Jack Smith, Sam Holt, Matt Bayliss and Ste Williams make up Black Pulp – one of Manchester Evening News’ ‘Bands and Acts to Watch Out For in 2017’. Since the band’s inception they have released four singles – all of which have had support from various BBC Introducing shows and they are known to smash a live performance with their guitar-fronted sound.
Tell us about yourself
We’re four boys that wanna make music forever.
Who are your major influences and inspirations, and why?
Between us we have eclectic tastes. We don’t really listen to the genre of music we make but it just seems to happen that way.
Sum up the band in five words
Very different from anyone else.
Who writes your songs?
Jack writes the main bulk and then we add whatever we feel makes a song ‘Black Pulp’.
Their second single, Smokescreen:
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
It’s changed as we’ve grown as a band. We used to write mainly about going out, chasing skirt and having a good time but now it’s more about topics that inflict emotion. We are looking forward to showing our new material.
Who is your favourite unsigned/underground band at the moment and why?
Ivory Wave from Jack’s home town are good right now. They’re making a lot of right movements. They have this attitude in their songs which is hard to capture.
What’s in your CD player right now, or the last song you streamed?
Last song I streamed was High Street by Ocean Wisdom. Tune.
What are you like live?
We’re exciting at times but love to change the atmosphere as often as possible. We try to make our gigs more of a performance.
Latest single Vapour:
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Yes! We’re playing ‘This Feeling Presents’ at the Zanzibar in Liverpool on the 24th of November and then supporting Paris Youth Foundation on the 16th December at The Buyers Club in Liverpool!
You’re stranded on a desert island and have one album with you, what is it?
Being trapped on a desert island wouldn’t be so bad with Morcheeba’s Big Calm.
What’s on the horizon, and what can we look forward to from you?
More songs, better quality gigs and a lot more social presence! We wanna be on your screens more.
WEAPON OF CHOICE
Stourport on Severn.
There are no guilty pleasures.
BEST COMEDY SHOW
AT THE BAR
G & T.
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT
The Prodigy in Milton Keynes.
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE
TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME
Mojo- Lady Hear Me Tonight
Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes
George Michael – Careless Whisper
TOP OF THE POPS
Chunky not funky.