Late Of The Pier

Castle Donington

Thursday 31st January 2019

Photograph by John Bergman

Name, where are you from?
Sam Potter, Castle Donington.

Describe your style in three words?
Comfortable cowboy 1995.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Fugazi at Rock City in 2004.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Some of Fela Kuti’s shows at his house would have been wild but we’d have been so out of place there! We would have been good support for Tangerine Dream at Coventry Cathedral.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
It’s hard to live in 2019 without being affected by most of them. We were born in the crossroads. New York from Phill Glass, Arthur Russell time through to the loft parties/CBGB’s and even up to the club kids excess have always looked mad.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I bet that Rasputin fella had some pretty good chat.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
I always enjoyed La Cigalle in Paris, very opulent, always a reminder that we were a long way from The Victoria Bikers Pub, Coalville (you can guess where we got the best reception too).

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Sh*t, there’s so many. Cleaners from Venus, Robert Wyatt, Acetone, Meredith Monk, Moondog, even my mates stepdad made great music, maybe check out him, he’s called February Montaine.


Late Of The Pier has announced a special 10th-anniversary edition of their cult debut album 'Fantasy Black Channel' and a near-future music manual released on Rough Trade Books, find out more about both here.

You can also catch Sam on the panel for a talk, hosted by Jarvis Cocker at the Science Museum, about future technologies in music. Find out more here.

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