Set to position themselves as the chief representatives of retro music in Northampton, The Keepers are bringing sounds of the sixties kicking and screaming back into the modern era. Much like other top bands such as The Strawberries, their formula may be safe, but The Keepers get audible results.
Get ready for a blast from the past, as we have a short gossip with The Keepers. Although, we forgot to ask them what they’re keeping- Apologies…
Tell us about yourself…
The Keepers are a 60’s influenced Brit-pop band from the small town of Northampton. We have Oli Rumens on the bass, Steve Smith on the drums, Liam Taylor Ace Face on guitar and myself on the public telephone and guitar.
Who are your major influences and inspirations, and why?
As a band it’s The Beatles, The Jam, The Who, Small Faces, Oasis, Miles Kane, Kula Shaker, Bowie, T.Rex and Ocean Colour Scene.
Sum up the band in five words…
Retro Pop Music from 1967
Who writes your songs?
I tend to write all the songs.
What are the main themes or topics for your tunes?
Anything from the weather, love, society, being young, bored and unemployed to having a job and feeling fed up.
Who is your favourite unsigned/underground band at the moment and why?
Definitely Vida from Scotland, or the Pantones from LA. I love Vida purely because the songwriting is ace, great group of lads and they’re excellent!
I also love the Pantones because they’re a bit 80’s new wave with a nod to 60’s British Invasion!
What’s in your CD player right now?
Stones Roses Debut.
What are you like live?
Entertaining, we know how to put on a show! If you want something energetic but with great melodies come along!
Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’re playing Beano On The Sea festival in Hastings in September, and we head back out on the road throughout September and October. If you check our Instagram @thekeepersuk we’ll be announcing all the dates shortly.
You’re stranded on a desert island and have one album with you, what is it?
Abbey Road by The Beatles.
What’s on the horizon, and what can we look forward to from you?
We’re hoping to have a single or two out by Christmas and just more touring.
WEAPON OF CHOICE – Guitar.
BASE – Northampton.
FOOTBALL – Man City!
GUILTY PLEASURE – ‘Say, Say, Say’ – Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.
HERO – George Harrison, Paul Weller, Steve Marriott, David Bowie and Bob Dylan.
VILLAIN – Simon Cowell, a bit cliché.
BEST COMEDY SHOW– Only Fools and Horses.
THREADS – Got to be my Black Lennon Jacket from Pretty Green! It’s a replica of what the Beatles wore at Shea Stadium.
TROTTERS – you’ll only ever see me in my IKON Revolver Chelsea Boots.
AT THE BAR – Can’t beat a bottle of Peroni!
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT – Oasis at Knebworth. It would have been absolutely class!
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE – Karl Pilkington.
FILM – Help! The Beatles Film.
SOUNDTRACK – West Side Story.
TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME – ‘Wah Wah’ – George Harrison, ‘Tin Solider’ – Small Faces and ‘Red Light Spells Danger’ – Billy Ocean.
TOP OF THE POPS – There’s a lot of great music out there, not in the charts though, we all have access to find new bands/solo artists, it’s just a case of looking for whatever you fancy.
THREE WORDS – Passionate, Vintage and Energetic.
Have a gander at The Keepers on their aforementioned social media, and make sure you make yourself present at their upcoming dates. We’ll be watching, we’ll know if you don’t…
If you’re for some reason unable to attend, at least make sure you give ‘Here Comes Spring‘ a listen.