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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. This time, Yellow Creatures tell us about the hassles of having a day job and their upcoming release plans.

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

We’re Yellow Creatures, a four piece band from Newcastle Upon-Tyne. We have Marc Bird on guitar and vocals, Paul Gardner on keyboards, Joe Barton on Bass and Martin Jacobs on drums.

What inspired you to first start making music?

We’ve all been playing in bands since the age of 17-18, so first and foremost we just love making the kind of music we would like to listen to. Secondly, we would love to do it all the time instead of sitting in front of a computer in an office!

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

Our biggest influences at the moment, especially for the new songs we are writing, are Devo, Thee Oh Sees, a compilation album called African Scream Contest, FKA Twigs and Frank Ocean. This may sound like an odd mix but I think we’re onto something… I hope!

How would you describe your sound?

I’d say our sound is somewhere between garage rock and a sci-fi B-movie soundtrack. We like to write intense, catchy and driving songs but also have a passion for strange sounds and weird sound effects.

“We like to write intense, catchy and driving songs but also have a passion for strange sounds and weird sound effects”

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

Most of our gigs tend to be with other bands similar to us. I think a good amount of people in Newcastle seem to be into their heavier, fast and driving music, so hopefully we can pick up some more followers over the coming months…

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

Again, our live performances are probably a bit intense. We tend to blast through our songs, completely unintentionally and end up playing a half an hour set in in about 15 minutes! Saying that, we did have some people dancing and singing along at our last gig with The Lovely Egg’s, so we mustn’t have been playing that fast!

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

The next gig we have booked is a support slot with The Monochrome Set at Cluny 2 on Saturday 7th November. We’ll also be releasing a new single around August time, so we’ll be organising a single launch to coincide with that release too.

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

It would have to be being asked to play the BBC 6 Music festival earlier this year. We played The Boiler Shop Steamer with a handful of other North East bands and even got introduced on stage by Tom Robinson himself.

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

The only major challenge we face on a daily basis is making sure our keyboardist  Paul remembers to turn off the distortion on his organ before we’re about to play our only “slow song”…

What else have you got planned for the future?

As well as releasing a new single around August time, we’re also putting out a new EP at the end of the year which is currently in the making.

Keep up to date with Yellow Creatures on their official website.

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