Three friends from Oxford make the alternative indie trio ‘Filth’. The band are releasing their brilliant EP ‘Day In Day Out’ September 21st. Perfect for fans of Arctic Monkeys, these boys are ready to make their mark. Filth spoke to us about their new EP, BBC Introducing and Apple Crumble.
Where did the band name come from?
We just thought it sounded good and it seems to stick in people’s heads pretty well.
Why is the EP called ‘Day In Day Out’?
The tracks that are on the record are about very day to day happenings and we just stuck with that theme.
How did you all get together?
Well I’ve [Alfie] known Tom since I was tiny and I’ve worked with Gabe for the past 5 years and we all share a love of music.
What inspired you to become musicians?
We went to a few festivals last year and it changed us all and after seeing other people play we thought we wanted a piece of that action.
Was that what you always wanted to do?
We all just wanna be big rockstars, live in hilltop houses driving 15 cars. Don’t we?
What song would you recommend to someone who hasn’t heard your music before?
Out All Night
What artists influence you as a band? Who do you admire?
We all share a love of bands like: Arctic Monkeys, The Vaccines, The Libertines and The Strokes, John Lennon, Willie J Healey, Van Zeller, Slaves, Wolf Alice and many many more.
Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with?
Not really. There is a lot of people I’d love to sit and have a cuppa with though but that’s another story.
My Mum insists that in every interview I ask; what apps do you have on your phone and which one is your favourite?
Mine are pretty crap but i’d have to say Depop. I love it.
Can we expect to see you playing shows in the UK anytime soon?
Yep we got a sold out show on September 28th with Van Zeller at The LIbrary in Oxford then we are playing in Reading on the 5th of October at Purple Turtle with False Advertising.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Just before we go on we like to do a little chant to each other, there’s often a lot of back slapping and necking the last beer.
What role do you think BBC Introducing has had on the band?
It’s started to bring our music to a much wider audience and we hope the relationship blossoms.
What was it like hearing your song on radio?
What would you like to achieve through your music?
We want to influence people’s lives and make them forget about all the shit that’s going on and just have a good time but also juxtaposing to that we want people to listen to our music and sometimes think about all the shit that’s going on.
To you, what is the most important part of a song?
The lyrics and the hook.
What do you think is the easiest and hardest part of a song to write?
The easiest part is when I bring the basis of the song to the guys and playing it together because if we don’t click then we just scrap it. Then the hardest part is definitely starting it.
If you’re buying music, how would you do so: CD, vinyl or digital?
Vinyl, although I’m a big believer in music streaming as it is so much more accessible and can bring music to much larger audiences. You can also easily try out different genres without forking out loads of cash and regretting it.
What is the most challenging song to play live?
Out all night because it’s quite technical and fairly new and we fucked it up before so every time we play it we are bricking it.
‘Same Old Him’ instantly had me thinking of energetic live shows. Which songs do you like playing the most?
I love Nadine because we can have so much fun with it now because it’s the first song we wrote and Out All Night because it’s a contrast from Nadine and it’s a really excitable song and we just buzz off each other so much when we play it.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
Dancing around in the living room to Michael Jackson with the white glove of course.
What’s your fondest musical memory?
Seeing the last shadow puppets.
My girlfriend thinks this is the most important question – what’s your favourite dessert?
Oh for fuck sake ummmmm…. its gotta be a good apple crumble with custard.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Do what you want, play music for yourself.
Have you ever met an idol and freaked out about it?
I bumped into Zoella once but I don’t think that counts…
What would be your dream tour?
Around the UK with all of our mates and sold out shows.
Where would you be, ideally, in 5 years?
An album out and a second on the way and still enjoying every second like we are now.
‘Day In Day Out’ is a brilliant EP and demonstrates the talent these three guys have. Follow Filth on social media so you never miss a release or an announcement – you can thank me for it later.
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