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Interview with Peasant's King

23/04/2015 By Natasha West

pk2Fresh out of Wales, Peasant’s King are rapidly becoming the country’s better sounding exports along with Catfish And The Bottlemen and Funeral For A Friend. With their unmistakable blend of indie-pop and Celtic influences, it’s hard to deny their appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Brighton Noise caught up with Danni Lafrombé (vocals) and Lewys Mann (bass) before their show supporting Young Kato at The Haunt in April.

You’ve just signed with Visible Noise – congratulations! How do you feel about being on a label that has previously had bands like Bring Me The Horizon and Bullet For My Valentine on their roster?

DL: Thank you! It’s always been one of those things that when you’re on a label that has got bands to a certain level – you’re going to respect that. For a band like us, from a small town in Pontypridd, to actually go to London and sign a deal with them is awesome!

LM: Our sound isn’t very similar to those bands so we were quite surprised that they were interested in us, but we’re still very thankful.

You’ve done some pretty cool covers on YouTube recently, I especially liked Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ – how was it filming the parody for that, and have you got any future plans for covers?

LM: Danni’s a massive fan of Michael Jackson and we did it for Halloween because he kept pushing that we did a cover of it. I came straight from Bristol to the filming location and didn’t really know what was going on because I recorded, then left and came back. They’d practised their dancing and everything! We recorded ourselves in our studio and filmed it with our friend; it was really fun to do.

DL: Halloween has changed so much since we’ve grown up – it’s not as fun as it used to be, so we thought we’d try and celebrate the Halloween spirit. For us, as musicians, we thought that it would be the best way. We got all of the local community involved too, like the dancers, choreographer and makeup artists – they were all within a five-mile radius of each other.

Do you think that YouTube is a good platform to create and showcase content?

LM: The band are really supportive of people being able to listen to music for free, I know that some people are against YouTube and Spotify and that sort of stuff because they don’t like the idea of people not paying for music. But for us, I think the idea of people being able to listen to it for free – and it’s promoting us too – is more important than anything. We’re supportive of YouTube and Spotify and stuff like that.

Can you describe your sound as a band in five words?

DL: Indie, anthemic, soul, rock, pop.

How did the name Peasant’s King come about?

LM: We were trying to come up with something keeping in theme with Wales, it’s very green and has loads of amazing castles about – so we were trying to keep in theme with that. We just thought that Peasant’s King suits it very well!

How has it been supporting Young Kato? Any favourite shows of the tour so far?

DL: Reading was really good – they were really bouncing! Bristol was good.

LM: Yeah there were some mosh pits in Bristol! It was very energetic and eventful. But we’re looking forward to tonight massively, the venue seems nice – I think it has the largest ticket sale of the tour so far too, so it should be really good tonight! We’ve got 15 dates left of the tour.

What do you like about Brighton?

LM: Probably the feel that it has – it feels like you’re on holiday, going down the beach!

DL: It’s really interesting – it feels like it’s kept its character from a time ago and not tried to take it away, just built on it.

Peasant’s King are supporting Young Kato on tour throughout April and May.

 

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