song turn into a huge pop masterpiece, I feel like he pushes our sound more towards 30 seconds to Mars and the Killers…. #noregrets. The combination of my blue collar writing attitude and his unbounded take on huge soundscape is what makes Go Gracious.

Morris: I’ll definitely admit to being influenced by This is War. It’s an album that changed how I thought about music. And I definitely have more of a pop sensibility than Dee. When the 2 of us started Go Gracious, we did so without any boundaries in terms of style or instrumentation, so I took influences, in varying degrees, from pretty much everything I’ve every listened to. It sounds odd to say but my biggest influence is probably Dee, because I’m always working from his starting point and expanding from there.

What are your hopes for the future?

Dee: I think success is absolutely subjective, but my hopes are honestly to be able to play music in front of as many people as possible. Go around the world twice and talk to everyone once….. also it would be pretty good to have a live horns section. Who doesn’t want horns?

Morris: I like to measure success in terms of memories, rather than anything as crude as money. If the music we make can improve just 1 person’s mood, I’ll feel like it’s been worthwhile. That being said, I’d love to be able to make music and generate enough income to not die too. We can have a conversation in private about the horn section.

If you were going to space and could only take 3 things with you, what would you bring?

Dee:

1. The complete collection of Indieblogfest back catalogue printed so I have something to read 😉

2. Probably a guitar. So I can serenade Morris which will absolutely ruin space for him.

3. A framed picture of Justin Timberlake….. on the odd chance I am the first contact with Aliens there is absolutely no way I would reply to the obligatory “Take us to your leader” with “Oh, well, his name is Donald Trump and um, well, I have a lot to explain”. So I will be rewriting history and naming JT the leader of the free world and Commander-in-Chief and there won’t be a single earthling there to stop me.

Morris: Do I have to go with him?! Ok…

1) Earplugs; to cope with the incessant serenading.

2) A gag; because there is no way I’m letting Humanity’s first introduction to an Alien race come from him.

3) A jacket; in case it’s cold.

Describe your sound in a few words!

Dee:  Feel good groove, infectious melodies, with a blue collar punk sensibility! Think Bruce Springsteen’s English love-child raised in Las Vegas.

Morris: Sounds like 2 fools with extremely limited musical ability took on an ill-advised, entirely limitless project with a handful of decent ideas, a few excellent acquaintances, and no shortage of passion.

Thanks guys for taking the time to answer our questions!

Shake is an up-beat, feel good tune led largely by guitars, but with elements of driving percussion. Sink your ears into it below:

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Made in Hull! The bands that are placing the city of culture on the map.

As you’ve probably heard, Hull is now the Uk’s City of Culture! With something new and exciting happening every week, an expected 1 million new visitors are to come to Hull in the duration of 2017. Yet despite all this arty and amazing stuff going on just 1 month into the year, it is the Hull bands that are placing this underrated city on the map.

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LIFE

LIFE
LIFE are arguably the biggest band in Hull at the moment as the 4 piece band have just returned from touring as Slaves main support act around Europe, and the career of this punky band is becoming bigger and brighter. A band that do not stop moving once they hit the stage, their crazy and unique stage presence works immensely with LIFE’s punky/ post punk sound, a frenzy of guitar riffs, rythamatic drums and a smooth bass, all accompanied by frontman, Mez’, brash attitude and rock and roll stage presence. LIFE have their own punky sound, fast paced, noisy and full of energy, cementing them as one of the most individual post punk bands going. Some of the most popular hits from the band include, ‘go go go’, ‘rare boots’, and ‘popular music’. With a huge following in Hull alone, expect to hear a lot more from LIFE in the near future!
SONG TO LISTEN TO: Popular music

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FRONTEERS

FRONTEERS
With 12,000 monthly listeners on their Spotify and a support band for Blossoms in 2015, the Fronteers are on to big things and are doing Hull proud! It could be said that the Fronteers can be compared to any alternative/indie band, yet the bands lively tempo and melodious vocals make this a band you come back to hear more and more of. If you are a fan on the Arctic Monkeys or classic britpop bands, you will love the Fronteers. Having just recently released a new single, ‘Next time I’m around’ (a personal favorite of mine), the Fronteers present just how much potential they have. As a band that are a sheer pleasure to listen to, there’s no doubt about it that the Fronteers are going to be selling out shows to the masses in the years to come!

