Endorphins w/ Tinman
New kids on the Brighton scene, Tinman have already made quite a name for themselves. Known for their vibrant live performances, Tinman combine twinkly math-rock guitars with Morrisey-esque vocals to create a truly unique anthemic sound and party-ready performance.
Quick five-question Q&A with Tinman, ahead of their midnight performance at our first showcase.
While you have been compared to acts such as The Smiths, you seem infinitely more cheerful. How important is a sense of fun to your music?
Essential. Fun was the main reason we started playing together, alongside a passion for music, and if this can be reflected in our music then that’s great.
As a Brighton-based band, how do you think the city has influenced your music?
This is well known, but Brighton has one of the best if not the best community driven music scenes in the UK, with a variety of venues, with a strong support for up and coming bands. We are always so surprised about how small Brighton bands can fill rooms. The support is just amazing! Because of this and the open-mindedness of Brighton, it makes us hugely comfortable and privileged to play our stuff in this town. Also, lyrically and musically, the scenery, being by the sea, also helps with the creative flow. But overall, our sound certainly doesn't come from Brighton. Scenes or sounds from Cities are almost a non-existent thing these days.
Why do you think that live music is typically conspicuously absent from the club scene as compared with the nightlife our parents experienced, and do you believe it could or should be brought back into the mainstream? Or is there already a thriving underground just needing more exposure?
We think absent is the wrong word. Live is alive in the club scene, but in a different form. Club culture has obviously changed quite vastly. In terms of Brighton, it’s slightly lacking in the hybridity of live music, and club nights (like Endorphins) whether it be bands or electronic, to which we would love to see changed. There are tonnes of bands out there, like there always have been. The popularity of electronic music, its ability to play for hours without stopping, and the public’s desire to dance fits this current society which is built on quick release. We have no patience. If we were to go into a club we need constant stimulation. But, we do believe there is space for bands alongside this. Bands have been pushed into the underground, but as seen in scenes from the past, can become mainstream extremely quickly. So, genre popularity is ever changing and predictions are extremely hard.
In many ways, your music is reminiscent of a bygone era of lyrical guitar music. Which bands or artists would you say have influenced your sound, and is nostalgia a significant element of your music?
There are still bands to this day pushing the limits of lyrical guitar music. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are pushing limits in terms of output, and their multi-tonal music, to name just one band. We disagree with our music being from a bygone era, but rather a constant dynamic development dating back to we don't know when. It’s strange, after every show we get compared or told we sound like a certain band, and they are all so so different. We've been compared to Television, and also classic rock bands like The Doors. We don't have direct influences, and we aren't trying to be like any band. It would be great to create nostalgia in people’s lives today, but in terms of us making others feel nostalgic for other people’s music, that’s not what we want.
Or perhaps it’s reductive to describe your music as drawing from the past, as your live sets are so vibrant, full of energy, and, unlike the Tinman from Oz, full of heart. Do you prefer the creative aspect of writing music, or playing your songs live?
We absolutely love doing both. It’s an awesome feeling putting songs together and going out and playing it live. It’s such a buzz! Once we finish a gig we honestly can’t wait until the next one. Once we officially release a single or EP, we would love to do a tour and the idea of being on the road and travelling is very exciting. In terms of recording processes, we have done it all ourselves so far. In this way we have total control. We love making music, but we also understand the artistic value of recording. We put a huge amount of effort into our production, and understand it’s an art form in itself. To contrast writing and playing live would be wrong.
Words: James Langley
Photography: Emma Phillips