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Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. First of all, the name, Skinny Roller, where did it come from? As names go it was a pretty bad early decision by us. It just got thrown out one practise and we were in a hurry for a name so it stuck. The only problem being that now both musically and in general we seem to have outgrown it but we've only ourselves to blame. Are the rumours true that you're potentially planning a change of name in the next few months? And do you think that will things difficult for the band or confuse people, after all you've already built a reputation under this moniker? The rumours are true! We're changing it mainly to shake off everything that went with Skinny Roller. The music is worlds apart from what 'Skinny Roller' was all about and so a change only seems fitting now we're finding our feet in the scene. It's the better late than never approach which hopefully will work out. The main difficulty will come as we try and keep the status we previously had but we feel like a new band and hopefully people will recognise that. Having been familiar with your sound for a couple of years now, it's clear you've come on leaps and bounds in the last nine months or so. Is there anything in particular this could be attributed to? That's most likely down to the fact that we introduced Tom on the keyboard and synth. He just freed us up to be able to actually write and perform songs in the style of what we all listen to and take inspiration from. It's gotten to the point where we can now write songs that are on par with our influences, rather than just aspiring to one day sound like them. Also we discovered some pretty game changing albums around that time and we started to realise that those styles and sounds weren't out of reach anymore. You were featured on the first Scruff of the Neck mix-tape earlier in the year, along with several up and coming Manc bands. How important are these kind of releases for Manchester or indeed any other city with an individual character? Showcase releases, such as the mixtape, give people who wouldn't normally have access to your music a chance to listen and it's a great way to show the spectrum of the cities music scene. In Manchester there seems to be so many bands around that many can get lost in the chaos and the mixtape was a great snapshot of the scene as it stood. We'd recommend it to any band with the chance! You've obviously played with some reasonably well known Manchester acts in a number of support slots, but are there any bands that you'd really like to play with? Or even any smaller bands you'd like to see support yourselves? We're drawn to love bands with huge live sounds and sets that seem to flow, and so in an ideal world we'd be playing with the likes of The War On Drugs and Volcano Choir who are huge influences of ours. In terms of local

talent we recently checked out the new Horsebeach album after seeing it in Piccadilly records and as we're massive fans of Real Estate, we were hooked. We could really see ourselves enjoying a gig with them. Having played yourself, or watched bands, at a variety of venues across Manchester, would you say you had a favourite? Are there any that lend themselves particularly well to the kind of DIY shows you and your contemporaries play? Our favourite venues have got to be Deaf Institute and Gorilla, but they both have such different vibes it's hard to compare. Deaf's great for the relaxed atmosphere and we always have fun there but when Gorilla is packed it can just get so intense. Night and Day is a venue best suited to the smaller gigs as it's such an intimate venue that you feed off the crowd and tend to not want to stop playing. You recently played at the Night & Day, a venue which is one of many in the country served an abatement notice earlier in the year, the news of which seems to have been rather quiet of late. How important do you think it is for these kind of venues to fight such notices, and for people to be made aware of such goings on? Venues like Night and Day give unsigned bands a platform to play to the music lovers that hang out there. It's one of the coolest venues around which means bands love to play it and people love to go. It's the perfect set up for a music scene to grow and it's what Manchester needs right now. If anything the abatement proved just how many people care


about live music as the uproar and petitions made huge news. * Mark Nangle, your singer, seems to like hats quite a bit. Have we got another Boy George on our hands? Or is he of the Jamiroquai/Pharrell persuasion more so? Somewhere between Dylan and Beck lies the answer. 2014 has been a pretty busy year for the band, what are your plans going in to 2015 and beyond? An EP release? More headline shows? We've got some recordings up our sleeve so an EP is definitely on the way in 2015. As for gigs we've spent the better part of this year honing in on our sound and so all that's left to do is play it live and see how people take to it. We're expecting a lot of gigs and hopefully some festival slots! Finally, any parting words of wisdom or exclusive news you'd like to leave our readers with? Game changing music is and always will be around, so be patient. Somewhere a band is writing your next favourite album and you just haven't heard it yet. As far as exclusive news goes we're in the recording process right now and we're taking our time to make sure the tracks are exactly how we envisioned them from the start. We can't quite put an exact date on it but when it feels right we'll open the doors to what we've spent so long creating. *It's since been made public that the abatement notice facing the Night & Day has been dropped and the venue will be allowed to keep its live music licence. One small step for Manchester, a giant leap for common sense.

October 2014 issue  
October 2014 issue  

This issue sees us talk with CMJ bound Irish band Buffalo Sunn. We also talked with another Irish band who recently enjoyed some exposure St...