Today’s track of the day comes courtesy of hotly tipped Edinburgh four-piece Indigo Velvet with ‘Sunrise’.
GIGsoup originally caught up with the band after their impressive performance at T in the Park this summer and since then their star has continued to rise with more festival appearances, the announcement of their biggest UK tour to date and the release of this latest single ‘Sunrise’. Embracing all of the musical qualities that have made them such a promising prospect in recent years, the track will transport you to sunnier climes with its buoyant rhythms, bright guitar licks and catchy melodies. Behind its colourful contents though, lie more serious lyrics about the fallout of a relationship.
Having become synonymous with the term ‘tropical pop’, Indigo Velvet have an undeniable knack for addictive melodies and catchy guitar pop. They are currently bringing their colourful tunes around the UK on tour. We caught up with the band to hear about the new song and what’s in store.
Can you tell us a bit about the new track ‘Sunrise’?
Sunrise is essentially about a cheating partner, a topic I think a lot of people can relate to. Lyrically, I just imagined the whole scenario, it’s not a personal reflection or a bad break-up I’ve experienced.
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Are you driven by melody or lyrics when writing a song like this? Do you share responsibilities when it comes to songwriting?
With our music, the melody always come first. We have a theory that our music is never forced and tends to come when we least expect it. So in that sense, we would form the basis of the track in the studio section by section. Darren would then take it away and work on lyrics and it will be hammered in the studio again until it’s the finished product. With a lot of our singles, they seem finished at first but they really come to life when they are recorded and produced, Thanks to our producer Mark Morrow who seems to have a great grasp on what we’re looking for.
You’re often described as a ‘tropical indie pop’ band. How did this sound transpire given the shit weather in Scotland?
I think it is heavily formed by our guitar driven melodies with the calypso type beats with the bongos and drums. The rhythm section powers through with the soft vocal hooks, and people have compared this to sitting back on holiday with the sun, when in reality we are playing on a freezing cold night wearing two pairs of socks haha. We like the idea of creating a dynamic so that no matter where you are, you can imagine for an hour, that you’re in the most happiest, warmest place on earth (obviously the warm part isn’t Scotland), but the happy part is – we’re proud to call this wee country home – even if the weather is shit!
Where’s the most tropical place you’ve been?
Probably Laurie gets the most sun. He gets to work from exotic places like the USA and Spain through his full time job.
Your UK tour is coming up! Where are you most looking forward to playing?
We’re really excited for the whole tour, it’s looking like every show will be busy. That’s thanks to a few things, people coming out to see us, the support bands and the promoters. Glasgow for example isn’t far off sold out already, which is amazing. We’re lucky to be working with the likes of Peel The Apple and Off Axis for most of the gigs in England, it’s hard getting a busy gig when you play away from home but they know what they’re doing so looking busy! We’ve played Leeds before, that’s always epic, but we’re also looking forward to the places we’ve not played before, like London, Hull, Manchester and Liverpool. Edinburgh though is obviously the big one, being our first home show for a while. We have a lot planned to make it really special and it’ll be the biggest venue we’ve played as a headliner at home. Our fans have really got behind us and the music scene here has become really exciting.
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What are your essentials for life on the road?
Honey and hot water for the vocals is always a good yin! Other than that, headphones, Netflix and Spotify subscriptions are vital, especially when it comes to an Edinburgh to London drive cooped up in a van together!
What have been your highlights of the year so far?
T in the park was massive for us. That was the point in which we thought holy shit, we must be doing something right! Other than that, the way in which we’ve been received in all the places we’ve played outside of Edinburgh has been immense (actually Belladrum was humbling too)! We can comfortably play shows out of town and have people we don’t know come and see us which really means a lot to us. We think beginning the year with the ambition of performing to as many people in as many places as possible is paying off.
What are your ambitions for 2017?
We want to play in as many towns and cities all over the UK as possible, playing in mainland Europe and more music conference / showcase events would be amazing too. Our focus is definitely places we’ve never been for 2017 though. People are keen on an Indigo Velvet album but we’ll be touring more so we can keep building our fanbase. We think a band needs experience playing in lots of new places and a solid fanbase before an album would make sense. We’ll definitely be releasing new music next year but probably more like we’ve done so far – to support our tours. Oh, and to gradually make music the full time job, that’s the dream!