Lo-Fi Culture Scene have been around for a little while now, and they're just about the release their new single 'Abstract' through KIDS. We catch up with Jocob (vocals) to see how everything's going...
How long has Lo-Fi Culture Scene been going for?
Together we've been playing for around 3 years, not always as a band but just playing songs - but we've been writing our own songs for maybe just over a year, probably a year and a half.
What bands influence you?
We're each influenced by different bits and pieces - but I say we all agree on Coldplay, Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand, and Bombay Bicycle Club - but I know that the others love Interpol and Editors, and i really like Foals, Grammatics & Cajun Dance Party - but it changes - our manager just got us to go out and buy a load of albums, I think my favourite of them is Broken Social Scene, they're wicked.
You’re signed to KIDS, but presumably you’ve been offered other deals, so why did you choose KIDS over any others?
Well, we chose KIDS because they have a similar way of thinking to us, and also because they are really nice guys, and great guys as we know they've worked with The Wombats & The Whip amongst others... - we'd been offered a few major deals, which were tempting, but we wanted to keep at least the first single really close to our fan base, and we really want to time everything well, and we want to keep the ball moving but we've got GCSE's coming up, and yeah everything just seemed to connect if we went with kids, so we did...
What do you think about bands giving away music for free?
It's their music, if they want to give it away for free, go crazy...
Where do you think you will be in five years time?
I think that's when we leave school... - well hopefully, we'll still have kept the ball rolling and keep interest in us, that's the challenge over the next 5 years, and then who knows - personally I hope we'll take a gap year and just go all-out. But a lot can happen in 5 years, so who knows...
What festivals are you most looking forward to playing this year?
Well - I'm not really allowed to say which festivals we're doing other than the two announced: Z008 & Underage Festival - I think both are going to be absolutely amazing! Last year we played Truck Festival and completely packed out the tent. We really want to do the same at those two festivals this year, but it's going to be difficult as there are so many good bands on the bills. Underage Festival will be great, as it'll basically be playing to all our friends, and it's great to be a part of Z00 Thousand's first ever music festival... I just can't wait for the summer to be honest.
What are your plans for the future?
Well, we are just writing as much as we can at the moment, so hopefully get a few more demos down. I don't really know on the bigger picture... depends what happens with the single [Abstract, released on 30th June on KIDS] I guess.
Do you prefer pandas or sheep?
Pandas - my first teddy bear was a panda - he's called Baboo - I think it's because when I first got him and was told his made up name was Bamboo, I kept saying ‘baboo’, but frankly I have no idea.
How would you describe your music?
I would say that essentially it has catchy tunes; there are so many bands now that you can listen to a song and just walk away thinking it is ok - we strive to make sure that our songs get in your head. But on the whole, I'd say it's indie pop - We're often compared to Cajun Dance Party & Bombay Bicycle Club, so I guess if you like them, you may like us?
What is your favourite cheese and why?
Babybell - it's the only cheese that doesn't smell too much, I don't much like cheese...