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Interview – Laura Kindelan – March 19th 2018 March 22, 2018


Laura checks out an excellent, if somewhat expensive, Toots & the Maytals LP at the Vinyl Cafe.

I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing York singer, songwriter and ace musician Laura Kindelan earlier this week in 45 The Vinyl Cafe on Micklegate. Laura was eloquent, effervescent and spoke about her major influences, where she might take her sound next, her musical guilty pleasures and her favourite chocolate among many other things. Check out that conversation below.

  1. Who is your biggest musical influence and why?

Well there isn’t just one person, for me it’s the sound and the performance. For the sound, it has to be Lianne La Havas; I love her jazz guitar, melodic vocals and song writing. I particularly love her lyrical patterns and use of unusual words. My history teacher introduced me to her.

As for performance, I would have to name two people; Amy Winehouse and Damien Rice. I believe that both of them show the beauty of imperfections. Damien Rice’s mix of his first album “O” massively fluctuates in volume within songs, which could be considered wrong but I believe it’s emotive.

  1. What is next for you, where do you go from here?

I am very happy to be a slow burner. I am not focussed at all on becoming a product or a brand. I want to be a well-respected musician, singer and song writer. That has to include maintaining respect for myself and my craft. I want my music to speak for me, not the image. I would also love to work with a really tight rhythm section in the future.

  1. Musically do you have any of what you might consider guilty pleasures, if so what are they?

That is a tough one, the first one that I can think of is Abba. However, I don’t feel too guilty about it as they wrote, produced and released such great songs. But perhaps my real guilty pleasure is my ‘go to’ party song; “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna.

Photo by Michael Parr

  1. How do you prepare for a gig?

First, I always do some vocal warm ups. I like to make myself feel nice, to feel good. I don’t often wear much make-up, but for a show, I choose to get dressed up with make-up and nice clothes. Everything I do to prepare for a gig contributes to making me feel comfortable and confident on stage. I really believe that a performer should invest the audience in what they do by personally connecting with them, and to do that, you need to be happy and comfortable with yourself. Confidence is key to any good performance.

  1. Name one thing in your musical career that you are most proud of and feel free to tell us why?

My headline show last year at the National Centre for Early Music in York. It felt like such a magical night and I am so proud that I did it. I can’t quite believe that it happened. There were around 180 people there, really listening and enjoying the night – It’s definitely something I’ll never forget.

Click here to check out my review of that show on this blog last year

  1. What drives you to write songs?

Sometimes it is all about getting something off my mind; a feeling or a relationship perhaps. Currently I really love to experiment with harmonies, shapes and different tunings on my guitar. I think I draw influence in this experimentation from Jeff Buckley and Tom Misch, particularly with pretty harmony and rhythm from the latter. I see my sound as evolving into something similar to Tom Misch, only much grottier!

Photograph by Tomorrow’s Photos

  1. How does your song writing process work?

I have lots of lyrics stored on my phone that I’ve written as they come to me and I sometimes go there for inspiration. Although, as I said before, I love to experiment with harmony and chord progressions so I often begin here.

  1. Name a song that you believe you could cover and make it better than the original?

At the moment I am playing around with a very different arrangement of “Do I Wanna Know” by the Arctic Monkeys. I am trying out a very slowed down version which is more ‘head bobby’, with more dissonance and harmonics. I think this new vibe adds more meaning to the lyrics.

  1. Which of your songs would you like to see covered by someone else and who would be your top choice to do it?

I would like it to be someone completely different from me, how about Hello Operator? That could actually be amazing, we should make it happen!

Photo by Tim Downie

  1. Tell me something that you have never told an interviewer before (and this does not need to be music related)?

My signature dish, that I make incredibly well (if I do say so myself), is Carbonara with mushrooms, bacon and cream. Bon appétit.

