Ewan Atkinson chats with Manchester lads, Cupids, about the future, the struggles of song-writing and drinking lots of wine.
“A real bitchin’ racket of beautiful melodic noise” enthuse the band when I ask them to describe their sound to me. The boys from Manchester are starting to make waves in the indie scene after releasing their latest track Kickin’ In which is anthemic indie-pop at it’s finest. With an impressive live show and more songs up their sleeves, Cupids are definitely a band to get into and we’ve got everything you could ever want to know.
When did you guys form the band? (how did you meet?)
We met through previous bands. We were really into each others’ songwriting and when both bands fizzled out, we decided to try and write together. We wrote about 5 tunes in the first session and we knew we were onto something good.
What does the future hold for Cupids? (any releases coming soon?)
Our next release is going to be a single coming out in the next couple of months. We’ve decided not to rush. These are our baby orangutans and we’re just getting everything in place and just right before we release them into the wild.
Being a Manchester guitar band, how much did those who preceded you (Oasis, Stone Roses, etc) influence your sound?
It’s always around you and of course there must be some kind of subconscious absorption of the past Manchester scene. We’ve always just tried to do our own thing though. Two of the lads are really into The Roses and Oasis. I’m personally more of a Smiths fan as I love lyrics and just prefer their sound. I wouldn’t say we sound like any of them though. I’m proud of Manchester’s heritage though and hope that there’s another surge of bands from here.
Which bands did you grow up listening to?
Collectively the influences are massive. Ryan (bass) really likes bands like The Cribs, Bill Ryder Jones, The Coral. Sid (singer/Guitar) is into his Oasis, Beatles and has a real fancy for Kendrick Lamar at the moment. James (drummer) loves his Hip Hop but also loves Benny Grebb and Ben Folds. I (Jake) play guitar and sing and I’m really into bands like Supergrass, The Clash, Tame Impala, Led Zep and Chilled out stuff like John Martyn. The list could go on though. Our favourite band collectively though is The Band.
When you’re songwriting do you have to get in a certain mindset and lock yourself away or do you just randomly start writing in the pub?
I personally don’t really enjoy writing that much but it’s something I know has to happen so I have to do it. I much prefer playing the songs once they’re finished. I just get an idea sometimes when I’m just doing something very normal and I know I have to sit down and start writing. It’s like a zone that you know ‘once you’re in it, you have to get as much out of it as you can before its time is up’. A bit like Crystal Maze.
Do you prefer being in the studio or being on stage?
I personally love both studio and on stage. I love the creativity in the studio and messing about with sounds and hearing things come together for the first time. I do love playing live though. Sid is much more into playing live than the studio as it can get tedious and tiresome.
How much do you think music reflects what’s going on in the world?
Personally at the moment I think the past decade hasn’t had anything to say about current affairs. That is changing a lot though from what I’m seeing now. I think we’ll see a big resurgence on politically driven music, lyrics, spoken word. I think we’re about to live another 1980’s decade were we see lots of bands making music aimed at governments, protests and general disgruntlement with the way the countries around the world are run. I guess we’ll just wait and see. Until then, drink lots of red wine, beer, white wine, any colour wine, try and smile, try and be the best you can.