While he was still breathing heavily from their excellent performance at Live at the Beach, fns indie starspotter JustBoy57 caught up with Cast of the Capitals Matt Morris (guitar and vocals) to find out what they have planned for the rest of the year.
For those out there who maybe haven’t checked out CotC before, tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?
We’re an Indie Rock band from Aberdeen, Scotland. We tour the UK as much as possible and have as much fun as possible!
How did the name Cast of the Capital come about?
I’m afraid that’s a secret. Like my Dad used to say “I’d have to kill you if I told you”. (now I NEED to know! – ed)
It’s fair to say that Cast of the Capital are a fairly new band but last year was already a pretty big year for you guys that included the release of your debut E.P and appearances at Rockness and Belladrum respectively. Is there pressure on ’10 to be just as good?
I guess there is, but it’s more excitement than pressure really. We’ve got lots of stuff planned for this year so it is going to be a good one I think. I really can’t wait for more festivals; before last year none of us had even been to a music festival so we’re all pretty new to them and excited about them.
From the start to the finished EP, just how much work goes into getting the release on the shelves?
Luckily this EP ran so smoothly; Kittiwake Records helped us press the release and our photographer Sam Brill did such an awesome job with the artwork so quickly that we had most of it in place to get it done snappy!
And what does ’10 have in store for you guys?
Touring, touring, touring! We all just want to get on the road right now so much. I think this year is going to be a skint one, no time for work other than the band, but that’s how we like it!
How was playing Aberdeen’s prestigious Beach Ballroom? Not a bad way to start off CotC gigging for 2010?
It was amazing! I can’t believe how good the venue is, it has such an awesome vibe about the place. The atmosphere the night we played was incredible; it was like the bait shop in the OC or something!
You have just been booked by none other than Vic Galloway for a live session on his BBC Scotland radio show and you have also been featured by fellow new music titan Jim Gellatly on his increasingly successful podcast. Is the work of these two men a vital aspect in not just getting the COTC name out there and heard, but for every up and coming band in Scotland?
Definitely. They’re both awesome dudes and they’ve helped us so much. I try to never forget how lucky we are having people like that on board. I’d say they’re easily two of the biggest names in Scotland helping out unsigned bands.
You are about to head out on tour with Glasgow troubadours Make Sparks who I personally love. Do you have any other picks from the current crop of the Scottish music scene that the Flares N Seagulls listeners might appreciate?
Copy Haho and Indian Red Lopez are both from Aberdeen and both awesome I reckon! Of course I’m obviously a huge fan of Frightened Rabbit too.
You also have a few dates booked in London and Oxford. Is this something that CotC will be hoping to expand on throughout the year, playing out with Scotland to spread your name further?
Oh yes! We’ll hopefully have lots of shows everywhere. I’m looking forward to London again and I’d like to see more of England, maybe somewhere further south like Brighton or something. I wouldn’t say no to hanging out on a sunny day on the beach before sound check!
Do you find being Aberdeen based can be a hindrance (being so far away!) when it comes to getting gigs in England?
That’s where Kittiwake Records come in. They’re booking us lot’s shows in England so without them things would be a lot harder.
Any fond memories of playing your hometown?
Actually yeah, the beach ballroom last week! I think it was maybe my favourite gig I’ve played.
Any advice you’d give (with the benefit of hindsight) to any budding bands or artists from ABZ?
The only advice I’d give at the moment is apply for ‘Go North’! It’s an amazing event. A lot of the cool things we did last year came from playing it and there are seminars to give you a chance to speak with lots of interesting folk and the gigs are all awesome at night too.
Your five desert island tracks?
That’s impossible, but off the top of my head; ‘The New Year’ by death cab for cutie, ‘Catform’ by Rogue wave, ‘Sleeping lessons’ by the Shins, ‘Capitals’ by Stapleton and ‘Obvious’ by Blink 182. Eeeuh it’s a horrible question! I’ve left so much out!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for inviting me to do this interview!
And finally, your favourite flavour of crisps?
T-bone steak Roysters or Thai Chilli Sensations or Nik Naks or Beef Hoola Hoops or Chilli Wave Doritos. I can’t choose!
Thanks for taking the time out to do this interview. JustBoy57
Cast of the Capital play The Warehouse, Aberdeen on the 27th of Feburary and Snafu, Aberdeen on the 11th of March.