  1. Name three things that you simply cannot live without?

My family, good food and Doctor Martens. I’m hoping to build a collection of Docs – I currently have four pairs, including one with a snake-skin pattern.

  1. What is your favourite confectionary item?

Terry’s Chocolate Orange, beyond any doubt the best there is!

Now check out some of Laura’s rather excellent tunes.

All photographs were provided to me by Laura and are credited to the photographer in the caption. The first picture was a rare good one taken on my phone. Video links were specially selected by Laura herself.

 

Hey Bill Don’t Ask Me Questions with Lost Trends June 12, 2017


I recently had the pleasure of interviewing (or throwing questions at) Pete, John, Adam and Rusty of one of York’s finest rock bands Lost Trends. Pete and Rusty over a few pints at the Duke of York pub and John and Adam outside Fibbers after the boys played a storming set in support of Billy Bibby and the Wry Smiles. Click here for that review. If you have never heard Lost Trends or seen them play live yet then you really need to rectify that soon. But in the meantime find out a bit more about the band with questions about their musical influences, favourite chocolate bar, rejected band names and which of them reckon they could take Justin Bieber in a fight.

  1. Who are your biggest musical influences?

Pete – Funky, jagged, staccato sounds especially Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead

Rusty – Punk, funky punk, Foals, Bloc Party, Radiohead

John – Bloc Party

Adam – Foals, Arctic Monkeys, Motley Crue

  1. Where does the name Lost Trends come from?

Rusty – A previous band had an Arctic Monkey’s style song called “Lost To The Trend”

Rusty & Pete – Mentioned that they had considered Swedish Jesus and the Dyslexics. But the latter would be spelt wrong!

  1. What brought you together as a band?

Rusty & Pete – They were at York College and become mates after a friend of a friend introduced them. John’s brother was the original drummer and they found Adam via GumTree

Adam – Was looking for a band on Gum Tree (so it worked then!)

John – He took his brother’s place in the band

  1. Are there any Lost Trends side projects?

A resounding NO from both Pete and Rusty

John – A cryptic who knows!

Adam – Maybe some acoustic stuff one day

  1. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

Rusty – Radiohead’s “Let Down” but perhaps the greatest impact is from Lindisfarne’s 70s classic “Lady Eleanor”

Pete – Thought about this for a while before deciding on a song that always makes him happy and upbeat, another 70s classic “September” from Earth, Wind & Fire. At a recent wedding they made sure the DJ played it.

Adam – Chose “Stay The Same” by a band that you may know, they are called Lost Trends. He is very proud of his bass on that track. He is also really keen on some good bass sounds in a Motown, Soul environment.

John – His choice would depend on his level of intoxication

  1. What would be your first big purchase when music makes you rich and famous?

Rusty – A recording studio

Pete – A Ferrari

John – Loads of kick pedals – he has a habit of losing them

Adam – A barrel of coconut rum

  1. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

Pete – Kurt Cobain

Rusty – Was lucky enough to walk past David Bowie at Glastonbury in 2000, he didn’t know what to do (Rusty not Bowie that is) so he nodded hello and got a nod in return

Adam – Don Broco, he would love to tour with them

John – Jimi Hendrix

  1. Which instruments do you play?

Pete – Guitar, piano and backing vocals

Rusty – Guitar, piano, drums and vocals obviously!

Adam – Power chords on a guitar

John – Didgeridoo

  1. When and why did you start playing?

Pete – Grandad was in a York band called the Modernaires. They were once played on Radio 2 after being introduced by no less than Patrick Moore. It was his Grandad who bought Pete his first guitar.

Rusty – His Dad was obsessed with music and he had a Beatles book with chords for every one of their songs. Rusty learnt to play by borrowing his Dad’s guitar and the book.

John – Started playing at school

Adam – Started playing bass at High School as there were no other bass players there

  1. What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Rusty – “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles

Pete – No particular song, just plenty of riffs.

