Synth Pop Sunday ,from Glasgow….Meet, Apache Darling ,

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Sunday special… Meet The Band. We started 50thirdand3rd to bring you the best in new music and one of the principle ideas was not to get bogged down by any one sound. We didn’t want to be the site that played what everybody else was playing, nor did we just want to be know as a punk or garagepunk/garagerock site. So today we are going to branch out a little and bring you some electronic pop, all the way from Glasgow. And maybe The Eurythmics are the only reference point for me but being compared to them can’t be a bad thing. Apache Darling may make you recall your dancing days or maybe you are in your twenties’ and this is all new to you and you find yourself whistling along and moving to the steady beat and to all the fun that’s going on .So kick back, give a listen and brighten up your day…..

Hi our name is…

APACHE DARLING

People say we sound like…

A little bit of Simple Minds, The Knife and Eurythmics.

We are…

Stefanie Lawrence (Vocals) & Andrew Black (Keys & Vocals)

We are from…

Glasgow, Scotland.

Can you tell us a little what the music scene in Glasgow is like …

Glasgow is great right now, buzzing with good electronic music. It’s a small scene here and everyone is pretty supportive of new bands. We have a history of breakthrough artists in this city.

Who are some that have an influence on you…

Andrew: People like David Bowie, Elton John and Prince had a big impact on us growing up. Guys like Duran Duran, OMD, Jean-Michel Jarre and Gary Numan got me into the electronic sound, long before I knew anything about that kind of music.

Stefanie: I grew up listening to The Beatles and Elvis, and then started really getting into Bowie, Prince and ELO. Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper were big inspirations too.

How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band…

Stefanie: I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I was 16 that I started playing in bands. I also play piano.

Andrew: I started playing piano when I was about 9. I play the keyboards (which are all analogue, and varying degrees of temperamental!) in the band and do backing vocals on some of the tracks. We also have bass and drums when we play live, supplied by Charlotte Printer and Ewan Laing.

Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out…

Andrew: All our songs are written at the piano. It’s important that the songs sound great in their most simple form, that way the production is there to augment an idea that already works. Songs that rely solely on production to sound convincing, or that wouldn’t work just on piano or guitar are fundamentally flawed in our genre, so it absolutely has to work acoustically for us to take an idea further. Once we have the core idea formed, we start working on all the sounds to help bring it to life.

Stefanie: We tend not to write the foundations of songs together at all. We do it separately and bring each other a formed idea. We’ll then start putting our ideas together and build a finished melody and structure.

What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges…

The hardest thing is getting people to who don’t know us to listen to our music. We’re right at the beginning, where we need people to listen and share our songs. The only thing we can do is work as hard as we can and let the music do the rest.

If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it …

Andrew: LA in the mid ‘70s. A lot of cool shit went down then.

Stefanie: I think the ‘80s was a great time. 1984 specifically. I base this on Prince and neon eyeshadow.

What are some of your all time favourite albums…

Andrew: “Ziggy Stardust” is a winner from start to finish. As a kid I was really into “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John (I basically learned piano from that album). Recently, I’ve been really into Lorde’s album, she deserves the success she’s having!

Stefanie: “Purple Rain” is perfect in my opinion. It’s everything I want an album to be. “Plans” by Death Cab is a favourite, as is Ben Folds “Rockin’ The Suburbs”.

Who would you like to tour with?

Lorde would be a great one. I think fans of her music would like us.

My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…

Strive to be better at your instrument than all your friends, and play with as many bands as you can while you’re a teenager. You’ll soon figure out who’s serious – keep working with those people! Also, learning an instrument can be a bitch sometimes, but it’s worth it for all the eureka moments you’ll have.

The one thing we want you to remember while you’re listening to us…

We want you to feel invincible when you hear our songs.

Our plans for 2015…

We are going to be writing and recording a lot this year! The plan is to get together enough music to start thinking about an album. We’ve got some secret goals too but that would be telling…

listen to some cool tunes….

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