Brighton-based alt-poppers Orchards are making huge strides in 2019: they were named as one of BBC Radio 1’s Ones To Watch by new music champ Huw Stephens, they took their fun-packed live show across the pond to SXSW and sold out multiple venues on their first ever UK headline tour.
Even better still, the band reached number 6 in the Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40 with latest single ‘Young’, which combines the theme of rose-tinted nostalgia with fidgety guitar lines and dazzling math-tinged hooks.
Before the quartet bring their shiny new tunes to the Hidden Herd & No Coconuts Alt-Dayer at Brighton’s The Tempest Inn on Saturday 11th May, we asked them a few Qs to get the latest from Orchards HQ.
How would you describe Orchards to a stranger?
“Left Field Weird Party Pop. We just make music we love, but weird, I suppose, is a good place to start.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Everything Everything are the main band we bond over. We all have such a vast taste in music that spans from Pop to Sludge to Indie. But, let’s be real, how can you not be influenced by The Beatles?”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“This year has truly been a chart-topper for incredible shows. Our Camden Assembly headline was honestly mind-blowing. The amount of love and fun across that whole tour was beautiful. But, we’d be silly not to mention our venture over to America in March. New York was just a taster to the insanity of SXSW!”
You’re based in Brighton – what’s your local music scene like?
“As a city, Brighton is so diverse and eclectic. There’s always new and exciting music coming out of the city which generates a little healthy competition, that pushes us to be the very best we can!”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Currls! Sœur! Penelope Isles! All three are nailing their fields and we’re so excited to see what they do in the future!”
You’re playing the Hidden Herd & No Coconuts Alt-Dayer on the Saturday of Great Escape weekend – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?
“We’ve heard nothing but great things about this whole line up! Pizzagirl and Honey Lung are top of our list for the day. The best thing about multi-venue festivals is that you can discover new music – this line up being one of those for sure!”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Orchards?
“Playing live A LOT! Our collective favourite thing about this whole job is that we get to prance about on a stage and meet a new bunch of people every night. So, we’re doing a lot more of that, and even venturing out to our first European festivals! This year started so wonderfully and we intend to carry on the party.”
To coincide with Great Escape weekend in Brighton, Hidden Herd and No Coconuts are teaming up with global music distributors CD Baby and Sussex brewers Lost Pier Brewing to bring some of the hottest emerging artists to The Tempest Inn on Saturday 11th May. Orchards will play alongside The Ninth Wave, Honey Lung, Weird Milk, Wu-Lu, The Wants, Comforts, Pizzagirl, BABii and Speedboat. Free entry – RSVP on Facebook.