More than 3 years after Twin City Records released the bands debut EP, we caught up with Stephen from 'The Apparells'...
- Whats the current line up of the band? Still a 4-piece?
We are now a five piece. Lee - Guitar/vocals, Stevie - guitar, Jay - drums, myself on bass and the addition of Rod Spark on Hammond which has added a new dimension to the band and creates a whole host of different textures to our songs.
- What genre would you like to be labelled under?
Thats tricky as we are always progressing our sound as we go.
I suppose Psychedelic indie rock just about sums us up at the moment.
- You played a few dates in America last year - how was that?
Yeah that was fantastic, after the initial scare of being refused entry due to visa issues. We played two nights in Philadelphia before heading to Atlantic City then up to New York. It was great to play in front of different audiences and we noticed that most folk at the gigs were there to enjoy the full night of music, and really took part in the whole occasion. We were made very welcome by all the bands and the crowds enthusiasm really made it a memorable trip. Only bad point was when I thought I was having a cardiac arrest after running up the rocky steps at the Philadelphia museum of art. I'm sure theres a video somewhere but thats for a later date, haha.
- We see you played the famous King Tuts again last month and you hit Glasgow next month playing Nice N Sleazys, do have any other live shows lined up this year?
Nice N Sleazys on the 21st Oct is the only date we have penciled in at this point. Its an important gig for us as we will be supporting 90's indie band Thousand Yard Stare on their UK tour. I caught them live when they reformed last year for a couple of gigs and they were fantastic. You won't want to miss this one.
- We haven't heard anything new since Matter Of Taste EP last year, do you have any new material in the pipeline?
Yes we are currently in the studio recording and hope to have an EP out pretty soon with our debut album and tour to follow not too far behind. We are really excited with the progress so far. Our aim is to improve with every recording and we feel we will have achieved that with the album. Watch this space.
- Were you happy with reception you received from Matter of Taste?
It done ok, considering that the release was rather low key. It was a transitional period for the band as well with Paddy leaving and Stevie who had recently joined on keys then moving on to guitar. We then performed it live on STV Glasgow and it took on a new lease of life. First song Behind the Lines featured on Real XS future classics in Manchester and was also included in the March of the Mods charity CD for the Teenage Cancer Trust, so we were pleased with that.
- How do you feel about the current state of the music industry in Scotland?
I think the Scottish music scene is as vibrant and healthy as its ever been, so many gigs of all genre's to choose from on a weekly basis, some fantastic bands at the moment. More folk are listening to music than ever before, the hard part though is switching them on to new independent music rather than only whats being pushed by the major labels. There are more and more local radio stations playing unsigned acts as well as loads of small festivals giving acts a stage to showcase their talents. So it bodes well for the future.
- What are you and the lads listening to right now? Do you all have the same taste?
I've been listening to the new abums by Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub and Augustines. I'll also check out a lot of unsigned bands, mostly just singles though as they release them. Not sure what the other guys are listening to but we all have different tastes which I think makes for a good mix when we are writing our own songs.
- Finally, where can your fans buy/listen to your music?
You can buy Reflections and Matter taste EP's on all the major online stores, iTunes/google play/amazon. Also stream on Deezer/ Spotify .
you can also like us on Facebook to keep up with any future releases, live dates etc.
The Apparells play 'Nice N Sleazys' in Glasgow supporting indie favourites 'Thousand Yard Stare' on their UK tour on 21 October 2016. Tickets available from the band or via Ticket Scotland.