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Back in 2013 I saw a gig at Stockton’s Green Room and was blown away by the first support act. Violet Deep exploded onto the Teesside music scene, burned brightly for a short while and then, after a few releases and several line-up changes, quietly imploded. A while later I became vaguely aware that a band named Llovers had formed from the ashes but realised I’d lost track of the story somewhere along the way – so when better to pick it up again than right before the release of the quintet’s excellent new EP?

Guitarist David takes up the tale: “I left Violet Deep about a year before the band ended. I moved to Brighton with another band I was in. I didn’t really enjoy living there so I moved back up north and Jack had recently left a band he’d joined, so the timing of it all starting was quite perfect. We started out in the studio at my university constantly recording until we came up with something we were happy with.”

New EP Things That I Don’t Understand is released this month via Think Tank Records. The synth sounds and perfect pop choruses of Coming Loose and Honestly have already drawn comparisons to the likes of Tame Impala and MGMT, but the band’s eclectic style makes them impossible to pigeonhole and both Change and Your Time, My Mind are stripped-back slices of delicious dream pop that sit somewhere between M83 and Beach House.

Change and Your Time, My Mind are stripped-back slices of delicious dream pop that sit somewhere between M83 and Beach House

“There’s countless people to thank for their efforts with us,” says David, “but Chad Male of Cape Cub produced the EP and has really has brought our tunes to life and helped us get the songs sounding exactly how we want them to.”

Teaser tracks Coming Loose and Honestly came earlier in the year complete with striking artwork courtesy of Milly Hutchcraft, sparkling decadently with glitter and neon and demonstrating the band’s love of over-indulgence, both sonically and in press shots. Singer/guitarist Jack explains: “We been working with Milly for a long time. We normally have a vague idea of what we want but she’s really the one that makes it happen. That’s what happened with the artworks and press shots for this run of releases, it’s a great combined effort and we landed on something together that we really love.”

2019 has seen Llovers feature on some prestigious bills at the likes of Hardwick Live festival and Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Middlesbrough. “Being on line-ups with some of the country’s biggest bands is a feeling I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of,” says David. “It’s still a massive novelty and I think it always will be. Some of the bands we saw have such impressive visual production – perhaps that’s something we’d like to incorporate a bit more into our performances.”

As for the rest of the year, the band say they have a few dates lined up at the end of November and in early December. “And we’re planning on doing something quite ridiculous next year,” adds David. “We’re still putting the wheels in motion for that to see whether it’s feasible or not but you’ll hear about that eventually.”

Llovers release Things That I Don’t Understand EP via Think Tank Records on 30th October



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