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Alternative rockers Ten Eighty Trees released brand new single Lip Service this week and are also set to play Think Tank? on Saturday 20th April. We caught up with the band to get to know them a little better thanks to vocalise and guitarist Nathan.

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
I am the vocalist, guitarist, songwriter perpetual stress head at the helm of Newcastle rock band Ten Eighty Trees. I graduated from University of Sheffield with an MA in Musicology this year and currently live in the city teaching music, commuting back to my native Tyneside for rehearsals, gigs, press, etc. Outside of music my passions include being a frustrated fan of Newcastle United and European modern history.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
The first record I remember buying with my own money was Green Day’s American Idiot from the Metro centre HMV. I was very young and my Dad gave me the extra cash I needed towards it. I don’t think I took the CD out my Sony Walkman for a solid year. That was pretty much my gateway drug to music.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
Despite some often telling me I should be, I’m not particularly ashamed of the music I listen to. If I had to pick a genre that I enjoy, I’d probably say the often maligned Brit Pop. No way near as bad as people make it out to be. I’d agree that there was a lot of questionable aspects and attitudes associated with the genre, such as the rather toxic ‘lad culture’ endorsed by numerous acts. That said however, a lot of the bands associated with the genre were creating great pop music with their influence audible in a lot of indie music in 2019, be that consciously or subconsciously.

Favourite film of all time?
The Big Short. Important account to be given of the financial crash. Plus what a cast.

Your guilty pleasure film?
Anything Nicolas Cage has done since Face/Off.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
I recently enjoyed Killer Mike’s Netflix series Trigger Warning. Though provocative, social experiments he carries out throughout the series are seriously thought provoking Though I don’t agree with everything Killer Mike has to say in the episodes it makes for entertaining viewing that feels vital right now.

Your favourite book?
Not a lot of my reading in the past few years has been for pleasure but more about soaking up knowledge on music. Though the book I find myself thinking back to most is The Vinyl Detective, which concerns the gruelling and often dangerous exploits of a record hunter as he tries to find the rarest jazz record of all time. Although absurd in places, I was gripped reading this and really need to delve into the more recent instalments of the series. 

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
Search Toon Army Tunes on Spotify. I’ve never been more buckled in my life.

Who or what makes you sad?
I would never admit to whom or what makes me sad as that would only prove to give them/it power over me, and that’s not satisfaction I’m willing to dish out so liberally. 

If you had super power, what would it be?
Could we say the pills Bradley Cooper takes in Limitless grant him superpowers of sorts? Aye? Well probably that. The power of productivity as I always seem to get to the end of the day and question how much I’ve managed to accomplish. Sorry if that’s a little boring. Having superpowers like Spiderman, or whoever, just looks exhausting.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
Let’s have Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin all play Monopoly. Sit back and watch the sparks fly.

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