Photography by Daniel Topete Photography ©
The Britanys are a Brooklyn based three-piece with a penchant for catchy hooks bathed in a gritty sound. They released their first EP It’s Alright nine months ago and have followed it up with the recently released new single called Want To Be. Third Outing caught up with them before the rest of the crowd no doubt will...
3rd: Hello The Britanys! You're based in Brooklyn. We meet many bands from NYC, it's a happening place right now, what makes you stand out and how does Brooklyn affect your music?
The Britanys: We sing about what we get into. If we were in Kansas we would be singing about what we were getting into there, so I'd definitely say that Brooklyn has it's impression on the music. As far as standing out, we just let the music speak for itself. It might be a place that's a little saturated with bands, but all we worry about is putting out quality music and putting on the best shows that we can because. It's what we love to do; try not to get wrapped up in the pissing contest cause that's not what we're in it for.
The Britanys: By saying thank you, we don't want to sound like The Strokes and have no intention of sounding like them, as great as they are it's already done. Trust me, I love The Strokes just as much as the next guy, Is This It and Room on Fire were my childhood. In there heyday they were the best band around but since 2003 they haven't really been bringing anything to the table so they've left their fans searching for what they lost.
It's pretty easy to see that The Strokes were the last big Rock & Roll band from New York City and until something of that calibre comes out of this city people will always be looking to re-live the glory days. When something new comes along, ten years down the line people will be saying the same thing about that band as they are The Strokes now. We write the music that we like and if people someday like our songs as much as they like Strokes songs that would be amazing, but no we don't sound like them.
3rd: Will there ever be a new Strokes? Who knows...so tell us a bit more about the collaboration with Wiisaa?
The Britanys: Through my girlfriend Amanda Wilson and Vanessa have come to be our really good friends, they're really great people and very talented and inspire us to work towards that level of work. Them doing the video was more of a favor to us and we were really lucky for it. There wasn't much thought behind it, we just wanted something simple and personal and they really made it happen. All we did was hang out for a couple of days like we normally do and they captured it and made it into what it is, couldn't be more happier with it.
3rd: To the music...It's Alright is a strong first EP. What made you want to pick up a guitar and play the music?
The Britanys: Thanks so much, there's still a lot of room for improvement just wait till the next one. I don't really know what made me want to pick up the guitar, it just happened and when it did I got lost in it as cheesy as that might be. When I was a little kid my favorite toy was my red ukelele, all the baby pictures have me holding it! My favourite bands were The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and I would learn all of their songs. When I got to the point where I got sick of their songs I started to write my own songs and would pretty much rip off their songs. Over time I started to develop my own voice, still developing for that matter.
3rd: Back to the Strokes! But which new band from NYC, or indeed elsewhere, will define our 2015-2020?
The Britanys: Oh man, I don't know. That's not for us to decide, that's for the people to say. I mean we're in it, that's what we're going for, but that's not up to us. My competitive side is challenging other bands to write better songs than us, but at the end of the day thats for lady luck and the handful of right music business, journalist, and fans to decide.
3rd: So what's the rest of 2015 going to be like for The Britanys? First LP? Tour? You said in an interview the new stuff will be more Brit Rock! How will you make fresh new music which won't sound like typical Brit bands?
The Britanys: We're looking at 2015 as the year to let everyone know who we are. Think we're past the development stage and are ready to run with what we've got. We're recording right now and from this point we're looking at another single early summer with the full EP in September. When we said British Rock, what we were referring to was the focus that we have on the song and the melody, not to stereotype but we're huge fans of British Rock because we think that British bands for the most part write the best songs. The Libertines, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, The Kinks, T. Rex, The Beatles, The Zombies, you name it have all taken the bands that they looked up to and made it into their own. Yeah, we take inspiration from our idols, but we're not out to be derivative. We write music because we want to make our own mark and that's what we're trying to do. Other than the recording we're just finalizing our Summer show schedule now. We have a bunch of shows here in New York and late June early July we're looking to do a little North East tour with our Chicago buddies The Symposium and The Walters which will be a lot of fun.
3rd: Sounds like a lot of fun. Soi when we come visit NYC for a weekend what's the plan?
The Britanys: Well, you guys would be staying in our basement. We've got a double air mattress that turns into a king so you guys would be well taken care of. Don't think we would have any specific place in mind. We'd probably just get you guys drunk and see where the night takes us.
3rd: Rock and roll! Best of luck The Britanys. The third Outing classic: what's your desert island drink?
The Britanys: Mojitos! That ones for Gabe.