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Charlie Says

Sounds likePatti Smith, Garbage, Foo Fighters
LocationCardiff

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

The Cardiff-based band first formed back in 2012, with guitarist Dai Amaro, drummer James ‘Jimbob’ Jones and bassist Jamie Parry, enjoying immediate success sharing stages with the likes of Kids In Glass Houses, The Blackout and Capdown with their then lead vocalist.

They describe those early days as: “Charlie Says is the traditional romantic teenage story. Three best friends jamming together in their parents’ back rooms, writing original music flowed easily from us and our musical influences from the likes of Muse, Foo Fighters and No Doubt soon showed in the songs we wrote. Just like any hobby you start to take the next steps and soon we took to the stage, worked with many producers and recorded across the country, had the privilege to play to hundreds of people over the years, and had the opportunity to work with wonderful front-women, making close friends along the way.”

A couple of vocalists came and went, as did a six-month hiatus, but just over a year ago they returned with the impressive vocals of Alcie Bela. “It was October last year when Alcie came to make her entrance into our lives in the Full Moon (which is related to why the EP is called Lunarians). And in what seems like a flash now, came to play her guitar and sing on our living room floor. Leave the Light On left us encapsulated, it’s fair to say that not only did she leave the light on, she brought Charlie Says back to life! Ever since we’ve gone from strength to strength, and Alcie is consistently the star of the show on and off stage. “Alcie brought us back to our roots. With other singers we’ve adapted our style to suit them, but Alcie has inspired us with her own music and her enthusiasm for songwriting to go back to our instincts and, as a result, our music has become more passionate, fun, and meaningful.” This year saw the release of their first EP with Alcie on board, Lunarians – which oozes those final three adjectives.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?

Our theme is often around seizing a character’s essence. It’s not always about ourselves but we use feelings from past events or general atmospheres that our memories captured to try and paint a picture, and Alcie will perform that character like an act. Smokey Jones is about a strange man with a knife tattoo, a cigarette and an appetite for whiskey at the back of a dim bar – which is a cliche for sure, but we wanted to capture that bar so when you listen you feel like you’re there!

What’s your back-story?

In short, our music is just about being human; falling in love, falling out of love, friendship, sadness, happiness. Its a story of those things we’ve all felt and an exploration into where it led us because of it.

What are you working on at the moment?

Charlie Says are hoping to write (and finish) lots more songs soon and, not content with Charlie Says tshirtmaking music, they’re also opening their own online t-shirt company with a special edition range available for each song

What's the first song you remember hearing?

JP - Its got to be Seventeen by No Doubt from Tragic Kingdom. My parents had bought the cassette and played it in the car on the way home from some tedious shopping trip, but I can say that Gwen Stefani certainly kept me entertained with the passion that came from that album.

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?

AB - Single Ladies, what better excuse to pretend to be like Beyonce?

What was the first gig you went to?

Red Hot Chili Peppers - James Brown Supporting

Which song do you wish you'd written?

Degausser - Brand New

Which song changed your life?

Baz Luhrmann - Everybodys free to wear sunscreen

Which song would you like played at your funeral?

Baz Luhrmann - Everybodys free to wear sunscreen

What song is stuck in your head right now?

Enter Shikari - The Spark

What was the first Album you bought?

Muse - Origin of Symmetry

Which song made you want to play music?

Rage Against the Machine - Bombtrack

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