Dream pop quartet Mayflower have announced the forthcoming release of their latest single ‘I’m Not There’. The track captures the sense of melancholic euphoria which is typical of the Manchester outfit’s sound, with waves of melody and counter-melody intertwining to produce a single with subtle energy and soaring choruses, whilst still maintaining a dark and evocative haze.
The four-piece have had a busy summer so far honing their craft on the live circuit with appearances at Tramlines and Dot to Dot Festival over the last few months, as well as extended airplay on BBC 6 Music off the back of their previous single ‘Sienna’.
Meet – Mayflower
1. For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
We met at school and University, but it wasn’t for a couple of years after meeting that we actually had our first practice. Around the end of 2013 I’d desperately wanted to start a band but didn’t fancy doing it with people I didn’t know, so Jim agreed to what he thought was a one off practice. He’d mentioned he’d been in a jazz band at school and for some reason I’d assumed he was the drummer, but it was actually piano so between that and the fact Mike had just bought a bass and only learnt one tune, it was a pretty slow start. Jake then joined as a second guitarist 6 months in and at that point we’d started to sound less like 3 morons and more like musicians, although only slightly.
2. Who would you list as your musical influences?
When I started writing songs, I was listening to a lot of The Beatles and Bob Dylan, and the artists they inspired. I’d always try and get into the heads of the audiences they played to and try and think about why they were so popular and are still so popular today, what timeless qualities do they share? As we’ve gone on bands with bigger sounds have taken over a bit more and that’s definitely been reflected in how our own sound has grown. So, there are bits of our music that are reminiscent of bands and artists from throughout the last 50 years I suppose, but we have our own styles to add to the mix.
3. What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
We’ve established a relationship with Gordon Raphael, who produced The Strokes’ first couple of albums. He’s expressed a pretty keen interest in the music we’ve released which has obviously been a massive kick for us.
4. What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
A Glastonbury headline slot next year, and we won’t settle for anything less.
5. What are some of your favourite albums from the past few years?
Tame Impala’s latest album was a triumph, they’re a shining light in an often dreary music scene. I really got stuck into WU LYF’s ‘Go Tell Fire to the Mountain’ when it was released; it seemed to mark a very distinct change in the direction I thought music was heading in – I was particularly taken by the vocal delivery which felt very raw and powerful. ‘Lost in the Dream’ by The War on Drugs as well was a big band favourite.
6. Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
At first it was a bit of a necessary evil really, but it’s something that we’ve really engaged in and had a lot of fun with. It’s obviously an ever increasing part of people’s lives as well, so it’d be daft not to keep up with it.
7. Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
We read them all really and probably enjoy them all too, to be honest! As you can imagine it’s always nice when people get behind what we’re doing, especially when it’s coming from places and people you didn’t expect. We’ve been really surprised with how generous the reviews have been for both of our singles so far, so long may that continue.
8. If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go.
Probably South America for me, the response bands seem to get over there is insane! Japan as well. It’s pretty incredible the way some bands have been able to almost transcend culture and their tunes will resonate with people from so many backgrounds. We’ve had some pretty positive messages on our soundcloud from all over the world, so you never know!
9. Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
I think that’s entirely circumstantial and down to the individual. Some people only need music on a Friday and Saturday night and even then maybe don’t really mind what’s playing, which is fine. Speaking for me though, I’m completely obsessed and saying it can save the mortal soul is an understatement!
10. Any last thoughts for your fans?
See you soon, Russell.