Let’s Take Five: An interview with Our Propaganda!
Southampton’s Our Propaganda return this Friday with a huge launch show at The 1865 in Southampton following a 3 year silence regarding new releases. However, the band have been far from silent otherwise having gigged across half a dozen countries and working tirelessly on their debut album, ‘Fast Food at Midnight’ which is set for release next summer otherwise.
We thought this would be a great time to catch up with the band so we had a quick chat with Our Propaganda regarding their launch show this Friday, their forthcoming single/album ‘Fast Food At Midnight’ and the future!
Hi there! Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce Our Propaganda:
We’re a four piece band based out of Southampton, at least that’s where our rehearsal room is! Jack (vocals & rhythm guitar) and Charlie (drums) are Southampton born brothers whilst Joe (bass guitar & acoustic guitar) comes from Gosport and Harvey (lead guitar & acoustic guitar) from Southsea.
As far as genre goes we’ve always walked a blurred line, one foot in rock and the other foot anywhere we see fit. Being a guitar band always seemed natural to us but we’ve never been afraid to take influence from other genres, after all our favourite groups rarely played upon cliches to create their music and we have no intention of being just another pigeon-holed band. The pre-launch for your first single release in three years takes place at this Friday at Southampton’s The 1865!
Seeing as it’s been quite a while since your last EP release, what can people expect from the new single ‘Fast Food at Midnight’ as well as your debut album which is set for release next summer?
It’s been a long time coming but we’re confident that it will be worth the wait. The single itself is a moody, guitar laden rocker with a relatable message about buying into things you know aren’t in your best interests – it seemed obvious that this would be the perfect track to reintroduce our fans to what we’re doing now, with a hypnotic riff, tension building vocal and an exciting, energetic coda. We love the atmosphere it creates.
The album itself is a development of what we only hinted at on our first EP; we’ve grown a lot in the last three years and it exposes that newfound maturity. It’s all been about the songs – there’s exciting pop rockers, atmospheric ballads and unapologetic showcasing of our acoustic influences, all with unique themes and personalities of their own. We wanted to take our fans on a journey where it feels like they’re there in the room with us and it could go anywhere – we certainly feel that we’ve achieved that.
For anyone, like ourselves, who are yet to see you live, how would you describe an Our Propaganda gig?
Energetic, loud, imperfect, dynamic. There’s a lot of light and shade in our shows and just like the album we want to take you on a journey with us. We each bleed our distinctive personas on stage.
As a band, you’ve gigged across half a dozen countries in the past, so do you have any unusual/weird gig stories that you can share?
To quote an ancient proverb what happens on tour, stays on tour but there was one particularly messy night in Vladivostok which involved copious amounts of alcohol, questionable toilet signs and crawling up the San Francisco like hills back to our hotel. A trip which should have taken ten minutes and instead lost us an hour, to say sound check the next day was difficult would be an understatement!
However the concert was stellar and the meet and greet post-gig involved Joe being asked to hold someones baby for a picture! One which we’re sure holds a special place in a Russian families living room!
Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming gigs and what have you got planned for the remainder of 2019?
Following The 1865, our next major show of the year will be headlining Suburbia, Southampton for a night presented by Zeus Bookings, featuring support; Silk Road, Speaking Of Witches and Feed the Monkey – tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door.
Most excitingly, by the time the year is out we’ll be ready to premier our first ever music video! Tony Palmer Photography is our man for this project and the footage for which is being filmed live at our headline show this Friday, at The 1865! So to all you guys and galls out there, put on your dancing shoes and show your colours!
To avoid missing out get your tickets here for £5 or 4 for £16! There’s also uniformed services/student discount available on the door (with ID) where tickets are reduced to just £3 – we wanted to make this show accessible to everyone!
In closing, #PeaceAndPropaganda to everyone reading this and #KeepSpreadingIt!
We’d like to thank Our Propaganda very much for their time! You can catch them live at the above mentioned gigs and also keep up to date with them on social media via the following links!
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