Music Q&A: Island

The band chat ahead of live dates at Liverpool Buyer's Club, 14 May and Manchester's Ruby Lounge, 17 May

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Everything really – the state of the world, state of my life, things that make me laugh.

How have you evolved as a band over the years?
Probably become more self aware/conscious, which is something that you have to work through. But we’ve evolved a lot in the way we capture our music, recording live and finding ways in which we can capture energy rather than just make something cleaner.

What are you up to at the moment?
Touring at the moment so just enjoying that side of things. Each city has its own personality and you can feel it from the crowds. It’s a really fun way of getting to know places you’ve never been. We feed so much off the crowd so our shows are completely different wherever we are.

What’s on your rider?
We go for whiskey and G&Ts. Ice tea, lots of fruit. We’re not quite cool enough for code words for drugs.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Music wise, we’ve had a few stage invasions. Once a girl took turns coming up on stage and dancing with each member of the band but seemed to leave me out. I reminded her and the audience that I’m the lead singer and thus the most important and not to forget it.

What song do you wish you’d written?
There’s loads of songs I wish I’d written but I remember having that specific thought when recently listening to Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley.

What’s your worst lyric?
“I’ve layen awake for days,” doesn’t make any sense. Think I’ve made up a word there.

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