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We caught up with The Palps ahead of releasing their new EP on Wednesday 1st August and playing Bar Loco, Newcastle on Friday 17th and Sunday 19th August they play Toby House in Bedlington.

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
S: I’m lead guitarist, synth player and co-songwriter of The Palps. I do ultrasound in a hospital.
T: I’m the singer and guitar player in the Palps.
A: Drummer and mummy figure in The Palps.
K: Bass player and laziest band member.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
S: I think it was East 17 – Stay Another Day on tape. But my first CD was Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way.
T: First was London Nights by the London Boys on cassette.
A: By a strange twist of fate, also London Boys on cassette (The Twelve Commandments of Dance).
K: Origin of Symmetry by Muse (closely followed by Justified by Justin Timberlake – and what of it??).

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
S: Kylie Minogue or Abba.
T: Ariana Grande, I love. Jojo might be the best singer of all time… but I’m not guilty about that.
A: Black Lace.
K: ABBA – Lay All Your Love On Me.

Favourite film of all time?
S: Austin Powers – The Spy Who Shagged Me.
T: Children of Men.
A: Sin City.
K: Amelie.

Your guilty pleasure film?
S: Home Alone 2.
T: Home Alone, but again, not guilty.
A: Dude, Where’s My Car?
K: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
S: Freaks & Geeks.
T: Twin Peaks.
A: Fleabag.
K: The IT Crowd.

Your favourite book?
S: The Idiot by Dostoyevsky.
T: Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges, or Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula le Guin, or Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
A: Oolon Colluphid’s trilogy of philosophical blockbusters.
K: The Hobbit.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
S: Kramer from Seinfeld.
T: The podcast Athletico Mince, especially Beardsley’s Stories.
A: Jeremy Corbyn high fiving Emily Thornberry’s boob.
K: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

Who or what makes you sad?
S: The films Donnie Darko and Boyhood? When people who are kind get ill.
T: Boris Johnson’s self-satisfied arrogance.
A: The death of Freddie Mercury.
K: Cruelty to animals.

If you had a super power, what would it be?
S: To play guitar like Randy Rhoads.
T: Pause time, probably.
A: Cat telepathy.
K: Flying (without wings, Peter Pan style).

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?
S: I’d play monopoly with Karl Marx, Jimmy Page, and Neal Cassady.
T: Risk – with Roland Barthes, David Ginola, and Santa Rosa de Lima.
A: Balderdash with Douglas Adams, Lionel Shriver and Terry Pratchett.
K: Mousetrap with Salvador Dali, Marie Curie and Alfred Wainwright.

The Palps ahead release their new EP on Wednesday 1st August and play Bar Loco, Newcastle on Friday 17th and Toby House in Bedlington on Sunday 19th August.

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