The Malarkey

Sounds likeThe Libertines, The Smiths, The Pogues & The Beatles

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Tell us a bit about yourself? We're an indie rock band from Bristol called The Malarkey. After starting out as a two-piece playing open mics all over Bristol, founding members, Louis (me) and Will went through a few line-up changes before finally recruiting Megan (bass) and Jack (drums) to make up the rest of the band. After recently announcing shows with This Feeling and Scruff Of The Neck, things are on the up. Keep an eye out in 2018.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? We write catchy, melodic song with poetic lyrics and choruses that will be in your head for days even after one listen.

What’s your back-story? Our songs are generally about love, life and death. They're songs that people can relate to. We just want to reach as many people as possible, and then anything could happen. Though we've only released three demos, which were recorded to the same quality as an EP or single would be, we have so many songs, which we can't wait for people to hear.

What are you working on at the moment? We just did our first gig for Scruff Of The Neck supporting Cassia at The Exchange (Bristol) which was good. Depending on when this goes out we have our first This Feeling show supporting Trampolene at The Mothers Ruin in Bristol on Friday 3rd November, a gig in London at the 229 club playing for Absent Kelly introducing on Saturday 18th November, and another gig on Saturday 16th December in Bristol at Imagine That’s Christmas party at The Golden Lion Pub. On top of that we’ll be announcing many more gig in the next few months, including hopefully some more across the country. Also, in January we're going back into the studio to do some more demos which will hopefully be released come February. The tracks we're going to record are some of our best, and we're very excited to get them out there.

What's the first song you remember hearing? American Pie - Don McLean

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? I've never done karaoke but I suppose it would have to be something like 'All I have to do is dream' by the Everly Brothers.

What was the first gig you went to? 26th September 2014, I saw The Libertines at Ally Pally. I was right at the front and got crushed from the second they came on. The Libertines were amazing and it probably inspired me to want to be in a band and write song. That gig changed my life.

Which song do you wish you'd written? 'Waterloo Sunset' by The Kinks. It brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it, Ray Davies is a genius. The lyrics are pure poetry, and so quintessentially British.

Which song changed your life? 'She Loves You' by The Beatles. When I was growing up we had a CD in the car of their greatest hits, and that one was stood out. The perfect pop song.

Which song would you like played at your funeral? Either 'We'll Meet Again' by Vera Lynn or 'I Think Of You' by Rodriguez. But ultimately I wouldn't really give a shit because I'd be dead.

What song is stuck in your head right now?'Alone Too Long' by Hall & Oates. It's on a programme I've been watching called 'Hello Ladies', which Stephen Merchant (fellow Bristolian) wrote and starred in. The best thing about Hall & Oates' songs are that their voices are so clear. Vocals tend to be drowned out by the music a lot these days. I always want to be able to hear what someone's singing, because lyrics are the most important thing to me.

What was the first Album you bought? I first album I bought with my own money was probably Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles. I immediately loved it because of how weird it was, and it had 'I am the walrus' on it so you can't go wrong. I've played that album to death.

Which song made you want to play music? I can't remember an exact song but probably something by The Libertines. Let's say 'Death On The Stairs'. It's got everything and since I heard them, that's forever stayed my favorite song by them. When they played it at Ally Pally I fell in love with music.

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Date Friday 3 November 2017 at 15:06
Address The Mother's Ruin, Saint Nicholas Street, Bristol, United Kingdom, BS1 1UE
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