Band Interview: Aboriginals

Aboriginals Band Photo

So first of how did you all meet?

School. We first got together to play the talent show.

Where are you all from?

A few nearby towns in East Ayrshire (Hurlford, Darvel and Newmilns)

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?

Craig started playing specifically for the band, Andrew P had been playing drums for a few years before that and Calum/Andrew H have been playing guitar since primary school.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?


What are your influences?

Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Nirvana, Biffy Clyro, Thin Lizzy, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?

We quite frequently throw one in the set for fun, most common in the past has been Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor but recently our favourites are Blondie – Dreaming; Tom Petty – Runnin’ Down a Dream and Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me.

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?

We’d been playing for a while and needed a name so chose a word we liked the sound of!

Do you have a process for writing your songs? /Which of you writes the songs?

Usually begins with someone having an idea, a riff for example, which we’ll work on as a group until it’s a finished song. There’s no set formula – sometimes the lyrics will come last, sometimes there’ll be chords and a melody/lyrics before anything else. Everyone is involved in writing.

What are your rehearsals generally like?

We have a laugh but also get stuck in and make sure we’re putting the effort in to writing new tunes or making sure the tunes are tight for our next set, we used to probably spend too much time messing about but we’ve found the right balance now of getting the work done while not taking ourselves too seriously.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Finding the time to get together as often after we left school and everyone had busier schedules, but since we’re all committed it’s easy to overcome as we all make time.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

Search for us on Spotify, Apple Music and all the other services you can stream music on – chances are you’ll find us on whatever you use. And keep an eye on our social media for news about imminent physical releases if you’re after something tangible.

Have you released anything yet/if you have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?

A few singles recently which have been well received, and an EP previously which people also enjoyed but as it was too short to even be classified as an EP by iTunes etc, in a way our 4th August digital release of the “Infinite Cinema” EP is our first proper one.

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

Our favourite has probably been the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock; King Tut’s and the QMU were also pretty good, and we’ve always enjoyed Bakers in Kilmarnock. But if there’s a crowd and we’re getting a good reaction then the venue doesn’t matter much, so it’s hard to think of a least favourite. Imminent gigs for now are: Prestfest this Friday 3rd August, The Record Factory Glasgow on the 17th August, Live @ Troon on the 8th September and Classic Grand Glasgow on September 16th. Ticket, links etc will be on our social media shortly.

What do you think about downloading music online?

If everyone had to buy physical records it’d be great for the bands’ income, but given the choice of streaming as much as you want for a tenner a month it’s a no-brainer.  And the ease of access to your tunes might help more people find you and become fans than otherwise would.


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