Joining the force of alt-pop talent bursting from Brighton’s seams, Heist or Hit dream-pop outfit Nature TV are lining up for the release of their new EP, Lady Luck on 18th September.
Filled with breezy, shimmering guitar lines and blissful vocals, Lady Luck is set to take the band to new heights, building on the already established acclaim of last year’s Emotion Sickness EP and live sets with the likes of Swimming Tapes and Trudy and The Romance.
We caught up with the band to chat about previous single Hometown, what’s to be expected from Lady Luck and being a part of the Heist or Hit family.
Tell us a bit about Nature TV and how long you’ve been making music for?
Guy: Well we all met at uni and decided it wasn’t for us so we packed it in as we were having much more fun playing in the band so we just kept it doing that!
Zal: That was about 6/7 years ago for me, Guy and Josh, then Solo jumped in about 2 years ago on guitar and production.
Josh: We're just buddies in a band, making tunes the best we can. Our first EP came out in Aug 2018, so I guess since around before then I think? Time is an elusive mistress these days...
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
Guy: For me it was the day I got my A level results, they were not so hot! Two of my teachers said to me I should go and try music and seeing as I had no other real options I went to try that. I don’t think that was good news for my parents but I think they’ve come around, I hope?
Zal: I think all of us moving to Brighton was a significant commitment to following a career in music. Personally I was 16 when I first considered it and started taking steps to make it a reality. I would say an influential moment was watching the drummer of AC/DC play on tv, and thinking ‘actually drumming doesn’t look that hard’ I was wrong and it took 10 years from that point to turn professional, but it started the journey for sure.
Josh: Probably a couple of years after I starting learning guitar. Playing in some pretty dodgy but fondly remembered college outfits early on gave me the taste for wanting to go for it as a musician.
Your latest single ‘Hometown’ is out in the world, what can you tell us about it?
Guy: So Hometown is a song about how, no matter how much you want a place, person or memory to change, there is always a chance it never will. Which is crazy because lots of people will change who they are over the years, but when you go back to see your old mates or places or whatever, you can find they haven’t changed and it’s all been you all along.
What’s to be expected from your forthcoming EP, ‘Lady Luck’? Any surprises in store?
Josh: Hmmm... well if we told you that wouldn't be a surprise now, would it? There's a nice bit of triangle (delicately caressed by Zal) tucked in one of the tracks for your listening pleasure. That's all I'm saying.
Guy: Well I suppose there is a sort of power ballad in there, so that seems like a change of pace, but hopefully it’s more groovy heartbreak for people to enjoy. I think you have to write about what you know I guess and love and the subsequent heartbreak is all I’ve got.
What is something you’ve learned about yourselves during your time in the band?
Josh: This isn't particularly about ourselves emotionally (although we are very emotional guys) but one thing that stands out for me that we've learned together is the innate understanding we seem to have when playing with each other. It's not super uncommon I guess, but over time you subliminally learn how to preempt what one of the other guys is gonna do or how to react to a certain part, but in a blink of an eye. That's probably my favourite part of what we do.
Guy: I’ve learned from being in the band, that playing with people who are way better than you makes you try so much harder and that music is much better when made with your pals.
If you were to give your younger selves one piece of advice about the music industry, what would it be?
Guy: If I was going to give myself some advice, it would be, practice way more the whole time, so when it comes to it you can deliver. Oh and also if your starting out, unless you really cool and mysterious, don’t go down the only releasing one track a year route. People can’t like or listen to you music, if you don’t have any song!
Josh: To stay away from the endless free hummus that was provided backstage at a gig this one time. It really ignited in me what is now a very serious crushed chickpea addiction.
You’re in great company on Heist or Hit’s roster, who are your favourites out of your label mates?
Guy: It’s true, there are loads of great artists as our label mates. I think I’d have to give a shout out to our boys Honey Moon, we’ve know them a while, they write great songs and they are all charming guys.
Josh: Yeah the Heist family is incredible, big fans of everyone on there. Buuuut if I did have to pick a fave I'd have to say our oldest pals on the roster, Honey Moon. We played some sweet gigs with them and other bands the lads are in (shout out Trudy). Looking forward to doing the same with more of the Heist or Hit squad out on the circuit asap.
Zal: It feels a bit mean to pick favourites, I think we’re all into everyone on the roster - they have great taste! But yeah, probably our most listened to would be Her’s, Honey Moon and Brad Stank.
How would you describe yourselves to someone who has yet to hear of Nature TV?
Guy: I dread this question, I normally just say we are an indie guitar band. I like to let people make their own decisions, but I’d like to think there is a little something for everyone in there. Hopefully.
Josh: Ah, the dreaded question... Pass! I think if you put all of the descriptions we've had so far into an algorithm or something it would probably come back with smooth-indie soft-rock retro-jazzy dream-pop that might make you wanna dance/cry. So maybe that.
Zal: We’re normally described as jangle/indie/dream-pop which seems about right.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
Guy: Probably in some kind of coming of age/ young adult rom com. Either that or like a Vietnam war film, it wouldn’t fit at all but they had a great soundtrack.
Josh: Any Jackie Chan movie.
Where would you like to be in your career in a year’s time?
Guy: Well in a year it would be great to just be playing shows in real life to real people again. We’re starting to demo new music and we’re just writing more and more so would love to release something bigger than an EP perhaps, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Josh: For us, perhaps heading toward first album land? Of course for all musicians/performers hopefully out playing gigs again with normality resumed. Really missing the live shows.