With a confident and refreshing approach to the scene, Bright Orange Spectacle vow to continue to subvert our expectations. After the success of singles She Could Get Better and I Was Never Right For You, we caught up with Charlie Sinclair of the Brighton five piece to discuss all things millennial glam, the influence of politics on todays music scene and the importance of keeping the people on their toes.
Easy start for you here, for those who haven’t been graced with your presence yet, introduce yourself and give us a bit of insight into Bright Orange Spectacle?
Me, Kyle and George grew up on the small island of Guernsey together, me and Kyle have been playing in bands since school but originally me and George didn’t get on. We’re really close now but back then it was small island mentality, then we found Darcy through her girlfriend on instagram and Maddie off instagram like a year ago as well, over the course of like a year and a half its slowly developed into what it is now, now we’re finally ready and we’re finally a band and we’re doing it!
So you’ve described yourselves as ‘pop with a millennial bite’, what would you say that millennial bite entails?
We say that we are a millennial glam band. It’s really come from the idea of being so stuck in the genre of indie, and like, what the fuck does indie mean? We live in a world where The 1975 and Royal Blood are both indie bands. People hear anything with a guitar in and they’re like oh thats indie, you feel very undefined in that and we didn’t want to be branded as that. So what are we doing? We’re making really glammy, big sounding pop music but we make everything a bit different. So... millennial glam, people kinda think there’s gonna be some big meaning but its literally the description of what we’re doing, it’s a statement of who we are, we’re loud, we’re theatrical.
So to expand from that would you say that too many bands are getting trapped in defining themselves as indie?
I’d say yes? Every genre has modernised yet indie apparently hasn’t, I find it kinda depressing as it means it just gets stale. It started in the 80s, name another big genre from the 80s that has actually stuck around, in the same way. You’ve got bands now that literally sound identical to The Smiths, don’t get me wrong they sound great and I dig it but like, thats the only genre you’re gonna find that in. We’re more of a clusterfuck aren’t we? I think the idea of the record is changing as well, becoming more playlist records, which means you can sort of explore other territories which I think as a creative is super inspiring and super promising.
Does this play into the very clear aesthetic you’ve already managed to establish as a band?
We’re a blank canvas, we’re all in white cause that means we can grow, we don’t wanna give away what we are yet, we wanna hide some things up our sleeves. We’re called Bright Orange Spectacle so everyone is expecting us to be orange, what’s the opposite of being bright orange? Being completely white and beige, we’re here to strip everything away and play some fucking good songs and have a good time and just build up as time goes, we are something but we don’t want people to know that yet. Every colour starts with a mixture of something and white, and thats what we are you know we’re at the start of it.
Is that a way of avoiding the sort of predictability that many are falling into would you say?
I think that’s kind of the story of this band so far! Every time people think they know what you are, you do the exact opposite. We’re keeping everyone guessing at all times, if they wanna define you, you define yourself as something else. Everyone is constantly watching you on social media now which although it might be scary it means you can change in a literal heartbeat, you don’t have to ram that down peoples throats anymore they’re seeing it, and they’re seeing it in real time because we are changing in real time.
As a North West based blog, we notice that region often plays massively into the music produced, how far would you agree with this in terms of your hometown?
The south to me sounds like the Rolling Stones, a London band or a southern band to me were defined by The Who and The Rolling Stones, and I mean we’ve got a lot of Stones-y stuff going on to be fair but I think my way of dealing with music is probably quite Americanised. We sound a bit more sun kissed than England sounds I think. I think in terms of like influence I love Bowie and I love The Stones but thats about it. Our bread and butter is always going to be your Father John Mistys and your Arcade Fires, they’re the super pioneers pushing the boundaries.
Apart from The 1975 we have a real lack of bands pushing boundaries in the UK I find, people are falling so heavily into four piece bands with bass, drums and a guitar. Of course its not just us moving away from this, there’s bands like Childcare but they’re using the standard band line up and approaching it in a more tongue in cheek way and its fantastic, but again its not a particularly British sound. Like Sports Team! They sound like a band from New York in the nineties but their look is so British prep - it’s great - another clusterfuck! If you’re not amalgamating you’re ignoring so much now.
After the success of your recent shows, are you excited to expand your horizons to more of the UK?
We just love playing live shows! If we wanted to sit in the studio all day we’d go full pop band and become a pop act, which would be great I’m sure but we are a band and we do just wanna get out there. Five best mates hanging out on the road playing shows, that’s what we’re about!
Give us an idea of your plans for the next year as Bright Orange Spectacle?
We’re recording music literally right now, planning live shows literally right now. You have to wonder what more could you ask for from a band. People always ask what our plans are and its just ‘do the band thing’, we’re gonna do it well and we’re gonna think about it and take our time but we are going to do it.
In such a weird and chaotic time, politically we’re obviously noticing a lot of this coming through musically, would you say this is something that influences you as well?
Yeah! We’ve literally just recorded ‘that’ song! I think we’ve done it in a different way, cause we feel like everyone else is pretending they’re a fucking professor and we’re not gonna do that. We have to accept that we don’t know anything and thats the problem, we’re here to question it and ask the questions and god, please call me if you’ve got the answers!
If you’re looking at a band to be your biggest sense of moral and political guidance you need to go to the library, these are questions that much cleverer people are gonna answer for us. A band does have a voice and we appreciate that, but we’re not gonna use it to try and preach, we’re gonna use it to get some answers. Don’t get me wrong I sometimes love it when bands preach, sometimes its hilarious and sometimes its inspiring, I’m just not clever enough! We wanna question what’s going on in our lives and the lives of people around us, we’re not quite ready for the big big questions yet... maybe album two?