Bursting out of a sleepy Peak District town with the sort of fluorescent DIY disco-pop you’d usually associate with the Big Apple, Patawawa are certainly ones to keep your peepers on.
Brand new single ‘All The Time’ is the first taster of the fast-rising outfit’s forthcoming EP, ‘London, Paris, New York, Matlock’, and it’s a record that is fully loaded with glossy synths, glittery guitar and groovy bass.
Before the trio play CloseUp Festival 2019 at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May, we talked to them to get a flavour of their current influences and more.
How would you describe Patawawa to a stranger?
“Three disco madheads that like to dance and make happy fun music! “Indie-tinged disco” would be a good phrase perhaps?”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“This is always a hard one because we are all into so much different music. Disco music is the backbone of what we do essentially, so a lot of Chic, Sister Sledge, Heatwave, The Whispers, but we also love new and emerging stuff such as Parcels, Franc Moody, EKKAH, Tungz etc.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“I think we would say Tramlines Festival last summer was an incredible gig for us – a massive tent completely full and it seemed the whole tent was loving it. It was proper mad!”
You’re based in Matlock, Derbyshire – what’s your local music scene like?
“I mean to be totally honest there isn’t much of a scene, a few covers bands about but not too much in terms of originality. But there is a couple of names such as Karma Kid and Dopla & Diggle – these are all fellow Matlocktonians that are smashing it!”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Franc Moody – they make ridiculously good music and are going to be bloody massive!!
EKKAH – Lovely ladies that make that groovy stuff, they have just started releasing new music again which we are very happy about indeed!
Tungz – They supported us on our last tour date in Bristol and they were amazing! They will be making moves this year for sure! Check ’em out!”
You’re playing CloseUp Festival 2019 in May – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing on the day?
“I’m really excited to see SPINN. I’ve had a couple of their tunes on my playlist. They make really nice infectious indie pop which is right up my street!”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Patawawa?
“It holds our EP, which we are currently in the process of releasing so keep eyes out for that!
We are in the process of writing our debut album and it is coming along rather nicely! Plenty of festivals and I think a European tour and maybe even further than that! It’s gonna be a busy year for us we think and we are absolutely buzzing for it!!”