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North East trio E’spaniel dream of warm sunny days but write songs about drizzly ones. They release their debut single, No Common Sense, on 7th December.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?
We are E’spaniel – a three piece indie pop band held together by a drum machine.  We are from various parts of the North East but are based in Newcastle.

What inspired you to first start making music?
We’ve been friends for a long time and together we wanted to make music to counteract the general disappointment of life.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Musically, we love New Order, The Smiths, The Cure, Talking Heads, and The Bangles, and I think you can also hear the influence of K Records and C86 bands in our songs.  We are also influenced by people at work who try to make your life a misery and films like Phantasm and Bombón: El Perro – a mechanic who dreams of a different life and starts to think big after his adopted pup wins first prize at a local dog show…

How would you describe your sound?
Jangly witty indie drum-machiney pop with boy-girl vocals and lots of big melodies.

Where do you see yourselves fitting into the local music scene?
We don’t.  There’s a diverse mix of great local bands though that we’d like to play gigs with!

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by you?
Leon trying not to press the wrong button on the drum machine. Short sharp loud pop songs. We like everything to be loud, apart from the vocals – we hate karaoke style vocals.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?
Well, it’s early days as we’ve only just started recording and gigging as a band, but we are in the process of recording our album and we’re really pleased with how that’s going. Steve Whitfield, known for his long standing work with The Cure, has produced our first single, No Common Sense, which is out on 7th December, and already is starting to get airplay. So, I guess that is our biggest E’spaniel achievement so far.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?
It is always a challenge to get heard as there are so many really good bands out there, and people have access to so much music. Hopefully, we can pique the interest of a few folk (and dogs, of course) that like our music.

What else have you got planned for the future?
Well, we couldn’t be called E’spaniel and not plan to tour Spain. So, we are hoping that is on the cards for 2016.  As mentioned, we are also in the process of finishing recording our first album, at Blank Studios with Sam Grant, so that will be our priority for the start of 2016.


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