One part German, one part Australian and two parts British, but formed and based in Liverpool, Wide Eyed Boy formed at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institue For Performing Arts [LIPA]. Their 2018 was spent grabbing international attention, with a top-20 Germany airplay single, and Europe-wide shows played in support of The Libertines, Feeder, The Rifles and The Riptide Movement.
Taken from their ‘Sun Again’ EP, they have just released a new single ‘See The Light’ (produced by Rich Turvey – Blossoms, Clean Cut Kid, Cabbage). We sent Kobi from the band some questions to find about a little more about who Wide Eyed Boy are, and what inspires them …
What artists have influenced your sound?
As a guitar band at heart, we’ve got to give mentions to bands like Two Door Cinema Club, The Killers and Coldplay. We’re also really into our 80s synth pop. And lo fi music so artists like Blossoms, Pond, David Bowie, New Order are among the never-ending list of influences. I would go as far as saying Rich Turvey, our producer also played a big part in our sound. We were bathed in his love of synths, pop music and the 80s. Technically not an ‘artist’ but he might as well be, he’s an incredible human being.
What was the inspiration behind ’See The Light’?
It’s funny cause I don’t think it was a song we put a lot of thought into. I remember a friend of Tom’s dad had converted his tiny guest house outside where he lived (down south in the countryside) into a studio. Think we’d just come back off tour with The Rifles in Germany. We rented it out for 2 days and demo-ed a bunch of songs with acoustic guitars. ’See the Light’ was one of them. Think touring drained us. And forcing ourselves to write straight after pissed us off a bit, a lot of the demos came out quite dark. After a ton of listens back in Liverpool, ‘See the Light’ stood out to me and so I built the rest of the track around the demo in the tiny-mice-infested-one-bedroom flat I was in at the time. Funnily enough, the acoustic guitars and vocals are just ones from the demo, something about recording them in the wrong mind set made them sound perfect to me.
What are your plans and hopes for 2019?
We hope to get down to Europe again, it’s been far too long since we last toured there and it’s always a party when we play there. We’re also desperate to finish our first record and get it out there for the world to listen and dance to.
What were your favourite albums of 2018?
OK top of my head in no particular order: Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar No Rome – RIP Indo Hisashi (EP) Fickle Friends – You Are Someone Else Vulfpeck – Hill Climber Blossoms – Cool Like You Ginger Root – Mahjong Room Superorganism – Superorganism Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises MGMT – Little Dark Age The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry to Online Relationships So many…definitely missed some out, it’s been a good year.
If you could give one tip to any aspiring bands what would it be?
I think my tip would be to keep writing music, keep writing songs. Work hard and practice, you’ll only get better as time goes on and there’s no ‘right way’ of doing things so it’s SO important that you create your own path…I know that’s more than one tip you’re welcome haha.