For those people that haven’t heard of Sly Antics before could you tell us a little bit about yourselves, your story?
We’re a three-piece dirty-pop rock band from Manchester made up of cousins Sam and Lee Hudson and another chap called Chris. We’ve been around about 18 months now and have been working relentlessly throughout that time. We started this band in the same was as most do – by hating the nine – five routine, dreaming of big stages and refusing to become ‘grownups’.
Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?
Suppose our parents inspired us most as it was those who pushed us to do it when we were young. That combined with countless evenings watching mad stage shows by bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers really charged our urge to do it ourselves.
Which albums really influenced you growing up, do you think those musical influences stuck with you when writing songs for Sly Antics?
It’s kind of impossible to pinpoint any particular album as between us we’ve probably fallen in love with countless records across most genres. A lot of people refer to Arctic Monkeys, Muse and Royal Blood when listening to our music but we take influence from all sorts of places. When Lights Go Down was written I (Sam) was obsessed with Roots Manuva, which is where the hip-hop sounds probably grew from.
How important are small festivals like Sonder Festival for up and coming bands?
Small festivals are essential for up and coming bands. We tend to find that the smaller the festival, the more passionate the audience is for new music. Giant festivals are obviously great for bands but there’s a lot that just turn up for the piss up so you get the more die-hard music fans from events such as Sonder.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Sonder Festival, will you get to see any of the other acts?
Again, I don’t think we have a favourite already but that’s the great thing about these festivals. It’s great to find new music and be surprised by an act you’ve never heard of until that day. I think we will be choosing venues at random and just seeing what we come across.
What is your favourite festival memory?
Our favourite festival memory is probably from Blackthorn Festival last year. It was our first festival as we’d hardly been about long but we met a tonne of great bands, fans and industry people and it really boosted us as we managed to sell out a show not too long after with the newly acquired fans.
Are you currently working on a new EP or album?
We aren’t currently working on an EP or album but we are continuously writing new material. We have a couple of tracks we may release as singles after the summer but at the moment we are taking them live and seeing what the audience react to best.
What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
For the rest of the year, we are playing a few festivals including Tramlines in Sheffield and then we will be heading out on a bunch of dates across the north and most likely London again. We try to plan as far in advance as possible for these things but at this stage anything can happen last minute and we’re already ready to jump on any opportunity
Sly Antics are performing this Sunday at 22.15pm at Gullivers in Manchester as part of Sonder Festival, tickets are £10 per day of £15 for the full 3 days and are available from https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sonder-festival/
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