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.
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:
and listen to their single here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-oBQgXnFnY