Photography: Kate Davies

Why is music important to you?

Music can have a nostalgic and emotional connection but can also just be something to dance to and it is at the centre of our social group. We’re always sharing new tunes and artists with each other; being able to create our own music makes it even more important to us.

Have you always wanted to create music?

We started playing music together when we were around 15/16 years old and just started off learning covers and getting the parts right. Once we started writing our own music we just never really stopped.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?

We went to Glastonbury 2013 together. alt-J did a surprise set at the William’s Green tent and it just blew our heads off. We’ve been lucky enough to go to Glastonbury every year since and it always influences and inspires us.

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Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform?

Your newest material is always the most exciting and fun to play and most artists probably feel that way. We always think we’ve written our best song, then something better comes along the week after and it just goes on like that. We’re particularly enjoying playing our new songs such as Dreaming, but we’re excited to play There, I Said It as we’ve just released it.

Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in?

Highest Point Festival was class. We played to a lively crowd who had never heard of us and the music seemed to go down well. Locally, we really enjoyed our gig at the Arts Club recently. The sound was immense and we had a bit of a light show going on which spiced things up.

“Once we started writing our own music we just never really stopped” DENIO

What do you think is the overriding influence on your song-writing: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?

Current affairs and what is happening in our lives tends to be the theme. We’re in that post-university point in our lives where we are skint and trying to find the balance between jobs, working on our music and paying rent each month – so that tends to filter into the songs in some form. Mike writes the lyrics so that aspect is all him and his life, but the majority of the band live together so we go through very similar experiences in our day to day lives.

If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?

People have compared us to 80s bands such as Talking Heads and The Cure. Whether that has anything to do with our music or because we wear our kecks up high remains to be seen. We generally love artists with a big sound and try and put ourselves in that same ball park.

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There, I Said It is out now.

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