Today we bring you a Meet The Band with…Tape Runs Out. Full of beautiful melodies and poetic images, Tape Runs Out are in every sense of the word, artists . These tunes will get you singing along and they will help lift you through your day. Give a listen today to…Tape Runs Out….
from …Ear To Ear Records
FOR FANS OF: The Radio Dept., Yuck, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Alvvays, Mogwai
This is Tape Runs Out’s debut double A-side single ‘Friends’. This coming autumn, you can expect the band’s debut LP.
Tape Runs Out unashamedly display their edgy, refreshing pop-mindedness in these two tracks, with a potent elixir of guitars, hooks and the familiar soft hush of early 90s male vocals. This release includes the hallmark “Friends”, a layered jangle anthem sure to inspire dreaming and gazing, and the stand-out track “Flowers” is reminiscent of ‘Rock Action’ era Mogwai on ecstasy with a remarkable Cure-laced cool-down effect.
ON TAPE RUNS OUT: One of the most exciting bands to come out of Cambridge in recent times, Tape Runs Out have being enthralling audiences around England for the past couple of years. Although they have been described as indie, shoegaze, dream pop and electronica, and certainly borrow elements from these genres, they have carved out their own sound by blending cleverly crafted melodies, melancholic ambience and dreamy reverb-tinged rhythms. Headed by Liam Goodrum-Bell, Tape Runs Out’s music is infectious with a modern and unique twist, bucking stereotypical trends with songs to be savored by those who like to ‘feel’ and absorb the music, as well as the most intricate and scrupulous music lovers.
ON EAR TO EAR RECORDS: Founded in Wales in 2013, the label specialises in dream pop, shoegaze, and indie rock. Originally beginning with local bands, such as Lights That Change and Indigo Sky, it soon grew to include several bands from Europe/ North America, such as Ummagma and Sounds of Sputnik. Ear to Ear recently released Sounds of Sputnik’s debut LP ‘New Born’ feat. Ummagma and Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver, Brian Jonestown Massacre), which won them a 2014 Russian Indie Music Award, in addition to releases by Lights That Change, Indigo Sky and Blood Lips. In February, they released “REVOLUTION – The Shoegaze Revival”, a compilation supported by several heavy hitters from the first wave of shoegaze. Creation Records’ co-founder Joe Foster explains, “This is a new comp with the best of the world shoegaze/magical psychpoppy’s REBIRTH…. Ear To Ear Records are a new Welsh/Canadian label in the spirit of Creation and 4AD and just as obsessed as that! 30 bands from 16 countries worldwide…an unprecedented spread of hope and art”.
Hi our name is… Tape Runs Out
Our sound is…… Sometimes dreamy, sometimes gloomy, sometimes sparkly, sometimes dark
Liam Goodrum-Bell (guitar, vocals, samples)
Yasmin Prebble (keyboard)
Rich Barker (guitar)
Ellie Winter (hammered dulcimer, backing vocals)
Helene Dufour (bass)
We are from……. Various places, but based in Cambridge, UK
Who are some that have an influence on you
Different songs have different influences, some common ones are Radiohead, WHY?, Animal Collective, Pink Floyd and various hip hop artists.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
I (Liam) will record myself playing any ideas that I have. Every now and then I will shuffle through these ideas until something grabs me and I’ll work on that. My computer is covered in Tape Runs Out ideas. If I can make it work I will make a demo out of it and bring it to the others. I’ll send it to friends, my mother, see what they think too. If we can make it sound good we keep it and stick it in our live set, if not we forget it ever existed.
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
The main challenge at the moment is not having a drummer and relying on backing tracks. We often feel that some songs sound too mechanical and lack the correct dynamics because of this. Our way of overcoming this is to try and find a drummer!
1st rock concert you went to and age….
Muse, 15. I was much more into rock then, and they weren’t as pretentious in 2005 as they are now.
The most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….
I saw Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury and he and his E Street Band played for over three hours and never let the energy dip. The amount of sound and life they radiated from the pyramid stage was incredible. There wasn’t one wrong note or dull moment. They were they most entertaining band I’ve ever seen. Being there was much better than being in your house, sitting in front of the TV. The atmosphere was incredible.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
Radiohead would obviously be good. And I’d love to play with WHY?. Also D’Angelo, but mainly because I want to see him live so badly.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Rehearse as much as you can, write as much as you can. Don’t drink Coke, learn the names of flowers.
Your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
I don’t listen to much rock ‘n’ roll so I’m not really sure. In any modern, popular genre success of one artist spawns industry-backed clones that knife the sound to death until the next new thing arrives with all the same frostings, and I’m sure rock is no different. There are always amazing bands, you just have to go hunting for them yourself.
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?…..
I’m about to go interrailing! That’ll be good, I’d like to be more of a traveller. As far as the band is concerned, we’re starting to piece an album together, likely to be released on Ear to Ear Records. We’ll look for a drummer. Rehearse in our living rooms. Get ourselves on the map. Keep trying to write the best song ever. The usual.