This week’s heatwave has got us mulling over the summer playlist, and one track that’s certain to make the cut is the fizzing ‘Feeling Sound’ by terrific new Teessiders Llovers. Despite only forming in October 2016, the gang of four are already on their second self-released single and it’s a tropical blast of guitar-pop that sweeps and swoons, all sun-weathered synthwork, cooed vocal harmonies and breezy guitar lines that throw us back to the first time we wrapped our ears around indie favourites Peace. With much much more to come over the warmer months and beyond, we spoke to frontman Jack Brooks to get the lowdown on all things Llovers.
‘Feeling Sound’ is fantastic. How did the track come about?
“The track came together very naturally when I (Jack) happened to get this vocal line stuck in my head. I can’t remember what it was about, but I remember thinking “I’m feeling sound”, singing this line back to myself over and over again. I went home and wrote an entire track around that.”
How did Llovers start out?
“The idea of a band started in summer of last year. David and Jack had been going to some gigs together, being in bands previously we wanted to start something new and exciting. We spoke more and got Joe involved while Jack wrote 5 or 6 tracks just to set an idea of what we could be. Over that summer we recorded Borderlands and in October announced ourselves as a band.”
What inspired your name?
“I think for us we just wanted something that represented who we are and how we wanted the band to be represented. Love is a theme that is fundamental in everything we do and represent. So the name makes a lot of sense on the most basic level.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“I’m not sure as to how much they influence our sound but the first 5 that spring to mind are: The Maccabees, The 1975, Tame Impala, Peace and The Cars.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Coquin Migale, The Old Pink House, The Van T’s, there’s loads of class bands about. We’re playing a gig with Blesh at Jumping Jacks in Newcastle on the 11th of August and they’re an insane band.”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for Llovers?
“We’ll be getting a lot of material recorded. We’ve got a bit of time to catch up so that’s what we’ll be doing, followed by a lot of releases and shows at the end of the year.”