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Belfast’s New Pagans deliver a combination of indie rock and alt-pop that’s a must listen for those aching after a new era of Pixies influenced bands. The band are on the road in the UK to showcase tracks from their new EP ‘Glacial Erratic’ that’s sure to get people talking with its engaging riffs and dynamic lyrics.
We spoke with bassist Claire Miskimmin about their origins and what the future holds.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard New Pagans before?
Claire: 5 people from very different musical backgrounds coming together to write our own brand of punk rock, telling stories of forgotten female voices, art, anger, parenthood, nature and love all filtered through an Irish consciousness.
DP!: How did the band form?
Claire: Cahir and Lyndsey had talked about starting to write music together for a while but I don’t think they necessarily had a band in mind. Conor was a good friend of theirs and is an unbelievable drummer, so that was a no brainer. As for me I was messing about on a bass set up in their kitchen one night, recorded a rough sketch and thought nothing of it again until it was sent back to me a while later fully fleshed out by Cahir and with Lyndsey’s vocals and it blew my mind. So that was me in! Allan was the last part of the jigsaw. He came in on guitar when we started to have bigger ambitions for the songs and he rounds the sound off perfectly.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Claire: Coming up at the start of March we set out on our 1st UK tour, we have our debut EP ‘Glacial Erratic’ being released 6th March, on beautiful vinyl. Writing is already underway for the album so when the tour is over we will get stuck in to finishing that. Then 25th September, we play Porto for Post Punk Strikes Back Again 4.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Claire: Currently listening to the new Angel Olsen album, Big Thief, U.S. Girls, Careerist, Problem Patterns, Gross Net, the ‘Monos’ score by Mica Levi is unbelievable.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Claire: I think one we can all agree on is Sonic Youth. The sheer prolific scope of their work is staggering. The inventiveness and ingenuity in their music. They are also just cool as fuck. Iconic.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Claire: I think maybe playing a sold out Roundhouse in Camden as part ‘Lost Evenings’ for our 3rd show ever… That’s definitely been the most bizarre standout moment. Hopefully not the last time we are on that stage.
New Pagans‘ new EP ‘Glacial Erratic’ is due for release on March 6th.
You can catch New Pagans on tour on the following dates:
MARCH 2 – NOTTINGHAM, Rough Trade
MARCH 5 – NEWCASTLE, Think Tank
MARCH 6 – MANCHESTER, Off The Square
MARCH 7 – LONDON, The Lounge Archway
MARCH 8 – BRISTOL, The Crofters Rights