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The Lounge Society

Musicians — West Yorkshire

Photo by Piran Aston

Name, where are you from?
We are The Lounge Society (Hani, Herbie, Cam & Archie) and we’re from Hebden Bridge/Todmorden in West Yorkshire.

Describe your style in three words?
Cheap and cheerful.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Fat White Family at Green Man Festival always springs to mind. It was one of those moments when you look at each other, stood in a puddle of mud in the middle of a field, and think "Yeah, this is what it’s about, they are the sh*t."

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Velvet Underground, to witness where all great music began and Funkadelic to witness those grooves in reality. Or maybe The Fall as none of us ever got to see them live, which doesn’t seem right.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The 1970s New York new wave (CBGB) Scene and the Afrobeat scene.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Andy Warhol. One of the rare few who managed to change popular culture forever.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Trades Club. The venue which (alongside The Golden Lion) gave us what we needed, somewhere to play and grow. The greatest venue in the world.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Lizzy Mercury Desloux.

The first track you played on repeat?
Ha: 'Time For Heroes' by The Libertines.
He: 'Janie Jones' by The Clash.
C: 'Bones' by Radiohead.
A: 'Fools Gold' by The Stone Roses.

A song that defines the teenage you?
Ha: 'Hey' by Pixies.
He: 'Born Under Punches' by Talking Heads.
C: 'Strange' by Galaxie 500.
A: 'Dum Surfer' by King Krule.

One record you would keep forever?
Ha: 'The Velvet Underground & Nico'.
He: 'Bitches Brew' by Miles Davies.
C: 'Loveless' by My Bloody Valentine.
A: 'Mind Made Up' by A Certain Ratio.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
Ha: "Put it down, baby put it down,
Put it down before you break it,
Put it down, baby put it down,
Put it down before it breaks you"

From 'Put It Down Before You Break It' by Bill Ryder-Jones.

He: "From the fool's gold mouthpiece,
The hollow horn plays wasted words,
Proves to warn that he not busy being born Is busy dying"

From 'It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)' by Bob Dylan.

C: "I’m not here, this isn’t really happening"

From 'How to Disappear Completely' by Radiohead (Thom Yorke).

A: "You pull back the curtains and the sun burns into your eyes,
You watch a plane flying across the clear blue say,
This is the day your life will surely change"

From 'This Is The Day' by The The.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
Ha: 'I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits' by Moodyman.
He: 'Manteca - The Funky Lowlives Remix' by Dizzy Gillespie.
C: 'Fantastic Man' by William Onyeabor.
A: 'Hot Stuff' by Donna Summer.

A song you wished you had written?
Ha: 'Fade Into You' by Mazzy Star.
He: 'Blank Generation' by Richard Hell.
C: 'Breadcrumb Trail' by Slint.
A: 'Me And Your Mama' by Childish Gambino.

Best song to turn up loud?
Ha: 'Age Of Consent' by New Order.
He: 'Past Yesterday' by Nisantashi Primary School.
C: 'New Magic Wand' by Tyler, The Creator.
A: 'At Night - Peggy Gou's Acid Journey Remix' by Shakedown.

Best song to bring people together?
Ha: 'Sound And Vision' by David Bowie.
He: 'Waterloo Sunset' by The Kinks.
C: 'My Sweet Lord' by Aretha Franklin.
A: 'Rock N Roll' by The Velvet Underground.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
Ha: 'We The People' by A Tribe Called Quest.
He: 'As Long As I Have You' by Garnet Mimms.
C: 'Sly' by Herbie Hancock.
A: 'Say So' by Doja Cat.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
Ha: 'Lost In Music' by The Fall.
He: 'Genius Of Love' by Tom Tom Club.
C: 'Love And Happiness' by Al Green.
A: 'Koop Island Blues' by Koop.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
Ha: 'What To Say' by Bill Nickson.
He: 'Hand On My Pocket' by Drab City.
C: 'People Thought My Windows Were Stars' by deathcrash.
A: '50 Dolla Bills' by Sworn Virgins.

