Music comes to us in many ways, at times it is rather strange how we actually find music we like. This is a tale of one of those times.
I am an Anglophile. It comes naturally to me. I had an English grandmother and a Welsh grandfather. I married a sometimes kilt wearing Scots-Irishman. When we travel, we seek out the most English or Irish pubs in the area. We have a favourite one in the city we live in, it is run by Betty, a lovely woman from Liverpool. Because we eat only fish, we always have a huge plate of her fish and chips with mushy peas while there ( truth is, I’d eat this even if I did eat meat, my father has been forcing it down me since I was a child ) My hubbie washes his fish and chips down with Guinness or Jameson, I choose Boddingtons or Newcastle, Carbombs are always dessert.
In fact, the only beer I will drink is either Boddingtons or Newcastle ( Don’t judge). I prefer vodka. Being in Tulsa makes a pint of Boddingtons or Newcastle a treat, it is not easy to come by. I can only think of one other pub in town that serves it, and just a few liquor stores that will actually have it in stock. It can always be found next to the Guinness in the Hamilton fridge tho, should you ever drop by.
So what does this have to do with music? And where is this interview I was talking about? I am getting there, I promise..
We find a lot of bands from being on Twitter. They will either follow us, or someone has tweeted about them. We always go and check out their music, it is what we do, and if they are good, we want you to know about them also. Some times tho, a band will fall thru our cracks, we are busy when they follow and we tell ourselves we will go back and listen …well you know how that can sometimes go.
Such was the case with Welsh band Trampolene. I had listened to one of their songs, well not a song, but a spoken poem, and loved it, telling myself I would get back to them, but sadly I was pulled into other directions and never got there.
A few weeks ago, November 3rd to be exact, I had a unusal free day and was on my computer working on a blog post and had twitter up in another window. Toggling back and forth between the two, this tweet caught my eye..
Naturally I had to have a look and listen, Trampolene had written a love song to one of my favourite beers, that is the way to get my attention! To make an already long story, short….the song is beautiful, simple, with only Jack’s voice and a piano, tho not about Newcastle, the video is also beautifully simple and fits the song perfectly. I checked Trampolene’s other songs out, I loved them almost as much as I love a good Newcastle , so I contacted the band and their manager..BOOM..got my interview
So, check out our interview with Jack below, and then go have a listen to their music, or go listen first and come back and read. It is up to you, but when you listen, get ready for some in your face guitar driven music, because Trampolene will bring it…
Hi Guys! We recently discovered Trampolene and are loving your sound. We have done a bit of research on you, but would love for you to tell us a bit of back history on the band, such as how you all got together….
Do you think there is a difference in the working class band and the music schooled bands and could you explain that here to us?
Jack, while I watched the Paphides lecture on You Tube, I noticed he mentioned you have Chrones. I have battled with it for most of my life. I feel we could have a huge long chat on that alone, but I will spare the readers LOL. I do however have one question. Us girls, we travel sometimes on week-long road trips to see and interview bands quite a bit. They have learned over time that I have to starve myself all day in order to stay put to see the whole show and the mapping out of every public toilet along the way, it has become a bit of a laugh with all of us. Does your Chrones affect your touring any, and if so how have you learned to deal with it?
You have a new song out New Castle Brown Love Song. Being the emo song lover of our group I am loving it! I can totally visualize someone thinking all these things over a pint when I listen to it. The video is very simplistic, could you tell us the concept of the video and how it came about?
I am also very fond of Artwork of Youth, tho not an actual song. Is there a reason you spoke instead of setting the words to music?
Have you gotten any odd requests from a fan while speaking to them?
What is the one thing you insist on having while you are on tour?
Does the band have any pre-show rituals they partake in before hitting the stage?
When it comes to creating a song, does the music come first or do the lyrics?
What is the most memorable gig you have had to date?
I know that each band is different so we ask this question a lot, but does the band prefer the studio or performing live ?
Live, we are a live band through and through and through. Our first three singles were live! When people see us live that’s when we hopefully win their hearts.
What do you want to accomplish as a band..long term?
I steered my friend Krystal to your music recently and she has asked me to ask you about her chances of seeing you at SXSW. Are you hoping to be able to come to the US and perform, I know from many bands this is a big expense and seems to be difficult.
And finally, we ask this of everyone we interview…tell us the most embarrassing ( or guilty pleasure ) song you have on your iPod or phone..