Adam – “She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult

John – Can’t remember but probably something simple

  1. What are the best and worst things about the music industry today?

Both Pete and Rusty agreed that they really don’t like pay to play.

Pete – He said that nowadays reality TV has made the industry very hard to get into. There is more of a need to win a competition or to have a back story, particularly one that would tug the audience’s heart strings

Rusty doesn’t like the favouritism that many promoters and industry people show. Also the apparent lack of daring, no one wants to take a chance any more.

Adam – Worst thing is dodgy promoters who insist that you sell 30 tickets or more

John – A good thing is that there are often more opportunities at the moment

(Incidentally one thing that at least two of the band mentioned is that Simon Pattison of York is an excellent promoter!)

 What tunes are you currently grooving to?

Rusty – Anderson Paak and the Free Laterals – “Come Down”.  He also loves the new Jamiroquai album ‘’Automaton’, and is a big fan of the creative genius of Jay Kay.

Pete – A big fan of the new Bonobo album

John – Chase and Status

Adam – Sofi Tukker – “Drinkee”

  1. Best Saturday night record?

Rusty – King Curtis – “Memphis Soul Stew” or “Milk and Black Spiders” – Foals

Pete – “Move On Up” – Curtis Mayfield

John – “Upside Down” – Diana Ross

Adam – “This Girl” by the Kungs

  1. Best Sunday morning record?

Rusty – “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers. This was a particular favourite with an old housemate and would often get them properly woken up on a Sunday. Rusty is also partial to a little Ralph McTell on a Sunday morning.

Pete – “Daydream In Blue” by i Monster

Adam – “Sunday Morning” by Velvet Underground

John – Kruder & Dorfmeister

  1. What is your favourite book?

Pete – Autobiographies, Anthony Kiedis is a great one

Rusty – Tolkein, plus Luke Reinhart’s Dice Man, Kerouac’s On The Road and Atonement by Ian McEwan

Adam – Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

John – Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

  1. What is your favourite film?

Pete – Nothing in particular

Rusty – Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull

John – Pulp Fiction

Adam – L.A. Confidential

 

  1. What is your favourite TV show?

Rusty – Twin Peaks, Breaking Bad

Pete – Game of Thrones, Red Dwarf

Adam – Residue (Netflix)

John – Better Call Saul

  1. What is your favourite chocolate bar?

Pete – Boost

Rusty – Double Decker – he is a fan of the girth!

John – Another vote for the mighty Boost bar

Adam – Wispa Gold

  1. What is your favourite board game?

Rusty – Pictionary, Cards Against Humanity

Pete – Monopoly – and yes like everyone he cheats!

John – Risk

Adam – Another vote for Monopoly, no admission of cheating from John though

  1. What is your favourite place in York?

Pete – Mansion House, down Stonegate towards the Minster

Rusty – Back of the railway station near the Iron Bridge out towards Acomb. It is the contrast between old and new that he loves.

Adam – Museum Gardens

John – York Dungeon

  1. Could you beat Justin Bieber in a fight?

Pete – Definitely

Rusty – Definitely

John – No

Adam – It would be a close one which Adam might lose on points

  1. What do you sing in the shower?

Rusty – Falsetto stuff, maybe Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”

Pete – Doesn’t sing in the shower, he thinks!

John – Pretty much anything by Diana Ross

Adam – “Bad and Boujee” by Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

  1. Who is your favourite super hero?

Rusty – Spiderman

Pete – Batman

Adam – Gambit from X Men

John – The pink Power Ranger

  1. Who is your non-musical hero?

Pete – F1 legend Ayrton Senna

Rusty – Marlon Brando, the man who changed cinema

John – Adam!

