astrid have had a fantastic journey and are about to release a new EP on February 14th.
Here’s a sneak preview of their re-imagining of one of my favourite songs ‘Modes Of Transport’ and then read on to find out what Charlie from the band had to say when I asked him a few questions.
TAPM: It’s great to have you back making more music but who are your musical influences?
Charlie: The Las, Neil Young, The Velvet Underground, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Diamond
TAPM: Awesome! So What was the last song you listened to?
Charlie: ‘Carry On by The Sea Atlas’.
TAPM: Cool – let’s watch the video…
TAPM: We love your song ‘Distance’ – tell us more about it…
Charlie: Willie wrote that song when he was 17. He’s never told me the full story but I think it’s about a girl.
TAPM: We love knowing what the number one song in the charts was when people were born – what was yours?
Charlie: Bee Gees ‘Love You Inside Out’.
TAPM: Okay, I don’t actually think that got to number one, you need to check your sources but since you love the Bee Gees so much, here we go…
TAPM: Tell us something embarrassing about yourself…
Charlie: I binge watch My 600lb life on TLC maybe followed by an episode of The Kardashians till the guilt and shame of it make me stop!
TAPM: What’s your favourite song lyric from one of your songs?
Charlie: “I can’t find my heart, inside my mind” from Danger Signals of the new album.
TAPM: Nice! Favourite songs lyric ever?
Charlie: “I got married in a rush to save a kid from been deported now she’s in love” from ‘The State That I Am In’ by Belle & Sebastian.
TAPM: Another favourite of mine!
TAPM: Tell us more about the split and the reform?
Charlie: We split up in 2004 after promoting our third album ’one in four’. Willie and I have always remained best pals. The band felt tired and we all definitely needed to make serious life changes so it felt like the right thing to do. Willie and I wanted to make music together again in 2016 and when we listened to the demos it sounded just like an astrid album.
TAPM: Who is the Queen of Pop?
Charlie: Lady Gaga
TAPM: After Madonna’s recent antics I’m inclined to agree with you.
TAPM: Who is the King of Pop?
Charlie: Lewis Capaldi.
TAPM: King of TikTok maybe…
TAPM: What’s the plan for the rest of 2020?
Charlie: We’re going on a UK tour late spring in support of the EP release and a Summer of Festivals then I feel like we’re ready to record our 5th album.
TAPM: Can’t wait! Find out more about the tour here and you never know you might invite us along, right? Oh and don’t forget my t-shirt!