Indie pop band The Lottery Winners have really hit the jackpot with a good turn of fortune.
The band, who hail from Salford, recently held a successful Pledge Music campaign, for their EP The Meaning Of Life, hitting their target within three days, and have now secured a recording deal with warner Brothers and recording their first album.
The band are now headlining their own UK tour which comes to Cardiff’s Glee Club on September 20. Andy Howells recently put questions to Joe Singleton of the band.
How did you start out in music?
I suppose as most people start really, a love of music that drove us to learn our respective instruments and start terrible kid bands. The band has been together for almost 8 years now. We’ve spent a lot of this time in an old Transit van travelling the length of the UK playing to 3 people in Ipswich, but that’s all part of it. It’s what ultimately crafts you as a band and develops you as a musician.
Who or what has inspired you most on your musical journey?
Our common ground would definitely have to be The Smiths. Other than that, there’s not a great deal else we all agree with. But having our own influences brings lots of different elements to the sound.
Can you give us some background about your latest release?
Well, our latest release would have been our EP The Meaning of Life. We were able to record this through the help of Pledge Music (a crowd funding project) and Help For Musicians. Since we released this, we only managed to bloomin’ get a major record deal with Warner Brothers! So now we’re working on our debut album, which is all very exciting. We’re also working with Danton Supple, who has produced loads of massive bands such as Coldplay and Morrissey!
You’re touring shortly. Are you looking forward to that?
No. We hate each other. Messing. It’s going to be mint! We’re all buzzing for it! Being away from home and living in the van and hotels is something we’ve always wanted to do. We’re also playing in places that we’ve never hit before so we’re looking forward to having an explore. Lets just hope some people turn up.
What can people expect from your forthcoming gig in Cardiff?
The best night of their lives!
What are you enjoying listening to at the moment?
Loads! It’s a good time to be a guitar band as there are so many good ones out at the moment. At the moment, we’re into Clean Cut Kid from Liverpool and we’re loving Blossoms’ new album too.
What else have you got planned for the rest of the year?
Once we’re done with the tour, we’ll be back in the studio to finish our album. After that, we’re going back on tour supporting The Wonderstuff in December. There are a few more things lined up that we’ll be announcing soon enough.