In association with Major Leagues, TMB has decided to have a chit chat with the one and only Party Hardly. Four friends from Leeds making top tunes, their brand new track ‘Technicolour Springs’ features on the label’s new compilation Struck Out in aid of Help Refugees. You can listen to and purchase it right here. Come back every day this week for more interviews with featured artists.
Hey! How’s the world of Party Hardly at the moment?
Everything’s going pretty fine thank you!
Congrats on the success of ‘Friendly Feeling’ and ‘Jobs’! How’s the response been?
The response so far has been great, it feels like it’s been ages since we put anything out and it’s our first properly recorded single release I guess, so it’s nice to have such good support from the off!
You’re often grouped with Trudy & The Romance, TRASH and The Orielles as part of Northern England’s rising music scene. What do you think makes the North so special?
Everything about the North is great, the people, the pubs, the venues, the bands. There is a real sense of community here, there are some great independent projects and DIY endeavours in the North both musically and non-musically and it’s nice to see people coming together to help each other out which is something you don’t tend to see in some places around the UK.
You’ve got four tour dates lined up in March, including Strikeback Festival. Excited to get back on the road?
Yeah we’re well excited, we’re super stoked to be playing our first headline show ever at The Old Blue Last on the 23rd with Teen Brains and Barbuda. It’s for our new double A-side single release with Witchgirl Recordings, and of course as you mentioned Strikeback will be great we’re excited to play alongside local legends Allusondrugs.
Your new song features on the Struck Out compilation for Help Refugees. Can you tell us what it’s about?
We were originally going to use a track called ‘Home’ for relevancy reasons, but we already had this track released under another compilation so we thought we’d bring something new to this compilation, it hasn’t really got anything to do with the Refugee crisis, it’s just about not getting high with your friends.
Why is helping the refugee crisis important to you/why did you want to be involved?
Help Refugees is a great cause, and considering the current lack of support from our government it’s great to see a label like Major Leagues trying to bring together a community of artists to help raise money for this cause, I think sometimes as people living here in the UK we can sometimes take for granted what we have and the luxuries of being brought up in a peaceful environment. So if people go out and buy the tape and the money raised can be put towards basic human necessities like shelter and aid for those who so desperately need it then it makes it all worthwhile!
How important do you think it is for musicians to have a political voice?
I think it’s important for everyone to have an opinion, and a voice, not just musicians.
It’s been nice to see so many young people come out politically over the past few years with the likes of the GE and the EU referendum, this meaningful political enthusiasm from our generation shows the potential to hold power-holders to account, the government must have the capacity to respond to the needs and demands of the people.. still, it’s shame they’re not doing enough about the Refugee crisis.
You’ve already highlighted the employment situation of young people with “Jobs”. Do you think you’ll continue writing with a political focus in the future?
I don’t think we aim to write political songs, we tend to write about what we want to write about at the time, of course, we write about things that affect us on a personal level too so if it were to be politics then we’d write about it. We have written a song recently about how mind-numbingly depressing the news is but that probably won’t be out for a little while.
What new music are you loving at the moment?
We’ve been listening to King Gizzard’s ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ that’s cool, we’re all really into YOWL’s EP ‘Before The Sleep Sets In’ all the songs on it are so great and well written. We’ve also been listening to Cosmo Pyke’s new EP ‘Just Cosmo’ We listened to The Orielles new single on BBC6 the other night that was grand, and local band Drahla they’re ace!
Anything else coming up in 2017 we should know about?
We’ve got a load more gigs lined up after March that we’re excited to announce and hopefully some more releases!
If everyone knew just one thing about Party Hardly, what would you want it to be?
That when we want to we do in fact party very hard…..