Interview with The Concetines 13/4/13

After a year and a half of being a young indie boy band from Leeds, I finally got the chance to have a chat with the boys from The Concetines. And needless to say, the interview was full of banter and sarcasm from each one of them. The band has recently begun to grow more and more successful grabbing an opportunity to share their wonderful music with the audience at Live at Leeds 2013 this summer.

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Q: What is the name of your band? What is the origin of the name and hve you changed the band’s name before?
Danny: The Concetines.
Claydon: We have had different names such as Cast in Stone and The Strides.
Matt: We changed it because we didn’t like the other names.
Jamie: We got a new drummer and thought that we needed a new start.

Q: What are all of your names/age and respective instrument of each of you? Would you ever consider trying a different role in the band?
D: Danny, I’m 17 and I play lead guitar but no, I wouldn’t change roles because I’m happy with my instrument.
C: Claydon, 17 and I am the drummer but I personally think my vocal talents are being wasted on the drums!
M: Matt, 16, guitar. I enjoy what I do in the band but I wouldn’t mind playing drums.
J: Jamie, I’m 17 and play bass. I think changing instruments would not be an option for me.

Q: What genre of music do you consider your work to be and who are your major influences and why?
D: I personally think we are indie rock and my major influences include Arctic Monkeys and The 1975.
C: I’d say Indie probably. And I would say my influences are Sound of Guns and The Killers.
M: I think we are alternative rock and my influences include Stone Roses and The Libertines!
J: We’re indie rock. Stone Roses and Foals influence me I think.

Q: Ah, so you all seem to have different opinions on your genre of music! Where have you performed?
D: We have performed all around Leeds.
Q: What is each of your favourite and worst venues? Do you have any upcoming gigs?
D: My favourite venues are The Cockpit and The Well. The worst we have played at in my opinion is Empire. Yeah we do, I’m really excited to be playing at Live at Leeds and I’m looking forward to seeing Peace, The 1975, The Crookes and The Pigeon Detectives. My favourite gig was when we supported The 1975 and also Various Cruelties – both at The Cockpit.
C: Yeah, my favourite venue has got to be The Cockpit because they always put a good spread there. We have a few shows coming up, the biggest is Live at Leeds which is going to be awesome.
M: My favourite venue is The Cockpit as well. My worst is when we performed in my back garden… I really can’t wait for Live at Leeds especially as we’re playing amongst some great bands and artists! My favourite gig so far would definitely be supporting The 1975 – that was cracking!
J: And like everyone else, my favourite venue is also The Cockpit, my worst is Empire. Live at Leeds will be our biggest gig yet so that should be great. My favourite gig yet is when we supported The 1975.

Q: Who writes your songs and what inspires you? Do you have to be in a certain mind set to write a song or does it just come naturally? Have all of you tried writing one?
D: Matt is the lyricist in the band, we don’t really write about anything in particular, I have tried writing lyrics but it never really works, I just stick to writing sick guitar parts!
C: We all have input about what we think sounds good and what doesn’t.
M: We do tend to write the music parts all together and then I will go and write the lyrics by myself. I don’t particularly have much life experience to write about so half the songs are just made up stories. Sometimes I can’t think of anything so I’ll leave it and come back to it the following day.
J: We write our own parts for the majority of the songs. It depends really, usually if we don’t plan to write a song that usually produces the best outcome. If we jam together we usually come up with something half decent.

Q: How do your rehearsals usually go? Do you have a set time each week or are you more spontaneous? Do you get easily distracted or put your heads down and get things done?
D: They usually go well but we end up swapping instruments by the end and just having a big mash up.  But when we have a gig coming up we run through the set and go through the ones we need to work on most
C: We’re fairly organised in when we rehears e which is once or twice a week. We do always end up messing about though.
M: At the end, we go through the ones that didn’t sound as tight.
J: We go over rough edges and discuss ways of making songs sound better.

