Indietracks 2017 Interview Series #3 – The Pooches: “Bills Bills Bills”

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Indietracks runs from 28-30 JULY 2017 at Midland Railway, Butterley, Derbyshire, UK.

You know the feeling. The anticipation of seeing a festival announce it’s line-up. The excitement, the euphoria, occasional bewilderment and sometimes outright disgust. Seeing The Pooches name on the list for this year’s Indietracks was personally thrilling, not only because they’re quite brilliant but because I know they’re the perfect fit for the festival. Everyone will love them and they deserve a hell of a lot more love than they get. Really the only downside from a Pooches point of view is that they’ve now got involved in our Indietracks interview series. Here’s James from the band taking a shot at our questions:

Overblown: What are your favourite memories of Indietracks and what does it mean to you to be back playing again in 2017?

James: This will be all of our first time going to Indietracks and we are really looking forward to it and are chuffed to have been asked to play. A number of our pals have been multiple times and have said what a great atmosphere it is and in such a unique setting. This is only our second festival appearance – our first being SXSW, which couldn’t be more different – so it’s exciting and daunting in equal measure!

O: At Overblown we love a cover version. If you had to play a cover of another artist from this year’s bill which band and song would it be? (And will you consider actually doing it?)

James: We love to do covers, too! Lately we have been doing Don Lennon, Nick Lowe and Kath Bloom songs live. We would probably do a cover of ‘Birthday Song’ by Frankie Cosmos, which is one of the most perfect 1 min 8 seconds of music ever recorded! I don’t think we would actually do it, but I do hope they play it!

O: Similarly, if you were to choose a song of your own to be covered by another band on the bill which song and band would it be?

James: I guess we could get Greta to repay the cover favour and have Frankie Cosmos cover our even shorter song, ‘Japan’ – 37 seconds!

O: There’s always a great indie disco to be had after the bands finish playing. What song would you request and are we likely to find you on the dancefloor?

James: ‘Born on the Floor’ by The Make-Up is a good one to get us dancing.

O: Bum Notes Karaoke with Ruby Walters is a great night and will be at Indietracks for the first time this year. What’s your go-to karaoke song and can we expect to see you singing it?

James: I have actually only done karaoke once, and I did ‘Bills Bills Bills’ by Destiny’s Child. Quite badly. Myself and Pam Berry did a version of ‘Nothing To Be Done’ by The Pastels at a gig for our friends anniversary a couple of years ago, so maybe we could relive that, assuming she is going.

O: With so many great bands playing tell our readers why they should choose to come and see your set.

James: Because we are on quite early on the main stage, so even if folks don’t like us, they will at least manage to snag a good spot for the rest of the day!

The Pooches play Indietracks Festival on Saturday 29th July. We’ll see you all there. 

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