Self-described as ” a new euphoric sound putting a dark edge on modern indie music, with spacey riffs and anthemic choruses’ Cafe Aspen hail from our home city of Sheffield. Together just a year the band are currently writing new music and are set to continue spreading their wings outside of the Steel City to introduce the rest of the North to their catchy tunes. Rachel caught up with them for a quick chat to get to know more…
Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed?
We are Cafe Aspen. Will Kitching, George Carnell, Dennie Normanton, Nathan Hennessy and Kyle Holmes.
We’ve been together about a year after originally forming at University and then adding a few members from elsewhere.
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
Our music doesn’t really sit in one genre, we like to push the boundaries of what we are and what we can be. If I had to put a label on it I’d say we are alt/indie rock. Our influences range from Interpol, The Strokes, The Smiths, Pixies etc.
What are you currently up to at the moment music-wise?
We’ve just come off the back of a headline show at Shakespeares so are starting to write some new music then back into the studio. We have our first Manchester gig on 30th November and then potentially a couple of December gigs lined up. Keep your eyes peeled for those announcements.
And outside of music, how’s life in general?
It’s alright, it’s always difficult trying to juggle work and being in a band but we make it work and try and enjoy it the best we can.
Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why?
I’d say Octopus’s Garden. Our music can be quite dark in places and the Yellow Submarine is just too happy for that, I think the bottom of the sea suits us more.
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue?
The best venue we’ve played is Shakespeares in Sheffield. It is an old fashioned pub downstairs but then you get a warm feeling as you walk up to the venue upstairs. It was also our biggest show to date so that helps. Dream venue/gig would have to be Glastonbury.
If you could support any band, past or present who would it be and why?
I think every band member would have a different answer to this, as mentioned above we all have different influences so it would be quite a mixture. We’ll go with The Pixies or The Strokes.
What’s the best thing about being in a band/solo artist?
The best thing is being stood on that stage seeing people enjoying your music and singing the lyrics back to you. Either that or the amount of Full Monty breakfast’s in a tin we get through, big shout out to them!
And the hardest…?
The hardest is snapping back to reality and going back to work, you just want to get back up on that stage and do it all again. The stage is where we all belong.
Sum your band/act up in three words?
Full Monty Breakfast.
What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best?
Afflictions off our latest EP ‘Take’. Go and listen to the whole EP and let us know which track you like best!
Liam or Noel? – Noel
Boris or Jezza? – Jezza
Pineapple on pizza – yes or not? – Controversial, but yes. George our guitarist would eat anything.
Beatles or Stones? – Rolling Stones. Kitch the singer has a Jagger vibe about him.