Photo by Piran Aston

Name, where are you from?
We are The Lounge Society (Hani, Herbie, Cam & Archie) and we’re from Hebden Bridge/Todmorden in West Yorkshire.

Describe your style in three words?
Cheap and cheerful.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Fat White Family at Green Man Festival always springs to mind. It was one of those moments when you look at each other, stood in a puddle of mud in the middle of a field, and think "Yeah, this is what it’s about, they are the sh*t."

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Velvet Underground, to witness where all great music began and Funkadelic to witness those grooves in reality. Or maybe The Fall as none of us ever got to see them live, which doesn’t seem right.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The 1970s New York new wave (CBGB) Scene and the Afrobeat scene.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Andy Warhol. One of the rare few who managed to change popular culture forever.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Trades Club. The venue which (alongside The Golden Lion) gave us what we needed, somewhere to play and grow. The greatest venue in the world.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Lizzy Mercury Desloux.

The first track you played on repeat?
Ha: 'Time For Heroes' by The Libertines.
He: 'Janie Jones' by The Clash.
C: 'Bones' by Radiohead.
A: 'Fools Gold' by The Stone Roses.

A song that defines the teenage you?
Ha: 'Hey' by Pixies.
He: 'Born Under Punches' by Talking Heads.
C: 'Strange' by Galaxie 500.
A: 'Dum Surfer' by King Krule.

One record you would keep forever?
Ha: 'The Velvet Underground & Nico'.
He: 'Bitches Brew' by Miles Davies.
C: 'Loveless' by My Bloody Valentine.
A: 'Mind Made Up' by A Certain Ratio.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
Ha: "Put it down, baby put it down,
Put it down before you break it,
Put it down, baby put it down,
Put it down before it breaks you"

From 'Put It Down Before You Break It' by Bill Ryder-Jones.

He: "From the fool's gold mouthpiece,
The hollow horn plays wasted words,
Proves to warn that he not busy being born Is busy dying"

From 'It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)' by Bob Dylan.

C: "I’m not here, this isn’t really happening"

From 'How to Disappear Completely' by Radiohead (Thom Yorke).

A: "You pull back the curtains and the sun burns into your eyes,
You watch a plane flying across the clear blue say,
This is the day your life will surely change"

From 'This Is The Day' by The The.

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
Ha: 'I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits' by Moodyman.
He: 'Manteca - The Funky Lowlives Remix' by Dizzy Gillespie.
C: 'Fantastic Man' by William Onyeabor.
A: 'Hot Stuff' by Donna Summer.

A song you wished you had written?
Ha: 'Fade Into You' by Mazzy Star.
He: 'Blank Generation' by Richard Hell.
C: 'Breadcrumb Trail' by Slint.
A: 'Me And Your Mama' by Childish Gambino.

Best song to turn up loud?
Ha: 'Age Of Consent' by New Order.
He: 'Past Yesterday' by Nisantashi Primary School.
C: 'New Magic Wand' by Tyler, The Creator.
A: 'At Night - Peggy Gou's Acid Journey Remix' by Shakedown.

Best song to bring people together?
Ha: 'Sound And Vision' by David Bowie.
He: 'Waterloo Sunset' by The Kinks.
C: 'My Sweet Lord' by Aretha Franklin.
A: 'Rock N Roll' by The Velvet Underground.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
Ha: 'We The People' by A Tribe Called Quest.
He: 'As Long As I Have You' by Garnet Mimms.
C: 'Sly' by Herbie Hancock.
A: 'Say So' by Doja Cat.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
Ha: 'Lost In Music' by The Fall.
He: 'Genius Of Love' by Tom Tom Club.
C: 'Love And Happiness' by Al Green.
A: 'Koop Island Blues' by Koop.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
Ha: 'What To Say' by Bill Nickson.
He: 'Hand On My Pocket' by Drab City.
C: 'People Thought My Windows Were Stars' by deathcrash.
A: '50 Dolla Bills' by Sworn Virgins.