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The Kent five-piece are gearing up to release their debut album, Temper, on 18 November. They tell Big Issue North about drinking TCP on stage and why they feel like they’re at a bad house party.

What informs your music and songwriting?
We recorded our album completely live and this is how we write too – all in a room together, bouncing ideas off each other. In terms of song themes, they can be about our experiences, dreams, friends and observations on life.

How has the band evolved over the years?
Our goal is to pursue music full time. We’re slowly getting there – we now only work part-time day jobs and recently moved in together. Living in each other’s pockets has helped us grow as a band.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We’re preparing to release our debut album, Temper. We’re throwing a launch party in the basement room of our local, which has already sold out. Then at the start of next year we are going on tour to share our music with as many people as possible.

What’s it like to operate in the music industry today?
It’s like being at a house party that you want to leave because you don’t know anyone, but you stay because there’s a small chance you’ll get lucky.

What’s on your rider?
This is when we are meant to come up with something funny, right? Just give us spare picks. Replacing them is our main expense as a band.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Our bass player drank a glass of TCP by mistake on stage. The bassoonist from the headline band had left it there to soak her reeds in. He took a big swig between songs and thought he’d poisoned himself.

What’s your worst lyric?
“You keep me on the rodeo, the games you play I just don’t know, but I play along.” Ironically Rodeo is a crowd favourite.

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