Sam Smith and Company and that…
The band appearing at FC United’s pre-match tertulia Course You Can Malcolm on Saturday, go by the name of Sam Smith and Company.
Here is an interview with Sam himself that we have nicked from designermagazine:
How did you get together?
After gigging and receiving airplay as a solo artist, I assembled a band of session musicians, including my sister Katie on bass guitar. Our drummer, Pete is from the north east, he found my ad on gumtree and we’ve been on the up ever since.
Being a huge fan of solo artists such as Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, it was essential to have Sam Smith & something and Company was thought up as a form of standardisation, contrary to our music. The name doesn’t reflect the music but it reflects our band logo and our image.
Who are your biggest influences?
Biggest songwriting influence has to be Greg Dulli (Of Twilight Singers and Afghan Wigs fame). Others are Bruce Springsteen, The Smiths, Mark Lanegan, Tom Petty, Noel Gallagher and The Clash.
Where do you go for pre gig food and where do you go post gig clubs in Manchester?
Food has to be Barburrito, although it has gone down hill recently. As for clubs, I wouldn’t know. I would much prefer to watch bands until 11pm and be in bed for 12… That way I can get up early, write music and plug the band online. Rock and roll…
What do you like most about Manchester?
Everything. The architecture, the people, the rebellious nature and individualism of said people. Mainly, the fact that the phrase ‘what Manchester does today, the world does tomorrow’ is as valid as ever. I truly believe that Manchester is the greatest city in the world.
Best gig you’ve been to of all time (and why?)
Too hard to choose. Paul McCartney was great due to the setlist, as was Prince but, gun to my head, New Order at the Apollo in 2005 has to be the best. Simply because they have always been my favourite band.
Fave movie or TV show of all time?
TV show is again, a tough one. The Wire, The Sopranos and Rescue Me as a top three. Being a corrie fanatic though, would be hard to leave that out. As for films, any musician who can watch the film Anvil without bursting into tears should just burn their instruments and become a welder. Best film ever made.
Which football team do you support?
Manchester United Football Club. Had a season ticket for many years now but nothing will ever replace that feeling that I got when Scholes scored arguably his greatest goal against Barca in the champions league semi final back in 2008, sending us to Moscow. I broke my seat because I couldn’t stop jumping. It was early in the game but we just knew.
And finally – final chance to say why we should check you out live?
Because we pull no punches what so ever with our live shows. From aggression and stage invasions to slow intimate moments and emotion, we have it all in our set. If you don’t believe us, chance one of our gigs, I promise you will not be disappointed.
For more on the band, they are on twitter at @samfjsmith apparently…
Or check out their sounds here: https://soundcloud.com/samsmithandcompany