Narcissus are a band we’ve followed for some time and have had play at a few of our shows and they just keep getting better and better. This Friday 12th February Narcissus are releasing their latest, and greatest, single ‘Cuttin’ Thru Red Tape’. We spoke to the band to get some insight into music influences them and helps them write their music.

Ben Guy
Christopher James
Lee Mulvey

Where are you from?
Ben: Manchester
Christopher: Manchester via Scotland
Lee: Manchester

What do you do?
Ben: Vocals
Christopher: Glue the pieces together
Lee: Bass/Guitar

Describe yourself in three words?
Ben: Creative attacking midfielder
Christopher: In-house lunatic
Lee: Cool as f**K

You can make a record with one artist from history, who’s your pick?
Ben: David Bowie
Christopher: Massive Attack
Lee: Prince

What’s the most unexpected feedback you’ve had to a song or show?
Ben: Moving someone to tear with a song although it remains unclear whether the waterworks were in awe or in the hope that the sound would end soon
Christopher: Not being booed off
Lee: You sound like a poor mans Muse

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Ben: Radiohead at Manchester Apollo
Christopher: Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy Manchester Boardwalk
Lee: Charlatans, Glasgow Barrowlands

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
Ben: The Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, New Order
Christopher: Chemical Brothers, New Order, Massive Attack
Lee: Chemical Brothers/Bee Gee’s

You have one hour to spend with a person from history, who and why?
Ben: Probably this Jesus fella to challenge him on the carpentry credentials – I call bullshit, lying on his CV and dining out on his old man’s trade
Christopher: Muhammad Ali. Poet, gentleman, genius
Lee: David Bowie – just to sit and listen

If you could play with any band, alive or dead, who would you pick?
Ben: The Funk Brothers
Christopher: Duran Duran
Lee: Led Zeppelin

10 song Spotify Playlist:

The first track you played constantly?
Ben: Glory Glory Man Utd on 7″
Christopher: Probably something by new order
Lee: La Bamba – Los Lobos

A song that defines the teenage you?
Ben: Live Forever – Oasis
Christopher: Ask – The Smith’s
Lee: Sabotage – Beastie Boys

One song you would keep forever?
Ben: Unfinished Sympathy – Massive attack
Christopher: Fingers Inc – Can you feel it?
Lee: Carolina in my mind – James Taylor

A song lyric that has inspired you?
Ben: “Love, love is a verb, Love is a doing word, Fearless on my breath” – Teardrop – Massive Attach
Christopher: “Son I’m 30, I only went with your mother cos she’s dirty” Shaun Ryder
Lee: “You’re my wonderwall” – Wonderwall – Oasis

A song you wished you had written?
Ben: Proof – I Am Kloot
Christopher: Everybody wants to rule the world – Tears for Fears
Lee: Heart shapes box – Nirvana

A guilty pleasure?
Ben: Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
Christopher: Any 80’s pop
Lee: Ocean eyes – Billie Eilish

Best song to turn up loud?
Ben: Saeglopur – Sigur Ros
Christopher: Any 80’s pop!
Lee: Killing in the name – RATM

A karaoke song?
Ben: Once in a lifetime – Talking Heads
Christopher: Windowlicker – Aphex twin
Lee: A little respect – Erasure

Last song in your ideal night club?
Stem/Long Stem – DJ Shadow
Christopher: Belfast – Orbital
Lee: Time to say goodbye – Andrea Bocelli… banger!

A new band you’re into at the moment?
Ben: Sault
Christopher: Goan Dogs
Lee: Clean Cut Kid – Emily

Written by: Stuart Daley