After an incredible couple of years, this month sees Teesside indie-pop band, Llovers, headline the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough for what’s certain to be an explosive set. With support acts The Old Pink House and Dressed Like Wolves, Llovers’ headline slot is set to be astounding – absolutely everything fans would expect from the dreamy five-piece.
After recently touring with Teesside outfit Cape Cub and releasing latest single ‘A Second With You’, the band truly is on top form. Samantha Hall spoke with Jack Brooks to find out more about the gig, new releases, and the future for the band.
Your headline gig at the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough is coming up very soon, so how are you preparing for that?
There’s been a lot of practising, a lot of ideas thrown around as to how we can make the night incredible and a lot of anxiety management. This is our first real headliner and to be doing it on home turf in a venue that’s so close to all of our hearts – we want it to be special.
What should we expect to hear?
We’ll be playing the typical back catalogue with a peppering of tasty new treats and one or two rather stunning surprises.
Are you set to release anything new soon?
Our new single ‘Go Get Her, Go Getter’ was released on Wednesday 8th August. We’re also working with Modern Sky UK (The Blinders, Slow Readers Club, Catholic Action) to get it out there which is exciting for us as until now our releases have been purely through DIY distribution channels.
‘Borderlands’ has passed 200,000 plays on Spotify and everything else you’ve released is nearing 100,000. How does that feel?
Initially, the streaming numbers that we were getting through from Spotify took us by surprise: I suppose we didn’t realise the support that the platform can offer new bands. The majority of our streaming success, certainly in the early stages, came from the curated playlists that Spotify put together. There’s a lot of talk about how Spotify and streaming services don’t pay satisfactory amounts to artists and that’s an issue that will be very much at the forefront of every debate surrounding the monetisation of music, however, for us the platform has proven to be a valuable asset to reach out to new fans.
And finally, what does the future hold for Llovers?
We’ve got a big release on the horizon and a lot of cool things in motion behind the scenes but for us it’s important to just keep working hard and enjoying the music in the present.
Llovers play The Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough on Friday 7th September with support coming from Newcastle cosmic pop outfit The Old Pink House and Teesside lo-fi folk-pop band, Dressed Like Wolves.
The event is now completely sold out.