SONG TO LISTEN TO: Full Moon

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THE HUBBARDS

THE HUBBARDS

The quartet who are officially the City of Culture’s ‘Ones to watch’, The Hubbards are indie band that are not only taking hull by storm but have the rest of the UK in their clutches. Similar to the Fronteers, The Hubbards possess charisma, personality and an distinctive sound. In every song it is clear that the band play with passion and spirit, noticeable especially through the strong vocals and pulsating drums, bass and guitar. If you want to hear The Hubbards at their best, catch them at a live show, it is a promise that they will not fail to get the crowd going.

SONG TO LISTEN TO: Dog Bite

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LUMER

LUMER
Despite only being on the scene for just over a year, Lumer have already recently added a fourth member to their original trio, brought their own merch out, made a music video, and got an album on the go. Making their mark on the Hull music scene and becoming more and more popular by the day, Lumer are a band that scream energy, sending any venue that they play into an explosion with their punky/ grungy sounds. The bands sound could be described as a mixture of genres: grungy, punky, psychedelic rock, mental, yet these all work strangely well together with each songs captivating lyrics. Lumer are already beginning to play venues outside of Hull despite the short time they have been together. With new music being recorded right now, Lumer are definitely a band to go check out when they come to a city near you!

SONG TO LISTEN TO: Futile

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VULGARIANS

VULGARIANS
And last but certainly not least, Vulgarians! If you ever go to a Vulgarians gig, be sure to expect some headbanging as this is a band that possess energy, life and sheer heavy rock. Vulgarians have a very psychedelic/ heavy sound which I would say could be compared to the Wytches or 80s mental newcomers, Shame, yet the Vulgarians are a little more heavier and a lot louder! Complete of Ryan on vocals, Jodie playing bass, Connor on drums and Luke on guitar, Vulgarians are a band that you’d be silly not check out.

SONG TO LISTEN TO: Lost sanity smiles
Next time you think of Hull as that rough town on the Humberside with nothing going for it, have a listen to just some of our incredible bands born and breed in good old Hull. There is no doubt about it, Hull’s band are doing us Hull people pretty proud and marking our place firmly on the map as the place to be for cracking music and sick gigs!

 

My Universal Mode – Scarlett & Saffron

As some of you may know, I am always on the look out to discover new music. Last week, it was suggested I listen to indie rock, guitar driven trio Scarlett and Saffron – you can view their Soundcloud here. Consisting of Rob Boswell, Olly Croft and Louis Kershaw, they have played gigs up and down the country, and seem to have built up a large following of fans.

2 years ago the band uploaded Suffocate Me Softly Katy to their soundcloud, and now they’re back with a brand new EP, available to download from iTunes.

The bands EP ‘My Universal Mode’ consists of 3 fantastic tracks.


Pushrod is an absolutely top quality song, with likeness to some of Catfish and the Bottlemens music. Not only is the song upbeat and full of great guitar sounds, but it is also the sort of song I could imagine singing back to this band at one of their gigs.

Following on from Pushrod is 45, which unlike the first track, has a punchy start and no musical intro. It’s fast pace, vibrant energy, and melodic guitar riffs keep the listener interested and eager to hear more!

The final track Marfinkla, starts off slower than the previous two, the tempo builds up as the track goes on. With top guitar and drum playing throughout, this tune definitely keeps up the brilliant reputation this band has already earned.

If you have the opportunity, I would definitely recommend having a listen to this band. With their brand new single being released in March 2016,  and their following only growing, this is sure to be a big year for Scarlett and Saffron.

*They are also looking for slots in Liverpool & Manchester between March & May*