Interview: Being There
We are of the opinion that great new indie bands are generally getting younger. Having said that, we should emphasise that age isn’t, or rather shouldn’t be, a material consideration when analysing music on its own merits (try telling The National, Elbow or The Hold Steady that they’ll never gain recognition on the basis of the band’s average age), and also we are defiantly trying to resist our own ageing process by increasing our association with “the youth”, which is why more often than not you will find us publicly singing the lyrics to Rizzle Kicks‘ Down With The Trumpets in a desperate attempt to gain props from the 16-21 year-old age bracket. Right now we have no idea why we’ve just shared that with you, but it’s the end of the week, we’re tired and we can’t think. London’s Being There, other than crash-landing onto our radar a little under a year ago and landing a spot on our inherently self-righteous One’s To Watch list for this year, have done quite literally all-sorts including a rather intimidating live gigging schedule in furtherance of their scuzzy-guitared-delving-into-synth-territories Pavement via Bright Eyes indie-pop stylings. Now on the eve of releasing second single on the fabulous Young & Lost label entitled 17, we thought it was high time to drag these young scamps in for a wee chattete…[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAHREWsI-O0]
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Hey I’m Sam, I sing and play guitar in Being There. We are an indie-rock/pop band from London.
KM: Shit MANG, and there we were blurting out all and sundry above to come up with a semi-accurate description of yourselves, and you had it figured out allllllll along!
Being There – The Radio
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
Tough question, but probably Arcade Dynamics by Ducktails. It’s just a great pop record, but with really interesting abstract elements too. It’s definitely my most played record over the last year.
KM: The stats speak for themselves, Samwise.
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
I saw Woods and Kurt Vile and The Violators play together at the Scala last year, that was a really great show. They’re two of my favourite bands, and I thought they both killed it.
KM: We will forgive your use of the phrase “killed it” due to the fact you’ve selected not one but two good bands. Nice save.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE6frvI0Sy4]
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
This isn’t very hypothetical as I think if I really wanted to it would be possible moon anyone or anything. Except maybe Obama or something.
KM: What the hell are you talking about? Do you go about mooning people on the reg? Of course it’s possible. It involves pulling your clothes down to reveal your backside as some kinda “statement”. It’s completely hypothetical but virtue of the “if” qualification we pre-fixed to the question, unless you specifically have a pre-disposition to this sort of activity. The sky inherently is the limit, otherwise. That’s why we’re asking. DON’T FUCK WITH US BUDDY.
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
One Wish by Ray J.
KM: Right on. RIGHT ON.
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Killing In The Name Of every time.
’17’ is released via Young & Lost on 9th April.
Thanks to Chris Fraser @ Theo PR.