Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Josh Flowers & The Wild

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In a recent interview, we caught up with London folk rock and rollers Josh Flowers & The Wild to discuss recording plans, their name, interests, and funniest gig moments. Dive into our conversation here:

AMBY: Hello Josh Flowers & The Wild, cheers for speaking with us and Happy New Year. Please introduce yourselves to AMBY!

Josh Flowers & The Wild: Hi AMBY, happy new year to you. We’re Josh Flowers & The Wild.

AMBY: Who inspires your folk rock and roll?

Josh Flowers & The Wild: Boiling it down I’d say it’s the folk songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s (Paul Simon, Dylan, Leonard Cohen, plus some country influence there with Cash and Crosby Stills & Nash) meeting some more modern rocky sounds like The Black Keys, Jack White and of course original rock n rollers like Chuck Berry. Spice it up with a bit of Jeff Buckley, The Doors and more recently, Tallest Man On Earth and Deer Tick and that gives a quick idea of what inspires us in terms of music.

AMBY: What’s the story behind your new track Kings & Queens?

Josh Flowers & The Wild: I had the line “We know things that kings & queens will never know” in my head for probably at least 6 months. As a concept it’s about knowing real things; the joy of the simple things in life. And all being in it together with these friends that share she same joys. It was partly inspired by a line in The Doors’ song W.A.S.P that says something like – “I love the friends I have gathered here on this thin raft; we have constructed pyramids in honour of our escaping”. Shame we couldn’t put it as poetically as Jim! We track was then picked up by a film producer who wanted to make a video for it after hearing it live one of the first times we played it. She got Belinda Stewart-Wilson involved and we ended up with the video we just released at the end of last year.

AMBY: Is there a record or EP in the works?

Josh Flowers & The Wild: We’re writing a lot at the moment and recording some of it. It won’t be released for a while. But it’s going gradually deeper into the blues, back to where all this music came from. It’s getting darker and more electric too.

AMBY: Where did the name Josh Flowers & The Wild come from, and what other names had you considered for the group?

Josh Flowers & The Wild: We landed on it pretty fast. I’d been doing solo stuff and writing a lot for a while before the band came together and we all agreed that it’s a good memorable name to have in there. Then we thought about what we wanted our live shows to be like and concluded that ‘Wild’ was a good summary. We’ve been chasing the name ever since as the performances have been coming more and more into their own. That’s what it’s all about for us really, playing live.

AMBY: The band’s interests are words, travel, and dirt. What’s your favourite pastime?

Josh Flowers & The Wild: As a band we seem to like going for breakfast together. We go bowling when we’re in strange cities and also usually visit the local community pool to work on our cannonballs and talk to strangers in steam rooms.

AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you while at a gig?

Josh Flowers & The Wild: Recently, Squiff (cello & bvs) tried to walk backwards in the middle of a show at the Union Chapel in London and didn’t realise there was a foldback speaker directly behind him, so he did a sort of turn-and-forward-roll, knocking over a guitar and a very old cello. Then he got up and danced with some old ladies on the front row. Another time we were in someone’s front room in Newcastle and the bass drum started to issue flames as the light in side it had ignited the blankets we had shoved in. That was good too. Bernie (drums) thinks we should have a fire at some point in every show.

AMBY:. You are allowed to say one sentence, which will reach the whole world. What would you say?

Josh Flowers & The Wild: Let the dirt live.

AMBY: What’s the best release of 2013?

Bernie: John Fogerty, ‘Wrote A Song For Everyone’

Squiff: Atoms For Peace, ‘AMOK’

Dave: Foy Vance, ‘Joy Of Nothing’

Josh: Deer Tick, ‘Negativity’

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

Josh Flowers & The Wild: An angel appeared to me in a dream and told me we’d have a Christmas number 1 in the next 5 years.

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Thank you Josh Flowers & The Wild, for giving us your answers!

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