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How do you met each other?
Charlie: Sam, Harrison and I (Charlie) met at sixth Form College, in our music class. Harry and I had been mutual friends for a long time, and he joined the band a couple of years ago. We all shared the same taste in music, and Cambridge is small, so making music together that we all liked happened pretty organically.
What are your inspirations in music?
Sam: Although we shared a pretty niche crossover of influences when we began writing music in Sixth Form (King Krule and the Smiths being obvious markers), I think gradually as we developed our music, it was our individual tastes which really made an impact on how we now write music.

Harry: Yeah, I mean, there’s an obvious crossover with me and Harrison - we both love Oasis, which made for a great foundation as collaborating musicians, but individually, I’m influenced by Bach and Kanye West, just as much as i’m influenced by Britpop. I reckon it’s part of what allows our sound a place to breathe creatively.
Which clothing brands do you identify with - where do you buy clothes?
Harrison: Well, we shop in charity shops more than we shop in regular shops. For a start, it’s cheaper than shopping at regular shops.

Harry: Yeah for sure, we all prefer to shop at places which are cheaper, but which also feels like a place where you can hunt for shit that you'd never find or be able to afford in shops first hand.

Harrison: For example, I live out in a city with great charity shops; they get all of their stock from places in Kensington. It works for me because it means that you can go into a shop and find some Prada jeans priced at the exact same price as an H&M pair. Kind of feels like cheating.
"You can go into a charity shop and find some Prada jeans priced at the exact same price as an H&M pair. Kind of feels like cheating" [Ugly]
What are your fashion icons?
Harry: Proskaters: I got into skating just prior to my ‘bohemian ascendance’. I think its played a big part in how I process image and clothes. The best skaters can move so fluidly and gracefully that they can elevate any item to icon status. I once saw a dude shredding in big ass baggy black jeans at Bay Sixty Six; as soon as I got home, I bought the exact same pair.

Harrison: Musicians like Paul Weller, John Lennon, lots from the 60s and 70s, I’ve always found Gangsters cool, Al Pacino in the Godfather and Scarface, Ray Liota in Goodfellas and Johnny Depp in Blow as prime examples.
What are your plans for the future?
Charlie: Well, we’re talking to you right now the day before we play our first headline show on mainland Europe; that’s a big deal in itself for us to be honest. We’ve spent the last three years of playing moving from little milestone to milestone; and doing our first UK headline tour for us is super exciting.

Sam: In terms of recording and releasing though, we’re going to be releasing new music, which we’ve had locked away for a little while now. They’re tracks which we've been playing in our live set for a long time, but we’ve spent some time recording them by ourselves at school and in the studio where I go to Uni.

Harry: If the music takes off, I’ll buy a house and start painting.

Ugly

How do you met each other?
Charlie: Sam, Harrison and I (Charlie) met at sixth Form College, in our music class. Harry and I had been mutual friends for a long time, and he joined the band a couple of years ago. We all shared the same taste in music, and Cambridge is small, so making music together that we all liked happened pretty organically.
What are your inspirations in music?
Sam: Although we shared a pretty niche crossover of influences when we began writing music in Sixth Form (King Krule and the Smiths being obvious markers), I think gradually as we developed our music, it was our individual tastes which really made an impact on how we now write music.

Harry: Yeah, I mean, there’s an obvious crossover with me and Harrison - we both love Oasis, which made for a great foundation as collaborating musicians, but individually, I’m influenced by Bach and Kanye West, just as much as i’m influenced by Britpop. I reckon it’s part of what allows our sound a place to breathe creatively.
Which clothing brands do you identify with - where do you buy clothes?
Harrison: Well, we shop in charity shops more than we shop in regular shops. For a start, it’s cheaper than shopping at regular shops.

Harry: Yeah for sure, we all prefer to shop at places which are cheaper, but which also feels like a place where you can hunt for shit that you'd never find or be able to afford in shops first hand.

Harrison: For example, I live out in a city with great charity shops; they get all of their stock from places in Kensington. It works for me because it means that you can go into a shop and find some Prada jeans priced at the exact same price as an H&M pair. Kind of feels like cheating.
"You can go into a charity shop and find some Prada jeans priced at the exact same price as an H&M pair. Kind of feels like cheating" [Ugly]
What are your fashion icons?
Harry: Proskaters: I got into skating just prior to my ‘bohemian ascendance’. I think its played a big part in how I process image and clothes. The best skaters can move so fluidly and gracefully that they can elevate any item to icon status. I once saw a dude shredding in big ass baggy black jeans at Bay Sixty Six; as soon as I got home, I bought the exact same pair.

Harrison: Musicians like Paul Weller, John Lennon, lots from the 60s and 70s, I’ve always found Gangsters cool, Al Pacino in the Godfather and Scarface, Ray Liota in Goodfellas and Johnny Depp in Blow as prime examples.
What are your plans for the future?
Charlie: Well, we’re talking to you right now the day before we play our first headline show on mainland Europe; that’s a big deal in itself for us to be honest. We’ve spent the last three years of playing moving from little milestone to milestone; and doing our first UK headline tour for us is super exciting.

Sam: In terms of recording and releasing though, we’re going to be releasing new music, which we’ve had locked away for a little while now. They’re tracks which we've been playing in our live set for a long time, but we’ve spent some time recording them by ourselves at school and in the studio where I go to Uni.

Harry: If the music takes off, I’ll buy a house and start painting.