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 has also supported Gazelle at O2 Academy Leicester, and punk heroes Sleaford Mods on the Derby date of their UK tour.
Introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed?
Nathan Pointon – I’m a singer and guitarist in the band and Andy and I (the other singer and guitarist) met years ago at college but we never seemed to get on, it wasn’t until a year or so after that we decided to try getting a band together. It all came from Andy asking me if I wanted to go and watch The Charlatans because we hadn’t spoken for a while after college and that’s what got us back in touch. We started playing and writing together but it was so hard to find a bass player and a drummer that were top. We tried a few different people out but we could never really get it to work. We did actually try Will out but it never really worked at the time and then when we tried him out later down the line when we had Adam on board, it all just fell into place really.
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
I’d say we all differ slightly in this sort of question but I’d say we’d all agree that the main influence on our music and style would be The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, The Jam and Blur… that sort of thing but I’d say personally for myself I listen to a lot of old soul stuff like Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield and y’know stuff like that. I’d say one of my biggest influences would be Ocean Colour Scene or more so Steve Cradock in terms of guitar parts and writing guitar parts for our own music, I do often listen to Mosely Shoals as reference really because the arrangements and the riffs on that are fucking great! And I love the production of it.
What are you currently up to at the moment music-wise?
We’re gonna get back into rehearsals to freshen ourselves up before we start the gigs again. We’re also in the process of writing some more material to get recorded soon and we’ve got some other stuff ready to be released which we’re proper excited to get out there so keep your eyes open for that!
And outside of music, how’s life in general?
Pretty good. Being in a band that live together in the city can’t be bad right?
What’s the happiest lyric you’ve ever written?
Honestly, I ain’t got a clue, I don’t think anything I’ve done I would say is necessarily ‘happy’. Andy’s your man for that one.
And the saddest…?
Again, I don’t think I can really answer that… listen to our stuff and draw your own conclusions on that one.
Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why?
Well, probably a Yellow Submarine because I’d live a life of ease and I can’t say I’m a huge fan of octopus’s… or drowning.
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s your dream venue?
The best venue we’ve played would probably be the O2 Academy in Leicester but I wouldn’t say that was the best in terms of audience, it was just good to play on a proper stage with a tech that knows what they’re doing. Most of the techs we come across are arseholes, so it was nice to have a decent sound. In terms of audience, I would have to say just a pub in the arse end of Burton that we played because it was fucking rammed! And at the end of the day, that’s all you want really. As for dream venues, I dunno… probably somewhere like The Cavern or bigger O2 venues around the country or Alexandra Palace, that sort of thing.
If you could support any band, past or present who would it be and why?
Ah, that’s a difficult one, I’d instantly go to say one of the great 60’s bands but I don’t think that would really work. To be honest, I would probably say the Libertines in their prime, think that would be fucking mental.
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
The buzz you get when you see people singing your own songs back to you.
And the hardest…?
Just the slog of gigging week in week out but at the end of the day, everyone knows why we’re doing it and that it’ll all pay off so that’s what keeps everything going really but yeah it does get hard sometimes.
Sum your band up in three words?
Raw, energetic and mega.
What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best?
I’m So Tired – The Beatles… always sums me up that does.
The Lapels next play on the 16th of January at The Chameleon, Notts. All gig dates here.
Liam or Noel?
Hmm, probably Liam.
Boris or Jezza?
Neither, both twats.
Pineapple on pizza – yes or no?
Of course no.
Beatles or Stones?
Beatles all day long.