Catching Up With The Northern Threads
The young indie rockers from Whitehaven spoke to Arran George about how they started out, and where they want to go.
How did the band get started?
We started as a three-piece cover band with Ethan on bass, Robbie as lead guitar and myself (Jake) on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. The start of the band came some time ago when I picked up a guitar in Robbie’s house (which he was learning on); we had a jamming session which led to another and another. Next thing you know we are advertising our little duo as “The Threads” on Facebook, but we’d only done a few gigs until Ethan came along. We played a couple more with him until we were introduced to our drummer Sean and that’s when it started for us.
How would you describe your sound?
We’ve had a lot of people compare us to different bands such as Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Courteeners and Oasis. We like to try and tweak our sound to generate originality and freshness for the upcoming music market to try and stand out. It’s not heavy but it is in the category of Indie Rock.
How long have you been playing together?
It has been around a year and half since we hit the road as a band together. It hasn’t been long but the moments I have endured have been the best in my life. Who wouldn’t enjoy playing music that you love with a passion, with your best friends?
Who influences you?
As a band, we are influenced by many bands, not only present but past. There’s no stand out band that we look up to as we take influence from so many such as The Jam, The View, The Smiths.
What is your goal as a band?
We have all dreamt about headlining Glastonbury and travelling the world as a band, it’s just about pushing ourselves to live the dream now.
If you could go on tour with someone who would it be?
Personally, I’d love to tour with Blossoms and I think the band would too, there isn’t a song of theirs I could fault in all honestly. We have met them before but to play with them on a stage would be biblical in my books.
What’s coming next for The Northern threads?
We are playing a festival at Irton Hall on the 5 August, supporting a mod and ska band in the Civic Hall on the 12 August; then it’s Egremont Crab Fair and the Carlisle light switch on. We’ve got some new tunes that we are nearly ready with for the studio and a few other bits and pieces to keep us busy.