Devon band Tuesday Syndicate is going through a rebirth, having started as an acoustic folk outfit five years ago and now producing cinematic indie-pop like ‘Hourglass’. We spoke to the band about the changes and their new single.
It was a bit of a fun in our local that started this journey.
First up, tell us a bit about yourselves - what led you all to forming Tuesday Syndicate?
The band was formed about five years ago and has gone through quite a few line-up changes before it became us three. It all started with evening jams in the local on quite winter weeks and just grew into something bigger and better each year. It’s been amazing!
Who did you take inspiration from?
When we started, it was a lot of acoustic folk inspiration that found us more often than anything else. Lots of Frank Turner and Mumford and Sons. Now, actually with Mumfords new style of sound, we still pick a bit of their genius apart and attempt to make it our own every so often. Mix that with a bit of Bears Den, and some Catfish, and you’re starting to get into the thick of our current muses.
Why the name Tuesday Syndicate?
Like we said earlier, it was a bit of a fun in our local that started this journey. Just so happened every week on a Tuesday we were all free and once the surf had died and the sun was down there was nothing better to do than sing away. Took a while before it became something serious enough to name ourselves and pursue it all further, but when we did the title was kind of just waiting there for us.
How would you describe your musical style?
In short it has to be sort of indie, pop, rock really. It’s an anthemic stadium sized sound were going for with big chords and catchy lyrical melodies that put hairs on the back of your neck and widen eyes. The kind of music that makes you feel more than you thought you could. We’ve all felt it and wanted our own turn!
You’ve played Isle of Wight Festival and Shepherd's Bush Empire. How did those sets go down?
They were both so surreal. To grace those stages is beyond anything we thought we’d achieve this early into our career. But, to be honest, I don’t think at any stage it would feel any different to walk on to that floor knowing you get to project off it. We started the band in search of places like this, but you couldn’t be prepared for it when you first get there. Those two shows must actually have been our two best! There was a epic energy in all of us those days. Cannot wait to get there again!
Can you remember your first ever gig? How far have you come since then?
HAHA! Yeah, we remember the first gig. Well Sam and ed do as they founded the band. It was only an open mic with a song we wrote that week and we totally botched the ending on the night because we were all so hammered in anticipation! Smiled it off and caught another tequila though!
Our first show with us three was another local gig. Not a massive crowd but always a great one at home. Fair amount of drinking that night too. Seems to happen when you know the audience. Lot of love from our domestic fan base and we give it right back to them.
Your latest single is double ‘Hourglass’. What’s it about?
‘Hourglass’ was written for a friend with a bit of trouble in her past. It was meant as a sort of reminder that she isn’t alone and if it was ever needed or wanted, help was never far away. Be that in whatever shape or form.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
This was the first piece K played the biggest part in after joining. We wrote it early 2016. Actually, not long before, we were set to hit the studio to start recording and we knew instantly it had to be bumped up to the top of the list.
We recorded it, along with the rest of the album at Kore studio in Acton with two of the most incredible, talented, insane and just down right nasty guys we now know. Jamie Evans and Colin Brain, our producer and engineer. Massive love to those two!
How does ‘Hourglass’ build on your style?
‘Hourglass’ really doesn’t build on our style at all. It more redefines it. As we said there’s been a lot of change in the band. Especially in the last couple of years. The sound has change dramatically and there are a lot of differences to the faces that grace the stage each night we play. It’s almost our rebirth.
What are your hopes for ‘Hourglass’?
We want it to put us, as we are now, firmly on the radar of as many people as possible. Start the hype for us and get people ready for the next single and all the other goodies we can’t wait to set loose on the world!
What do fans get at your live shows?
A whole bunch of awkward stage chat. Although confident enough to step on the stage, Sam seems to lose his mind entirely while having to speak in between songs and tends to spit out a large string of absolute nonsense! It’s almost become a thing now though to expect so he’s getting away with it more and more.
Where can we see you live in 2018?
We’ve actually been far too busy getting ready for the release of Hourglass and scheduling the launches for the year we almost forgot about booking! They are flooding in since the release though so keep an eye on the socials and the website and you’ll know soon enough!
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band this year, what would it be?
It’s gotta be a tour with a favourite band of ours. Can’t imagine how sweet it would be to follow one of our heroes around, sharing stages every night! Sounds rather dreamy doesn’t it?
Watch the ‘Hourglass’ video on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to thetuesdaysyndicate.com.