London-based trio Two Penny Blue release their debut single ‘Gypsy’ on Friday, May 19th. We spoke to the folk-rock band about their first release and plans for 2017.
A Two Penny Blue stamp was the one Tommy never obtained.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - who are Two Penny Blue?
Tommy: We are Tommy, Will and Sean - the good, the bad and the surprisingly handsome. We are based in London and can be found in all the best clubs and bars.
Where’s the name derive from?
Will: From Tommy’s horrific, obscene, distressing, derogatory, disturbing and frankly, not that great, stamp collection. A Two Penny Blue stamp was the one he never obtained.
What was your biggest inspiration when you started writing music together?
Tommy: Going to a lot gigs around London helped, also festival season always inspired to get the songs written.
You’re about to release single ‘Gypsy’ last year. Where did you write it and what’s it about?
Tommy: Within a previous incarnation of Two Penny Blue, I was performing at Edinburgh festival, where ‘Gypsy’ was written. The song is touching on a philosophical conundrum I have: nihilism over optimism.
Why did you choose ‘Gypsy’ as a single?
Sean: It’s one of our favourites to play.
What are your hopes for ‘Gypsy’?
Tommy: Seeing as it’s our fist single, we are hoping it can reach a wide audience, and let people know the kind of music we perform.
You’ve been touring extensively, what have been your favourite gigs so far and why?
Will: Supporting The Dirty Strangers at the Dublin Castle was probably our favourite. However, we are also fond of our local pub, The Ram in Hammersmith. It’s got a great open mic where we like to experiment and jam new tracks.
Where would you most like to play?
When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
Tommy: We are lining up for next summer; this will be following the release of our debut album.
How does your music change in a live environment compared to on a recording?
Tommy: A more improvisational feel.
Will: It sounds more raw than our recorded sound.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Sean: Stephen Wilson, his album Hand. Cannot. Erase. is pretty dope.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Sean: The lottery numbers for this week were 07, 14, 15, 21, 23, 57.
Tommy: It wouldn’t matter what was said, I think I’d be so disturbed by the event of seeing myself.
Will: The secret formula of time travel that got me back to the past to give advice.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band in 2017, what would it be?
Tommy: That the album goes well and that we change the course of music history, for better or worse.
Listen to ‘Gypsy’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates visit the Two Penny Blue Facebook page.