Get To Know... Home Counties

Bristol based Home Counties’ second single Dad Bod is out now on Alcopop! Records, firmly establishing the four-piece as key players within the UK’s thriving guitar music scene.

Fusing a Squid-inspired sound with a youthful and carefree attitude, Home Counties’ music is chock-full of feverish energy and experimentation. Dad Bod could almost be a product of Speedy Wunderground with its tongue-in-cheek lyricism and jagged guitars, and it has a decidedly chaotic feel to it. Frenetic recorders accompany a repetitive bassline and unrelenting cowbell, creating three minutes of glorious, uninhibited noise.

This single leaves you absolutely itching to go to a sweaty gig and dive into the nearest mosh pit. Dad Bod will no doubt be infectious live when Home Counties are able to play shows again. If you’re into post-punk bands such as Black Midi, Squid and Hotel Lux, then these guys are definitely one to watch.

With success clearly on the horizon, we chatted to Will from the band to learn more about Home Counties' prospects.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?

I’m Will from the band Home Counties. We reside in Bristol and make wonky pop songs. I’ve been making music since I was about eleven.

At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?

It’s always been brewing on the side of studying and working and I can’t really say I’ve been able to ‘make a career’ out of music. We’re all far too skint for that.

What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?

Lyrical inspiration often comes from things I studied at university, like town planning or yuppie culture to name a couple. I like taking mundane or academic ideas and putting some more feeling into them.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?

That I have no patience maybe. All our songs end up being like two minutes long. We don’t have the patience for extended guitar solos or psychedelic breakdowns. I think it reflects a feeling of needing to be direct and to the point.

What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?

I wish I knew how little money there is left over from gig money after paying costs. I wish we saved more to pay for important things, rather than spending it all on £6 London pints at the venue after the show.

Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?

I love Norman, who just stuck out a mixtape recorded in my favourite and once closest pub, The Old England. I’m also a big fan of Lazarus Kane, although it’s hard to pinpoint if he’s from Bristol or some non-specific American state.

What would your dream tour & rider look like?

My dream tour would involve a lot of Scottish dates as I love it up there and Scottish crowds have been kind to us. Ride wise, it would just be beer that’s not Carling or Old Blue Last lager. 

If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?

Probably some sort of poorly produced 70s cop drama. In lockdown me and Conor have spent a lot of time recreating the music of ‘Shaft’.

What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?

Play at Glastonbury would be one, or play in America somewhere.