New Young Pony Club have taken CTRL this month and are playing live in Sheffield along with hand-picked support acts, The Invisible, The Laurel Collective and DJ sets from Run Hide Survive and Children For Breakfast.
Catch them all at Bungalows & Bears in Sheffield on the 25th February.
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Meanwhile...We've been chatting to Bob from art-rockers The Laurel Collective as they prepare for this month's CTRL Live event.
Q: Were you aware that NYPC were fans of yours and that they wanted you to play as part of their CTRL gig?
B: No, it was completely out of the blue I couldn’t figure out how they found us or how they know who we are? It's quite funny though, a couple of years ago I was at the Isle Of Wight festival and I saw Tahita DJing and I was going to give her one of our CD’s, but at the last minute I chickened out thinking I would look like a complete dork. So it was a nice surprise.
Q: Musically it would appear that you are not that similar, would you say there is a crossover?
B: I suppose there is a vague crossover in the sense that a large part of their track will contain synth and drums and then guitar sections. And they like to play around with vocal stylings which is what we do, and maybe more so with our new material some of it having a little more in common with NYPC
Q: You have two singers correct?
B: Yes it is me and a Nigerian guy called Martin and we sing in a duet style.
Q: So talk us through the rest of the line-up...
B: We have Ollie who plays guitar, we’ve got Charlie on drums and we have a keyboard player called Mark who is looking increasingly like Jean Michel-Jarre, we’ve got to stop getting keyboards for him he is getting surrounded you won’t be able to see him soon. Though maybe that’s a good thing he’s not one of the more stylish members of the band.
Q: Who would you choose for a line-up if you were put in CTRL?
B: I would say Tune-Yards, they are quite a hard to define interesting band. Wild Beasts though they aren’t that new. Conan Mockasin and Michacu. I think that would make an interesting line-up of contrasting bands.
Q: What’s happening in the coming year for The Laurel Collective?
B: We are off on tour in February with a band called Inner City Pirates who will probably be doing some pillaging and from what I have seen they like to drink quite hard so that should be interesting. Then we’re off to Texas in March for SXSW where we will be promoting an album that will be out later this year.