Let’s Take Five: An interview with Sarpa Salpa

Northampton based Sarpa Salpa are set to grace the stage at Wedgewood Rooms for Icebreaker Festival this Saturday. Over the past couple of years the band have gone from strength to strength having released a string of singles and playing 62 shows, 20 UK festivals and 2 European festivals in 2018 alone. We caught up with the band to chat about their forthcoming single ‘Casanova’, playing live, their Icebreaker Festival set and the future!

📷 Neil McCarty


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

Hey guys! To briefly sum up Sarpa Salpa, we are a 4-piece band from Northampton, consisting of Marcus on lead vocals/rhythm guitar/ synths, George on lead guitar/synths, Ethan on bass and Charlie on drums. We have taken inspiration from several bands, such as Everything Everything, Foals and The Maccabees, and focused on creating a refreshing indie-pop sound!

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 Sarpa Salpa gig?

We like to put on quite an energetic live show! We move around a lot and encourage our audience to do the same! If a band isn’t leaving the stage having put their all into it, then they’re not really doing their job in our eyes!

You’ve got a brand new single called ‘Casanova’ which is aptly set for release on Valentines Day. If you could describe the track in three words, what would they be and why?

Love, ego & expectation.

The track is focused around somebody chasing their idea of what love is, yet their high expectations always fall short to their reality and they wind up disappointed. I guess what we’re trying to say is that people shouldn’t try to force something if it’s not going to work, just let life happen!

Sarpa Salpa have got five gigs coming up around the country towards the end of the month including dates in London, Hertfordshire, Sheffield, Leeds and Portsmouth. But thinking back to previous gigs, what’s the weirdest gig/tour story you have to share?

I think we had one the most fun but weird experiences was last year in France. We arrived at the airport in Limoges where we due to be picked up and driven over to Poitiers. We were greeted by our hosts who quickly bundled us in the back of a van on the floor and we spent the next hour or so in near darkness rolling around the floor on some mattresses. It was a lot of fun though. Upon arriving at the venue we fell out of the van to get our bearings before hitting the stage just 15 minutes later!

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

We’ve got a lot planned for the rest of 2019, most of which we have to keep under wraps unfortunately! But we’ll definitely be releasing a few more singles and playing a lot more shows, and hopefully will be back down here in Portsmouth before the year is out.


We’d like to thank Sarpa Salpa very much for their time! You can check out their latest single ‘Smith’ 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 19:30 at the Wedgewood Rooms on Saturday 26th January!

Sarpa Salpa are playing across the country towards the end of the month at the following dates:

23rd Janurary – Camden Assembley, London
26th Janurary – Icebreaker Festival, Southsea

2nd February – Southern Maltings, Ware
17th February – West Street Live, Sheffield
23rd February – Verve Bar, Leeds

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