Interviews; The Subways

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Indie Punk band The Subways from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. For all the readers out there that do not know you, what can you tell about yourselves?

Billy: Hola! Nos llamamos The Subways. We formed in 2003, and began touring the UK shortly afterwards. In 2005, we released our debut album, titled YOUNG FOR ETERNITY, and since then we've been lucky enough to tour the world many times over. We've released four albums, and we're soon to release our fifth, titled UNCERTAIN JOYS. We adore being onstage playing our songs nice and loud.

2. Why did you want to play indie-punk music?

Billy: I fell in love with music thanks to the Motown movement of the mid-20th century (especially the songs of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles), but as soon as I heard Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana I wanted to make a noise like that. There is always an element of pop to our sound; but, more than anything, we love to be raucous and crazy. The intense feeling you get playing rock music is like no other.

3. You started this band 20 years ago, has it been the same all this time, or have there been changes in the line-up?

Billy: We originally started out with Charlotte Cooper on bass, me on guitars and vocals, and my younger brother Josh Morgan on the drums - though, in 2021, we asked Camille Phillips to join the band after Josh decided to pursue his own musical endeavours as a songwriter. Camille has completely changed the dynamic of the band, and we can't wait to tour our new album UNCERTAIN JOYS with Camille in the drum seat. She's amazing!

4. Each band member´s favourite band?

Billy: I can only really speak for myself. So, with that in mind, I'd like to say that my favourite band will always be Nirvana. Both Charlotte and Camille love Nirvana too, but their interests also lie in the pop music of Madonna and Kylie Minogue, and in the punk music of The Ramones and Blondie.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Billy: The music I write is always biographical, so anything that strikes me in my day-to-day life tends to become the subject of a song. For our first single, YOU KILL MY COOL, I was inspired by the give-and-take dynamic of two lovers in bed; and, for our second single, LOVE WAITING ON YOU, I felt compelled to write about the joyful pain of being away from the one you love the most. The new album also contains subject material pertaining to one's sense of identity in an ever-overwhelming world.

6. You´ve released a new single called "Black Wax", what can you say about it?

Billy: During the pandemic, I took great solace in retreating to the band's studio space not just to create music but also to bask in the records of my favourite artists. During one session of spinning 12" records on my turntable, I wanted to express how important music is to my state of being. BLACK WAX is the result!

7. This single will be included on your next album "Uncertain Joys". What are you expecting for that release?

Billy: Whereas on previous albums we constrained ourselves to the punk rock setup of drums, bass, and guitars, on UNCERTAIN JOYS we wanted to toy with new instruments. The Roland Juno-60 synthesizer features heavily - and, because of this, many more of our influences resonate throughout.

8. We've ended the interview, do you have something to add?

Billy: Thank you to everyone for reading. And we hope to see you down the front at a gig very soon!

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