Saturday, 5 June 2010
Indietracks interview #13: The Loves
Hello everyone! We've been extremely busy over at Indietracks Towers this week. We've added two brilliant bands to the line-up - The Cavalcade and Socialist Leisure Party - and this year's Indietracks CD is now officially in production, woo! The Midland Railway has been listed in The Guardian as one of the country's top rural gig venues and, as if that isn't enough activity, our Stuart has been out and about giving interviews about the festival. You can read the latest interview with him over at at the wonderful God is in the TV fanzine, where he gives his personal band tips for this year's Indietracks and also reveals his plans for the future of the festival.
Today we're interviewing Indietracks stalwarts The Loves. They played the first full weekend festival back in 2007 and since then they've lost and acquired a few band members along the way. Apparently almost every musician in Wales has been in The Loves at some point. They've got a new bassist, keyboardist and probably a few other people in there that we don't even know about. Here's ringleader Simon to talk us about their preparations for this year's festival..
Hello, all-new Loves! Tell us a little bit about yourselves...
We are The Loves. We've been going for 10 years and soon we won't be.
We'll just have to make sure we dance along to your Indietracks set doubly energetically then! What music are you enjoying at the moment?
We are currently listening to Squeeze by The Velvet Underground, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N Roses, Arctic Monkeys, The Flamin' Groovies, Hall & Oates, Os Mutantes, The Who and The Monkees. Most of the usual.
We're excited about you playing Indietracks. Do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year? We heard a certain rumour about a member of the Velvet Underground.....
Our last LP "Love You" will be out soon and yes, it features a member of The Velvet Underground as the voice of Jesus, a Brian May-esque guitar solo, some rapping, bad language on almost every song, a cover of a 1966 Nathaniel Mayer song and real violins.
Also, there'll be some kind of covers EP called "Love You Too" which will be out around the same time hopefully. So we'll be flogging that around the country until Valentines Day next year when we'll play our last ever show. Which might be four hours long.
Sounds like you've got a lot of exciting plans lined up before you all retire to the country then! But what about this year? Do you have any surprises planned for your fans at Indietracks?
We hope to have The Loves Singing Orchestral Circus up and going for it. Which could mean anything really...
We'll look forward to seeing what you've got in store for us, thanks Simon!
If you can't wait til then, The Loves have just made a video for their forthcoming AA single Bubblegum/December Boy on Fortuna Pop. Watch out for the surprise ending!