The Reads

Telacre_043-Edit1. How did you get your initial start in music?

It began many moons ago in a dark and dingy caravan in Llay.  We then upgraded to a bedsit in Chester shortly followed by an extended stint in a windowless garage, culminating in our current musical get togethers/p*ss ups in a (micro) brewery.  Our debut album was funded by local entrepreneurs Matt & Lucy Plumridge.  From there we raided our CD collections to find a producer who had worked with our favourite bands and lo and behold scored ourselves the diamond geezer that is Jim Spencer (The Cribs, New Order, The Charlatans).  He then introduced us to Joe Duddell (Elbow, James, Richard Hawley, Jimi Goodwin) who offered to put together string and brass arrangements for 5 of our tracks and ‘Stories From The Border’ was born.  Jim has also produced our follow up album ‘Lost At Sea’

2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To have one of our tracks used on a sky sports goal montage!  And to play Glastonbury… obviously!

3. How long have you been writing your own music?

Jamie (lead guitar) and Marcy (keys) have been writing music since they were at secondary school together so quite a while!  They were introduced to Stu (lead vox) and Clare (bass & lyrics) in 2000 and began writing as 4 piece but didn’t venture out of Marcy’s flat to perform it to anyone else until 2005 (ish).  We acquired Matty as a drummer in 2007 and then Chris joined us full time in 2011 so we’ve been writing together in our current line up for about 3 years.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

Collectively, probably; Pink Floyd, The Beatles & Vangelis.

5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

That their lives will be infinitely improved by buying themselves a copy.  As will ours…..

6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

We’re based in Chester and North Wales.  Chester has a great local music scene and we perform regularly at Telford’s Warehouse.  Both of our albums have been launched at Telford’s and it always feels like coming home when we play there.  Wrexham is the hub of the North Wales music scene with events such as Focus Wales taking place every year.  Central Station is one of the more popular venues…. we will be playing there this Saturday (26.04.14) if anyone would care to join us!

7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

Colorama, Kyle Lee & The Mexican Walking Fish, The Wobbly Hearts, Andy Hickie, Heal the Last Stand, The Revolutionary Spirit.  Catfish and the Bottlemen are doing a good job of flying the flag for North Wales bands at the moment.

8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

For your ears;

iTunes and Amazon

For your eyes;

For your fingers;


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