Oli Barton & The Movement
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Oli Barton & The Movement are the sound of tomorrow played today, inspired by yesterday to reach next week, inspiring next month. Whether it be the BBC, the indie press or their mass of incredible fans, everyone is in agreement; if you don’t know Oli Barton & The Movement, then you know nothing.
Much is said about Oli, the leader of the group. What is true is that he is a MENSA certified genius, hardcore animal rights activist and among the most gifted entertainers of his generation. Nourished by the spirit of Syd Barrett laying dormant inside of him, the eccentricity and talent of his writing is often imitated, never paralleled but always enjoyed.
Amongst the talents in the group are the unstoppable Ryan Wilson and Jamal Lagoon on guitars, Marco Paone (the Italian Stallion) on bass and Josh Needham’s talents for thrashing bare skin. Needless to say, the Movement are the future of British music. Tortured, menacing, kinky, smart, and as deliriously entertaining as watching an elephant juggling bowling balls riding a tricycle, rest assured Oli Barton & The Movement can be put firmly next to the greats. Make sure to watch them as they assert their place in the pantheon of great British acts.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am Oli Barton and a front a group of foolhardy maniacs named The Movement. They like to play rock music but I make them play my music. We've been told that we sound similar to Blur and Syd Barrett, but I like to think we sound similar to the sound of London Underground. We are always and indefinitely owing the hugest debt to Suede, The Smiths and David Bowie for putting us where we are; a far better education than British schooling will ever give you.
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?
We aren't afraid to say what we feel, otherwise we would be pointless. We like to push boundaries when it comes to our music, to our statements and to our personalities. Every lyric is dripping with double meaning and allegory, we'll sing a love song in the guise of Harvey Weinstein and put Kanye West down as uninspired in another. Come at us.
What’s your back-story?
44 is the first song I ever wrote. It was released this year on our new How Would I Know EP after several rewrites. I had the track stored for many years, never finding a lyric that clicked... Until now. The inspiration behind it lies in the current scandals in Hollywood and how the elder statesmen will always control the youth. With lyrics such as "if you swallow me, I'll give you the right", it seemed like the perfect way to portray how the youth must take being screwed all their lives, in order to become successful.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are working on our upcoming second album, flying out to Sweden to go record with our favourite producer, Johan Birgersson! Already completely written, the album will talk to the disaffected, the lonely and the perennial outcast. No boundaries, every opportunity to make the greatest record of our generation. You best believe we will take advantage of it. When this is all complete, we will embark on a tour. And rest assured, you will see us whether you like it or not.
What's the first song you remember hearing? Dancing Queen - ABBA
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Song 2 - Blur
What was the first gig you went to? The Specials
Which song do you wish you'd written? Life On Mars - David Bowie
Which song changed your life? Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - The Beach Boys
Which song would you like played at your funeral? Life Is A Pigsty - Morrissey
What song is stuck in your head right now?Make Me Feel - Janelle Monáe
What was the first Album you bought? The White Album - The Beatles
Which song made you want to play music? Supersonic - Oasis