Tuesday 18 February 2020

Backstage with Quigley

Following a jam-packed summer performing at festivals far and wide, as well as releasing a brand new video, SoGlos catches up with Gloucestershire's home-grown talent, Quigley.

Gloucestershire’s indie five-piece, Quigley, has been busy performing far and wide this summer, playing everywhere from Wychwood Festival and Sportbeat, to London venues and even Belgium.

SoGlos goes backstage to find out more about the local band, what inspires their music, where our readers can catch them live and more, in this exclusive interview.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves

We are a five-piece band – Chris, lead singer and key player, began to write and perform as a solo act before Rich joined him on guitar to form a duo. Dan on bass, Zoe on vocals, and Oli on drums completed the line-up in 2015 and we’ve been together ever since.

Our sound is probably indie/rock, although we have a number of songs that dip into different styles, including soul, pop and dance.

Do you get compared to any other bands or artists?

In London we were told we were like Foals crossed with Bombay Bicycle Club and Muse!

As long as you love music and having a good time, you will get on with our songs.

You’ve had a busy summer so far playing at local festivals, do you have any highlights so far.

We really enjoyed performing at SportBeat, Witcombe Cider Fest, Livestock, and Wychwood – but our personal highlights for the summer have either got to be headlining the infamous Bedford in London, or playing at our first International Festival in Belgium!

It was an incredible experience meeting other artists and music-lovers abroad – the fans were so receptive and enthusiastic, all of our music went down really well and we’ve already been booked to go back again next year.

And what are you looking forward to?

We’re headlining at the Louisiana in Bristol on Saturday 3 September 2016 – it’s one of our all-time favourite venues, and one that has been played by so many of our favourite bands – it’s one we can’t wait do play.

Musically, who would you say are your biggest influences?

We all have quite a diverse range of influences – Chris is inspired by song writers like Ryan Tedder and Matt Bellamy while Rich’s influences are Dave Gilmour, John Frusciante and Ben Howard. Meanwhile, Dan lived in Liverpool for four years so is invariably obsessed with The Beatles – there’s definitely a mixture of musical flavours between us, but it works.

What kind of audience would we find at your gigs?

Anybody really. We have fans of all ages and backgrounds. As long as you love music and having a good time, you will get on with our songs. We have a lot of upbeat tunes that always seem to get people dancing or singing along which we love to see. We’ve yet to see a mosh pit at one of our gigs, but you never know…

What’s your favourite venue or festival you’ve played at in Gloucestershire so far?

We really enjoyed playing at Gloucester Guildhall. We were playing with Hunter & the Bear, who are an amazing band and a great bunch of guys – we recommend you check them out!

Which other local bands do you rate?

There are actually a lot of really talented bands from Gloucestershire. We’re good friends with Harper’s Ferry – who are up and coming in the folk scene – and Ardyn are also doing great things at the moment.

Anywhere you haven’t yet played in the country but would like to?

We’ve actually dipped our toes in most corners of the UK already, but we’d love to play at the Thekla in Bristol next. It’s an old dredger turned into a music venue and it is amazing.

What is your favourite song to perform?

At the moment, we really enjoy playing our song, ‘This Feeling’. It’s a real easy-listening, summer pop tune and goes down really well with live crowds.

We actually went to London to record it in front of a small audience – it was amazing. Everywhere we’ve played people get up and start dancing, and, as entertainers, that’s the ultimate sign of approval for your work. It’s great.

You can watch the video below:

Do you write your own music and where do you get the inspiration from?

Yes, all our songs are originals. Chris has been writing songs for years and continues to be the main song writer for the band. He has a real talent for finding catchy hooks and melodies that he will bring into the practice studio where the rest of the band will add to it, and the song is built around that. It’s not the most structured process, but it is fairly organic and seems to get results, so we like it!

What do you all do when you’re not making music?

Rugby is our other passion. All of us grew up in Gloucester, so rugby is a bit of a way of life for us. Rich, Dan and Chris in fact all play for Old Cryptians Rugby RFC, which is where Chris and Rich first met. We still try and play as much as we can, when our gig schedule allows.

Recommend one album to our readers you don’t think they will have discovered.

Michael Kiwanuka’s Love & Hate

Describe your ultimate dream gig

Our dream gig would probably to perform at Red Rocks in Colorado. We’d need to think about our support acts – maybe the Red Hot Chilli Peppers? Seems like they would be a good laugh after the show!

What’s your number one ambition?

To release a top 10 album in the UK chart.

And where can SoGlos readers expect to see you in a year’s time?

Hopefully performing on one of Glastonbury’s main stages!

For more information see quigleymusic.co.uk directly, or keep up-to-date with the band's latest news at facebook.com/quigleyofficial.

By Alice Lloyd

© SoGlos
Thursday 01 September 2016

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