Narrow Plains describes their sound as acoustic indie, but to some, they might categorize it under folk rock or new country. Charlie Ferriday (guitar and vocals) said, “To be honest, we do not really feel that we belong to one specific genre as we prefer to be able to write songs without any formula or constraints.” He continued, “Having said that, we are of course influenced and inspired by all the great music that we have grown up with or listen to. We are all music fans and love to listen to new sounds and songs as well as some classic songs and bands.”
Charlie looks up to artists like Bon Iver, Ben Howard and Goo Goo Dolls. He also mention that he loves the early work of Newton Faulkner. Roger has always listened to American Rock. To name a few, Blink 182 and New Found Glory are a few of his favorites! Stuart enjoys listening to The Gaslight Anthem and Bright Eyes. Edd looks up to artist life Sufjan Steven and War on Drugs. As you can see, they all have pretty different musical tastes, but somehow, all of those influences creep into their music in a good way!
How do they know each other?
Charlie told us that they have all known each other for a very long time. Roger Connick (bass guitar and backing vocals) and his brother, Stuart Connick (drums and backing vocals) went to school with Charlie, but they never played music together. Charlie said, “I had written a few songs that I was performing solo but I missed playing in a band.” He continued, “Stu and I started to perform together as an acoustic duo and develop the songs.” He said, “We really wanted to record the songs and asked Roger if he would play bass.” “We took ourselves off to the Dorset countryside (at Roger and Stuart’s Gran’s house!) with our instruments and some recording software and revamped the songs to fit a band format until we had got five tracks that we really liked.” Charlie told us that they “really enjoyed the recording process and after hearing the songs, [they] decided that [they] wanted to play [the songs] live so [they] decided to become a band.” Last year, Edd Simpson (guitar and keys) joined!
Why the name?
The band didn’t choose the name Narrow Plains overnight. Charlie said, “We had just self-recorded the songs for our debut EP Somewhere In Between and were trying to find a band name that suited the sound but most of the names that we came up with had already been used.” He continued, “Then we finally put together ‘Narrow’ and ‘Plains’ and came up with ‘Narrow Plains’ and it just seemed to work for us all.”
What’s Narrow Plains’ favorite live performance?
When it comes to performing together, Charlie told us that their favorite performance was their album launch in Islington at O2 Academy. He said, “We had spent quite a bit of time in the recording studio recording the album so we were desperate to play some of our new songs live.” He continued, “The sounds was great and the crowd was amazing and clapped/sang along with us.” Charlie said, “It was the first time that we had played live as a four-piece band and the first time that we had sold out a venue.”
Lately, Narrow Plains has been taking a little break from performing live. Charlie told us that they are “trying to get some new songs written.” He said, “We have a lot of half-finished demos and ideas so we are really excited to develop them and see what they sound like.”
Narrow Plains has a very unique sound, and this is one of the many reasons why we love them! Be sure to follow them on Twitter @NarrowPlains to keep up with any new releases! Don’t forget to comment below and tell us what your favorite Narrow Plains song is and why.
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