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The Book Club

The Book Club, March 2010 (self titled debut ep)
The Fantastical Adventures of Mr K., Nov 2010

Hi guys, how are you?
Fair to middling thankyou

Would you mind introducing us to your band members?
There's Me (Joe) and Ant (Ant plays drums.) Then Tom (Bass) and Pat (Guitar.)

How long has the current band line up been together?
Nearly 1 year.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
Music to get ready to. Music to come home to.

What have you been up to recently?
Gigged in Catania - Sicily. Amazin.

What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
Hopefully an album. The Fantastical Adventures of Mr K. parts 2 & 4. A European Tour might be on the cards too after some recent Euro dates.  A definite Uk Tour. Civil Partnership?

How did you meet each other?
Family and Friends. By fate, by chance, by the bus stop

How did you come up with your name for the band?
My brother sarcastically gave us the label to reflect our academic tendencies ant it has stuck with us.

Did you always want to be in a band?
No. Playing football is the dream but then I suppose you have to be fit, talented and surround yourself with self-obsessed idiots.

What music did you listen to while growing up?
The Jam. The Clash. Prince. Talking Heads. David Bowie. Dylan. Guns n Roses. Beautiful South. Housemartins.

How long have you been involved with writing & performing music?
Since I was 16. Technically I should be good by now. 

What were your first music making experiences?
With friends in a loft.

Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
Self-taught. All of us.

What is your current equipment?
We all use pretty standard equipment, nothing insanely expensive, there's just no need for it. Pat uses a few fancy pedals and what not.

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If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
I would buy Paul Mcartney and force him to be sound again.

Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Mostly. Although it is nice to use a Hammond organ.

Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
I bring the goods to the boys. They taste it. We negotiate a price.

Which software/recording process do you use?
We get everything down and have a good idea of what we want to achieve, then we work with a gentleman named Alan Smythe in Sheffield. He uses mostly wizardry and sorcery software to make us sound good. He is a genius.

Would you sign with a major record company?
Yes! Ha, joking, no we wouldn't.

Do you have any new recordings planned?
Hopefully complete an album early next year.

How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
A lot, its an important part of the process for us.

Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
Yes. It can sometimes be more fun on the other side. Less protective more objective.  Its not as close to you in the way that a it is if it is just you.

Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
Mostly although you do tend to despise your own work as you may have heard it a million times.

Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
Live is a good start then we bring in the gimp.

Do you any favourite tracks from your album?
Sir Walter. Very different for us. Quite sexy.

Who are the main songwriters for the band?
As said before, I write pretty much everything, then Ant and Tom work on Bass and Drum parts, while I iron out the rest of the guitar parts with Pat.

Do you have a method for writing songs?
Not really. On Tuesdays I tend to write good lyrics...

Do you write songs only about personal experiences?
Yes but that gives very little material. looking at other peoples lives is more liberating.

Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
Easy. It's something I've been doing for a long time.

Is there anyone who you would like to collaborate with on writing songs or performing?
John Barrowman.

Who are your favourite songwriters?

Which countries have you gigged in?
Japan. Europe. UK

Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?

Who would you like to tour with?
If it was Absolutely anyone, Supergrass would be top of the list, even though they have split up, and if death wasn't an issue, The Beatles would be up there too.

How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
We were pretty lucky that people twigged with us pretty early, we don't have a huge prescence anywhere really, when it comes to the internet we just kind of planted a seed, and it grew without us, and the word spread.

Which music promotion websites do you use and do you have a favourite?
Erm, not really a favourite, they all have pro's and con's. I think Myspace has done great things for music, but it may also be the downfall of an industry.

Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
Extremely. It's a music revolution.

With all the various websites out there for independent and unsigned artists, is there still something that is missing from them that you think would benefit the lesser-known artists?
Things happen less organically via word of mouth which is a shame.

How do you relax?
Haha, erm, its a concious decision, i say "relax," and i do.

Have you ever entered any ‘battle of the bands’ competitions?
No, we've been very fortunate to not have to do things like that.

What's your best/worst experience at a gig?
Catania - Barbara Disco Lab. Two encores. Free drinks til 6am.

Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
Gigging is a normal thing now, its just like going to the pub, but with your 3 mates, and playing music to a crowd of people that like what you do. So to answer your question, we don't really get nervous, because we have so much fun doing it.

What are your day jobs if you have them?
We all have our fingers in many pies at home (Sheffield.)

Would you like to be full time working musicians or are you happy with things as they are?
Full time is the dream.

Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?
No. Shame really.

Is composing for film or tv something you’d like to get involved in if the opportunity came along?
Oh yes.  It’s a landmark achievement for a writer and artist.

Is there anything you'd like to add?
Thanks to all the lovely people that keep buying our music, and keep your eyes peeled for lots of fresh stuff in the new year, cheers.

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