Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ & The Centurions

& The Centurions& the Centurions’ music is alive and funky as ever. Their terrific song Skeletons proves this with its electrifying vibes which make you feel as if you’re at a new-wave disco, and it’s fabulous. This South Kensington quartet are showing they can make people boogie down while getting their heart rates way up! To say it simply, we can see great things coming their way. So to see what the band’s been up to, we spoke with & the Centurions about drinking games, names and The Dictator!

AMBY: Hello & The Centurions! What’s the band been up to?

& the Centurions: Hey! Well we just released our new single ‘Skeletons’. It’s been quite a while since we released anything and it’s real cool to see people enjoying it. We are also about to do our first show of 2013 in a few weeks with our good friends Theme Park who just came off a tour with Bloc Party! I guess we are going to focus on getting our new EP done shortly after that…

AMBY: What’s one of your favourite moments you’ve had as a band?

&TC& the Centurions: Probably when we play to completely strange crowds in a city/town that we have never played to before, seeing the reactions of individuals change, watching them space out and get more and more comfortable until they eventually lose their shit. This happened recently at an all day festival we played in Canterbury. We were on just before Bastille and when we first came on people were just kinda bopping then towards the end people were on another level. It was so cool to see that happen.

AMBY: How would you describe & The Centurions’ sound in three words?

& the Centurions: Dutty, pop, bangers.

AMBY: Where did the band name come from?

& the Centurions: A night that we don’t talk about that much….it was at a house party and its to do with our bassist Rab being the king of kings at a popular drinking game called “Centurion”.

AMBY: Your music has a little Two Door-esque feel to it. Who influences you as a band?

& the Centurions: It’s cool that people compare us to bands like that, but I also feel it’s kind of putting an imaginary constraint on what people who haven’t heard our music should experience it as. It’s nice to be able to listen to a piece of music without any expectation and go “shit that sounds awesome ” or vice versa and make up your own mind on it. As for influences we listen to a whole range of stuff as a band. Some artists that we listen to on repeat are Twin Shadow, Is Tropical, Yeasayer Kavinsky, Tinariwen and our favourite song as a band “abdel kader by cheb khaled” (we grew up in bahrain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMtDwK02FKI).

AMBY: Skeletons is a wonderful song. What was the songwriting process like on it?

& the Centurions: Thanks alot! We basically developed it from a demo that we had been working on. It had a very pop orientated vibe but we wanted to translate that into a darker verse and a upbeat chorus, you could say it evolved from a jam I guess.

AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?

& the Centurions: Hahaha too many. Probably anything by Pitbull; he makes us dry heave.

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?

& the Centurions: Tough… maybe one that involved everyone having to be respectful and kind. Too many douchebags on this planet.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

& the Centurions: The fact that there is so much cool music coming out, new bands by the day and just the fact that we are getting more and more comfortable with our musical abilities and social skills, so I guess new music and conversation should be better than ever this year. We are so rubbish at talking to people without being awkward, we are a bunch of dweebs really.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about & The Centurions that nobody knows yet?

& the Centurions: Rab our bassist plays trumpet. Jad (guitar) is obsessed with sweets like haribo type things. I think he’s addicted. Mazen (vox) collects stamps, Vish (drums) used to do semi professional motor racing and, that our friendship is based on and mainly revolves around Sacha Baron Cohens “The Dictator”.

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Thank you & the Centurions, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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