HOT TAKES: Getting To Know Amoeba Teen

Welcome to the feature; Hot Takes! We chat to a band or artist that we have unearthed as some what of a hidden gem and allow them the chance to introduce themselves to you, the reader.

Amoeba Teen were founded by critically acclaimed songwriting team, Mark Britton and Mike Turner. Armed with a four-track tape recorder and junk shop guitars, Britton and Turner began writing together back in the dying embers of the last century. We think they absolutely great and we had a little chat with the band to find out more ahead of the release of their new album…

Q1: Who is in your band?

Mark Britton (Vox, Guitar), Mike Turner (Vox, Guitar), Carl Bayliss (Drums, B Vox), Simon Muttitt (Bass)

Q2: What is your take on your own sound?

Power pop hooks and harmonies, with a twist of alt country.

Q3: If you someone was listening to your music for the first time, what song would you tell them to listen to and why?

Carl: Check out Looking For Power – I think it showcases both sides of the band – delicate, almost folky and then rocks out!

Mike: This Spark and Long Live Memory Lane. I know that’s two, but it highlights where the heart of the band is for me. Powerful melodies and hooks, melody, crunchy guitars, but embracing a grander soundscape from time to time.

Simon: Clementine – it’s a good representation of where we are at the moment; how we are mixing the folkier pop side with crunchier guitar sound.

Mark: This Spark because I think it’s immediate and showcases the band’s harmonies. It’s the gateway drug to the rest of our material.

Q4: What is the plan for 2019?

We’re finalising our next album (entitled Medium Wave) and plan to release it 1st June on Big Stir Records. A highlight of the year will be performing at the International Pop Overthrow festival at The Cavern Club during May.

Q5: What is the one song you wish you wrote?

Mike: Beetlebum- Blur. It put an end to the whole Britpop nonsense once and for all, a daring band with a vision of where they wanted to steer towards. Either that or Life On Mars – Bowie. That song is perfection.

Carl: Happy Birthday – one of the highest earning songs ever, so would have set me up for life!

Simon: It’s a three-way tie between Wichita Line Man – it really is perfect. Its lush arrangement and sense of melancholy yet still remains romantically uplifting, Love Will Tear Us Apart – similar reasons and lastly, You Really Got Me by The Kinks – perfect mix of pop hooks and rock n roll riffs.

Mark: Joining A Fanclub by Jellyfish; it never ceases to blow my mind.

Q6: What three bands inspired or continue to inspire you the most?

Mike: Teenage Fanclub, Fountains Of Wayne, Dinosaur Jr. (Just 3! Ouch!)

Carl: Ben Folds/Ben Folds Five, Jellyfish, The Wildhearts

Simon: Wilco, My Bloody Valentine, Talking Heads

Mark: Wilco, Turin Brakes, Beatles, Teenage Fanclub.

Q7: Where can our readers see you live or listen to your music?

Your best first place to go is where you can download a whole album for free. Also buying our music direct really helps support the band’s continual bad habits.

Q8: If your band was an animal, what would it be and why?

Mike: A mole, blindly burrowing away on our own path, occasionally surfacing into the blinking light. Sometimes acknowledged, mainly ignored or forgotten about.

Carl: An owl – wise and respected by other animals

Simon: Something nocturnal like a hamster, just getting on and creating its own thing whilst the rest of the world is sleeping.

Brad Biddlecombe

May 14, 2019

Hey! I am Brad, the Editor and Creator of AltCorner! AltCorner was built to serve as tbe promotional platform for alternative music - documenting everything from unheard and upcoming artists to world-renowned established acts. Driven by a team of passionate writers and photographers, we strive to make a difference in the music world and give a voice to the artists who deserve to be heard.

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