Childhood pals Sam Rushton (guitar) and Dan Fane (bass) met Will Lee-Lewis (drums) and Lucy Evers (vocals) in their first week at university in Brighton, and they've been making bangin' tunes ever since.
Hey Orchards, how’s Brighton at the mo? It feels to be super strong for new bands right now.
Brighton has always been such a vibrant and eclectic city, and I think one of the things that reflects that is its music scene. Ever since we all moved here in 2012, there has always seemed to be a new scene cropping up buzzing with great new bands appearing all the time. There are so many genres, and it’s one of the things that we truly love about it. At any given moment there’s a handful of very different shows on a stone’s throw from each other. It’s what makes this city so special.
Do you all live together or would that be a bit much?
Does a van count?! Think it’s safe to say that being the 2018 version of the Young Ones would be amazing but, nope. Sorry to disappoint. We have all lived with each other at different points over the years, but currently, we live half and half over two flats. We do see each other all the time though so it often feels like we live together.
Does living in such chill place impact the vibe of your music?
Totally! You take such influence from your surroundings. I think most people in Brighton are very easy going and there is no way that that mentality wouldn’t seep into you somehow. The thing about Brighton that makes it so good for creative is the fact that it is so accepting, you can truly be anyone you want down here, be your true self and no-one is judging. In that way it really lets you express yourself creatively, and I guess that shows in our sound. Plus when the sun shines, that’s always conducive to writing with some summery vibes.
Your new EP is called ‘Losers/Lovers’. Which side do you lot fall on?
Everyone has their moments, right? It’s safe to say that everyone in this world at some point has experienced loss and love and going through those intense emotions shapes who people are. However mostly, I’d say we’re lovers. Sam and Dan have been best friends since they were three so they love each other I think…
It’s really long at eight tracks, are you clearing the decks before an album proper? Are you just super prolific?
We had planned originally for the EP to be five tracks, but after signing to Big Scary Monsters, they gave us the idea to put our previous three singles alongside it as we hadn’t ever physically released them.
These tracks are the result of three years of hard work - we are so proud of them and how our songwriting has grown since the start of the band. If we didn’t put our first three singles ('Peggy', 'Honey', and 'Darling') on this EP, they might not have got the chance to see a physical release, and we couldn’t do that to our babies!
Ooh there’s that word again: album! Everyone’s asking, and we always say the same thing. We’re constantly writing music, and we have so much to prove, but we’re waiting for the right time to get the big scary debut out there.
How do you balance making super fun tunes about weighty subjects like mental health?
I believe mental health is only weighty because it’s still classed as a taboo subject. The more we talk about it, the more it filters into our daily language, the more acceptable it will be to admit you’re suffering and realise that you’re not alone. The juxtaposition of the fun music alongside sometimes quite serious subject matter is the ‘spoonful of sugar’ that people might need to allow the message to reach them.
Are there any subjects that are off limits in your songs?
We would never want to offend or upset our audiences, so we keep it to what we are comfortable talking about. Our songs are all up for interpretation, just because Lucy wrote lyrics that reflect one experience doesn’t mean that those words are limited to one topic. Poetic license and all that. Sometimes you can unintentionally talk about something you didn’t expect to raise in a song. That’s one of the most exciting things about writing music; it makes you bring up things you didn’t know you needed to bring up! You can interpret our songs in any way you feel, as long as those words and melodies give you a happy feeling inside then that is totally fine.
What’s been the highlight of your time in the band so far?
Signing to BSM, selling out our debut London headline show, not becoming a malnourished mess on tour? Mainly the rise in fan interaction. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology we can chat with people from all around the world who love our music. The fact that we’ve sold preorders of our EP to America, Hong Kong, Germany and Italy is pretty bloody mindblowing. The first time we heard our songs being played on BBC 6 Music was crazy too. Playing to a sold-out crowd in The Dome was nuts but, still to this day, one of the shows we always reminisce about is when we played at The Working Man’s Club in Dublin, I think it remains one of our favourite shows to date and crowd made us feel so welcome.
What do you think you lot will be up to in five years’ time? What’s the dream?
The dream? Well, the dream, of course, is to sell out Wembley but let’s not run before we can walk. We just want to keep doing what we are doing, writing and playing music. I guess in five years’ time we would expect to have released a lot more music (an album maybe?!). We also really want to travel more, we would love to go over to the States and meet some people over there (we’re coming for you don’t worry). Other than that we just want to get as many people as possible involved in this party that we’re having - if we can help everyone to have fun then we’re doing our job.
Taken from the August issue of Upset. Orchards' EP 'Losers/Lovers' is out now.
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