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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artists that we have right here in the north east. In this edition, Chad Male of Cape Cub tells us about the band’s influences and learning to pace himself.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?

My name is Chad Male, and I come from a small coastal town in the north east called Marske-by-the-Sea.

What inspired you to first start making music?

My dad bought me a wonderful little cheap guitar with nylon strings when I was nine. I guess it was my first shot at being creative with music besides playing the recorder really badly…

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

For a long time I’ve been hugely inspired by Springsteen, and Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie. They’re both such storytellers, and I love a good story in a song. Right now I’m listening to a lot of The Cure, New Order, Temper Trap… Oh, and Shura is making some really interesting stuff. All the sonics and textures in her production are super nice.

How would you describe your sound?

The influences probably say a lot. Somewhere in the spectrum of alternative, indie, pop and rock. It’s difficult to describe. I would use the word “honest” but then I’d start to sound like I was selling a smoothie or a gourmet soup so I’ll avoid it.

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?

Fitting in isn’t a priority to be honest. That’s the most exciting thing about music in the north east, you can be as individual as you want to be, really! When bands start to care about fitting in, things can get stale quickly. One thing I always remember hearing is that if you want to do what has already been done, the boat’s already sailed. There are so many decent bands and artists in the North East and they all stand out in their own brilliant ways.

“That’s the most exciting thing about music in the north east, you can be as individual as you want to be”

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by Cape Cub? 

Very loud moments and very intimate ones. The set builds and grows. I hope it’s something that you don’t expect though to be honest, so I won’t spoil it too much.

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?

We’re playing Evo Emerging on Saturday 23rd May at the Cumberland Arms. On stage around 9pm. It’s going to be beaut. We’re also supporting a favourite band of ours from Brighton called Fickle Friends, and that’s in Middlesbrough on the 2nd June. It should be an amazing night.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?

Having Hypetrak feature debut single Lantern was cool, and winning the Amazing Radio Audition Poll too. The early support from BBC Introducing was mega, too. It’s what every band wants starting out so I feel really honoured to have got their attention going forward. I guess it showed that people were into the sound, which is reassuring when you come out with your first track for any artist. Got me off on the right foot so-to-speak. These are super early days though, so I guess it’s hard to say.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?

The biggest challenge for me has been patience. Taking my time, avoiding haste and holding back instead of throwing all my cards on the table. When you have songs that you love, that you’ve spent a lot of time on and are excited about, there’s a huge temptation to go all guns blazing, but I wanted to be more careful than that. Something I’ve definitely learned over the past year.

What else have you got planned for the future?

More shows, and being able to reveal the bigger sound of Cape Cub which I’ve been hiding away for some time.

Cape Club play at The Cumberland Arms as part of Evolution Emerging on Saturday 23rd May.

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