Alterpodes Discussed the Music, How it Will Translate Live and More!

Noise makers ALTERPODES have a double-single expected out soon enough, with newer music always being crafted out! A lot is discussed about in terms of music, how said music will play out to live shows, and just wanting to reach as many people as possible.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Alterpodes began life as an online collaboration during the early days of lockdown in 2020, with a mission to join the musical dots between David Bowie, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Beatles and The Pixies.  We’re still looking forward to playing our first show having been rehearsing impatiently these last months!  Our first single is due out this Friday 19/05!

Harry’s a Brazilian born, London bred musician.  He’s been part of the local music scene for a few years now both as a singer and as a guitarist, performing solo and in bands.  Reyson is originally from Puerto Rico and moved to London to pursue music having studied Fine Art in San Francisco.  Slightly more recent addition Robinson on drums (and sometimes bass) is also from Brazil and now living in London - all this geographical alignment has happened quite accidentally but we are all the happier for it!

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Alterpodes are alternate spaces - they can be thousands of miles apart yet remain closely related in the imaginations of those who live within them.  In the band we all come from very different backgrounds and places but we connect through the music, so we thought it was a fitting name.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

The music scene is definitely still going but honestly it does feel slightly on the back foot right now with a lot of smaller venues having closed due to high rents and then more obviously others having to remain closed due to the pandemic - they’ll be back though as long as people care and we know there are enough of us that do!  Also rock music doesn’t feel like it’s exactly at the peak of its cycle right now but we hope to be part of a revival - that more visceral feel of a properly live show will hopefully be something more and more people realize they’ve missed.  Harry: As for local bands to recommend my top pick would be Wolf Alice(!)  In terms of lesser known bands with bright futures and cool vibes maybe Goat Girl and When Young (not sure how local they are at this very moment but they were kicking around pre lockdown)?!

4. How would you describe your style?

The music is somewhere between post-punk and grunge and indie, broadly early 90s in feel but with some classic and more current influences too.  Sonically speaking, an entanglement of noise and melody that comes together as a sculpted wail of single coils and dissonant harmony!

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We’re about to release our first double single under new management.  Expect to be wowed, uplifted and transported.  We’ve put a bunch of work into the songs and recordings and we hope they come across as well crafted and characterful as a result!  We’re trying to impart as much feel as we can given they’re bedroom recordings!

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Always! I can think of at least three or four songs I’m really looking forward to putting out.  We’ve got way too many for one album so that seems like a good sign!  You never know when a good recording will come along.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Not yet - we’re currently getting all this material into a form that’s gonna work live and rehearsing it to the point where it’ll have the impact we want!  We hope that’s going to take the form of a live show in London before the end of summer.  Tours are likely something for next year!

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Reach as many people as possible.  Tour North and South America including Brazil and Puerto Rico.  Play shows for friends we haven’t had a chance to see for ages.  Have a number one album!  

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can pre-save our upcoming double single, Retro Psycho, here:

Find our music on:

Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud

Social Media links:

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

That it made them immediately think about someone they care about - something specific.  Who it was, where they were when they first heard it, and how those two things related.  That’s what any good song should do: connect emotionally in such a striking way that it lives on as a memory of a time and place.  Something to aim for anyway haha!

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