Drug Store Romeos

Hampshire

Thursday 18th May 2017

Name, where are you from?
Drug Store Romeos (Charlie, Jonny & Sarah). We’re from the leafy but lifeless commuter town Fleet, in Hampshire. There are more old peoples homes than coffee shops, which is saying something.

Describe your style in three words?
Hypnagogic, purple, sparkly.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Perhaps the most poignant yet serene live musical experience we’ve ever had was while returning from a King Krule show, sitting on the floor of the walkway in Kingston station at 1 am and listening to the ethereal voice of a stranger with an acoustic guitar echoing around the otherwise empty building. She wasn’t even busking but there "because she felt like it".

But existing band wise; seeing Happyness perform at a petting zoo in Vauxhall surrounded by various medium-to-small creatures such as donkeys and tortoises was a highlight.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Miles Davis during his heroin phase would have been an interesting character to meet and then Galaxie 500 just after the release of 'On Fire' when they were all happy, and Dean didn’t hate Damon and Naomi.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The '90s slowcore thing - the idea of producing music that's focus is on layering and, well, making you feel all floaty. Also their use of space. Bands like Mojave 3, Slowdive, Belly, Cocteau Twins and Galaxie 500.

'Outsider Music' - artists such as The Space Lady have inspired us sonically and aesthetically. With the types of effects that they use but also the slightly cutesy D.I.Y feel.

Dub music has been influencing us recently as we've been getting deeper into the production side of music. It's just such a cool and almost ‘punk’ thing that these producers had the idea to strip the conventional reggae tracks that they were working on and add a buttload of delay and reverb to the drums and bass - It's inspired us to be more experimental with our recent productions.

Moving slightly away from music, the Surrealist Circle and all that it embodies has been grabbing me recently. Pulling in artists from the Dada movement of the early 20th century, the Surrealist Circle was made up of some of the most defining artists of its kind. These artists were influenced in part by the works of Freud and Jung and the discoveries of the human psyche - which is something I find making its way into our lyrics.  Also staring for hours at a Joan Miro piece can make you feel a whole new level of strange and translating what I see in his paintings seems to be an effective lyric writing process. Not sure if this counts as a subculture but I'm just madly in awe of the man, and I feel he deserves a part in this whole thing.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Presuming in this hypothetical world where we are pulling people out of the wind machine of death that language is no barrier and we shall all talk in visual static effervescent rhythm so the issue of whether they are or aren’t dead and may or may not talk Japanese wouldn't be a problem.
Then currently it would have to be Harumi as this mystery man thing he/(she?) is keeping up has gone on long enough and we deserve to know the source of this awe-inspiring audible light show of the 60s.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
A lot of bands seem to say the Windmill in Brixton, with us being one of them. For some reason, the sound always seems to be great (everything's really loud), everyone is lovely and there only needs to be about ten people watching to make it feel worth travelling two hours and spending 40 big ones on travel to play there.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
R. Stevie. Moore. The mad Father Christmas looking genius has released hundreds of albums since 1966 which are best described as “musical brain spewage”. His songs are all recorded by himself on a multitrack tape machine and cover a wide range of genres - from his speciality weirdo pop to psych rock, funk, dub and so on. The thing that ties them together is great songwriting with the perfect mix of ironic trash, real nice honed sounds and that they all transport you to many different worlds where you can forget your surroundings and self. He should be a household name, sadly R. Stevie is just a little too zany for the masses.


Drug Store Romeos are a three-piece band from Hampshire who featured as part of our British New Wave 2018. Their debut single 'Adult Glamour' will be released 1st March 2018. Listen to an exclusive preview below.

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