Brighton’s Sit Down are coming to play our Christmas party on Thursday 13 Dec at the Lexington with Young Romance and I, Doris. In the meantime, get to know them a bit better with our 10 question interview …
1.Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Compressorhead – they’re a rock band from Germany made entirely of robots.
2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?
I think we’d do a Bill and Ted and have our time-travelling future selves with beards and babies come and make a super group.
3. What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out?
The last song we wrote is called ‘Knives’. It’s on our latest release. I’d just finished reading the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels and realised that his high school love interest Knives Chau deserved so much better than how Scott treated her, so we wrote a song about it from the perspective of one of his other ex girlfriends, Envy Adams.
4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
Favourite gig we played was the most recent one. We flew to the South of France to perform at the opening of a french alien collective’s new headquarters. It was wild. The best gig we’ve been to is probably Promiseland supporting The Voidz at Concorde 2 last month. So much energy, and just completely unexpected.
5. Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.
The Swiss Army Man soundtrack featuring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. An absurdly beautiful collection of sounds for an absurdly beautiful movie.
6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
I don’t know this is advice as such but the most important think we’ve learnt so far is: start off saying yes to everything, then learn when to start saying no. When we started, we wanted to be playing shows every night of the week, and we got to a point where we almost were. While we had a great time and got some good experience, it didn’t take long for us to realise there’s no longevity in that. Now we know how best we work, we plan our next steps carefully.
7. Name an album that inspired you growing up?
We actually had this very strange moment early on where we realised we were both raised on the exact same obscure compilation CD ‘Air Guitar: Volume III’. I guess it was a very Dad thing to have in 2003, and we both grew up listening to it on car journeys and stuff and the rock’n’roll infiltrated our minds.
8. What are your musical goals?
To write a rock opera about our lives, with us being played by Tenacious D and accompaniment by Compressorhead.
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now?
We’re not related.
10. Give your top 4 contemporary bands/musicians
Gaye Su Akyol – a fierce queen from Istanbul who makes captivating psychedelia with traditional Turkish roots.
The Garden – they just make whatever they want and release it. You can’t help but love the brashness of it, even if some of it is terrible.
The Voidz – Julian Casablancas from The Strokes’ newest venture. It’s like he’s fallen out of the matrix and completely given up caring. It’s so good.
Surfbort – garbage trash old school punk comprised of raucous frontwoman Dani Miller and her ‘Dad’s’ (She’s 25 and they’re all 45+). Their sense of humour and attitude is just so refreshing. I guess the bands we like aren’t really about the music most of the time, it’s more about their don’t-give-a-fuck attitude towards making it.
Catch SIT DOWN at our Christmas party next week at the Lexington!