Last week we were blown about by Pacific’s latest single ‘Puzzle’ and made it our Track Of The Day. Since then we couldn’t get it out of our head so had to have a chat with the band to get some more insight into them and get some idea what music influences them.
Anthony, & I’m in a band called Pacific.
Where are you from?
Born in Stockport! Grew up in Northwich, Cheshire… Been living in central Manchester for the best part of a decade.
What do you do?
I’m the lead singer, pianist and songwriter in the band.
Describe yourself in three words?
I’d say… tactile, expressive, approachable!
You can make a record with one artist from history, who’s your pick?
Recently I’ve been randomly listening to a lot of Frank Sinatra for some reason… Would actually love to collaborate with him and see what happens when he sings on top of our instrumentation!
What’s the most unexpected feedback you’ve had to a song or show?
“You’re a cross between Kasabian and Elton John” – punter from a gig in Warrington, UK in the last couple years (when shows could actually happen)!
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I think it was because of the intimate feeling that the show had, but my brother in the band Dan & I saw the Kaiser Chiefs a couple years back (one of our favourite bands growing up) play a warm-up show at 500-ish cap venue Gorilla in Manchester – was completely euphoric. Had my arm around Ricky at one point when he jumped off-stage and sang Oh My God whilst in the audience!
What British music icons inspire your sound today?
I do feel like we’re doing our own thing, but the likes of Muse, Keane, Kasabian, Klaxons… These larger-than-life sounding bands that inspired us when growing up definitely do influence our soundscape.
You have one hour to spend with a person from history, who and why?
Nikola Tesla, I’ve become fascinated with him recently, watching a load of things over lockdown where he’s present in the story (Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige etc.) he just seems like the original version of Elon Musk. Seems like there’s more to the story too, would be so exciting to find out the mystery behind the man!
If you could play with any band, alive or dead, who would you pick?
It’s going to have to be O.G. Queen! I’ll take piano duties and just let Freddie run around on-stage.
10 song Spotify Playlist:
The first track you played constantly?
As I mentioned earlier Kaiser Chiefs were one of the first bands I was obsessed with when I was a kid and I do recall playing The Angry Mob over and over again.
A song that defines the teenage you?
Muse was definitely the band that I’d listen to the most as a teenager, if I had to pick one song from them, it’s ‘Map Of The Problematique’ that I’d listen to on loop whilst studying, running, or pre-drinking too.
One song you would keep forever?
I’ll take this as one of our originals! Our track ‘Not Telling You’.
A song lyric that has inspired you?
Any of Alex Turner’s lyrics to be fair, but ‘R U Mine’s lyrics specifically are terrific, “she’s a silver linin’, lone ranger ridin’ through an open space // in my mind when she’s not right there beside me”
A song you wished you had written?
The Eagles – Hotel California!
A guilty pleasure?
Scissor Sisters – I Can’t Decide
Best song to turn up loud?
Pendulum – Watercolour
A karaoke song?
Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger (obviously!)
Last song in your ideal night club?
ALSO! Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger (obviously!)
A new band you’re into at the moment?
Kid Kapichi – their new album that recently dropped is incredible.
Written by Stuart Daley