*It's a real creeper. You'll be haunted. Shivers down the spine. Then you'll feel all Rock and Roll. Maybe get a bit of swagger, especially when the chorus is about to kick in. Cool, that's what it is. It's all very cool*. That's the feeling when listening to the new NAKED SIX release Castaway. We spoke to frontman Seb Byford about York's new Rock and Roll hope.
But first, before we get to any interview, let's give some opinion. In a world dominated by Indie music, it's life saving to hear something coming from a Northern powerhouse such as York (!) that is actually Rock and Roll! Jimi Hendrix still exists to these guys; they're trying to recreate him, modernise him, make him relevant again. We're not dealing in the world of the jingle-jangle-echo-fuzz-pop-reliance here. Bore off Indie music. It's about making proper sounds with proper instruments about proper things, and we like it!
There's a video hiding somewhere on the band's Facebook page which epitomises everything N6 are about. Bassist Caleb Quaye is skating down a hill naked in the direction of a passenger train. It's the perfect metaphor for N6 and their new release Castaway. The train represents the predictable, monotonous Indie music scene found in Britain today. The hill represents the difficult struggle to create something different, and the naked hurtling bassist is N6 throwing two fingers to the whole situation!
The release of Castaway feels like a turning of the tide for Third Outing. Is Rock and Roll with all of its ferocity on the comeback? God knows it's about time, we can't listen to another Indie Pop submission through our site! But let's leave the talking to the pros. Here's what Seb from N6 had to say...
Hello Seb from NAKED SIX! First of all, described by our writer who saw you live a few weeks ago, "you could be the ultimate live band". How do you like those bananas?
That's great!! Live shows definitely mean a lot to us. It's our chance to fully express ourselves and let loose. It's all about that head space you hit on stage, that's what we crave. From the moment we get on till the moment we get off, time just seems to stand still, you forget about the world outside, lost in the groove.
The Way I Feel. You have a perfect mix of grunge and psych. How do you describe the band to people?
We're trying to create something new I guess. Obviously we take big influence from the greats such as Hendrix, Zeppelin. But I think the key is to take influence but not to sound too much like them. We're trying to spice up and do our own thing with that old school sound and style we love. So yeah, if we had to describe ourselves to people, I'd say it's our own, dirty, psych, 21st century blend of Rock 'n' Roll.
The new track Castaway, is that your live band performance coming to record? Will we see more of that?
Yeah, well I mean with Castaway we went for a much more raw, stripped back feel. I think it's very important to capture that live sound in every recording we do really, it gives it that energy and drive. So yeah you'll definitely be seeing more of that in the future.
"I go and check in his room to see if he's there and there he was, out cold in a puddle of puke..."
You're from York. When you gig about do people find that hard to believe? Tired of the Shed Seven chat?
Surprisingly, you're the first to ask us about Shed Seven! I guess sometimes but that’s the thing, we're from York but we haven't lived here all of our lives. Tom's originally from Brighton, Caleb's a London boy and I lived in France for 8 years before moving to this area, so I guess you could say we're from all over really. Which is great as it means we're also very connected in the south as well as the north.
How has the place inspired you?
Has York Inspired us? Subconsciously, yes definitely. The thing I love about York is the space, nature and freedom of the place; it's very relaxed. So yeah I think by having this space and freedom subconsciously it's made for a very peaceful relaxed atmosphere, puts us in a good head space to write and be creative.
Keeping with York we have t'York lad in our ranks here. What wins? Dusk or Burns Hotel?
That's a tough one, but it's gonna have to be Dusk, that's our local, I can't let her down.
"The night went great, it was a blast, but as I was walking out the venue I hear this DRUNKEN scream 'everyone back to my place, lets move'!"
Posh side of the river or the chavvy side of the river?
We are men of both sides...
The York Minster or Cliffords Tower?
That's gotta be the Minster, nothing against Cliffords Tower it's great, but it's got a pretty ruthless history which not many people know about.
Finally Seb, can you tell us one story about NAKED SIX which epitomises who you are as a band?
When we played our first show in London at Proud Camden a while back, we'd planned this big chill with all our mates after the show. Caleb being a London boy was super keen to catch up and chill with all his old mates; unfortunately that didn't go too smoothly for Caleb. The night went great, it was a blast, but as I was walking out the venue I hear this DRUNKEN scream "everyone back to my place, lets move"! Of course this had to be Caleb. Bearing in mind there’s a good 30 people with us at this point and Caleb’s place isn't exactly the roomiest. So off we went all 30 of us marching down to the tube station. We got there, everything was cool, but something was missing, suddenly I realised Caleb's not here which is odd because he's usually the last one standing. I go and check in his room to see if he's there and there he was, out cold in a puddle of puke. He then wakes back up at 6am still thinking it’s about midnight and says, "where is everyone"?!