I caught up with Adam Kidd from band ‘Fragile Creatures’. The band combine a mix of grunge, rock and pop to create tracks that document post-millennial life in the UK. They cover an all manner of topics including life, death, drugs, dementia, Armageddon and Alan Turing.
First and foremost, how are you and your family handling lockdown?
I am handling it pretty well, literally just moved in with my girlfriend. We were planning on getting a place together but instead we are crammed into a 1 bed flat, but we’ve not wanted to kill each other yet, so it must be going well. Weirdly seem more in touch with the family than I usually am. Played scrabble with my Mum on Zoom just last night, for example. I am treating the experience like a prisoner, trying to better themselves and get let out early for good behaviour. I’ve been doing Wim Hof’s breathing technique, as it helps boost your immune system: look it up!
Can you introduce your band and what style of music would you describe yourself as?
The band is called Fragile Creatures: Aaron Neville on keys and vocals, Tom Alty on lead guitar, Adam Whittles on bass, James Crump on drums and myself, Adam Kidd, on vocals and guitar. We’d describe our music as Punk Yacht. It’s the title of our forthcoming second album.
What influences do you draw upon?
Quite a wide variety… most relevant for our next album would be The Clash, Toto, Radiohead, Blur, Queens of the Stoneage, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys. Melodic rock and pop, both of the punky and smooth varieties.
The Covid19 pandemic has hit us all hard, especially the music industry for obvious reasons. With live music sadly now non-existent for the foreseeable future, how do you plan to tackle promoting your music and band under the current circumstances?
With the internet, of course! I think, if you weren’t already a touring band the conditions are very similar for self-promotion. We had to postpone our album launch and release, which is a bummer, but we only had a hometown show planned. We’d love to tour, but it’s not really been available to us. We’ve been recording a cover song during the crisis, so it will be fun to put that out. We’ve been having weekly band meetings on Zoom instead of rehearsals. Once we’ve decided a new release date for the album, now that it’s finished, we’ll just go back to focusing on promoting ourselves to streaming platforms, and social media. We’ll just have a bit more time to do it! Every Tuesday there’s also going to be a #TuesdayTunes song uploaded. I started this over on Instagram and played the entire Fragile Creatures back catalogue in lo-fi style just to my phone. Last week was the first full band tune, playing our next single Parallel Lines – go check it out – we’re releasing the single on Friday May 29th. Now I’ve decided to record the songs properly and alternate between full band versions of tracks from our forthcoming album Punk Yacht, and cover songs. I’ve loved Radiohead since I was about 14, and The Bends is one of those formative albums that shaped me as a musician and songwriter, so it seemed appropriate to cover a song from that.
Are you off work and if so, are you spending much time writing?
I’ve finished writing some of the songs Fragile Creatures had been jamming before the lockdown, and been demoing them with James, our drummer. I’ve also been working on a solo album, which I’m lucky enough to have finished recording live drums for. I can do the rest from lockdown. It was a long term project, but it will probably see the light of day much sooner now. Aaron also has a solo project, under the name NevilleSounds. He just brought out a second single, ‘Resonate’, it’s up on Spotify, go give it a listen. It’s more pop-focused than the band stuff, great writing.
Before lockdown what were you up to as a band? Any new releases we should be checking or looking out for?
Our second album, Punk Yacht, was due to come out on April 30th. It got delayed because of corona complications, but it’s finished now and the album has been rescheduled for release on August 21st.
What tune of yours should readers listen to right now, that sums you up the best?
Big Red Button, our last single, seems appropriate in these apocalyptic times. It’s on Spotify, but also there’s a live video on YouTube, if you’re craving that in your face sound and feel.
To finish, any advice for our readers on how to keep sane in these unprecedented times?
Yes. Don’t drink too much. Use your exercise time – I’ve been running every day. I mentioned it earlier, but Wim Hof is great. Check out his app. Aaron turned me on to it. If I catch this thing I’m going to kick its arse!!
IMAGINE & QUICKFIRE
IMAGINE you could play any venue right now, which would it be?
Last big show I went to was Big Thief at the Hammersmith Apollo. Beautiful Art Deco theatre, and massive. It would be amazing to play there and fill it!
IMAGINE you could be the frontman, drummer, guitarist or bassist of ANY band, who would you be?
I would love to play bass for Andy Shauf on tour. I fucking love his music, and it would be cool to chat to the guy and find out all of his secrets!
IMAGINE you are locked down with your musical hero, who is it?
Another hero then, Josh Tillman (Father John Misty). He’s a real interesting character. The conversations would keep me sane… the psychedelics might send me the other way.
BEST LOCKDOWN SNACK: Maryland Cookies have been my go to.
DREAM LOCKDOWN PARTNER: My girlfriend, Seda, is great company. Wouldn’t change that!.
TOP LOCKDOWN TRACK: The Chain – Fleetwood Mac.
TOP LOCKDOWN ALBUM: Laura Marling’s Song For Our Daughter album just came out and it has blown me away.
BEST LOCKDOWN BOOZE: Red Wine: gimme those sweet antioxidants.
BEST THING ON THE TELLY: We don’t have a TV, but we do have a projector, and we’re currently working our way through Homeland. It’s the only thing I’ve watched since lockdown began, so I have no other frame of reference.