Adam – Not John, but Jeremy Corbyn

  1. What band names did you reject?

Lucas AIDS

  1. What was the first single you owned?

Rusty – “Bad” by Michael Jackson

Pete – “The Locomotion” by Kylie Minogue. The first video that he owned was Wacko’s Moonwalker

John – “Ooh Ah Just A Little Bit” by Gina G

Adam – “Here To Stay” by Korn

  1. What was the first album you bought?

John – Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai

Adam – Dandy Warhols – 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia (because Bohemian Like You was on it)

Pete & Rusty – Bad – Michael Jackson

  1. Who is the richest – Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark?

Pete, John and Rusty – Tony Stark, he sells weapons and Bruce Wayne gives too much to charity.

Adam – Bruce Wayne

  1. Use three words to describe yourself.

Pete – Unsure, confident, contradicting

Rusty – Bright, angry, sexy

Adam – Very very lovely

John – Can Bang Drums

  1. What is your favourite website?

Rusty – Daily Mash

Pete – Digital Spy

John – BBC Sports

Adam – YouTube

  1. Tell me a joke.

Pete – No idea of a good one that I remember

Rusty – What is the difference between a large blue whale and a small white whale? Size and colour. J

Adam – An English man, an Irish man and a Scots man walk into a bar. The barman says is this some kind of joke?

John – (You need to read this one out loud) An English cat called One two Three and a French cat called Une Deux Trois decide to have a swimming race across the English Channel. One Two Three won because Une Deux Trois Quatre Cinq …. Cat sank……geddit?

 

 

“Tory Boy You Can’t Solve Anything” a.k.a an interview with Colour Me Wednesday February 3, 2012


Recently I had a rather excellent band recommended to me by the name of Colour Me Wednesday and not only have I been enjoying their damned fine tunes I have also had the pleasure of interviewing them earlier this week. They hail from Hillingdon and have some educational links to Peckham.

They see themselves as a punk band and I have to agree with that. I always felt that the first wave of UK punk in 1976/77 was more about attitude, outlook and enjoying yourself. This bunch of talented guys and girls has all of that in abundance. They prove that punk is about so much more than just image; they don’t have a tattoo between them!

The band members are Jen on vocals, Hat on guitar and backing vocals, Sam on drums and backing vocals and Danny on bass. They all have a hand in the song writing and frankly it’s hard to believe they are children of the late 80s given the meaning and maturity in their lyrics. They have great principles too, so do not expect to see them in a bigoted, racist pub near you anytime soon.

Every year when I plan my trip to the Reading Festival with my good friend Nick we always select a band that we have never heard of but have an interesting name as a must see act for the weekend. Whilst Colour Me Wednesday (CMW) is a pretty cool name (and more on that later) I may have to choose my must see bands by interesting song titles in future. CMW have some fantastic songs in their repertoire including my current favourite “Purge Your Inner Tory” and “Unicorn In Uniform” Just how good are those titles? But it goes beyond that because the songs have real class both musically and lyrically. Regular readers will know that “Purge Your Inner Tory” plays well to my own political leanings and I just had to use a lyric from it as the title to this post!

“Carefree” is one of Sam’s songs and I particularly love the lyrics which the band say are about the feeling of not being able to stay ‘punk’ But the closing lines for me could be even more universal than that. Just how good is the following? ‘Seems we could go on forever, without another care about the world beyond our own doorstep. But I don’t think that’s for the best and I hope I’m not alone. Yeah I hope I’m not alone’

“Lost On The High Street” is reminiscent of one of my favourite Clash songs “Lost In The Supermarket” I reckon CMW could make a great cover of the Clash’s “Julie’s Been working For The Drug Squad” (Folks that is a request from me!). A remix of their “Lost On The High Street” features on their wonderful Sampler 2011 CD along with demos of the aforementioned “Purge Your Inner Tory” and “Unicorn In Uniform” along with the beautiful and fragile “Holiday From Your Life”. You can click here to buy the EP for the almost criminally low price of £1.79 including postage (if you’re in the UK). Not only are the songs superb but the packaging is wonderfully hand crafted just like the early days of punk.

