If you’ve yet to have the pleasure, Brighton band Orchards are the finest new purveyors of gleaming math-pop. The Sussex quartet’s most recent single ‘Honey’ makes for a dazzling introduction, wowing with its wondrous concoction of fidgety drums, intricate guitarwork à la first-gen Foals and a sticky refrain. With new material set to land shortly, we caught up Orchards to get a snapshot of their past, present and future.
‘Honey’ is fantastic. How did the song come about?
“The backing had been written for some time, but we half fell out of love with the track. During one practice we decided to give it another go and Lucy penned the lyrics there and then after watching a BBC documentary about the bee crisis. After some tweaking and a few gig trials, ‘Honey’ was born.”
How did Orchards get together?
“We all attended the same university in Brighton. Sam and Dan have known each other since they were kids and met Will and Lucy in the first week or so of uni. We have been best friends the entire time (cue awwwww).”
What inspired your name?
“It’s a fairly long story, but the crux of it came from Eastbound & Down outtakes. Will Ferrell’s character says a famous quote containing the word ‘Plums’. Plums – Orchards. That’s sort of it!”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“We recently played with a Scottish band called Vukovi – they’ve just released an album which is sick!”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for Orchards?
“We are going on tour with US East Coast band PWR BTTM for most of April! And… new single, new EP!”