OUR RECENT CHIT CHAT with Georgia Shipley has found its way into the pages of Leeds City Magazine this week. It is reprinted below for your convenience (at no extra charge to you, dear reader).
Hello Marsicans, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview; any opening words?
Hi Georgia, thank you for the complimentary hummus and breadsticks.
What would you say are you main influences and why?
Musically, our influences range from noughties indie bands to 80’s electro pop. Take them and dip them in a sticky Paul Simon marinade and sprinkle with African samba beats. We all have quite diverse taste in music, for example Cale likes Slipknot and Oli and Rob admit to liking McBusted. Those differences are healthy when it comes to writing music together.
In the past, you have supported big names including Catfish & the Bottlemen and The Pigeon Detectives. Is there anyone else you’re itching to support, or perform with?
We would love to play some shows with The Wombats and The Maccabees. Both have been influential since their debut albums back when we were at school and with new music out this year they’re back in full swing. Also, I heard Eagles of Death Metal were doing another tour. We’ll join them too for a crash course in how to be Rock ‘n’ Roll.
What has been your favourite album so far this year?
James: The Wombats – Glitterbug
Rob: Gaz Coombes – Matador
Oli: Mumford and Sons – Wilder Mind
Cale: Marina and The Diamonds- FROOT
If you were given the opportunity to create your own festival, what would your dream line-up be?
A moderately warm day with a cool light breeze would set the scene, allowing everyone to enjoy the festival without thinking about tents leaking or a warm crate of 24 indigestible fosters cans. The line-up is as follows: The Beatles*; Arcade Fire; Arctic Monkeys (Debut Album Set); Eminem; The Maccabees; Paul Simon (Graceland Album Set); Philip Schofield and the Cubettes; Catfish and The Bottlemen; Cajun Dance Party; Mystery Jets and Bombay Bicycle Club fusion mega band and The Wombats – Tales Of Girls, Boys and Marsupials.
*The Beatles set requires audience to walk into a time machine at their own risk. The festival doesn’t have insurance as all the money was spent on building a time machine. Finally, do you have advice would that you would give to new musicians, who are just starting out in the industry? Be nice to people and write good songs.
Finally, do you have advice would that you would give to new musicians, who are just starting out in the industry?
Be nice to people and write good songs.