First up the rather splendid ‘GJB approved!’ Schultz talk and joke about their rather cleverly crafted post punk uniqueness and their love of ermmm N Sync. You can catch them Little Building Studios in Ouseburn on 7th August.
For those who don’t already know can you give us an introduction?
We’re Schultz from Newcastle and we are as surprised as you are that we are here.
Your music seems to defy pigeonholing in any specific genre. How would you describe your music to people? And how has the sound evolved over the years?
Brad – Uneasy listening.
Jago – Half dried macaroni art; brittle segments arranged by the hand of a child and fixed together with a combination of PVA glue and spit. We used to be finger painting but we’ve progressed on from that shit.
Your songs are quite complex and take a few listens to begin to digest, rewarding with each listen. Is this something that comes easy for the band or do the songs take a while to compose (musically and lyrically)?
Alex – For the music it takes a while to get the ideas to mesh together and when we can play a new song from start to finish its just a matter of refining it over time.
Jago – I find it easiest to write whilst watching car crash TV. I think most of our songs have been written to either Avatar: The Last Airbender or Jonathan Creek, and you can tell.
Brad – I sing a lot in the shower.
Who is the biggest influence for the band?
Alex – We don’t really have any big influences, it’s a lot of subtle stuff merging together to make something a bit odd and eclectic.
Brad – Haggis, Neeps and Tatties.
Jago – I’d like to follow on with the food influences and say croissants. I used to eat two croissants every morning. A plain one for mains and a chocolate one for breakfast-pudding. Recently I’ve tried to cut down by just having one for a late brunch sort of deal.
Where did the band name come from? Any rejected names?
Alex – We were getting pretty desperate for a proper name so we could start gigging and brad was reading a book on the mobster Dutch Schultz so we just nicked his last name basically.
Brad – We don’t have any rejected names as such but when we started as a college band we weren’t taking things too seriously therefore we had a succession of ridiculously bad band names such as: Brad Ringrose and the Fragrance & Ocular Marmalade.
I Once Punched a Bee To Death, Twice. Did the Bee get what was coming to it?
Liam – Of course the bee got what was coming to it, no one needs that sort of beef, especially at a BBQ. You’re supposed to have fun? Right?
Name the first record you ever bought?
Alex – The first CD I bought myself was Sound Of Silver by LCD Soundsystem but if It was something bought for me it was probably Mika or McFly shamefully.
Brad – I think it was Myths of the Near Future by Klaxons because I really bought into the NuRave scene as a teen.
Jago – Silent Alarm by Bloc Party. I bought it from HMV when I was 14 and it made me feel like a real person.
Name the album that you’ve played to death?
Brad – Funeral by Arcade Fire.
Alex – Each Battles album has been listened to about 200 times each according to my iTunes.
Jago – I go through phases of only listening to one album at a time for anywhere between a week to a few months. For the official number one album it would probably be Gloss Drop by Battles. Just because I used to listen to it everyday when I woke up and when I went to bed.
Name the first gig you attended
Brad – Newton Faulkner at the City Hall, that’s what I thought all gigs were like.
Alex – I think I played a gig before I went to one but I saw Scroobius Pip at the academy in like 2011.
Jago – The first gig I went to was Evolution Emerging in 2010. The only band I can remember seeing was We Are Knuckle Dragger, so all the other bands must have been too awful to even be worth remembering. Since then I’ve had the privilege to play with them and play Evo Emerging – Basically I’ve already completed my musical career.
If you could be in any band, past or present who would it be?
Brad – Nsync.
Alex – Probably Talking Heads circa Stop Making Sense.
Jago – I’d like to be in a version of Schultz that are just a bit better than the one I’m in now. Though I guess if you asked me the same question when I was in the fictional Schultz I’d probably also say the same thing.
Where is your favourite place to play and why?
Brad – Tyne Bar because it’s like the only place in Newcastle where you can play outside and the vibe is always delightful. Not only is it a fantastic venue, it’s a great pub.
If you could play anywhere, with any support bands of your choice, what would be your ‘dream’ show?
Brad – On the top floor of the Shard. In a Function room. Supported by Kraftwerk, Michael Cera and Joe Allan.
Best gig memories? and biggest disaster?
Alex – Evo Emerging was amazing for us, but showing up at Tyne bar 6 hours in advance gave us a bit too much time to get drunk.
Brad – How drunk Greenup was at Evo Emerging was a bit of a disaster.
What are your plans for the immediate future and any long term goals?
Alex – We’re focusing on writing some new songs at the minute and hopefully release some more recordings later in the year.
Brad – and then on November 17th we’re supporting Coldplay at Camden BarFly.
Jago – I don’t know why but I just really want to record some bands in my back garden.
Who or what is your top tip for Northeast music/bands/artists?
Joe Allan, Plaza, Antlez, mongeese, Kingsley Chapman, Charlie Dancer to name but a few.
Name the band/artist that changed your life.
Brad – Nsync.
Alex – When I saw Baby Godzilla in 2013 it completely changed the way I thought of live music because I actually bled it was that rowdy.
Any shows coming up?
We’re a bit dormant on the gig front but we have one coming up at Little Building with Drifts, Beezewax and the Welcome Party on Friday the 7th of August.