Q: What are each your favourite songs by what band/artist and why?
D: I couldn’t tell you what my all-time favourite song was but I am listening to a lot of Kings Of Leon at the moment and I’d have to say my favourite song at this moment in time is Red Morning Light. Also Sex by The 1975 is another I’m listening to a lot. I just really like the ambient sound vibes that are racing around the room.
C: My favourite song is Losing Touch by The Killers but I’m listening to a lot of The 1975 at the moment.
M: I don’t really have a favourite song but at the moment I am listening to Tribes – Baby and Peace – In Love
J: My favourite song of all-time is Fools Gold by The Stone Roses because there are so many elements to it and it has a very chilled out riff.

Q: What is your ultimate direction for the band? Do you wish to get signed eventually? Is music a possible career choice for you? If not, what career paths are you all thinking of going down?
D: My dream is to be in a well-known band when I’m older, so it would be amazing to get signed but if I’m not performing I would like a career in architecture or graphic design.
C: I would love for the band to make it on a big scale. Getting paid for doing something you love would be ideal and having people sing along to your songs really is the best feeling.
M: In the future I would love to make I t big with the band, if I could tour it would be sweet. If not, I want to study maths at university.
J: I’d love to get signed, eventually we plan to travel as a band which I am really looking forward to.

Q: What advice do you have for people who are thinking of forming their own band?
D: Do it. Unless you can’t play an instrument…
C: Make sure you’ve practised and got a good set before you start doing lots of gigs, and just keep practising and playing. I’d definitely recommend it though.
M: Do it! It’s a right laugh and you get bare birds
J. Don’t cover coldplay.

Q: If you could describe the band in 3 words what would they be?
D: Four best friends
C: Sexy, hench, fit.
M: A musical band…
J: Cool as f**k

Q: How can your fans gain access to your music?
D: Just like us on facebook and you’ll find everything there!
M: Facebook is the best way and we have a twitter account. Youtube, Bandcamp and Spotify! And you can also buy our single ‘Pilot’ on iTunes!
J: Buy the songs off iTunes… That way we get bare dollar.

Thanks for chatting with me guys! You can like their facebook and twitter page here:
http://www.facebook.com/TheConcetines?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/TheConcetines
and listen to their single here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-oBQgXnFnY

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The End

I looked into his eyes for what I thought would be the last time. His deep, brown eyes were always so mysterious before I got to know him so well. We shared so many memories, memories I can’t ever bring myself to forget, memories I wish I could forget and memories I have managed to forget. We were only young but I have realised that someone can still mean so much to you that it hurts, no matter what age you are. I never expected to fall for someone so quickly and I never expected it to last so long. He made me feel euphoric most days yet other days, exasperated. We experienced so much together, trips to the cinema, walks in the summer and cuddles on the sofa. But thinking about the arguments we shared makes me feel almost disordered. I must have spent 2 nights out of 7 a week crying myself to sleep, arguing with him was the thing I hated more than anything. However when we were together, smiling in each others arms, I happened to lose every care in the world. I could never imagine him making me feel unhappy even though it was obvious that he did.

It was a sunny and breezy Saturday afternoon in the middle of August and we decided to take a walk down to the river in the small village where we live. He held my hand and that always made me smile. He opened his bag and he had packed a picnic rug and a flask of orange juice, I smiled at him and gently kissed his cheek. He was so caring and he made me feel so special. We lay down and talked for hours whilst listening to our favourite song on repeat until the sun began to sink and it started to get colder, he took his jumper off and helped me into it to keep me warm. He put his arm around my waist and we headed back home. We took the long route home so we could spend a few extra minutes together and as we reached my house he gave me a hug and a kiss and I went back inside, the smile couldn’t be wiped off my face.

