Monday morning here on the East Coast and that seems like a great time for some power pop with a punch. I like Thee Mightees , the music is fun and it’s something you can wrap your arms around. This sound has been with us a long time and thanks to bands like Thee Mightees a new generation is being turned on to the glories of cool tunes. So join me, grab that cup of coffee, pull up a chair, if everyone else is still sleeping , put on some headphones and rock out. If you are tuning in from The UK /Europe…turn it up loud and have some fun…..
Hi our name is….
our sound is……
Chiming melodic guitar-pop. Channeling indie influences with a small “i’ (think Rough Trade, Postcard, Creation, Sarah, and Slumberland records).
Tom Roper, Chris Wood, Ben Russell, Tom Shore
We are from…..
Who are some of the artists that have an influence on you
Bands like The Pastels, Television Personalities, Revolving Paint Dream, The Mantles, Orange Juice, The Velvet Underground, Jad Fair, Cause Co-Motion, Vivian Girls, Sea Lions, The Wake, New Order, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Real Estate.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
The song you picked up on ‘Brutal’ was a real team effort. We wrote the music for that at our first full practice believe it or not – we dreamt up this guitar line from somewhere and Ben and Chris instinctively started played along to that. We then added another lead line to what the band was playing and just seemed to all come altogether naturally – it was hard to play at first we’ve all mastered it now. That was a real turning point and made us believe in what we were doing.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
I think getting on and all pulling in the same direction as a band is always hard. We all enjoy playing in Thee Mightees because its quite relaxed atmosphere and everyone seems to believe in each other as songwriters, musicians and as a people. That is so special I think people can take that for granted so we are truly blessed.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be...
People have said our music sounds like Real Estate – which is no bad thing in my book – so we could complement them perhaps.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Record and release your own music until someone else pays to do it for you.
your thoughts on the state of music in 2015.….
We aren’t really thinking about what other bands are doing to be honest. We are lucky that we’ve had the support of a creative community in Sheffield who have helped us to record our music. We recently joined Delicious Clam studios and since then they’ve helped provide us with a practice space, recorded our album, videoed a live session and booked us our first show. We recorded our first record over the course of one weekend in August with Ed Crisp and Callum
Keiller. We are really pleased with the results and hope to release this soon.
Our plans for the rest of 2015/2016…..
Badgering record companies to imprint our music onto vinyl and hoping people buy it. Getting booked to play more cool shows and writing more music.