As it was an interview I had to ask a few questions so I did. I started with who is the best band or singer on the planet and agreed that they could include those sadly departed artists and defunct bands if they wished. They all love the Beatles and Jen and Hat particularly love Juliana Hatfield. (Formerly of the Blake Babies and Some Girls). Danny loves REM and Elvis Costello; the band has covered Costello’s “I Don’t Want To Go To Chelsea” at some point too.

My next question was on a ‘what if’ trip. If there was a Colour Me Wednesday chat show who would be the guests on the first episode. Hat went for Russell Brand and Jen would invite Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill. Sam suggested that he would invite a selection of those cute YouTube cats. I’d be happy to send my two cats Benny the Ball and Mrs Betty Slocombe to audition for that! Incidentally I reckon that would make a good chat show especially if they invited Mr Costello as well.

A recent survey claims that the biggest tear-jerker of a song is “Everybody Hurts” so that was my lead in to ask if any of the band could think of a particular song that made them cry. Jen offered one of my own favourites from the late, great Jeff Buckley with “Lover You Should Have Come Over”. Ben Folds Five’s “Brick” was Hat’s choice. Sam went for “My Baby…” from band favourite Juliana Hatfield while Danny opted for Weezer’s “Pardon Me”. Some interesting choices I reckon; what do you think dear readers?

I then asked the rather shameful question of what is the most embarrassing song in your collection. The band rightly pointed out that music shouldn’t be embarrassing and if you enjoy it what’s the problem. It’s difficult to disagree with their argument (but if “Macarena” comes up on my iPod shuffle facility any time soon I will not be able to avoid that embarrassing feeling; sorry gang!). Jen and Hat did offer a song and a band that they felt they shouldn’t really like. In my view I would say these were pretty cool choices. It was “Kiss Me” from Sixpence None The Richer a song that sisters Jen and Hat used to practice their harmonies on. They also felt that Paramore fitted the bill here as well given their heavily teenage fan base and image.

My next interrogative line was is there a song that sums up your life so far and obviously I had to extend that to albums as well. When I think about it could I answer that question myself? Only with great difficulty! Any way they did come up with Belly’s debut album from 1993, ‘Star’. Along with Juliana Hatfield’s “Become What You Are”. The band have been to see Juliana on one occasion and it was made even more interesting and exciting by the appearance of one time Blake baby Freda Love.

Jen went on to speak about how it felt singing other people’s lyrics. She said that very, very occasionally she might want to edit a line. In particular she feels that the end of a line should be very evocative. She also admitted that she felt almost possessed when singing a cover version.

When travelling up to Sheffield for a recent gig they amused themselves by swapping jokes about cheese, especially vegan cheese as all the band are vegetarians. Are there many cheese jokes? I can only think of two and they are cheesy indeed. Which cheese would you use to entice a grizzly down from a mountain? Camembert. (It’s all in the pronunciation) and what do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho cheese.

I promised you more on the name later and here it is. How did the name come about? Well it was back in the days before Jen was in the band and Hat wanted to find a name that didn’t evoke Goth or death metal. So she used a bag of fridge magnet poetry and pulled out random words until she found a combination that worked. That combination was obviously the pretty cool Colour Me Wednesday.

If you get a chance to see them live then I urge you to take it. I haven’t had that opportunity yet but I will certainly take it when I can. If you want to book them for a gig then get in touch I am pretty damned sure you will not be disappointed. I would like to offer some big thanks to the band for letting me interview them and for becoming the very first act ever to be interviewed for the With Just A Hint Of mayhem blog in nearly three years!

Check them out on the web here;

Colour Me Wednesday on MySpace

Colour Me Wednesday on Facebook

Colour Me Wednesday on their own website

Now enjoy a few of the band’s songs and make sure you order the sampler 2011 EP. If I find that you haven’t bought it, remember……. I know where you live! If you missed the link earlier click here to order the CD.

 

 
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