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South Shields-based indie band Far Pacific release their brand new EP at O2  Academy, Newcastle on Friday 22nd January, we find out more about them…

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?
We’re Far Pacific from South Shields. We play whole-hearted indie pop music with catchy choruses.

What inspired you to first start making music?
Patrick (guitar/vocals): My main inspirations for writing music are David Bowie and The Cure, I love the fact that they both can make something so normal so interesting. But the main thing that inspires me about them both is how they describe love – something which is a theme throughout our music, especially from a lyrical point of view
James (guitar/trombone/piano/synths): The Specials, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Faith Brothers, Sigur Ros and British Sea Power for adding brass to modern popular music. I think our general sound is very 80s and I’m particularly influenced by 80s bands like The Smiths, New Order and The Pixies
Matthew (bass): For me it was seeing all these old pub rock bands like Dr. Feelgood playing good music to good crowds – I wanted that.
Aaron (drums): Whenever I went to see bands I would always find myself watching the drummer and going home and smashing on cushions with a pair of drumsticks. I always enjoyed watching great drummers such as Dave Grohl and I was massively inspired by great musicians like him. Drums were always my favourite instrument to watch and play so I got a kit as soon as I could and I started to play whenever I got the chance to. I first started playing in school bands and jamming with a few of my mates and then in 2014 I joined the lads in Far Pacific and the rest is history!

Who would you say are your biggest influences? How would you describe your sound?
As a band we’ve been compared to The Talking Heads, The Smiths, Foals, Peace and The Vaccines and that’s pretty much hit the nail on the head with what we’ve been influenced by.

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?
Alongside bands like Lisbon and Little Comets who can always get the room involved in the gig.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by you?
At our gigs, we just want people to have the best time that they possibly can. Our frontman Patrick is really great at getting everyone involved and making the most of their night – when people are singing back our lyrics we know we’re doing something right.

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?
We’re playing O2 Academy in Newcastle for our EP launch on Friday 22nd January.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?
Whilst we’re really, really proud of our EP, headlining the O2 Academy is a massive deal for us. We’ve been going to see bands play there for years now, so to finally be in the same position as them is a brilliant feeling.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?
The biggest challenge I think we’ve faced is finding out how we work together as a band and overcoming our difficulties.

What else have you got planned for the future?
More gigs, more tunes, more fun.

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