LIGHTBLUE (from l-r): Michael Long (guitar), Callum Middleton (vocals), Luke Hall (guitar), Alfie Butcher (drums), Harry Furet (bass)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Cheltenham five-piece Lightblue have been rapidly ascending since forming two years ago, making a big impact with their brand of emotive pop-punk.
The band have played well-received sets at the last two 2000 Trees festivals, as well as supporting the likes of Catch Fire and Better Than Never, among others.
Having recently completed a successful four date UK tour with Evertim, the quintet are currently focusing on putting together the final touches to their debut EP, ‘Paradise Lost’, planned for release this December.
Here are the West Country outfit to tell me more about it and other stuff:
How did the band get together initially?
We all went to the same university, and Callum literally went around our entire year group finding out who liked pop-punk. The band’s original line-up was the people who said yes.
You were originally known as Sioux Falls. How did the name change to Lightblue come about?
When we released our old EP, we realised there was an American emo/indie band called Sioux Falls, so we figured it was best if we changed our name. We chose the new name because we felt it suited our changes in style and line-up in preparation to release our new EP, ‘Paradise Lost’.
What is the band’s approach to songwriting?
In general, Callum tends to write the songs in their basic form, and then bring them to the band to make additions and structural changes.
What are your inspirations lyrically?
Mostly mental health and relationships, but also family and childhood.
As you mentioned earlier, the band will soon be bringing out a new EP, ‘Paradise Lost’. How has the recording process been?
Absolutely loved it. We recorded at The Ranch in Southampton with Daly George. Bands like Boston Manor, Creeper and Gnarwolves have recorded there, so the whole experience was incredible and working with Daly was awesome, he’s the best dude.
And what can be expected of it?
The EP has three tracks, ‘Far Gone’, ‘In The Back Of My Room’, and ‘Mast’. It starts fast and slows as it goes on. We’ve balanced it so there’s pop punk in there, but we’ve really tried to make it our own and it definitely has emo influences.
You played the 2000 Trees Festival this summer, for the second year in a row. How was the experience of doing that again?
We love it there, it’s like home to us. We all live in Cheltenham except Harry, so it really is our hometown festival and the line-up is always awesome.
The band also recently played a weekender across the UK with Evertim. How is it for you all playing live and touring?
We just wish we could be on tour all the time. We were all sad for the whole week after the tour because we missed it so much. Evertim are the nicest people in the world, so that helped a lot. We love playing live, it’s what it’s all about.
What are your plans once the EP has been released?
To keep up the momentum. We’re looking at a tour in the new year, so there will be details of that very soon.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
Honestly, we’d just be happy if we could make enough money to pay the bills from doing something we love, and if our music can help people through tough times, that’s what we strive for.
‘PARADISE LOST’, THE FORTHCOMING DEBUT EP FROM LIGHTBLUE, WILL BE RELEASED ON DECEMBER 8.
MORE INFO ON THIS, AS WELL AS THE BAND, CAN BE FOUND HERE.