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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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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!
To release a top 10 album in the UK chart.
Hopefully performing on one of Glastonbury’s main stages!
By Alice Lloyd
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