Back at school, he seemed different, very distant and as if he didn’t care about anything I had to say. It made me feel wistful. Rather than confronting him about how I felt, I held back even though I knew the outcome of this wouldn’t be great. I sat in class but all I could think about was what I had done wrong to make him be like this with me. And once I begin thinking about something, I cannot stop myself. It’s as if you think of one thing and so many other thoughts branch off that initial thought and take over your mind, practically killing you inside. I think my friends could tell I was down and they tried to cheer me up. But I loved him, so if one thing was even remotely upsetting me about our relationship, I was upset about every other thing in my life. I looked over and he was laughing with another girl, it made me wonder if things would be better if I let him go, whether he’d be happier experiencing things with other girls. I didn’t want to make him feel tied down but I didn’t want him to think he could get away with anything he wanted to either. Relationships are so much harder than you’d expect, especially when you’re a teenager.

As soon as I got home I knew he would text me asking what was wrong but I just didn’t want to speak to him. I switched my phone off and went to sleep. I think my family started wondering what was the matter with me because as time went on, I became more and more discontented and I just knew I wasn’t as happy as I was in the Summer. I was sick and tired. I tried to blame it on my school work and the stress of exams but deep down I knew it was my relationship and the way he would change his personality so often. I was constantly receiving mixed signals from him and I didn’t think I could take it anymore despite the fact I was always so afraid of losing him and seeing him with someone else. The idea of someone else making him as happy as I had for so long made me feel more than feeble. I spoke to a few of my friends and each of them had different opinions on what was best for me but the more I thought about it, the more I wondered whether I could be truly happy without him.

A whole day passed and he hadn’t even tried talking to me. I was beginning to get paranoid and was making up crazy scenarios in my head about what he was doing. Maybe I wasn’t ready to let him go, or maybe this was the sign that it was the right thing to do. I didn’t know, I just wanted to speak to him.

I spent a night thinking about all of our happy memories but I realised the arguments overruled the good times. He eventually contacted me and we arranged to meet up to spend some time together. The moment I saw him all the negative feelings disappeared and I just wanted to hold him. I looked into his eyes and smiled, it felt as if I wasn’t even upset about anything. But I was, and I couldn’t keep letting these feelings build up because eventually I’d break down and say something I would regret. We sat on the bed, watching TV and there was complete silence. We sat there, neither of us saying a word. I couldn’t do this anymore, I was constantly fed up. I wish it was easy to go back in time, when there were no worries or complications but that was easier said than done.

I turned and looked at him, the look on his face made me nervous and I told him we needed to talk. He looked worried, and I was too. I was worrying about every little aspect of this situation. Whether he would be upset, whether he wouldn’t care or what if he had found someone else. I was overthinking again and I knew that was a bad idea. I explained how he made me feel when we argued and he didn’t even seem to feel bad about it, it was as if he didn’t care which made me angrier. I still loved him. I still wanted to be with him, we had just shared the perfect summer together and to feel it coming to an end was heart-breaking but how was I supposed to know whether I would be happier without him if I hadn’t been for such a long time? Maybe I was just used to being with him, and had been settled down for so long I had forgotten what it was like to be alone.

After a tearful hour-long conversation we agreed it was best we waved goodbye to our relationship. I didn’t even know how to feel, I was devastated, heart-broken. But also relieved, everything that had happened whilst I was with him was a lesson and I had learnt everything I needed to know about relationships. He had hurt me more than anything ever had before in so many ways which pains me to even think about. I cried for a few hours straight and wondered how he was handling it but knowing that I had now gone from having everything to nothing was a slight shock to the system.

Time went by, I thought about him every day and I still do even though so much time has passed. I know he is happier now and I am too, I get lonely most nights and I feel pitiful a lot. I sometimes miss him but remembering everything he did and said to hurt me helps me understand I miss the bond we shared. It was an extremely hard thing to get over but knowing that he was happier without me was a good thing. Friends are the most amazing people you can have in situations where you lose the love of your life. They took my mind off everything and made me smile every day. I thought I was in love with him but after having so much time to think, I question myself whether it was true love or whether I was worried about having nobody.

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. – Alexander Graham Bell.