Following on from their debut album, Empty Orchestra, released earlier this year to a multitude of highly positive reviews, and a thunderous, euphoric and absolutely rammed album launch night in Leeds, Adore // Repel have now revealed the video for Jim Helling, taken from the album.
We caught up with the band with our Five in Five and this is how it went down:
What has been your biggest f*ck up onstage? Where was it; what song was it; how was it received? At a Leeds show, during Sticks In The Crow, me [James] and my brother [Dan] clashed and our guitars bumped, causing them both to go extremely out of tune. All we could do was laugh and improvise; we have been doing that for years so we just stayed it out and created a beautiful mess. The crowd noticed but gave us a big cheer and the show went on. It just added to the whole Adore // Repel experience.
You’re changing the band’s name to your favourite fruit + the reason you last took painkillers; your new band name is …? Banana Guts
How can we collectively put an end to online ticket touting? Feel free to show your workings for extra points … If you don’t mind, I’d firstly rather put a stop to mobile phones at shows to be honest. There’s nothing worse than being stood next to someone constantly on their phone and not even watching the gig, in fact it’s making my blood boil even thinking about it. The tout thing is a hard one. I hope the ‘bug’ happens and the world will go back to pre-internet and we would have to go buy tickets at a box office or record shop. That would also solve the mobile phone thing and the downloading thing. Win, win, win.
What would your music Super Power be; and which other bands would you use it on and why? My Super Power would be to make musicians’ heads get bigger during solos; the longer the solo the larger the head gets. Think about The Edge playing a solo with a giant floating head.
Your idol is going to give you the instrument that they’re famous for:
Who is it? Robert Young of Primal Scream
What instrument? Gibson Les Paul Standard 1980
Why? Because it’s worth £7,995. It’s a tough world and some people need to hustle to get by
Adore // Repel are a four-piece from Wakefield, West Yorkshire; a fiercely independent band with their own record label, their own studio that they built themselves, who operate without a booking agent or manager, and embrace everything that has always been so healthy about the DIY ethic.
Of course, many bands follow a similar path. The difference perhaps with Adore // Repel is that, without resorting to the machinations of the music industry, last year they self-booked and played two full UK tours, along the way selling every bit of merchandise they took with them; performed sell out shows in Iceland for a second time; played the Reading and Leeds Festivals; made the BBC Introducing Top Ten Sessions list; and this year released their debut album, Empty Orchestra.