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An Interview with 'Piles Of Clothes'

Who are the band members and what do they play?

Andy Crowder - singer, songwriter, guitarist, pretty much everything else

How and where did you get together?

Piles of Clothes started in my bedroom at University in Leeds back in 2015 (or something close to that). After playing in bands for many years, Piles of Clothes was a chance to write more introspective and personal music.

What are the band's main influences?

Andy Shauf, Phoebe Bridgers, Pinegrove, Tallest Man on Earth

Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?

Since the release of my debut EP, thanks to the relentless support of BBC Introducing West Yorkshire, and airplay on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show and BBC 6 Music, I've been fortunate to at Live At Leeds, Handmade Festival and Carefully Planned festivals. Alongside festivals, I've also shared the stage with the likes of Amigo the Devil, Molly Sarlé, Michael Nau, Tall Ships, Orchards, Miya Folik, Charlie Barnes and more.

Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?

'Catastrophes' was born out of the lockdowns that took place in the UK. What started out as a demo written in isolation in April 2020 as part of a daily song writing challenge - called #SongsForTheEndOfTheWorld - grew into a collaborative, full-band project, recorded & produced remotely across the UK and Australia. The single was produced and mixed by Michael Cutayar (based in Adelaide).

Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.

'Catastrophes' is first and foremost inspired by current events. It's about the relentlessness of our current situation and the struggles we've all been facing in isolation. Whilst the title is morbid, the song is actually about hope and resilience.

Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.

"It's funny. I didn't intend to write a song about lockdown or the current situation, but it just came out. I wrote about the idea of being closer to people through isolation, and through the recording process I've done exactly that - working with some of my closest friends."