Get to know surf-rock four piece The Llamas through Emily's gig review and Elly's interview with the band after the show.
The Llamas were established in 2015, and are made up of Joshua Martin (lead vocals and guitar), Joe Lawrence (Guitar), Sim Walsh (bass guitar and vocals) and Dave Querzola (drums). They play lo-fi surf rock with influenced by artists such as Mac Demarco, Jack Johnson, Homeshake and old 70's rock.
The band is based in Guildford and are increasingly gaining popularity; they partake in many live performances across the south of England, and perform high energy, effortless live shows.
In July 2016 they released their fantastic debut album, which featured popular songs such as Steven Hipster,LA, and Lucidly. This band has huge potential, and there is no doubt that they’re going to achieve great things. Keep your eyes peeled for their name and what's to come from the talented foursome in 2017.
At the show at the Boileroom The Llamas played their tracks from the self titled album, front man Josh Martin demonstrating his usual swagger, waving in and out of his surf rock vibe that the crowd love. The highlight of the set was Josh ripping of his shirt, sitting on the barrier that separated the crowd from the band while sipping what seemed to be red wine as if he had no cares in the world and no matter whether his performance was his best or not, he always has the loyalty of the people who rave about the bands music.
He finished the show doing his classic stage dive into the audience, and when he ended up on the floor, other audience members got down and joined him! It all added to the amazing free world feel of The Llamas, the band can never disappoint with their energy and passion that shines through when they're on stage. The bands unpredictable nature is what keeps them at their best.
You guys recently released your debut album, how’s the reception of it been?
Dave: It’s been great, people have really liked it!
Are there any particular songs on the album that you want people to listen to; do you have any favourites?
Josh: Han Solo is my favourite
Joe: Also Lady
Josh: LA has been great too
Dave: Yeah LA, I really like LA.
Do you have any favourites to perform live?
Dave: I’d say Lady, it’s Lady for me, great tune
Josh: I Promise I Won’t Lie is always crazy
Oh yeah, that’s the one where Josh ends up in the drum kit!
Joe: And also the one we didn’t play tonight!
Josh (laughing): Yeah, it didn’t happen, but I enjoy that one a lot
Joe: Me too
Is it true that on the recorded version of Stephen Hipster, it isn’t actually Josh singing?
Josh: NO IT’S A LIE! Dave: No it’s true
Joe: IT’S ACTUALLY JAMES! (Pointing at James from Lost in Venice, who had just walked into the room).
Dave: It’s Kris Major singing
Josh: Kris Major is from the band The Smoky Krows, fucking great band; he used to be the old singer for The Llamas
I think you guys are known for having pretty crazy live shows, have you ever damaged yourselves while performing? I did hear that Josh previously broke a rib…
Josh: Yeah I broke a rib at a show in Finsbury, I have a broken rib again right now but from a different time, I’m always injured.
What are your influences as a band?
Dave: We listen to loads of different music as a band. I grew up listening punk and big rocks bands, like Queen, a lot of 70s rock, which I really like
Joe: Lots of different stuff really; Josh really likes Jack Johnson, it’s an eclectic mix
What have you guys got coming up for you in 2017?
Joe: Loads of stuff, Dave’s going to get a van, we’re going to get a warehouse!
Dave: We’ve got a few shows coming up in February, one in London, one in Camberley, one in Guildford, however I think the plan is to stop playing live shows for a couple months and focus on recording
Are you going to do a second album?
Josh: Yeah, second album is on its way
Dave: We’ve recorded a few songs, like kind of demoed them, so we’re going to take some time off from gigging and go back into the studio. We’re working with Kieron Pepper at the moment, (former drummer for The Prodigy), he’s been helping us a lot and ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music) is helping us a lot.