Loux heads to Surf Café, Tynemouth this month so Lee Allcock caught up with singer/keyboard player Jordan to talk about playing in the region for the first time, supporting Pixies and their upcoming EP.
This will be your first ever time playing in the North East, so what can gig-goers expect from your set?
I think the set will be slightly more stripped-back than what we’d usually play, and we’ll be without a full drum kit, so it’ll be an all-around more relaxed atmosphere. We’re test driving a few new tunes at the moment too so one or two of them may creep into the set.
You’ve played a number of prestigious gigs this year including Long Division Festival in Wakefield in June, but what has been your favourite gig to date and why?
Yeah, we’ve done a few festivals this year actually. Live at Leeds, in particular, was really fun, as were Timber Festival and Riv Fest in July. I think our favourite shows have been Leeds shows, though, to be honest. Our second single launch was really fun at a venue in Leeds called Oporto and every show we’ve played at the Brudenell Social Club has been fantastic too.
In just your second show, you played at the Blue Dot Festival where you shared a bill with the likes of Alt-J, Orbital, Pixies and Leftfield … that’s some achievement and must have felt a little surreal?
I’m not sure how we ended up on that line-up, but it was a great weekend. We couldn’t really ask for a better second gig to be honest – and our first gig was only the day before! It went well too: we didn’t expect to be as prepared as we were considering the situation. Sadly, we’re not playing the festival again this year, but we’ll still be attending.
You released your second single, ‘Cool’, back in June which is partly inspired by the concept of some women – ‘cool girls’ – who go along with what men demand of them with little concern for themselves. It’s pretty obvious that you’re not one of those girls, Jordan…
I try not to be but I guess there’s an element of that in everyone. I think it’s just important to know your boundaries and not do anything that makes you uncomfortable, whether it’s a love interest or just a friendship.
And finally, what else can we expect from you in 2018? Will you be releasing any further new material, for example?
We hope so. We’re working on writing a lot at the moment and we’ve got a few tracks we’d like to put on an EP, so we’re hoping we can get most of that recorded by the end of summer ideally. We’ve got a live video for our latest single, ‘Cool’, coming out this month too.
Loux heads to Surf Café, Tynemouth on Sunday 5th August. This is a free entry gig.