Hello there everybody and welcome back to another instalment of the Band Interview Of The Day!
After meeting at school, Catching Mangoes started playing at local events and festivals before starting on the London circuit. The three founding members George, Max and Dan then migrated to Brighton where they continued their musical journey – playing regularly and recording at Brighton Electric Studios, where they recorded their debut album “Kevin’s Town” last year. While finding a new style and exploring new ideas with their debut album, they have recently been joined by two new members, Louie and Alex on Keys and Guitar respectively and have hit the post-lockdown gig scene again with a bang. Support has come in the forms of BBC Sussex and Surrey, Reyt Good Magazine, Clash Magazine and they have played at sold out headline shows at Hop Yard in Forest Row and The Hope and Ruin in Brighton.
- If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
We are Catching Mangoes, a five piece mid-level rock band from the South East of England.
- How did you all meet?
Myself (George) and Dan met at primary school where we began our musical journey. We then met Max our drummer at secondary school and recently acquired the other two after realising we couldn’t play our new album as it should be with just 3 of us. They make up the quintet with another guitar and keys.
- How long have you been playing?
As a 3 we’ve been playing for around 5 years. As a 5 we’ve had 1 small gig so approximately 3 months. I predict we have a good 12 years in the bank.
- What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Weird but cool
- What are your musical influences?
Our most recent album has been heavily influenced by 60/70s rock such as The Doors and Beatles but everyone has been influenced by the Beatles in some way right? More modern inspirations include The Lemon Twigs and Arctic Monkeys, especially their new stuff.
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Someone once took a phone call in the middle of a set. We were playing after them. Think it’s fair to say it wasn’t a great gig.
- Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?
We are storming the north in October of this year, including both Manchester and Birmingham. I’ve always wanted to visit/play in Manny so cannot wait for that. Friday 8th we’ll be there for anyone locals.
- What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
Oof. I have a few James Blunt CDs which I often listen to and never get old I can’t lie. I’m sure there’s a few others out there with JB guilty pleasures but I’m happy to admit that haha….
- What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Jeff Buckley recently – his voice is mesmeric and his version of Hallelujah is surely the most beautiful tune I’ve ever listened to. I’m also a fan of Sticky Fingers who I’ve got back into recently.
- Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
The 4th and final single from our upcoming debut concept album ‘Kevin’s Town’ is out on 24th June so keep ya eyes peeled for that! It’s called Bloom Orlando and you’re all gonna love it I’m sure of that. The full album will be out later this summer in August along with some lovely shiny vinyl so check our socials for them… Thanks for having us see you all soon xxx
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