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Eclectic Newcastle folk rockers The Pastures release their new EP, Out of Order, this month. The band also play Bar Loco, Newcastle on Friday 6th November. We chat with them about inspirations and ambitions.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?
We are a Newcastle-based four-piece folk rock band, who are made up of a Northumbrian, a Cumbrian, a Scot and a Geordie.

What inspired you to first start making music?
We all started making music (very badly) many years ago, mainly sat in bedrooms on our own with our guitars or drum sticks in hand. Many years of practice, and lots of education fees later, we have gained a collective standard of musicianship that allows us to take this band further than our previous projects.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Our influences are quite varied and include: The Levellers, Steely Dan, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Crazy Arm and Random Hand.

How would you describe your sound?
If we had to label our music (which we prefer not to) we would refer to it as folk rock, with elements of punk and ska.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by you?
Our live shows are full of energy. Since we moved from a Cajon to a full drum kit about a nine months ago, our sound has become much more intense and powerful. We play at a fast pace, and get people moving. I would say prepare to get sweaty!

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?
Future gigs include Bar Loco (Friday 6th November), The AVenue, Masonic Hall in Hartlepool (Saturday 19th December, supporting The Jar Family).

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band?
Our biggest achievement so far would have to be the EP launch as we feel now that we have the line-up, as well as a developed musical direction, to play gigs with larger audiences.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?
Our first lead guitarist left the band during the mixing process of our latest EP. We had gigs lined up so we knew we needed to find a new guitarist in time for those. We were very lucky to find a young prodigy of rock who has helped us to develop our sound into a more powerful and building style.

What else have you got planned for the future?
For the future we’d love to get on the festival scene in the UK. We’d also love to play other venues around the country to gain more of a following else where as well as in and around the Newcastle area.

The Pastures’ EP, Out Of Order, is available now.

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