We got a chance to speak to Hull's hottest new exports ahead of the release of their latest single 'Idol'. Released today (March 11th) on King Tuts Recordings.
Fronteers are Andy Towse (Vocals/Guitar), James Taylor (Vocals/Guitar), Ellis Keogh (Bass) and Lloyd Tuton (Drums).
A band hotly tipped to break through in 2016, we said in our New Noise 2016 article that they are 'Straight up catchy, hook-laden Indie Rock, they sound like The Last Shadow Puppets covering Oasis.'
This Feeling also included them in their Big In 2016 Playlist for us and said:
'Early single "It's Up To Me Now" sounds like The La's and there's no higher praise than that. There's a Gallagher-esque charm and swagger to these lads, 2016, watch out...'
‘Idol’ is the third release from Fronteers, it received its worldwide premiere from 6Music’s Steve Lamacq on Tuesday 26th January and was swiftly followed later that evening by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Both were big supporters of previous single ‘It’s Up To Me Now’, which also received acclaim from Radio X’s John Kennedy.
Speaking of the single, singer Andy Towse said, “It’s about when you’ve been over thinking something; sending yourself mad. It’s that voice inside your head telling you to stop but you’re just not hearing it.”
Check out the video below and scroll down to read the full interview.
What made you all decide to start making music together?
Music has always been something we all love, and from an early age playing our instruments quickly became an addiction, so playing together is something that just seemed was always going to happen.
There's notable 60s, 90s & 00s influence in your music, and comparisons to all 3 have been made, if you had to pick - which is you favourite era and why?
We all love music that comes from all three of those eras, there's been some great bands from all three which are some of our favourite artists of all time, but if we had to choose one era we'd probably say the 00's because it was era that we grew up in and we were all raised by the great bands and artists of that time.
What are your favourite records? Are there any albums that you all unanimously love?
We all unanimously love: Because of the times - KOL, Suck it and See - Arctic Monkeys, Turn Blue - Black Keys, Yours, Dreamily, - The Arcs, Demon Days - Gorrliaz, What's The Story Morning Glory - Oasis, Rubber Soul - Beatles, In Utero - Nirvana. We'd go on but we'd be here all day...
Anything outside of music that influences you?
We find inspiration from almost everything, from our city Hull, to cities that we visit on tour, emotions, relationships, people that we meet and crazy three night benders at festivals.
I've read that you're all Hull City fans, think you've got automatic promotion in the bag? Do you get to watch them play much?
Yeah, we're in a good position at the moment so we're pretty confident about going up this year, already top of the league with a game in hand. We haven't got to see them play as often as we'd like to recently though.
You've got a trio of great singles out now, what do you have lined up next? EP? Album? Tour?
We've been working on a bunch of new songs recently with the aim to make an E.P to be released within the next few months, we've had a bunch of festival dates confirmed for the summer as well as a few dates dotted around the UK including King Tuts in Glasgow, Adelphi here in Hull and the Frog and Parrot in Sheffield.
What's been your favourite gig you've played so far?
We recently played Dingwalls in Camden as part of the NME awards shows, supporting courteeners at O2 Glasgow and the first night of our previous headline tour in Leeds were all noisy gigs that really stood out for us.
You're currently being courted by some labels, are you close to signing a deal with anybody yet? Is it something you’re keen to do or happy biding your time?
We’ve been talking to a few labels but to be honest we’re just focussing on playing as many gigs as we can and building our audience for now. We don’t need to rush in to a deal at this stage, we’ve only just started.
Can we expect to see you strutting your stuff across the festival circuit this summer?
We’ll be doing quite a few festivals this summer, we’re not sure which ones we can tell you about yet, Live In Leeds and Deer Shed in Thirsk have been announced but there will definitely be more to come.