Music Q&A:

Lungs are a hybrid Manchester-Merseyside four-piece, featuring former Courteeners bassist Mark Cuppello. Marking the release of their Birdsong Index EP they play Band on the Wall, Manchester, 28 Dec

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Mark Cuppello: Our singer Tom writes the songs. His themes and influences are quite surreal and labyrinthine. I try not to quiz him too much about this because my brain starts to melt at the answers.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
We’ve been playing together for two years, and I was a big fan of Tom and our guitarist James’s previous bands. A lot of the post-punk influences of those bands are still there, but the music’s become a bit more bombastic and joyous.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We’ve recorded an EP, released on Christmas Eve, and we’re back in the studio in the new year.

What’s on your rider?
Pineapple, coconut and white rum.

How do you stand out from the crowd in a saturated industry?
We don’t see it as being saturated; we love that there’s an abundance of bands to see each week. It’s hard for a lot of venues at the moment but we’re finding that people are making more use of unwanted buildings and spaces, because of the cheaper rent, and that has made for more interesting venues.

Tell us about your worst live show.
At one of our first gigs James shared his favourite 1960s amp with the opening band and it promptly exploded onstage before our set and in front of our very eyes.

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