Thursday, 8 May 2008

Indietracks interview #8: Town Bike

Appearing at Indietracks by popular demand, we're delighted to introduce Liverpudlian power-punk-pop heros Town Bike.

The four-piece recently became deserving winners of a recent Anorak forum vote to play at the festival, charming internet indiepoppers with their simple philosophy of 'having fun'! Their single single ‘When Good Kids Go Bad’ was released on Keith Records in 2007 and during this year they were played by Steve Lamacq on his Radio One show. Here's Sarah, Jane, Morgan and Charlie to answer a few questions.

Hi there Town Bike, tell us a little bit about yourselves

We are a band from Merseyside. We are Sarah (vocals), Jane (Bass), Morgan (Guitar) and Charlie (Drums). We play indie-pop-punk with a kiss on the cheek and a kick in the shin. We have smashing uniforms. We demand that you dance!

How do you feel about music at the moment and the new crop of indiepop bands?

As always, the current music scene is a source of some hope and some despair! Daytime Radio 1 corporate "indie" makes us want to kill, but it's been cool to travel the country and meet real bands playing exciting music.Tell us about an unusual place you've played a gig in the pastWell, our EP launch was in a club which looked like it was dressed in a toga! It had deeply unreliable electrical wiring which frequently cut out, and often threatened to catch fire...

Do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year?

We just want to do the same, but more so! Write more songs, play more, travel further, make more records - that kind o' thing!
Do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?

Sarah is a star of stage and sgreen, and knows the entire dance routine to B*Witched's classic "C'est La Vie". Jane has a side project called Metal Beryl, which recorded the worlds greatest ever Death Metal christmas album. Charlie's widespread infamy is perfectly summed up by his nicknames - "Guns" and "Five Times". I'll leave it to your imagination! Morgan was the subject of a regular column in Mother And Baby magazine circa 1979/80. Really.

What's going to be on your compilation tapes as you travel down to Indietracks?

Helen Love, Andrew WK, Girls Aloud, Ramones, Josie And The Pussycats, Go-gos, High School Musical OST... All the classics!

Do you have any surprises planned for the Indietracks festival?

We're considering numerous possibilities: elaborate stage sets? High-wire stunts? Experimental new jazz-funk direction? We don't want to give too much away - you'll just have to watch us to find out!What attracted you to play the Indietracks festival?Loads of awesome bands in a great setting. Plus everyone we met on tour told us we should play there, which was encouraging!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the Indietracks festival, and why?

We're particularly looking forward to seeing Airport Girl and Comet Gain, and dancing to the Bubblegum Killers, but to be honest, there's so much splendid stuff happening, it's hard to single anything out.

Ah, couldn't have put it better ourselves! Thanks guys. And here's a free MP3, taken from their EP 'When Good Kids Go Bad'...

Free MP3 Download: Town Bike - Bad Girls

Next up: Darren Hayman tells us about his reunion with Jack from Hefner and why he's excited about playing Indietracks!

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