Interview: Tea Street Band
Down-to-earth Liverpool lads ‘The Tea Street Band’ have made quite the impression on their hometown over the last 18 months, and now the hype is branching out. With their synth-fuelled magnetism and high energy, TSB’s music takes listeners back to the late 80’s where warehouse raves and real rock’n’roll were the height of musical fashion. Sound Rev caught up with the boys to talk about modest beginnings, future plans and musical influences.
How has Tea Street Band’s journey been so far?
The journey goes back well further than when we formed the band 18 months ago. We have been friends for well over a decade. We are a band of brothers, who if we weren’t doing The Tea Street Band would probably be playing footy or computer games together. The past 18 months though have been amazing. Writing songs together and taking the songs to different cities and seeing how happy we can make people. It’s a gift to do what we do.
How did it feel getting such rave reviews for your performance in Liverpool Sound City, particularly as it is your hometown?
To be fair I haven’t seen any reviews for the show. I spoke to Peter Guy (GIT) after the show and he had nothing but good things to say. Dave Pichilingi who’s Festival it is was buzzing too and if he’s happy we are as he manages us. To be fair though looking out at the audience and seeing 700+ people happy is the best review and I seen it with me own eyes. So I believe the ‘hype’. Liverpool is the most important city on this Earth, I love where I’m from and to walk around and have people giving us praise is unreal. Its boss!
What is the band’s main musical influences?
Each other, our families, our friends and every single thing I see, hear or touch every day. I love Liverpool bands. Mick Head from SHACK is probably my most inspirational songwriter. He is like no other. Simple chords with melodies like no other. I love that. Its all about Melody.
With the release of your new single ‘Fiesta’ what else can we expect from you in 2012?
We have a ‘download’ available on Monday (28th May) from a recording session that we did down in Red Bull Studio. So looking forward to that. It sounds boss and we did it in a few hours. We just want material out there for people to listen to. We want people enjoying as much of our music as we can give. We want to do a tour. Get on the road and obliterate people up and down the country and of course further afield with good times.
Any more festivals lined up?
Not too sure what’s in the pipeline for the summer. I know we have lots of Weddings to attend. Do they count?
Is there any work being done on a full album at the moment? Any clues on an album title?
We’re always Demoing new songs. We have about fifteen songs we feel would make a great album. At the moment its about capturing our sound and energy. I just want ten great songs on our debut album. So as soon as it finished you just press play again. No idea what the album will be called, none-whatsoever.