Indietracks 2017 Interview Series #18 – Cowtown “That’s a Horrible Question”

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

Let’s talk compilations. Every year Indietracks releases a charity compilation with a track from pretty much every band on the line up. Every year without fail it’s one of the best collections you can spend as little as a fiver on. Amazing. Click the link at the bottom of this article and buy it. This year’s opening track is ‘Emojicore’ by Cowtown which is worth the fiver alone. It was the closing track of the band’s 2016 album Paranormal Romance which comfortably made Overblown’s top 10 albums of that year. Cowtown are quite simply brilliant. Hilary from the band has torn herself away from making a special series of double neon print pizza cat tote bags (keep an eye on our Twitter at the festival – we have one to give away) to answer our festival questions. She says the questions are horrible but she’s provided some of the best answers. We salute the effort!

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

Hilary: Yes we played about seven years ago I think. It’s such a good set up for if you like watching bands and partying but you don’t wanna have one million people beside you all the time or have to walk far. We had a really nice time. I’m not sure what people thought because we were a last minute replacement for Printed Circuit who is amazing and plays soothing but party dance music so we were obviously nothing like that and I was thinking we would be too loud and annoy everyone and never get asked back so I’m very happy to be asked back for that reason. We don’t mean to be obnoxious we just drink too much coffee and like to party.

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?)

Hilary: Crumbs ‘Chaka Can’t’ and yes we are considering it now that you’ve asked. It’s a good pop hit and every time I see them play I think how it looks like a fun song to play and I wish I’d written those lyrics.

We also were talking about doing ‘We Might Revolve’ by CLB and getting Jamie Wilson of Crumbs to play bass but then he got an injury. Another obvious choice for me would be Shopping cos we share a lot in terms of dynamics and instrumentation and I love their edgy dance vibe. I would have chosen ‘Long Way Home’ cos I find it very motivational to play it when I need to get things done.

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?

Hilary: No idea.. my favourite covers are the most unlikely ones that you would never think of because it’s fun to see how artists with very different approaches interpret each other. I would like to hear what Cate Le Bon would do with us because I’m kind of fascinated by how she puts songs together. I would let her pick the song. Ideally you want someone to do a cover because they heard something in the song that speaks to them or gave them an idea so I would like whoever that is to do it. (These questions are hard)

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?

Hilary: Haha. No one should ever ask me to DJ ever, I will almost certainly play Britney Spears.

O: Bum Notes Karaoke with Ruby Waters 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?

Hilary: My go to karaoke song is ‘Man in the Mirror’ by MJ and if I’m allowed to then I will try to sing it. I love karaoke but I almost never get to play so it pleases me to hear this. Last time I did karaoke it went something like this: Bronski Beat, Whitney Houston, Madonna (circa ‘Like A Virgin’), Queen and Busta Rhymes (this went especially badly)

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

Hilary: Haha. That’s a horrible question. I can’t answer that. You should go and see what you want. If you like synthpunk pop songs you might enjoy watching us. Sometimes we say things and it’s not bad. We try to make it fun and create a dance friendly environment. If you watch us it makes us play better and everyone feels good and has a nice time.

Cowtown play Indietracks Festival on Sunday 30th July. We’ll see you all there. 

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