In the run up to Live at Leeds tomorrow, we have a chat with ANOTHER brilliant band from Leeds, yes, there’s loads isn’t there! The Golden Age of TV are an indie/art-rock quintet from the heart of Yorkshire and their new single ‘Dust’ has been on repeat at TMB HQ since it’s release a couple of weeks ago, so let’s get into it…
Hey! How’s it going?
Ace – we discovered the other morning that our single ‘Dust’ has been added to Huw Stephen’s ‘Best of Introducing’ playlist. We’re all very humbled by the unexpected response to the single.
So, how and when did TGAOTV form?
Andrew: January 2016- Sam, the ginger one, and I had already been working together for 2 years at this point- he’d come over and we’d write music together, record songs and we shared a real passion for Sam’s Town by The Killers.
We both knew it was time we got serious about working together, so we discussed the idea of starting a new band together. We both wrote up a list of all the people we knew who we felt would be the ‘perfect line-up’, and that’s where Ryan, Josh and Bea fit in. We put together our dream team and we hit it off right away – so far, it’s working pretty well for all 5 of us.
Tell us a fun fact about some members of the band?
Ryan is a direct descendent of the first Greggs sausage roll.
Bea has a tier of things that make her happy, the top thing being: having her nails painted.
Do you all have a love of classic telly? When was the golden age of TV in your opinion?
It’s less a love for simply old school, but more a love for the anachronism of the digital age- of our generation. I can enjoy a bit of Breaking Bad, and then go back and watch Monty Python or The Sopranos in a few clicks. Because of the Internet, everything in Media has become timeless, and I think that’s what we go for with our sound- blissfully nostalgic but excitingly trendy.
So that’s what The Golden Age of TV means- it’s timeless. You search it on twitter and everyone’s applying the ‘Golden Age’ term to whatever period of time they choose. However, because all media from all decades is now available, you could argue that the Golden Age is right now. We as artists have access to both the latest digital technology as well as all the analogue synths, tape machines, classic instrument models. Now is as good a time as any to be a creator.
You supported Toothless recently, I’ve not managed to catch them live yet. Was it a good show?
Sam: Yeah it was amazing, one of the band highlights for me. We’ve all been big Bombay Bicycle Club fans for years so it was a real pleasure to meet Ed and Seren in a different project. The show itself was a lot of fun, we’d all wanted to play the Brudenell since we moved here so it was a big one for us in front of a great crowd. Toothless and Liz Lawrence both sounded great, really enjoyed their sets and they were all really welcoming and happy to hang out. Ended up back at our flat getting wasted with two of the members till the early hours, lovely bunch of people.
What’s the van jam at the moment?
Andrew: Well, we travel separately in Defender’s equipped with Wi-Fi, Cocktails, Mud Baths, a telephone with a direct line to 10 Downing Street, and a television streaming all 6 seasons of Peep Show round the clock.
Nah, we just run on trains right now. It’s always fun trying to fit all our gear on a train to wherever during rush hour. I guess our ‘Van Jam’ is awkward coughing and small talk with strangers who point out how much space our gear is taking up.
Leeds is absolutely incredible for new music at the moment. What do you like about the scene there at the moment?
Andrew: Probably the venues- the new performance spaces opening up such as Headrow House, Brudenell and new spaces like Church have been a real force for not only supporting the local scene, but keeping a steady flow of exciting artists, national and international, performing in Leeds. Bringing up high profile names into Leeds draws larger crowds and the Leeds scene has done a brilliant job of giving local acts the opportunity to perform to larger crowds.
Also, the community- Leeds has spawned a diverse series of collectives, like Tight Lines for example. They’ve got a real hold on the Art Student scene in Hyde Park, hosting these really unique and eccentric events like Chill Withers and putting on collaborative opportunities like the Jam Night at East Village. Everyone’s helping each other out in Leeds, it’s a brilliant place to be an artist.
And who else would you recommend…
Andrew: See the trouble with this question is that I don’t know where to start- on one end you’ve got the Pedigree Leeds sound- acts like Pulled Apart By Horses, Team Picture, Eagulls, all really candid and ferocious guitar-based acts, but then you’ve got the Electronic scene headed by acts like Dulahli, LAMIA and Litany- really tenebrous, nervy, post-rave sort of sounds.
Despite the differences in genre, there’s definitely a similar attitude in all these artists- there’s a really modern, forward thinking approach to the craft which, in my opinion, is what defines the Leeds sound.
Live at Leeds this year is a big one, have you played before?
Andrew: It certainly is a big one, it’s one of the best festival line-ups this year and we’re honoured to be playing, especially after only being together for a year. This is our first performance at Live At Leeds and it’s everything we’ve been working towards for the last 6 months.
What can we expect from your set?
Andrew: We get asked this a lot and we still don’t know. The performance energy is always changing, we’re always trying new things or improvising licks, new dance moves or new stage props. We want to be as exciting as possible, so we’re always reconfiguring our live set to keep each other moving forward.
If you come see us, and you like what you see, make sure you follow up on us at another gig because it’s always going to be a very different experience.
What would be your dream gig?
Andrew: Tough one. Personally, I’d love to do an intimate TGAOTV set in one of those Cat Cafe’s in Japan. Forget Glastonbury or Wembley, I want a crowd of 30 odd aloof cats chilling out with our tunes and IAMS.
Bea: To play a big festival, with VIP comforts. I’ve never been to a festival before because I’m picky and can’t be doing with leaky tents and dirt.
Ryan: Not sure if this counts as a gig, but I’d love for us to do a KEXP session one day. They’re always doing live sessions with a lot of my favourite bands and it’d be cool to join the list.
‘Dust’ is your smashing new single, can you tell us a bit about it?
Andrew: It’s a solid indie-pop banger in 7/4, which means we can appeal to the muse-o nerds out there. I’m really impressed we managed to write a song in a complex time signature that’s still got a strong flow to it- the missing 8th beat isn’t jarring at all. We managed to hit so many different dynamics through the tune too, I love the final section- it’s such a good comedown after how manic the middle bit gets.
Releasing ‘Dust’ after our debut, ‘Between Each Brick’ was the best thing we could do- we wanted to really flash the variety of TGAOTV’s sound, and I feel the mature and refined sound of Dust contrasts well to the dreaminess and verbosity of ‘Between Each Brick’.
The lyrical content of the song is candid, it’s talking directly but sarcastically to this character who is sabotaging the relationship. Bea’s got a real talent for writing narrative, in Between Each Brick she was writing from the perspective of a conscious dead body, in Dust she’s taken the angle of writing passively to someone, like rehearsing an argument in the shower.
What else is coming up for TGAOTV we should know about?
Everything is a little up in the air. – after our set at Live at Leeds, we’ve got another festival performance at Sound City, and then the world is our oyster. It’s a very exciting period for us because now more than ever, anything is possible for us. There’s still 8 months left in 2017, and we intend to keep the momentum going.