[spunge] – Interview

Ska-punk band [spunge] have recently released a new single called Liar, after a bit of a break from releasing music. We had the chance to chat to frontman Alex Copeland about the track, and what the future holds for the band.

By Jane Howkins

Your latest single is called Liar. What can you tell us about that and why did you decide to release that track as the first single?

Liar is not about any one person in particular. It is about the concept of people being very different creatures depending on who they are with or what their agenda is. We all come across this from time to time and the song is our way of saying you probably aren’t getting away with it as smoothly as you may think.

Do you have any plans to release a full length record anytime soon?

We’re planning to release singles on a regular basis as the way people consume music has changed, albums just don’t have the same impact as they used too with stuff like Spotify out there, so there was no real agenda to this one being first, it’s just the first of many.

We hear you’re going to be releasing another single later on in the year. What can you tell us about that track and what is it called? When can we expect that to come out?

It’s due out towards the end of November on all digital formats. You’ll see plenty about it as we get closer to the time – make sure you follow us on Spotify and check out our Facebook regularly and you’ll get advance notice of it too.

What sort of stuff have you been listening to recently, and what influences you the most as artists?

Personally I listen to a mix of stuff. Music can be awesome no matter what label it has on it – a good tune is a good tune no matter what.
Sublime is a main stay for the band as well as traditional ska, punk, pop punk with even a bit of metal thrown in there from time to time. It really depends on the mood and the band member.

You’re doing a short tour across England in November and December. Are you looking forward to that? Anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to playing?

Absolutely! If there’s one thing we know and love it’s playing live. It’s what we’ve been doing for over 24 years now and we’re still enjoying the hell out of it being on stage. Recording stuff and getting it out to people that can’t see us live is great, but being on stage and seeing people’s faces enjoying themselves as much as we are. That’s what it’s all about.

Do you have any plans for any more tour dates at all? We noticed you aren’t doing any in the North and we’d love to see you!

We are always booking shows up, so we’ll definitely be doing more, and we won’t miss you out! We have been concentrating on writing the new stuff for most of this year but there are plans for a full tour in 2019 underway.

We saw you a few years ago at Slam Dunk, which was the first time we were introduced to the band. We loved the show – any chance of you doing any festivals next year, or doing Slam Dunk again?

We have a few festivals that we are talking to at the moment so watch this space.  We’ll make sure we let everyone know one way or another.

Why do you think people should come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?

As I mentioned, we absolutely love playing live, and we hope that shows. We’ve been told that when you come to our gigs it is like we just happen to be playing at a house party you’ve gone to, and personally I like that idea – the fact that you are there for a party and we’re there to help that happen.

Any last words for the fans?

We appreciate every last one of you. We’ve been doing this long enough to have people turning up to shows together that first met at one of our gigs, or even bringing their kids along to see us, but at the same time there are new faces every time we play too, and that is both awesome and humbling. We’ve said the same thing for years – if you keep coming along, we’ll keep playing – it’s too much fun not to!