Dancing on Tables

  • Dancing on Tables
  • 2017-12-21

Dancing on Tables are a five-piece indie-pop rock band from Dunfermline who have been described as writing ‘dreamy melodies wrapped up in luring harmonies’. We spoke to frontman Robbie about their development and new single ‘OH’.

It’s a story about a long distance relationship and how even though it’s difficult, it’s worth it in the end.

First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what first got you into music?
We all had pretty similar experiences of getting into music through our parents’ music collections growing up. I think you can still hear some of those early influences in our sound now.

How did the band get together?
We were all at school together and played different instruments, so it made sense for us to be in a band together. We worked out that we could get out of some classes if we said we had gigs which was all the motivation we needed.

Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
We have two lead singers, so we used The Libertines and The Beatles as early inspiration as to how to make our style of music work best. Our sound has matured a lot since we first started, but I’d say current influences are a mix of The Strokes and Coldplay.

How would you describe your style?
I think we’re an indie pop band. When we go into the studio, we never think ‘‘Let’s write a song in this style’’, we just start playing around with ideas and see what the outcome is. That means some songs might be leaning more towards a different genre than another, but they all feel like Dancing on Tables songs.

Why the name, ‘Dancing on Tables’?
We had been working on material for a few months and hadn’t come up with a name yet. We were at a house party and some people were up dancing on a table. They were having fun so we decided on the spot to go for that.

What’s been the best moments of 2017 for you?
There’s been a few shows that have really blown us away. Signing for an American label and doing some writing over there was fun as well.

Tell us about your latest single ‘OH’. What’s it about?
It’s a story about a long distance relationship and how even though it’s difficult, it’s worth it in the end.

How does ‘OH’ build on your previous music?
Although we still really like our older material, we feel like we matured a lot as a band writing “OH.” It shows a different side to us and our writing style.

What are your hopes for ‘OH’?
Our main hope is that people like the track. Anything else is a bonus.

What’s coming up in 2018? When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
We’ll be releasing more music and playing a lot more shows. We’ll be back out on the road early next year, hopefully playing some places we haven’t been before.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Jack White is one of my favorite artists and has produced some really good music from his collaborations before, so I’ll go for him.

Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Appreciate not getting bad hangovers more. They get worse when you get older.

Watch the video for ‘OH’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to dancingontables.co.uk.

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