"The music scene here is thriving; the venues around Nottingham are some of the best in the country" Introducing... ASHFIELDS
Hey guys, how the devil are you doing?
Hello, Hi, Bonjour! We are very well thank you!
Where are you right now?
Right now I'm sitting on the sofa looking at my barely buttered, slightly cremated toast, wondering why the dog is sniffing every piece of furniture in the room.
What have you been up to today?
I wanna lie and say I've been really creative today an wrote an album's worth of songs but that's not the case, I woke up, brushed my teeth and changed my underpants, my efforts don't stretch much further than that.
Introduce yourself to our readers.
I'm Carl and I'm from the five-piece indie band called ASHFIELDS! Queue the wicked intro!
What can you tell us about your new single,'We Don’t Talk', in two sentences?
My hips have said it's the best song in the world. My hips have a lot in common with Shakira.
How do you go about writing and choosing which songs to record?
There's never really one set way on how we write, sometimes I'll write a tune in my bedroom and I'll take it to practice, the lads will cut it up like the frog in year 11 biology, take parts out, add parts in and we take it from there. Or someone turns up with a cool riff or drum piece and we are like "yeah that's sick that", then we all start jamming to it and before you know it there is a tune forming. Deciding what to record really just come down to what we think is the strongest track at the time and what's had the best feedback from our shows I guess.
You’re from Nottingham, what’s going on with the music scene there?
The music scene here is thriving and everyone wants a piece of the pie, there's so many talented artists so trying to stay on top of the game can be difficult. The venues around Nottingham are some of the best in the country, working with DHP at Bodega, Rescue Rooms and Rock City is a big deal and opens a lot of doors for us.
Can you tell us the best and the worst thing about your hometown?
The best thing is definitely the sundial right in the town centre, the worst thing is also definitely the sundial right in the town centre... I'm not going to lie there is literally nothing around here, I think that is the reason it was so important to name the band ASHFIELDS, try and put the Ashfield area on the map.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
Was last night actually when I went to band practice and met Dev from ASHFIELDS. Nah only messing, he's not Mr. Miami yet. Think the last time I was properly star struck was at Dot to Dot festival last year when Tom Grennan walked past me and gave me the old nod. I mean he probably had no idea who I was and just being polite but I'll continue to tell myself it was a mutual nod that he knew my existence and I knew his.
You’re pretty active on Twitter, what’s your “strategy”?
I don't think we have a strategy, I mean we probably should, at least try and look professional but I think for us it's about showing people we are normal lads from the council estate that do stupid stuff. We are all mates and have been for a while so it's important for us that fans feel like they are part of that friendship group, let them in on the jokes and share the journey with us.
You’re touring at the moment, what’s the best thing about being on the road?
The best thing is the laughs, like you're on the road with your best mates who are the funniest people on the planet, we often have moments where we are just uncontrollably laughing and it's moments like that where you forget that being in a band can be hard. Also, meeting new fans is a big deal to us, like going to another city and seeing the fans who have made an effort to buy a ticket and come see us. Nothing's more important to us than that and we appreciate everyone who is there to support us.
And the worst?
The worst is being poor, making a bag of chips go around five lads is never fun when Boam has the appetite of a large blue whale. Sleeping arrangements can get quite bleak at times when you're all sneaking into the Ibis budget to share one double bed...
If you could recommend one song to hear this week, what would it be?
'I Wish I Was Sober' by Frightened Rabbit, I think it goes without saying why this tune needs to be in everyone's life, Scott has been one of my biggest idols for a long time, this week is about him. [Ed: Obviously, Carl answered our questions right after the terrible news about Scott Hutchison.]
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
You didn't ask us where the name came from, we get this question every interview and I think I've decided to make up a new story now for every interview; I went to school with a guy called Ash Fields, didn't like the chap at all, so I decided to name the band after him.
Finally, how do you take your alcohol?
I like my alcohol pumped directly through a Cannula, no messing about, straight in, lights out, goodnight Vienna.
You can find out more about ASHFIELDS by visiting their website, where you'll also find their tour dates. You can also follow the guys on Twitter, like them on Facebook, or see what they're up to on Instagram.