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INTERVIEW: Is Tropical

January 19, 2010 by  

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Is Tropical

RHV: Tell us who you are and where you're from?.
We're IS TROPICAL, and we're a London based band.

RHV: Describe your music.
Lo-fi, melodic, drums/bass/reverb heavy pop, unconstrained to any particular genre.

RHV: Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.
Simon: 'Alright mate, what's that you're playing? Sounds like a wicked riff' Gary: 'Cheers, just something it made up' Dom: 'Cool, we should form a band'

RHV: What did you do before you were in a band?
Simon: I was a failed art student that was just wandering about. Gary: I wasn't such a failed artist, and was exhibiting/selling artwork Dom: I was training to be an ordained wizard on the internet.

RHV: List the first CDs/records each of you bought.
Simon - Cypress Hill - Black Sunday Gary - Wu-Tang - 36 Chambers Dom - Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince - Code Red

RHV: What's the band up to over the next few months?
Writing a whole new batch of demos so we can see the album panning out. Then start the new year with a joint UK tour with Egyptian Hip Hop. Releasing our first single 'When O When/Seasick Mutiny' on January 18th through Hit Club. Playing some European dates also.

RHV: Best item of fan mail you've ever received?
It was a canvas painting, done with really bold poster paints of a field, with a sunset sky and a rainbow. We were portrayed as stickmen amongst daffodils, and photos of our faces were stuck on as heads. There was a Bumble Bee drawn in Simon's eye. It came from Norway.

RHV: What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus?
Crystal Fighters - Xtatic Truth and lots of Strokes. Yeasayer and Fridge too.

RHV: What gear do you use?
It's been a case of what we could lay our hands on. At the start we borrowed bass and synths off mates and over time found other instruments. The main buy was a Roland SPD sampler, which ended up shaping the setup we have now. Pretty much a god send.

RHV: What's your best on tour story?
X pulled this girl, and went back to her house. It happened to be her kids birthday the next day and there was a Postman Pat cake on the table. When the girl left the room, X ripped the wheels off one side of the cake and ate them, then span it round and pushed it against the wall, so as hide the fact he'd eaten the boys birthday cake. X then started to have sex with the girl whilst his friend slept in the corner of the room on an arm chair. The girl being a bit dubious as to whether the friend was asleep, kept asking 'you sure your friend is asleep', and at that very moment, said friend slouched off the chair and proceeded to piss himself over the parque flooring. X left the next morning ashamed.

RHV: What do you demand on your rider?
Socks and underwear.

RHV: What's your website?



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