Interview – The Tin Pigeons

Up and coming indie East Midlands duo The Tin Pigeons have been gathering momentum since the release of their debut E.P. ‘Sparks’ in 2016. Since then they have attracted interest from BBC Introducing and have supported the likes of OUTLYA, Billie Marten, Fickle Friends and Seafret. Impact caught up with Fraser and Tom ahead of their UK tour this November.

Who’s behind the name?

“This is a very boring story that we get asked a lot! The name came from an inside joke from a tin panda that we found years ago at a French market, we all found it so funny we decided to call the band after it… 8 years later it’s stuck!”

How did you meet?

“We both met at school! Playing music at lunch times and after school instead of kicking a rugby ball!”

“Playing for room full of children’s clowns was something we won’t forget in a hurry”

What’s been your best gig so far?

“We loved Reading and Leeds; that was a real highlight!”

And your worst?

“We’ve played nearly 1000 shows and there have been some awful ones… I can’t think of anything in particular but playing for room full of children’s clowns was something we won’t forget in a hurry.”

Who are the main inspirations for your music?

“We both listen to a huge amount of music; you can take so much from listening to what other people are making and how they are doing it. Tom loves Paramore’s latest record and Fraser has been listening to a lot of acoustic stuff lately; Ben Howard’s new record is beauty!”

Can you tell us a little bit about your song-writing process?

“Song-writing for us comes from a few different starting points. Sometimes it’s an idea Fraser has created on an acoustic guitar, or it’s something we jam out at a sound check on tour. A lot of the time we lock ourselves away for a weekend in the studio writing and come up with bouncy grooves together. It’s a very back and forth process between us.”

Are there any other up-and-coming bands/artists that you’re big fans of?

“We have loads of mates who are also touring and releasing music at the minute who we LOVE; our best mates are in a group called OUTLYA – we love their work.”

When you make it big time, what demands would be on your gig rider?

“We are probably the least fussy and rock ‘n’ roll band out there. Our rider at the minute is Haribo, hummus and oranges, so I don’t imagine it will change very much, maybe we can add a pineapple on there?”

Any new music coming soon?

“Lots, very soon! We have a brand new single out later this month!”

“We love playing near home…in Notts and Leicester”

Favourite place to play a show?

“We love playing in new places, Scotland is always fun but we love playing near home too in Notts and Leicester!”

If you could play a gig anywhere in the world where would it be?

“Japan would be sweet! Fraser also loves sushi.”

Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming UK tour?

“We are on tour throughout November, it’s a very long run for us but we love that! Tickets are selling fast so we cannot wait to get back out and see everyone!”

Favourite song to play live?

“We love playing a song called ‘What Would You Say’. It reminds us of the summer and is just a lot of fun.”

Thanks for your time…any last words?

“Thanks for having us!”

Charlotte Evans

The Tin Pigeons will be stopping off at Nottingham on their tour at the Chameleon Arts Café on November 28th. Tickets are £7 and available on the door or here.

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