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Today’s Doorstep Interview focuses on 80’s indie pop band The Nivens, whose back catalogue is being re-released this month.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?
We were the Nivens. From 1987 to 1990 hailing from those musical hot beds of Cramlington and Ashington. We played indie pop to discerning audiences in and around Newcastle and the odd trip to small places further afield. We played a lot in the legendary The Broken Doll and supported such stars as My Bloody Valentine, the Brilliant Corners, Cud and the Las.

What inspired you to first start making music?
Boredom. The dole. Buddy Holly.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?
The Smiths, Go-Betweens, Kitchenware Records, Postcard Records, The Jam, Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen.

How would you describe your sound?
Indie – when that meant 7″ singles, flexis, fanzines, floppy fringes, anoraks; not stadiums, beards and tattoos.

How did the vinyl release of the album come about?
A record company in Germany, Firestation Records wanted to put one of our tracks; Yesterday on a compilation in 2003. They then decided to collect all our back catalogue on to one 19 tack CD; From A Northumbrian Mining Village Comes The Sound of Summer  which came out in 2006. It has been sold out and unavailable for a while so on its 10th anniversary they decided to release it on vinyl. A few track changes and here it is!

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?
Yesterday getting to number 10 in the NME indie chart in January 1989. We thought we were going to be famous. It was all downhill after that.

What else have you got planned for the future?
Cherry Red Records have a box set out in June called C87 and one of our tracks, Room Without A View, is going to be on it. Fame beckons, at last….


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