Brighton-based Orchards are a DIY band that are bringing their best when it comes to alt-pop.
SlantedPress had a chat with Orchardsâ€™ frontwoman Lucy Evers to find out more about the bandâ€™s debut EP. Forming a few years ago, Orchards wasnâ€™t your typical alt-pop band, instead they started off in a slightly different direction. Orchards â€œstarted off as a rockier, heavier side of mathâ€. â€œI joined the band about three years ago and itâ€™s just all gone from there,â€ Lucy tells me, â€œwe released our first single, which was â€˜Peggyâ€™, which is maybe our mathiest song, and got progressively more indie and pop from there. The band name is from an Eastbound & Down outtake that Will Ferrell does.â€
With the EP Losers/Lovers now out, I ask Lucy what itâ€™s like to have a finished body of work out. â€œIt was a relief to have something that was created by all four of us together, because some of the singles were written previous to me. So, it felt really lovely just to have a body of songs that we all worked really hard on together,â€ she says. â€œIt was good to have a body of music out that we all really cared about as well. Like, musically and lyrically, it was something we all really enjoyed and liked writing. I think the songs off the EP are some of our favourite to perform live.â€
| â€œThe slog, the grind and the hard work is totally worth it.â€
Lucy and I spoke openly about the band all having other jobs to support themselves and the band. Out of interest, I ask Lucy if she feels the pressure of handling an everyday job and as an upcoming musician. â€œThe fact that we have part-time jobs means that we donâ€™t have to worry, we donâ€™t have to stress. Itâ€™s difficult sometimes to get time off work to go gallivanting around the country, but itâ€™s worth it because thatâ€™s what we all want to do in the long run,â€ she explains. â€œItâ€™s what we want to do forever and itâ€™s a slow start, but itâ€™s totally worth it when you get out and actually play shows.â€
â€œNot to namedrop, but I went to a show by The 1975 about six years ago and I asked George what advice heâ€™d give to young and upcoming working musicians and his only phrase was â€œdonâ€™t give up. Keep goingâ€. He was like â€œbecause weâ€™ve been doing this for eight years and look where we are nowâ€ and that was 2012 and now look at them, so itâ€™s worth the graft. If you love what you do, itâ€™s totally worth the graft.â€.
From the Losers/Lovers EP, the band released â€˜Age Of Youâ€™ as a single. I ask Lucy what inspired the choice of picking that song over the others. â€œItâ€™s my favourite to play live, and lyrically it was a hard one to write, so itâ€™s quite cathartic to play. When I sing it on stage, I feel like Iâ€™m going to therapy every time. Out of all of the songs, I think itâ€™s the most fun.â€
Last of all, with their debut EP out, Orchards have also announced their first headliner tour. Although the band had played a few headline shows here and there, Lucy feels optimistic about the upcoming dates. â€œI think we were all quite nervous and worried people would be like â€œoh, we could see them another timeâ€ but the response has been really lovely and itâ€™s selling well,â€ she tells me. A unique selling point about Orchardsâ€™ tour is their supporting acts. I ask Lucy to elaborate on the feature a little more. â€œWeâ€™re hoping to do more local supports than not. Just so we can go out and meet and support other bands,â€ she explains, â€œwe really want to be advocates for supporting local and independent artists and promoters, because they work really hard and donâ€™t often get the payoff.â€
ORCHARDS 2019 UK Headline Tour Dates:
26th March â€“ Nottingham, The Bodega â€“ 14+ 27th March â€“ Manchester, Jimmyâ€™s â€“ 18+ 28th March â€“ Glasgow, The Garage (Attic Bar) â€“ 14+ / under 16 w. adult 29th March â€“ Sheffield, Record Junkee â€“ 14+ 30th March â€“ Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach â€“ 18+ 31st March â€“ Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge â€“ 16+ 2nd April â€“ Bristol, Crofters Rights â€“ 18+ 3rd April â€“ London, Camden Assembly â€“ 14+