North East indie outfit The Old Pink House play a headline show at The Cluny this month so Adam Barnsley caught up with the band to talk about what people can expect from their show, their upcoming EP, and the remainder of 2018.
You must be excited to be playing a headline show at Newcastle’s renowned venue, The Cluny?
Yeah, it’s really exciting. The Cluny is a bit of an institution when it comes to Newcastle music so it feels like a big step for us to be doing our own show there. We’ve seen a lot of bands we loved when we were younger there and it’s our first time headlining a venue of that size. It’s going to be a great night.
What can we expect from the Cluny show?
It’s kind of culmination of everything we’ve done so far, so the set will be a mix of our older singles that people know and new material we’ve been working on over the last few months, including tracks from our EP which we’ll be dropping this month.
And what’s the reaction been like to the newer songs when played live?
The reaction’s been great to our newer stuff – we feel like it’s our strongest material yet and that’s what we’re hearing from people who have seen us recently, so that’s really encouraging.
What do you think can be done to help further support up-and-coming artists in the North East?
I’m not really sure there is anything that can be done; I’m a firm believer that artists should be out to help themselves. We live now in the age of the internet, which means everyone has a potential platform regardless of geographical location or background. It’s democratised music in a way that’s never really happened before. You can reach so many people just by putting a track online and that potential is powerful, so if you have really great music you can find your audience provided you put the time and work in. If there is really anything that can be ‘done’, I guess it’s for local people to get out and see more bands in their city. Too many people are willing to pay £10.00 into a nightclub to hear a shit DJ play songs they hear 1000 times over on a loop all day on the radio, instead of £5.00 to get into a local band’s show and help hold up the culture their city is producing.
And finally, what are your plans for the remainder of 2018? Is there an album in the pipeline, for example?
We’re dropping our debut EP just before our Cluny show. We’re already recording more music too, so people will be hearing that later in the year, perhaps with a UK tour…keep your eyes peeled.
The Old Pink House heads to The Cluny, Newcastle on Saturday 18th August. Tickets, priced at £7.00, are available from thecluny.com.