North East-founded outfit, Para Alta, is set to play The Independent in Sunderland this month so Lee Allcock caught up with the band to talk about their exploits in London, Glastonbury, and vinyl.
As you’re now living in London, what are the things you miss most about the North East (music-related or otherwise)?
I think music-related, it is playing with a lot of our friends: we had some great years playing around the North East on the same bill as our mates’ bands and went to some pretty big parties after. Non-music-related, probably being able to travel more than 100 metres without being stopped at traffic lights.
You’re set to play Independent in Sunderland this month, so what can gig-goers expect from your set?
In terms of performance, they can expect plenty of energy: we’re at a point where we feel very relaxed on stage and we enjoy every minute of it and I think it shows. We love being able to play shows like this as we can throw a nice long set-list together which lets us dust off a few older tracks with the rest of it packed out with brand new ones.
How do you feel the North East music scene differs from the London music scene?
The dynamic of it is very different: everybody definitely knows each other in the North East on more of friendship level, whereas people come from everywhere you can think of to play London. We love playing new venues all the time down London: some of them have been very strange, but they’re the best ones! The Lexington was a great show, but then again, we love playing the Cluny too.
If you had the opportunity to play at any venue in the world, what would that venue be? And what would be on your rider and why?
Love this question. It’s got to be the pyramid stage at Glastonbury. But in terms of actual venues, I think Red Rocks in the USA looks mind-blowing. The rider has to have plenty of beer, cheese and crackers for Luke, a colouring book for Sonny and a tech deck for Jon.
And finally, what else do you have coming up in 2018 that your fans can get excited about?
We’ve got loads coming up. We’ve actually got some tunes already recorded in the bag: we’ve literally just recorded another last week, and have another two ready to record after that. We also won the PRS Flash Funding which means we will have 500 12” vinyl to sell, so we’re in the process of deciding what we want to put on it – we cannot wait to have those made. I can’t really give too much else away, even though there is a lot more going on, but you’re going to be hearing a lot from us in the near future.
Para Alta plays Independent, Sunderland on Saturday 11th August. Tickets, priced at £5.00, are available from independentsunderland.com.