Let’s Take Five: An interview with Marmalade Moonshine!

Marmalade Moonshine are a band that I’ve been meaning to see live for ages, but for one reason or another have never got around to it. The Fareham/Portsmouth based band are a force against “commercial pop music” with their rock ‘n’ roll, Britpop influenced music. We spoke to the band about their their music, live performances, weird gig experiences and the future!

Featured photo taken by Future Epic Productions.

Hi there! Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce Marmalade Moonshine:

Hi! We’re Ben, Dan, Graham, Lloyd and Matt. Our music is all original, and is heavily inspired by sounds from Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and The Beatles. We’re often labelled as “Indie Rock”, but we’re not a fan of that phrase, so we’ll stick with “Rock & Roll” as our main genre for now (Liam Gallagher style!).

We’re all from the Fareham/Portsmouth area and are fed up of hearing all the commercial pop music in the charts today. So we basically formed a band to make some music that we like!

We’re yet to catch you live but are hoping to finally see you at Icebreaker Festival this year. For anyone, like ourselves, who are yet to see you live, what should we expect from a Marmalade Moonshine gig?

So our live gigs get straight into the thing that matters, the music! We try to fit in lots of our songs for the audience, not wasting time talking about each song in-between! (If you want to know all that stuff, come and talk to us after the gig!)

At our gigs, you’ll get a good mix of short, sharp adrenaline rushes, as well as a nostalgic hint of 90’s Britpop. Particularly with some of our more “easy listening”, melodic tracks.

What was the original spark which encouraged you to start creating music as a band?

Not sure if there was a “spark” as such, but we all used to work together at a leisure centre and would lock ourselves in the building after-hours to mess around with some guitars! It was more of a hobby and a laugh to start off with! We did a few local gigs and realised that we had a decent set of songs. It’s kind of just naturally progressed into us doing bigger and better gigs!

If there was anything close to a spark, then it would have been realising that there wasn’t a massive amount of new music coming out that we actually liked!

You played a large amount of gigs across 2017, but what’s the weirdest gig/tour story you have to share?

We better be careful about what we say here! But I mean we’ve rocked up to a gig before without the drum kit we needed to bring! We’ve had people request photographs with us in the past, as well as being asked to sign some autographs!

There’s been a few times where a couple of us have turned up in the exact same jacket or shirt as another band member as well. At one gig, we even had a lady’s trousers fall down! But you’ll have to ask one of us for the full story on that I’m afraid!

Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming gigs and what have you got planned for 2018?

2018 is looking like a promising year for us!

We post all of our gigs/events on our social media pages so just head to those to keep up to date. We are hoping to be back at Wickham Festival and Victorious Fest this year, but we are also due to play the Wedgewood Rooms on 6th May with another local band, Shoot the Duke.

We’re also planning an EP release this year too which is going to be UNMISSABLE!!! (Date TBC).

We’d like to thank Marmalade Moonshine very much for their time! Below you can listen to their latest releases via Spotify or follow them across social media. Catch the band at Icebreaker Festival on Friday 2nd February at the Royal Albert at 21:20.

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