An Interview with 'Interstate Drive'
“Really Good Pop songs” – Melita Dennett, BBC Introducing: The South
“Polished to perfection, Open Your Eyes is a fantastic track which if there is any justice in the world should be destined for your radio while the song’s creators may also be destined for bigger and better things.” – The Musical Outcast
Showcasing a mesmerising alt-rock sound
Southampton three-piece Interstate Drive members have previously shared the stage with the likes of Lonely the Brave, Natives, Man Made, Fatherson, Funeral for a Friend, and Nothing but Thieves.
Who are the band members and what do they play?
Cameron Davidson - Vocals, Guitar
Paul Irwin - Bass
Andrew Syson – Drums
How and where did you get together?
Cameron previously played under a solo name, and Paul played in the live band, however due to the lockdown, they decided to put together a new band in order to play some shows and share their music as a unit.
What are the band's main influences?
Biffy Clyro, Fatherson, You Me At Six, The Killers, Manic Street Preachers, Young Guns
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
Cameron has appeared on BBCintroducing, VoiceFM, ExpressFM, and has also appeared at Firsdown Festival, Takedown Festival, The Beggars Fair, and BBC London. The band also played at Winchester University Freshers Ball with Hoosiers.
Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band have been involved with that would be of interest to those who like your music?
We once recorded in the famous Monnow Valley studio, and after reading about Oasis pulling the trick, convinced the drummer that the studio was haunted and kept moving his things without telling him.
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
The single was recorded at The Dugout in Fareham, with Cameron Davidson producing.
Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?
We wanted to create an upbeat sound, but also have a wistful nostalgic feeling to it.
Were there any notable or amusing happenings surrounding the recording/production of the EP?
Recording at the Dugout, which is underground, there was a particularly damp bit of the live room, and it was raining. During the recording, we were having to condense ourselves further and further away from the growing puddle. It was quite different to be making what we thought was a summer sounding song, and then go outside and it was grey and wet!