Let’s Take Five: An interview with Submariner!

Over the next few weeks in the run up to Icebreaker Festival 2019 we will be posting a few interviews with some of the best bands who are playing at the festival this year. Submariner were one of the first bands we discovered at Icebreaker Festival back in 2017 and although we only caught their last track, we were impressed enough to see them again live. The band are set to play Wedgewood Rooms again this year following a huge year for the band regarding gigs, festivals and single releases.

We caught up with Submariner in the run up to their Icebreaker Festival slot to chat to them about the festival, their latest single ‘T.O.Y.S.’ and the future!


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

Hey! Submariner, we’re a 4 piece indie/alt band from the south. The music is a bit of a mixed bag but I’d say it’s emotive, ambient and best heard live!

You released your latest single T.O.Y.S. back in December, the first of a string of releases. Was there anything in particular that inspired the track?

T.O.Y.S was a bit of a Frankenstein track. My initial idea had it sounding like a fairly melancholy, indie-rock song but after the other three were finished with it, it absolutely had more life! It stands for “Taste Of Your Sins” and it’s essentially about somebody who is aware of their own self destructive behaviour but doesn’t seem to be able to stop themselves. There’s a lot in there about saying you’re okay when you’re not and general angst towards to lack of authenticity generated by social constructs. We’re all a bit nuts you know? It’s okay.

Submariner are set to play Wedgewood Rooms again for Icebreaker Festival later this month. Last year was amazing, but for anyone who’s yet to see you live, what can they expect from your set?

We’re often told we’ve got quite a ‘big’ sound and that it suits a lot of the guitar music coming out of America right now. The set is a bit of a rollercoaster ride and I think we’re better than we’ve ever been right now. We’re not the same band we were a year ago that’s for sure!

You played three of your biggest headline shows towards the end of 2018 but if you could play absolutely anywhere in the whole world, where would it be and why?

Glastonbury is up there for me but I’d have to say Red Rocks or SXSW. It’s also a real dream of ours to do an Audiotree session in America. Loads of our favourite artists (Julian Baker, Pinegrove, Turnover, etc) have done them and personally I draw so much inspiration from them. If you haven’t already, check out the Pinegrove one, it’s incredible.

Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming gigs and what have you got planned for the rest of 2019?

So we’re opening up for our friends Me And The Moon at the end of the month, then we’ve got our biggest pair of headline shows coming up In Brighton (27th March) and Southampton (15th March). There will be a lot more happening for us in London throughout the year and hopefully a lot of festivals too!


We’d like to thank Submariner very much for their time! You can check out their latest single ‘T.O.Y’S.’ and also connect with the band via the social media links below. If you’re heading to Icebreaker Festival be sure to catch the band at 5:30pm at the Wedgewood Rooms on Saturday 26th January!

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