Rivfest Interview: Pink Shirts For Pale People

Set to play Rivfest 2019 is indie pop band Pink Shirts for Pale People, We spoke to Will, lead vocalist, to find out what the band are up to.

The 4 piece band are from Wigan and Newton, and consist of Will Hughes, lead vocals and guitar, Frankie Stokes, drums, Jimmy Brisco, bass, and Ben Pye, lead guitarist and backing vocals. The band formed in 2017, but Will and Ben have been writing songs together since their school days, they bonded over their shared love of indie bands such as, The Smiths, The Cure and The Jam.

Pink Shirts For Pale People

Lead vocalist, Will, described the band’s sound as off-beat rhythms with conversational lyrics. He also added that the band has developed their sound since 2017, “when we started, we were just playing covers of rock and indie bands we liked at the time, but now we have developed into a more intricate synth sound.”

The band are buzzing with excitement to play Rivfest, “we always have a good time playing in Warrington and this is definitely the biggest thing we have done there and it’s for such a great cause”. The band said they are going to try and watch as many bands as they possibly can “the line-up is great this year and very diverse”, but the band are very excited to see Average Sex, along with others.

The band’s music making process use to consist of just “jamming”, but now, Will says the process varies from writing on a laptop or starting with bass and working drums and lyrics around that. The band have a lot of musical influences and passionately reeled off an extensive list when asked, “As I said before, The Smiths, The Jam, and The cure were big influences when we were first starting out, but we then got more into house music and disco as well as other alternative pop artists like Talking Heads, Pulp, and Joy Division – and New Order! They’ve always been up there.”

Due for a release in mid-October is the bands new EP, “it’s 5 original songs that we have been working on for the past 5 months and I feel it is a real step in the right direction in terms of production and image”.

Will also said that it will give people more of a sense of who the band are as oppose to the songs that were written when they were 17/18 years old, “the songs feel very current, which makes it exciting to play them live”.

Rivfest will be the band’s first time debuting their new songs.

Will said that the bands main goals now are to take it as far as they can, “The last 8 months we have started taking it more seriously and on the whole, it has been much more rewarding”. Will excitedly added that they can’t wait for everyone to hear the bands new EP, “It’s a huge progression with our sound and unlike the singles I think it sounds more mature, confirmed, and informed”.

– Teah Richardson

You can follow the band through their Instagram (@pinkshirtsforpalepeople) and their Twitter (@PSFPP_). Find the band on Spotify here.

Tickets are on sale now for Rivfest ’19 priced at just £15 plus booking fee online here, or in person from the Pyramid & Parr Hall box office or Vintage Viola in the Golden Square.

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