Today we have a Meet the band from The Bellybuttons. Their new album has just been made public by our friends at Fuzzkill Records.
I’m not real big on doing reviews, but I think anytime ,any band reminds me just a little of Lou Reed , they have my attention. So lets give The Bellybutoons a big two thumbs up with a you really have to give this a listen recommendation. And if the Lou Reed comparison is a little to dated for your taste then how about The Jesus and Mary Chain or Parquet Courts or Harlan T Bobo. Good stuff….
Hi our name is….
our sound is……
Conor Quill, Robert Palmer, Thom Querns, Tobias Carmichael
We are from…….
We’re all from the south of England except for Thom who’s from Jersey
Who are some that have an influence on you
There’s obviously quite a lot between the four of us but I guess our influences as a band converge mostly at a lot of different pop music made with guitars. I really love The Jesus and Mary Chain, especially the songs by William Reid. A lot of it is so poppy and melodic but really melancholy as well. I like that.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
Thom and Toby were child prodigies but me and Rob started at about the age of fifteen. For most songs it’s me on vocals and guitar, Rob on lead, Thom on bass and Toby on drums but we like to change it around a bit. Rob sang on a song called Something About Nothing from our first EP and Thom sings on Tongue from the new one.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
One of us will normally have an idea or a finished song and send it to the others so they can come up with ideas for it. Even though we live together we don’t really write together that much as it can lead to frustration if we can’t think of something we like on the spot. It works better if we all know what we’re doing before a rehearsal and then its much more enjoyable. Plus I’m personally a lot more creative when I’m alone because I can take more time and try weirder things and see if they work without the fear of being forever shunned by my friends. We recorded ‘Play!’ live with Chris McCrory (Shady Lane) and it was mastered by Sam Smith (Green Door).
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
I guess successful collaboration can be a challenge when you’re in a band. Obviously everyone wants to have their own input and also be happy with the output which isn’t necessarily easy with four separate minds. We’re all on the same page in terms of what we’re trying to do at the moment so we’re pretty lucky.
some albums that you listen to the most....
Favourites include Safe As Milk by Captain Beefheart, Transformer by Lou Reed, Bee Thousand by Guided By Voices, Stoned And Dethroned by The Jesus and Mary Chain, lots by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. I’ve been really into Bakesale by Sebadoh recently, good to see Lou sticking it to J. Mac DeMarco and Real Estate have soothed me through many a long journey.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be …
There’s a lot of great bands around at the moment. Ultimate Painting and Parquet Courts are two bands we really dig. We also messaged Hooton Tennis Club recently about supporting them in Glasgow so if you’re reading this guys, we just wanna rock.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Dip your fingers in butter for slicker licks.
your thoughts on the state of music in 2015…..
We’re an anti David Guetta band. Bring back Basshunter!
Our plans for the rest of 2015/2016…..
Plenty of shows coming very soon and a new release in 2016.