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Inspired by current events, Hartlepool rock outfit, Onlooker put out their brand new single, Isolation. The band, who previously had music featured on Steve Lamacq, have a big sound and even bigger hearts as all proceeds from the track are going towards food banks in the North-East. We speak to the band to find out more…

How is the band coping with social isolation and being apart? 
Fairly well I think. I mean, we’re all dying to get back to playing music regularly again, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not really at the top of the importance list. On a positive note though it is making us look at other ways to keep creating without being physically together.  

Briefly sum up your sound. 
When we started we went with the premise of garage rock, but we’re all influenced by a mountain of different music so I don’t think it strictly fits that genre. I think it’s important to keep an open mind when songwriting or it’ll get stagnant really quick. 

Go buy Isolation from the Serial Bowl Records Bandcamp to see what we sound like, your money will go to a good cause.

Tell us more about the track. What inspired you to get it out there? How long did the writing and recording process take?
What inspired us is not being able to do anything else. Obviously all of us being in the same room and recording is a pretty bad idea at the minute so we looked at demos we’d previously recorded for something to work on remotely. Most of us luckily still have access to recording equipment in our homes so we were able to put something together that way. I think the time between deciding we were going to release this as a single and it coming out was three or four days, but like I said we’d done the bulk of the work ahead of time.

Where are proceeds from the track going? Describe the important work this charity/organisation does. 
Any money raised from the single on Bandcamp will be getting split between two foodbanks; St. Aidan’s Kitchen in Hartlepool and Sunderland Community Soup Kitchen. Both are pillars in their respective communities supporting people in need of a little help. Their work now is more vital than ever.

What do you plan to do once things return to normal?
Go to the pub. Band wise though we’d finished writing and were about to start recording an album before the world turned upside down so we’re all pretty anxious to get back to work on that. We’re recording it ourselves and had been debating various ways of doing it for a while, but then obviously this happened and now the album is on the back burner for the foreseeable. Other than that, I reckon there will be plenty of gigs happening once everyone is allowed outside again, so that’s something to look forward to.

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