North East high-octane alternative rock champions, Digits, have a busy few months ahead of them including a show at the 02 supporting Mc Lars. Damian Robinson spoke to vocalist and guitarist Chris Bradley to find out more about the show, their current tour and their new EP.
You’re gearing up for a new tour, but do you prefer playing live or working in the studio?
Tough question! I don’t think you can replicate the feeling of playing live to a receptive audience; when everything falls into place, the experience can be up there with some of life’s best moments. Recording, however, is a much more creative experience and the whole process is very rewarding. I think many musicians need both to balance their two sides, the creative and the attention seeker!
You’re playing at the 02 Academy in Newcastle supporting Mc Lars. That must be exciting. How did that relationship come about?
This will be our first proper tour since returning last year, so we’ve been very excited to get out on the road. Originally, we were going to headline the O2; however, they asked if we’d mind moving our headline to another date. In return, they invited us onto the bill with MC Lars & Koo Koo Kanga Roo. We agreed to it, but only if the bands from the original gig agreed to it. I’m a big MC Lars fan and have met him a couple of times so I’m over the moon to be doing the show.
I’ve been watching some of the videos for EP 3…how’s that been coming on and what can we expect?
It’s going great! I own a rehearsal studio and Matt, our guitarist, has a degree in Music Production so we assembled the equipment we needed and started recording at the end of January. It’s very Digits; it’s aggressive and abrasive but very poppy and catchy too. It focuses on a turbulent time in politics to our culture of self-interest and spans the changes from the line0up before the split to the new one. When we reformed last year and Matt joined, we very naturally and quickly wrote 5 or 6 new tunes and with the prior songs and some extra tunes I had lying about we had an album’s worth. So very early on we felt the best way was to put the songs prior to the split two years ago, and one new one written since, on an EP to pay our dues to the past, introduce the new and show that we’re still the same band. It was always a regret that we never released the other songs prior to the split so I think everyone was happy to get them down finally.
And when may we see the EP?
Tentatively October or November, however, despite being an independent, we’re still subject to a lot of variables from others such as CD replication, distributors, PR company, music videos, photography, etc. Generally, we’re talking about a 6-month lead-in time from the end of mastering to the release of the record.
And finally, what would a great year look like for Digits?
We’d like to add a few more festivals to our schedule; we’re already playing Tramlines Festival’s Fringe and at ‘In The Fields’, but more would always be welcome. I’d also like to see the EP and first single out by November, and recording for EP 4 wrapped up by New Years’ Eve.
Digits will be playing the 02 Academy on Saturday 21st April. For tickets, and to find out about EP 3, the best place to catch the band is at facebook.com/Digitsuk.