[Originally posted on UK Arts Directory on 9th September 2015]
Joe Symes and The Loving Kind’s debut album is a wonderfully eclectic mix of songs. I can hear elements of jazz in some of the songs. The first track is more rock ‘n’ roll influenced, and there are pop and indie-style tunes, too. Although a mix of sounds, the album doesn’t seem disjointed in any way. It’s a quite a mellow record and I enjoyed listening to it. Joe’s voice is perfect for this band’s very original music. My favourite song from the album, at the moment, is the bluesy “A World Out Your Window”.
Hailing from Liverpool there’s no doubt the band will be compared with The Beatles. One thing they definitely have in common is their experimental style. This is a band to watch.
I recently had a chat with Joe Symes (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica) and Colin White (Drums/Percussion/Backing Vocals).
Interview with Joe Symes and Colin White of “Joe Symes and the Loving Kind”
How did the band get together? Tell us a bit about the band members.
Joe: I was playing acoustic gigs, open mic nights around Liverpool and the North West nearly 7 days a week, sometimes 3 open mic nights on one night. Colin asked me did I want him to play bongos on the gigs I was playing to which I said Yes as it would be great to have him on board; we go back a long way and have the same tastes in music, film, etc. Paul came to the band through a friend who told him we needed a guitarist, and Chris contacted us through an advertisement.
Which bands/musicians would you say have influenced you musically?
Joe: For me it’s The Beatles, but I listen to a very large range of music, some of which people may not call music? The Beatles were the very reason I wanted to get involved in writing songs and performing.
You released your double-sided single recently “Things Get Better”. Who wrote the songs and what inspired the lyrics?
Your debut album was released in 2013. It’s quite diverse in style and has been compared to The Beatles’ White Album. Tell us about the songs on the album and what it was like to write and produce it.
Joe: We are really amazed about the feedback that our debut album has received around the World and in the UK, and on the whole about who has purchased the album including a good few of Hollywood’s finest actors/actresses. Even in the UK a lot of TV Celebs have purchased the album including football players from the premiership. The album was really great to record as we took our time over it and made sure we got everything right, even down to the artwork, everything.
Colin: I can’t wait to do the second album.
I read on your website that you played at Noel Gallagher and The High Flying Birds’ official after-show party. How did that come about and what was it like to play there?
Joe: We were contacted by his promoter asking us would we headline his aftershow party at the 02 Academy 1 in Liverpool to which we said Yes. On the back of that show we got to support Steve Craddock ( Ocean Color Scene/Paul Weller ) at the 02 Academy 2 two months later then support slots with Alt J, Block Party in London. The gigs were awesome and I’m very pleased that we asked to perform at them.
What have been some of the other highlights of your time as Joe Symes and the Loving Kind, so far?
Colin: I’m just really proud of the fact that we’re a recognised band worldwide.
Joe: Mine has been touring the UK, meeting very important people in the business and also meeting lots of new people and fans of the band. Their support means so much to us.
You’ve been touring as a band. Do you have any favourite venues that you play?
Colin: Yeah, I enjoyed The Tabernacle. The Magnet’s a great venue to play in Liverpool. It has this cool retro vibe to it.
If you could play any venue in the world, which would you choose, and why?
Joe: Wembley Stadium for me 🙂 Madison Square Garden 🙂 So many to mention I’d be here forever.
Colin: Madison Square Garden’s on my list too. I’d also say Red Rocks Stadium.
I understand you’re working on a second album at the moment. How is that going and what can fans expect?
Joe: We have done demos of the new songs at LIPA in Liverpool. the album is complete for songs so we are still in talks about when we are going to release it. “Things Get Better” is the taste of what to expect next from the band, totally different from our debut album, a very heavy sound now as we don’t want to repeat what we did on our debut album.
Colin: Power and volume. Ha! Ha!
Sounds great! I’ll be looking forward to it!
Any tour/gig plans for the rest of 2015?
Colin: Yeah, we’re gonna be mainly in Liverpool for next few months. It’ll give more people here the opportunity to see us instead of travelling.
Joe: Yeah, we are gonna be playing gigs as usual and still promoting the new single which has been greatly received. It was a three week feature on BBC Introducing and was played a few times at Liverpool Football Club’s home games at half time prior to it’s release to over 45,000. Big thanks to George Sephton for the promo.
That’s wonderful promotion!
What are your favourite songs to play live?
Colin: I still love playing “Fallen Down”. It takes on a different vibe live. A new one called “Summer’s Almost Coming” is on the list too, and “Fools Talking” and “Calling Out To You”.
Joe: For me at the moment it’s new songs such as “Long Black Funeral Cars”, “Calling Out To You”, and “Fools Talking”; we have so many songs to choose from.
If you could tour with any other band who would you choose?
Joe: Paul McCartney
Colin: Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Jack White, The Dead Weather to name a few.
Any other news for your fans?
Thanks, Joe and Colin! Wishing you continued success!
You can get the band’s debut album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/joe-symes-and-the-loving-kind/id676228102
While you’re there, pick up the new single, “Things Get Better”: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/things-get-better-single/id1025664052
Stream their music for free on Spotify