WHITECLIFF combine infectious hooks, big choruses and high-energy in their catchy pop rock tracks
The Liverpool-based four-piece will release the single ‘Five Minutes’ on 8th April 2016, followed by a 13-date headline UK tour for April & May. The band consists of lead singer Oliver Nagy from Cologne, Tom Taylor from Stevenage – drums, Jonny Ball – guitar and bassist, Paul Bates, both from Liverpool.
The band met while studying at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, following in the footsteps of The Wombats and Dan Croll. WHITECLIFF became the first signing to The Libertines’ Gary Powell’s label 25 Hour Convenience Store. Their debut single ‘Everybody Knows’ was released to critical acclaim and followed up in October with the ‘Young Lovers’ EP
The band took the time to talk to us about making music, Spotify and their live shows…
What inspires the band when making music?
Mostly girls. Also going to new places. We were lucky to get over to Hungary last summer for a writing session, and just being in a new environment with different people, new food and drinks inspired our new songs. We met the neighbours of the house we rented and they treated us to their home brewed Palinka. We finished the bottle then woke up the next day and wrote one of our favourite tracks, ‘Wolves’.
Liverpool has a lengthy tradition of music and with so many new acts coming through, how does it feel to be part of that?
It’s a fantastic city to live in and to be part of its music scene. There’s loads of great new acts here such as Clean Cut Kid, Lives, and of course Circa Waves, so to be mentioned alongside those bands is amazing.
I’ve noticed the band have been adding music to Spotify. There is a lot of discussion in the industry about whether streaming services do more harm than good. Do you feel they benefit new / up and coming bands?
The online platforms like Spotifty are a great and easy way to get your music out to an unlimited amount of people across the world, which is why so many bands use it. The downside is that to recoup the cost of recording your track, it will need to be played ALOT of times – like millions! In my opinion it’s always better to own your favourite bands CD or vinyl so you have the physical product and can keep it forever.
What can people expect from your April live shows?
People can expect an energetic performance, catchy songs, and a beer with us after the gig.
How would you compare gigs where you support the likes of The Libertines to your own gigs? Do you approach them differently?
The Libertines gig at Alexandra Palace was a special one. It was the first time we played a huge venue and supported a massive band, but we don’t really approach our gigs differently whether it’s a support show or one of our own headline shows. We give it our all and want everyone to have a good time. Sure we were more nervous supporting The Libertines as you also want to make a good impression to their crowd too.
Looking forward to the summer, are there any festival appearances in the pipeline or any you are hoping to play?
We have a few in the pipeline and hopefully announce them soon! It would be a dream for us to play Reading and Leeds festival!
Live Dates 17th April Sound Control, Manchester 18th April King Tuts, Glasgow 19th April Think Tank, Newcastle 21st April The Garage, London 22nd April Live Rooms, Chester 24th April Joiners, Southampton 25th April The Albion Club, Cardiff 26th April Purple Turtle, Reading 28th April Radar Love @ The Venue, Derby 29th April Blitz, Preston 30th April Studio 2, Liverpool 2nd May Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham 5th May The HorN, St Albans