The Uptights. One of the first bands I ever wrote about on AMBY. I’ve always admired the music and vocals from this band because they stay true to their inspiration: mod music, mod clothing, mod everything! The Uptights model an absurd energy in all of their songs which travels for miles, and the band’s giving the music they love a modernized twist. With 2013 finally here and The Uptights having more music coming our way, we spoke to the lads about new funny laws they’d create, their upcoming EP, and more!
AMBY: How would you describe The Uptights’ sound in three words?
The Uptights: Exciting, Bold, Punchy (and energetic!)
AMBY: You’ve written four new songs which you think are your “best yet” which we’re looking forward to hearing! How do you think The Uptights sound has evolved from your past tracks?
The Uptights: Haha! We always think our latest tracks are our best tracks! We’ve written and rehearsed the four new ones and can’t wait to get into the studio again to record them. They are a bit of a departure from our other stuff, a bit tighter and we’ve focused on the vocals with some interesting harmonies. We don’t want to evolve too quickly though as we’ve only been together for a year! We’ve got about 15 songs all told and reckon it’s time to look at quality over quantity. Whatever happens, we don’t want to lose the edginess which is typical of ‘our sound’.
AMBY: The band shares a massive love for mod bands. But which three groups would you say are the most influential on you?
The Uptights: We do. The mod thing is a broad church though and to pick out three bands is difficult. People say they can hear influences of The Jam, Libertines, Strokes and Joy Division in our tracks and given that these bands are amongst our favourites we guess that that’s not too surprising.
AMBY: What’s your favourite Uptights lyric and why?
The Uptights: It’s from the first song we wrote On the Otherside. ’I'll see you on the otherside, we laugh, we cry, we fall together’. Mack, our bass player wrote this. We thought the ‘Otherside’ was some reference to the afterlife, but Mack recently revealed it’s no more interesting than the otherside of a bridge where he’d meet his girlfriend.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
The Uptights: Every week take 12 minutes out to listen to one new track from a genre you wouldn’t normally choose. Then listen to that track three times all the way through.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
The Uptights: We love Palma Violets, a band called ‘Peace’ and The Novatones a fantastic band local to us (Southampton) who have been very supportive of our music.
AMBY: Who do you wish would just go away?
The Uptights: Simon Cowell and anyone else associated with X Factor style nonsense.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012?
The Uptights: Best of Friends- Palma Violets . . . . easily.
AMBY: What’s next for The Uptights in the new year?
The Uptights: We’ve some big plans for 2013, well big for us anyway, we’re going to launch our first EP backed by a mini UK tour. Five cities in five days including Liverpool, Manchester, London, Scotland somewhere and Wales! A video of What Comes Around and a few hometown gigs starting with our headline slot at the famous Southampton venue The Joiners. Good enough for Oasis and The Libertines, good enough for us!
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Uptights that nobody knows yet?
The Uptights: Our Mums still come to all the gigs and are insisting they’ll be coming on tour. Awkward!
Don’t know The Uptights yet? Well you should! To learn more about the band, check out their Let Me Introduce You To... I’d like to thank The Uptights for supporting AMBY last year when we first began, and AMBY wishes them an amazing 2013! And lastly, thank you very much The Uptights, for giving me your answers!