Interview: Uncle Buzzard

Uncle Buzzard reveal more about themselves in this interview with us, detailing us about their favourite venues and cities, their latest song “Little Fish” and their dream support slot.

Your latest single “Little Fish” has been released with Monomyth Records. How do you feel the song has been received? And what is the story behind the song?
Little Fish is about a man who lives on the bottom of the sea who everyone thinks is the biggest man in the world. People take trips to visit him and see him for themselves, but are disappointed to find out that he’s just slightly taller than average. It’s about labels and the expectation to live up to them. We wrote this song quite a long time ago and finally getting it out and having the feedback be so positive is brilliant.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
We’ve never really wanted to give ourselves a genre to work in. We just write what we like listening to, and if other people like it, then that’s brilliant. In terms of our influences, we definitely have roots in new wave, psych and krautrock. We love Talking Heads and Orange Juice, but also more electronic stuff like MGMT and Metronomy.

You’ve played cities such as Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Stockton. Do you have any favourite venues you’ve played? And are there any special venues you’d really like to play
Playing at the Brudenell for the first time was a really big achievement for us. We’re still yet to play the main room, and we’re all really keen to do it one day! Our first gig was at Hyde Park Book Club, so that’ll definitely always be a special venue for us. Getting to support Penelope Isles there last November was one of our favourite gigs we’ve ever played.

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why?
DEVO. They’re such a great mix of tongue-in-cheek and weird experimental music. They’re pioneers for all the music we love as a band, and it’d be great to support them.

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
Leeds is fantastic at the moment. We absolutely loved the new Team Picture album, and we think they’re such a talented band. We love Van Houten, and we’ve played with them a few times now, they’re brilliant. Harry Hanson and Honey Guide are both doing bits. And we could not more strongly recommend Arnold Ziff. We absolutely love everything they do.

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