Nottingham trio Bitter Strings (comprised of Ben McConnachie, Luke Pratt, and Mike Smith) recently released their debut EP Wondering Eyes. Their music transports us back in time as their sound is drenched in sixties nuances and lush vocals. It may take influence from decades ago, yet the band still sound extremely fresh. With an upcoming single and a busy summer ahead, AMBY spoke to Bitter Strings about 60’s influences, dream gigs, Glastonbury, and more!
AMBY: How would you describe Bitter Strings’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Bitter Strings: Our sound borrows ideas from nowadays, but it’s heart is in the 60’s. It’s a mix between a few genres floating around back in the day from beat music, to northern soul, and in some cases psychedelic. Think, ‘Tame Impala’ covers ‘Penny Lane’. Maybe…
AMBY: Where did the name Bitter Strings come from?
Bitter Strings: The name came from a film made in the early 60’s called, “Bitter Springs” .. see what we did there?
AMBY: Bitter Strings have an upcoming EP! What type of sound should fans expect?
Bitter Strings: Our debut EP, ‘Wondering Eyes’ is out now and you can download the whole thing for free from our website – www.bitterstrings.co.uk. I guess you should expect a ‘current’ take on the 60’s sound, which is what we’re all about. It kicks off with the title track, ‘Wondering Eyes’, which has a real classic feel and an almost ‘Brit-Pop’ esque chorus then drifts off into tracks with a real summer vibe like Gone and Drenched.
AMBY: We were talking about how Colour Fades has a real 60’s vibe. We love it!
Bitter Strings: Colour Fades is definitely the track we experimented with most on the EP, and it was a lot of fun to record!
AMBY: What does the band have planned for the year?
Bitter Strings: We’ve got a lot planned for this year. We’re hoping to get a couple of festival slots, and really concentrate on pushing our EP, as well as recording new material around summer time!
AMBY: Who would your dream gig be with?
Bitter Strings: Apart from Olly Murs? Probably The Rolling Stones.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Bitter Strings: We’ve been listening to a lot of the Small Faces recently. It’s really interesting to see how they’re sound progressed or at least changed from album to album, and that whole idea of ‘progression’ is a big inspiration for us.
AMBY: We love your video acoustic version of Gone. What was it like recording that for you?
Bitter Strings: Thanks very much, it was… early. We recorded it first thing in the morning before heading off to work! (Rock and Roll)…
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Bitter Strings: The Rolling Stones to headline Glastonbury. We’ll definitely find a way to be there.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Bitter Strings that nobody knows yet?
Bitter Strings: Probably most of our songs! But, don’t let that put you off.. listen to our debut EP online and come watch us play soon!
Thank you Bitter Strings, for giving us your answers!