Forming in early 2018, The Lapels emerged onto the music scene in a blitz of raucous live shows and critical acclaim. Right from the beginning, they have built a steady fanbase, branching out to different cities and venues across the UK whilst still keeping the solid momentum of writing and recording going steady.
The band have supported many big names including Gazelle at the O2 Academy Leicester, punk heroes Sleaford Mods and have sold out several headline gigs while also supporting Britpop legends Echobelly and Space.
Their brilliant new single ‘Ordinary Girl’ got its first play on BBC Music Introducing in The East Midlands earlier this month and the track was also added to This Feeling’s ‘Best New Bands’ playlist.
We’ve followed the band here at Northern Exposure over the past few years and if the interest in them is anything to go by, they have a long, succesful future ahead of them. I caught up with the guys to get an idea of how lockdown is treating them…
First and foremost, how are you and your family handling lockdown?
I think we’re all handling it quite well, for me Andy and Will it’s as good as it can be I think really as at least we’re all still together and can carry on doing all the stuff we need to be doing for our band. I think it’s easier when you’re with your mates as you can still have a laugh and make the best of a bad situation.
Can you introduce your band and what style of music would you describe yourself as?
We’re The Lapels and I’m not too sure what things are classed as nowadays but put it this way, we’ve got some good fucking tunes.
What influences do you draw upon?
Great bands and songwriters, Beatles, The Kinks, Blur, Ocean Colour Scene, Weller, Arctic Monkeys, Libertines. All that sort of stuff.
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?
Well, we’ve been doing all we can I think which is just trying to remain active online with our audience and we’ve done a couple of live streams. We are set to continue this with a live stream with BBC Introducing East Midlands on Sunday. It’s a virtual event replacing Dot 2 Dot Crawl festival – tune in here !
Are you off work and if so, are you spending much time writing?
Yeah, we’ve been doing as much as we can, even if we aren’t writing on a particular day, we always try and do something band related. Think if we didn’t we’d go mad being cooped up all day!
Before lockdown what were you up to as a band? Any new releases we should be checking or looking out for?
We had a release a few weeks back called ‘All Things Down To You’ which did really well for us and our newest single ‘Ordinary Girl’ is out now. Also, look out for the B sides!
What tune of yours should readers listen to right now, that sums you up the best?
As before ha. ‘All Things Down To You’ or our recent release ‘Ordinary Girl’.
To finish, any advice for our readers on how to keep sane in these unprecedented times?
Get up early, have a cuppa, sit in the garden and have a laugh. Look forward to things going back to normal so you can come and watch The Lapels!
IMAGINE AND QUICKFIRE
IMAGINE you could play any venue right now, which would it be?
Probably Ally Pally.
IMAGINE you could be the frontman, drummer, guitarist or bassist of ANY band, who would you be?
IMAGINE you are locked down with your musical hero, who is it?
My personal musical hero is John Lennon but I’d probably choose Miles Kane, I can imagine that would be a good laugh.
BEST LOCKDOWN SNACK: Custard cream.
TOP LOCKDOWN TRACK: All Things Down To You.
TOP LOCKDOWN ALBUM: The Great Escape.
BEST LOCKDOWN BOOZE: Carling.
BEST THING ON THE TELLY: We do enjoy a bit of Gordon, Gino and Fred.