Ahead of the release of their double-A-side single Cielo Rose/Dust, we asked Aylesbury indie quartet Blushes to tell us more about themselves using the A-Z challenge!
A song that made you want to make music?
Bradley: The song that made me want to first write was definitely ‘Bones’ by Lewis Watson. I just remember the lyrics in that song really sticking out to me and soon after I wrote my first ever song ‘Butterflies‘.
Best rider you’ve had?
Bradley: The best rider we have ever had has to be at this bar in Liverpool, we had a couple freshly cooked pizzas, some extremely tasty chips with a super secret seasoning on them and drinks, what more could you want, we didn’t expect that at all and just talking about it is making my mouth water.
Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?
Bradley: I think it’s safe to say being invited to MC motors by NME to do a Photoshoot for a 4 page spread and being treated like royalty was insane! I think it will take a lot to top that experience!
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
Bradley: Deepest lyrics are probably in Close, the song is entirely about become more and more out of love with someone, one of the lines in particular “These butterflies in my stomach, seemed to have fluttered off, been replaced by a moth, used to be sweet like butterscotch” It starts with a common line used to describe early feelings of “butterflies” when a relationship first starts, but that feeling has left and well let’s face it, it’s not their fault but a moth is an ugly version of a butterfly. In other words, this excitement has been replaced by something almost completely the opposite.
Easiest song you wrote?
Bradley: Easiest song I ever wrote was “To The Bone” it’s based off 4 chords, the main riff is just 4 notes and the lyrics are pretty repetitive with only a few changes in each verse, I think this is what makes the song work so well.
Favourite song in your set?
Bradley: My personal favourite is “Voices“. I love singing it because I can really scream it to portray the anger and frustration in the song, it’s kinda heavy in the choruses too which always makes it fun to play. Also the fact that I don’t think it’s ever not been in the setlist yet it’s still fun to play really says something about the song.
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
You know what I was thinking the other day how crazy it would be to work with Thom Yorke/Johnny Greenwood, who knows what the outcome would be? A song about sucking on lemons in 5/4 featuring the sounds of a crab walking backwards.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Sonny: With 4 minds there is always gonna be some conflicting thoughts, but when it all comes together and everyone’s happy it couldn’t feel more rewarding.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Sonny: Brad has the same size feet as me so on occasion you might catch us stealing each others shoes on the sly.
Jokes you have in the band?
Sonny: SNAP RIGHT BACKKKKKK
Key to writing a song?
Sonny: Make it your own, the way that you feel in that moment controls the what you write so embrace it and let it flow naturally.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Between you and me I can confirm we’ve got one booked on the moon.
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Tiffany: Eliza Doolittle at Britain’s next top model. She was so humble and lovely and told stories when she performed.
New band you’d recommend?
Tiffany: Amethyst. That girls voice.
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Bradley: Tame Impala
Place you’d most like to tour?
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers? –
Tiffany:“Today you are you which is truer than true nobody else can be youer than you”
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming record?
Bradley: Dust is called dust because that’s what you become once you are dead and it’s about death
See us live at?
Jacob: Sticky Mikes in Brighton with Valeras on the 29th, Ampthill Music festival on the 1st of July. Our next London gig is Camden Assembly on July 25th.
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Jacob: The old days are so different with music, you can’t compare them one bit.
Jacob: Blushes‘ brand twigs, 100% all natural
Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?
We have a proper groovy slow version of Medusa, but we only really play the original now. That would be really cool to record and practice again.
What do your fans mean to you?
All our fans have VIP seats on our magical dream bus that is taking us all on this wonderful silly journey. Anyone supporting our music is supporting our dreams too, and we just want to return the love and show how grateful we are as much as possible by giving everyone the best music we can, and making people dance as much as we can. They’re not fans they’re FAMs.
X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?
Jacob: About 14 bottles of cough medicine and counting
You’re late for a show, who’s fault is it?
Jacob: Chiltern Rail
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
A herd of elephants cos they eat a lot, are slow, loud and CANNOT BE STOPPED
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