Morganway

  • Morganway
  • 2017-02-16

Morganway are a five-piece alt-country band from North Norfolk’s rural outback with a distinctive Americana glow. We spoke to the band on the back of their new single ‘My Love Ain’t Gonna Save You’.

Focus on your own trip, follow your gut and don’t ask people for help you don’t need.

2016 - what will you look back on most fondly from the year?
2016 was huge for us. We recorded our debut EP and follow-up and we gigged pretty relentlessly.

Did you make any new year’s resolutions?
For sure! And more so then ever I feel positive I’ll stick some of them out. Admittedly it is only February.

What was the biggest lesson you learnt in 2016 so far?
Focus on your own trip, follow your gut and don’t ask people for help you don’t need.

What was the musical highlight of 2016?
Our sold-out hometown show at the Norwich Arts Centre near the end of our summer tour.

Who are you excited to hear from in 2017?
Haim. I’m pretty sure their second album is going to be released this year.

Tell us about the record you have just released.
It’s a lively, raw, passionate slice of dirty country that feels very true to where we’re at right now.

If you had to pick three artists to be filed next to, who would they be and why?
Bruce Springsteen - he is perhaps my favourite songwriter of all time, Darkness on the Edge of Town one of my favourite records, and as a showman, he’s unparalleled.

Fleetwood Mac - the band is often compared to Fleetwood Mac and we do of course love them. Still, I wouldn’t say we ever aim to imitate them but a lot of our collective influences go that way. The basis of Fleetwood Mac’s sound, a melodically rich, harmony-led, often musically stripped-back cocktail of country, blues, rock and pop is the kind of cocktail we order regularly!

Red Hot Chili Peppers - we probably sound less like them than the two above, but they were my brother and I’s first big musical obsession. Hyde Park in 2004 was one of our first gigs. I love how individual they are and in many ways they have always been so outside the mainstream despite being incredibly popular.

What inspired the record?
Gigging, mainly. It selected the songs for us based on what felt right. The songs on this record really connected with the audiences. Then it was case of turning those amazing live songs into the best sounding records they could be.

If the record were an animal, what animal would it be?
An English Bull Terrier - they’re the best!

Define your sound in five words.
Harmony-driven, dirty country rock.

If you could jam with one artist alive or dead, who would it be?
Tom Petty.

If you could have written one song by another artist, what would it be?
‘One Step Up’ by Bruce Springsteen. As Martyn Joseph said, “with three chords and the English language, it sums up the human condition”.

Someone is making a film of your life, who will play you?
The finest looking actor that ever has lived! Errr… Seth Green?

Lastly, tell us one thing you have never revealed in an interview.
Ever since seeing Buffy as a kid, I’ve always had a little crush on Seth Green.

Listen to ‘My Love Ain’t Gonna Save You’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to morganway.co.uk.

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