Following the release of their live performance of stunning documentary Fragments Of A Dream and on release day of exhilarating debut album How To Let Go, we spoke to Bobby Pook, frontman of Blackpool’s incredible cinematic rockers blanket to delve into the world of the band as he takes on the A-Z challenge!
A song that made you want to make music?
Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff – Dizzy
Best rider you’ve had?
It was in Birmingham bout 7 years ago – we got 2 bottles of Patrón tequila, all different hot foods, loads of beers, easter eggs, cakes, cheese boards, M&M’s with removal of the brown ones, Gio Ginello Ice cream, spirits…mental. No one needs all that.
Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?
Taking all the furniture from the hotel room of a band we were on tour with and setting it up on the roof, but all in the exact way it was in the room.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
“Stay, as a fragment.”
Easiest song you wrote?
‘A Sky Filled With Ghosts’ – we wrote the whole song in a night, a few hours, and it’s my favourite song on the record too.
Favourite song in your set?
‘This Moment, Right Here’.
Guest you’d most like to join you on your record?
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Just the constant excitement, it’s anxiety overload
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Shelly has a degree in Political Science
Jokes you have in the band?
Ah just doing impressions really…I dunno, we’re weird.
Key to writing a song?
Well it depends, if you want to write an atonal serialism piece you could smash a piano and record that. In the more traditional sense I guess it’s just coming up with an interesting chord progression and a 10/10 stunner of a vocal melody.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Krakow to Blackpool, in a day – that was coming home to be fair.
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Watching Hans Zimmer was pretty inspiring.
New band you’d recommend?
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Place you’d most like to tour?
I’ve not toured China yet, I bet it’s crazy.
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
“Every living creature on earth dies alone.”
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
The lyrics have a lot to do with a feeling of insignificance, but that this feeling is not necessarily a bad thing. The title, which Simon (Morgan, guitar) came up with, seemed to really fit.
See us live at?
Wintergrun festival, Paderborn, Germany.
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Not really. I mean, I bet they were exciting, but there’s new great artists doing great things all the time.
Nordic Giants did Dreamcatchers.
Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?
I would love someone to do electronic remixes, kind of a future vibe would be sick.
What do your fans mean to you?
Like, we don’t write for our fans, we write for us, but without them we’d be nothing.
X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?
Haha, No! Our music is like 30BPM.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
The rubberneckers on motorways
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
A Canadian Moose, fairly solitary and slow moving.