Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Natterjacks Q&A

Your name: 
Freddie Bingham & Mark Evans.

Where are you from? 
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, in the heart of England.

Name of band:
The Natterjacks.

How would you describe yourselves? 
We set out to produce a big sound seen as there's only the two of us and we do this by playing a couple of instruments each and packing out the melodies with harmonies. We like to drive our songs forward with plenty of banjo and the thud of a kick drum accompanied by the shatter of a tambourine. 

Who are your main influences musically? 
We've been listening to a lot of Ben Howard, Lana Del Rey, Fleet Foxes, London Grammar & Fleet Foxes recently and I suppose what we listen to at a particular time does influence what we write and play. Bands like Mumford & Sons and Bears Den are also great and obviously key influences in our music, especially our earlier stuff.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
We really do love playing at festivals so we'd like to get further onto the festival circuit, the atmosphere is just incredible. One of the best things about making our music is hearing from people that they're enjoying it too so we just want as many people to enjoy what we do as possible.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
That'd probably be playing the Quarry Stage for BBC Introducing at Y Not Festival last year - which we'll actually be returning to this August! It was the biggest audience we've played to so far and the whole weekend was a great experience with the release of our debut album being the following Monday too!

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Probably the shows where there have only been two or three people sat at the back, they were probably some of our family too! But even those might have got one more person into our music so it's not all bad!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
Probably our new track In The Bark, which will be released as the title track to our forthcoming EP, it's lively, banjo driven, danceable and has a chorus which you can easily join in on, definitely what we're all about.

Where can we listen to it?
We've not got it streaming just yet but our debut album is available to stream on our soundcloud at

Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask? 
If you can, come down to one of our shows and have a chat! That's probably the best place to see us, we aim to get it nice and lively and make sure everyone has a great time.

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