Dancing on Tables
WITH Colour Me Good out in the world…
I have been chatting with Dancing on Tables about the song and what comes next for them; what the story is behind that band name; how the Scottish crew came together – they tell me about their touring plans and where we can catch them.
Dancing on Tables reveal a favoured memory from music and whether increased live exposure have made them stronger performances; if there are rising artists we should check out – they end the interview by choosing a great song.
Hi, guys. How are you? How has your week been?
Hey! We are good, thanks. It’s been busy getting ready to release Colour Me Good on Friday. We did get to go to the AIM awards on Tuesday which was a fun one.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourselves, please?
We are a five-piece from near Edinburgh (…nobody knows where Dunfermline is). Each of us have quite varied musical influences that we draw on when writing, but we are best described as Indie-Pop - somewhere between Circa Waves and Metronomy I would say.
Colour Me Good is your new single. What is the story behind the song?
It was a really fun song to write and a favourite one to play in the set. It’s a perfect song to encapsulate the feeling of summer. Our Space Race E.P. focused on the idea of missing someone, so we feel that Colour Me Good shows a much lighter and happier side of us that we haven’t put across yet.
Do you think there will be more material coming next year? What are you working on?
We have lots of material recorded that we will be releasing over the coming months. E.P.-three will be released at some point in 2019 - then we will decide where to go from there.
How did Dancing on Tables get together? Is there a story behind that name?
We were friends at school and started a band as we found it we could use it as an excuse to get out of some classes and are still here five years later. We actually played our first show without having decided on a name. We saw people dancing on tables during the night and decided that it was a better name than any we had thought of before.
When did music arrive in your lives? Which artists are you inspired by?
We have all loved music from early on. Growing up in Scotland means that you are surrounded by the history and stories of acts that have gone on to play around the world. From a young age, I would be given old Orange Juice and Primal Scream albums, so I have them to thank for getting me into music. As we have two main singers, the songwriting of similar bands such as The Libertines or The Beatles (obviously) have been a big influence to us.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
I think the main thing is that people like the music we release and enjoy the shows that we play in the next few months. I try not to focus too far in the future - so will just see what happens.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
When we played smaller venues, we would do a thing at the end of the set where we invited people onto the stage to dance with us for the last song. The first time we sold out a venue in Dunfermline we did it and the stage was too packed to move…but it meant that I played the last song whilst watching my best friend attempt to dance for three minutes while right beside me. A strange one but memorable.
Which one album means the most to you would you say (and why)?
I remember the first time listening to Babyshambles’ Down in Albion album after being given it by a friend aged ten and being absolutely amazed by what I was listening to. It was the first time I got the urge to start discovering music for myself and gave me a taste of what else was out there to find. Who knows what I would be listening to now without it.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
I would support The Killers and (because I wasn’t allowed to say this in my last interview). I would have lots of hummus and some Red Stripe. It’s a winning combination. I saw The Killers at TRNSMT this year and their live show is up there with the best I’ve ever seen. Also, Brandon Flowers just seems like a very interesting guy to talk to.
Might we see some tour dates coming up? Where might we be able to catch you play?
We are doing our own headline dates in England, as well as touring with Cassia over the next few months. You can catch us here:
13th October: Leicester - The Cookie (supporting Cassia)
14th October: Bristol - Hy-Brasil Music Club
15th October: Birmingham - Subside
16th October: Manchester - The Castle Hotel
24th October: Aberdeen - Drummonds (supporting Cassia)
25th October: Glasgow - King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (supporting Cassia)
26th October: Newcastle upon Tyne - The Cluny (supporting Cassia).
You have played some great gigs and festivals. Has this exposure and experience made you stronger live performers?
I think the more often you play the more you want to see new places and play new, bigger venues. I think we have quite a strong live performance because we enjoy it so much and that comes across. It really is a hobby that we are lucky enough to do as a job.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
The best advice I ever received was don’t be a dick. You will get nowhere in music if nobody likes you, so be a genuinely nice person to everyone you meet because you never know who they might be. Also…have fun.
IN THIS PHOTO: Cassia
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
Cassia are one of the most exciting acts around just now and we are really excited to tour with them. In Scotland, Retro Video Club and Declan Welsh & the Decadent West are two bands that seem on the verge of something big. The new album by Bad Sounds is one of my favourite of this year.
IN THIS PHOTO: Declan Welsh & the Decadent West
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
It’s quite full-on all-year-round. As soon as one song is out, there is always more material to write or practice or people to meet etc. Most of the time, if I have a free night, I’ll spend it playing FIFA. What a wild life.
Finally, and for being good sports; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Thank you very much. I will pick my favourite song just now: You Don’t Walk Away from Love by Peace
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