Introducing...Life In Film
Currently working on their debut album with their new single 'The Idiot' out on October 3rd, now seems like a perfect time to introduce you to London four-piece Life In Film.
Looked after by ATC Management, home to Band Of Skulls and TMF faves The Boxer Rebellion among others, their brand of indie pop-rock is influenced by the likes of The Smiths and Joy Division with the timeless retro charm being instantly recognisable. Don't just take our word though, check out the video to 'The Idiot' below and then read on for our quick chat with bassist Dominic Sennett and drummer Micky Osment.
What's your earliest musical memory?
Dominic: Breaking the tape from excess use on my tape of Michael Jackson's Bad (first and only music for a while) that broke my heart for a long time until the day I found a Smiths tape in my sister's room ready for the taking!
Micky: I probably first started to appreciate bands being bands from my brother listening to Oasis on repeat.
If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
D: Brian Wilson, Biggie Smalls, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cook and Phil Spector (no guns allowed). I absolutely love the Beach Boys and motown, they influence the way I write a lot. Phil Spector is a genius and Biggie is a big love of the band as a whole, you can always catch us cruising to gigs with 'Hypnotize' blasting out of the car stereo.
M: Like Kanye and Jay-Z have just made a super album, let's do a super indie album. Chris Martin, Alex Turner, Win Butler, Julian Casablancas and I reckon Gary Barlow.
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
D: Hmmm, a poptastic rock band that's slowly getting heavier.
M: I always start with "guitar music" and if that's not enough, I say "you know like Oasis and stuff".
You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
D: Pet Sounds, Ready To Die and Sgt Peppers. I could happily live on an island with these albums for a good few years before the rescue party came on by.
M: Beirut - The Gulag Orkestar, Iggy Pop - Lust For Life, Radiohead - In Rainbows.
Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
D: Swapping a happy hardcore mix tape for a copy of Definitely Maybe. That moment changed the course of my life and I'll never forget it. And meeting Oliver Slaney.
M: Pulling away from a school trip in a mini bus listening to 'Cloud Number 9' by Brian Adams.
What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
D: Ocean Colour Scene at Isle Of Wight, Jay Z was awesome there too. We are all fans of OCS and were at the front shouting out the lyrics!
M: I really love Modest Mouse live. Seen them a few times now.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
D: Take That's new album, my iPod accidentally uploaded it when it synced to Micky's computer.
M: No one accidentally uploads Take That. That was a conscious decision.
How would you sell your new single 'The Idiot' to us?
D: It's a fucking great pop song. BUY IT! *fist clenched* Nah, it is a great song that we are all very proud of. It encapulates a lot about the band.
M: An upbeat pop song with a big chorus, heavy rhythm section and some widdling on guitar.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
D: A few great albums under our belts, writing loads and playing stadiums. We are all hard workers when it comes to music so I imagine a very long busy road for us!
M: We've just released album three, recorded in our own country retreat.
You can find out more about Life In Film by visiting their official website - www.lifeinfilm.co.uk - or at their Twitter feed @lifeinfilm. For a full list of upcoming live dates, including a headline date at London's Cargo on October 5th (tickets available here), visit their MySpace - www.myspace.com/alifeinfilm/shows.