We got a chance to chat with Sean Grant who will be playing The Sebright Arms on Wednesday 7th January:
You’re enjoying great success with your second EP, ‘War Machines’. How has the response to this release compared to your expectations?
The feedback has been overwhelming, mainly with the EP going into the charts at 31 and then holding out for a week with an official Alternative chart position at 69, we were over the moon as your can imagine. Its a slightly different EP being a themed on WW2 so we really didn’t know how it would be taken, but all in all its been a great success and really fun to play.
The British music scene is enjoying an era of songwriters, having largely moved away from manufactured pop bands. Why do you think music fans are looking for something more authentic?
Yes I believe they are, the same as vinyl sales being on the up again, people are wanting something real, it seems people are supporting indie labels like our own The Shipping Forecast, smaller bands, and going out to shows again. It’s an exciting time for the industry. There’s still a way to go with things like X Factor still being pumped into people’s living rooms telling them what they like but there are those out there that are looking for change.
And how has the internet changed the music scene for indie musicians?
The internet has made it easier to reach a bigger network of people in just one post with things like Facebook, YouTube and Soundcloud we’ve gained a fan base around the world not only locked down to the UK. It’s also great for music fans like myself to be kept easily up to date with what your favourite artists are up to.
Your unique sound is the result of a lifetime of experimentation. How has your sound evolved over the years, and how might it evolve in the future?
So far people have struggled to but a name to our sound, some say folk, punk… rock? Whatever it is it comes from a very organic place, we create music that we want to create without too much messing around in the studio. It’s a very live sound and I think if anything it’s only going to get larger as we grow into ourselves.
Your songs explore the lives of ordinary people from the earlier part of the 20th Century. What do these people have to say to our society today?
For me it’s always been about connecting the dots backwards from where we are today, respecting that it really wasn’t that long ago and how things have changed, and how we can learn from them and their lives to move forward in the future without forgetting our past.
That’s very kind of you saying so. I think the motivations are less political and more social, from a place that I’ve grown up in. My grandfathers were cobblers and builders, my dad is still a carpet fitter, I’ve worked every job under the sun. My friends are working class, it’s all around me and they are the ones who inspire me to write what I write about.
What has been the band’s proudest achievement so far, and what is your ultimate aspiration?
Definitely our chart success, 69 in the alternative charts after a week was amazing and I can only thanks our fans and people that have supported us and downloaded the EP. We love what we do and we won’t stop so whatever comes our way we will take, we’re looking forward to writing the next EP touring and continuing on our journey into 2015 and beyond.
After two great EPs, when can we anticipate a full-length album, and what can we expect from it?
I think another EP is on the cards which we can’t wait to get our teeth into. I can’t wait to write an album it really excites me, after having so many love affairs with certain albums over the years we want to make sure it’s the best that we can do… watch this space!