Saturday, 16 July 2011

Indietracks interview #23: Model Village

Model Village are a folksy pop band based in Cambridge. Their three-year CV includes shows with many of the leading lights in quality indiepop, including Bearsuit, Tender Trap, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Jeffrey Lewis, Jonny and The Wave Pictures. The band combine their love of jangly pop like Camera Obscura, the darker side of folk as exemplified by Nina Nastasia and the slick sounds of 'Rumours'-era Fleetwood Mac. They recently released a split 7" single with The Puncture Repair Kit, and plan to release their debut album later this year.

Today (Saturday 16 July), the band are playing at a fantastic-looking all-dayer in Cambridge, along with Allo Darlin', Apple Eyes, The Puncture Repair Kit and many others. Pop along if you're in the vicinity!

Hi, tell us a little bit about yourselves

We are Model Village, the south east's premier success free jangly indie folk super group. We have spent many human lifetimes in the pursuit of music, and have finally found a sound that some other people enjoy! It's working out well.

What music are you enjoying at the moment?

I can't really speak for the others, but when they're in my car at the moment we have been listening to a lot of a 3CD Trojan hits compilations with Althea and Donna's "uptown top ranking" and loads of other winners. Additionally Piers has recently shared the Dutch Uncles new record with me, which is great, and I've also been listening to the new Treefight for Sunlight record. Kev our drummer has been in Saudi Arabia for half a year, so he's just pleased to hear any music.

Tell us about an unusual place you've played a gig in the past

Two spring to mind in where the Model Village crew is concerned. Recently we had a slot following the The Futureheads at a Cambridge May Ball, it was very tightly run and we weren't allowed to see any of the other acts and had to be escorted in and out. It was like playing a teen wedding with lots of youngsters in black tie and ball gowns.

Prior to that, Rachel's first gig singing with us was at a primary School PTA quiz night. That was probably the most money and most dancing we have ever had. It turns out little kids mums REALLY want to have a good time. Plus we came third in the quiz.

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

We will be releasing our album later in the year, and hopefully touring. We've only managed to play London and Cambridge, so Indietracks will be as far from home as we've got. We intend to hit Rachel's Scottish homelands, my and Piers' West Midland's roots and the rest of the country if they'll have us.

Do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?

Dan he keeps falling over (so far in the last 18 months he has broken his foot, and mashed his face up about three times), Kenny plays more musical instruments than any other member of the band, and makes us all sick.

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

Trojan Hits 3xCD for max' summer value. Also probably a compilation CD I found recently that someone gave me back in 2002, it has Sir Mixalot, The Descendents, Funkadelic, High on Fire, Busta Rhymes, Slayer and Stevie Wonder on it.

What attracted you to play the Indietracks festival?

Dan went last year and had a super time, our friends Betty and the Werewolves played and loved it.
Do you have any surprises planned for the Indietracks festival?

Well we have a special micro album we're going to be bringing to sell, any other surprises will be thought up on the day.

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

There are so many good bands playing it's hard to pick one, I know that various members of our crew will be psyched to see Edwyn Collins, Milky Wimpshake, Jonny, Pocketbooks, Chris T-T, The History of Apple Pie, Herman Dune and of course for no reason whatsoever A Little Orchestra and Apple Eyes; any similarity between members of those bands and our own is coincidental!  Personally I'm looking forward to World of Fox as I've not seen Simon Fox since I played a gig with his old band Grover in about 2001!

Thanks - see you in a couple of weeks!

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