Face to face with Exile Parade.

exile paradeExile Parade create this kind of rock ‘n’ roll with spirit, that makes listeners take notice of it. The band released their debut album ‘Hit The Zoo’ a year ago – the record that brought them well-deserved recognition and established Exile Parade as one of the most exciting bands to come out of the UK. It’s 2013 and the band are preparing their next music move. I talked to Exile Parade’s singer Lomax to discuss the band’s plans for world domination.

– Recently you’ve put up two new songs online – ‘Alcohol’ and ‘Beat Of Your Blood’ and they show a change in Exile Parade’s music direction. What’s inspired the change?
– We’ve been playing the same songs for years. So, you know, when you’re in a band or an artist you naturally want this change in what you’re doing. You wanna put to use what you’ve learned, what you’ve been listening to, what you’re seeing. There is no credibility in churning out duplicate after duplicate doesn’t matter if you’re rich and famous or have never left your bedroom.
– So, it’s like a natural development?
– Yeah! We just go in the studio, plug in and we just pick up what comes naturally. It’s all very spontaneous. Sometimes the lads will have something to go at, boon and mutchy might have a top riff and a beat, same with Dave on bass, but again we like to put a net up and see what we catch, like butterfly catchers! As soon as you try to be so intentional it quickly turns to stone and goes nowhere.
– Looks like these two tracks are a taste of things to come. When can we expect the release of you sophomore record then?
 – We’ve spent all of our time in the studio recently, we’re surprising ourselves a lot in all honesty, we’ve let go of a lot of inhibitions so we just let out what is asking to be let out, creatively we are on cloud 9, we just record them, put them out and the world will decide what next, album, EP, tour, everything’s a possibility. 
– Let’s get back a bit to the times when ‘Hit The Zoo’ was released. It’s almost one year old. How has it changed the band?
– (laughs) It is a sort of relief that it’s all in the past now because that album took a long time to be recorded and we had to resolve a lot of things out of our control, you know, getting enough money then people stopped giving us the money we needed, it all happened out the blue for us and I was naïve, I knew I was and was happy to be, It’s such a long journey out there and there are a lot of things that came along with it. It has come to end now – we can leave it where it is, we can move on, move forward and hopefully do the whole thing again ten times bigger and better with new music, new material and followers. 
– And how does it feel to be working at new songs again?
– The moment is the happiest we’ve ever been with everything in the band cause with ‘Hit The Zoo’ we’ve been lucky enough the album  took us around the world, which took us to places we never thought we would see and allowed us to meet people we never thought we’d meet, be in the studios we never thought we’d go to. some bands don’t get to do the things we’ve done. It’s our initial idea that we’ll grow up to be big rock stars. The best thing to make to the new stage, is just this feeling to have an opportunity to keep going, because you never know when it’s gonna end. 
– How did you like touring the globe?
– That’s all I wanna do. I wanna see the world, go around the world, see everything we can possibly see before we die and meet with as many people as possible. I’m never more myself, I’m never happier than when I’m on tour. It just feels completely natural – being  backstage, waiting to go on stage. I find it a lot more natural way of life than real life. 
– You’ve had a great chance of comparing European audiences and Asian audiences. What are the biggest differences as you see them?
– Well, I think European audiences are like British audiences and they want to fucking hate you. They want you to fall on your face, they want you to fall over, they want you to be shit, but if you win them you win them forever.  As it goes for the Asian crowds for example, they don’t have the same freedoms – culturally, musically, things that we take for granted. You go to China and it’s new to them, it’s like in the 1950s in America. They’re opening to our controversial Western culture, they just want every little piece. It’s an amazing experience.Exile Parade China Backstage
– Also during your tour in China you had a chance to take part in Lomography project which has to do with photography. How did you like that experience?
– Yeah, cool! People get so many cameras in your face and I’ve never really done this before and when I first walked in I didn’t know how to do that but then eventually the penny dropped and it got interesting. So yeah, plenty of photographs were sent to Lomography and it’s good to get involved with that. Yeah, it was cool! I like the idea of sharing, coming together. Pretty positive thing and I liked it.
– Your songs possess this immense positive vibe to them. Now, how on Earth do you do it?
– I think what inspires us…First and foremost we just like the music. We don’t wantt to be easy like a little chocolate cookie which is easy to chew on. We like something to be abrasive which still pulls you in and which is not completely comfortable because its your reflection on life, and life isn’t a cookie. Songs must sound real. The song ‘Alcohol’ for example – the lyrics and the feeling of the song to me are one of solitude, you know, about the loneliest place you could possibly be in and that’s alcohol which feeds in this sort of desperation. That’s why with that song we chose to play the piano which was slightly out of tune. We just keep it real, you’ve got to.
– Some of your lyrics are also inspired by different films, books and many other works of art. Are there any films and books which are your absolute all-time favourites?
– Oh yeah. Well, for me personally I’m talking to the likes of The Godfather and Casino – the cool, classic gangsta films. I like that. People who just don’t live normal, so to say, people who live outside the law – I like these kinds of films.
– If you had a chance to write a song specifically for a specific film as a soundtrack, what would you choose?
– From the recent ones – I haven’t seen it yet, I’ve only seen the trailer but, it’s the new Lincoln film. A film about Lincoln abolishing slavery with good costumes can provide some prestige soundtracks. Quentin Tarantino as well – he’s got a quirky side of it and a kinda clown element in very serious scenes. The guys a monster.
– What is your best music memory?
– Out of top fivish moments, there’s one of the band coming up to me when I was performing on my own years ago and asking if I wanted to join a band. It’s exactly what I was open to at the time. I needed to completely change my life and it did for the better, and for the more interesting since I met the band. And after that when we played in Cheshire, not far from here, not far from home and Owen Morris, the Oasis producer came to us and offered to work in the studio with him. Then we got to travel across and around the world from the Netherlands to China. It’s cool because you get there and get paid for just being there and entertaining the crowd and all you’re really doing is getting all your shit out that otherwise would see you in a padded cell.
– In the light of the recent HMV situation, do you think that the CD ear might as well be drawing to its end?
– Yeah, I think for quite a few years now it’s just the natural progression. Like, first there were no recordings and there were only bands and orchestras, but then there were recordings and there was vinyl, then vinyl disappeared and there was tape and then tape disappeared and the CDs came….. Every time it’s something else completely different. It’s just fast progression. It’ll probably end up a gnat playing the fiddle sat on your lug hole. 
– The year 2012 was a big one for you. Can 2013 beat it and how?
– I’d say straight away: yes. We can definitely beat it as you can always do more than before. A new year thing, like fresh start, fresh designs and achieving something new musically. There’s such an improvement. People are believing in what we do and it can only keep as going like before, or even more. You know, I think there’ll be more.

6 Responses to “Face to face with Exile Parade.”
  1. eva6kora says:

    Fantastic interview! I love this band and it’s good they are trying different things, taking a new direction and are ready to deliver something bigger. You need to keep it fresh and exciting!

    • Olga says:

      Thanks! Yeah, they’re absolutely fantastic! Love how they make some real music and are not afraid of anything! Can’t wait to hear new tracks.

  2. nottta says:

    Great interview, great band, great music! I cannot wait for the Australian tour! 🙂

  3. Tony(China) says:

    I repect them and love them, they will be a big and great band, they should be carved into UK rock history. I always trust my judgement.When I toured with them in China, every shows of them could blow my mind and some people in the front of stage were crying.

    • Thanks for your comment! Indeed, Exile Parade are a great band! I absolutely love what they do and think they deserve as much recognition as humanly possible. There should be more bands like Exile Parade.

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