Interview – College Elite

College Elite are an underground punk band with a fantastic sound to their music – their song I Might Fall Apart can be found at the end of this interview, and it’s well worth checking out!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled I Might Fall Apart, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song? What does the title refer to?

Initially the song was written on piano because I wanted to focus on the vocal melody rather than what I was going to play on guitar, as I both sing and play when I do live shows. I wrote the main hook of the song with the final line being “or I might fall apart” – I thought about what that could be and writing about being a bit useless after a relationship has ended seemed to come naturally.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

All my early work I released in lockdown was all self-produced, so in terms of what I could physically do it wasn’t impacted massively, but it was the motivation to get things done which was hard, I couldn’t wait to start getting our there and gigging. Sitting in my house and doing nothing to me is the worst.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Most songs I usually write on an acoustic guitar, get the lyrics and structure, then take them to rehearsal where myself and my drummer Ollie work on them. We’re usually flexible and go with what works when we play it live. I’m big on committing to ideas for songs once they’re at a level I’m happy with, rather than keep tinkering with them. If I come up with a new idea, I put it in a new song rather than change one I’ve already got. We then take it to my producer Tayte at Mad Fox Studios, he’s always got great suggestions to take songs to the next level and then we get all the parts down. It’s a super easy process. 

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Next single will be out this summer!

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

I have lots of songs written, and there are plans in the future for a release like this, however I’m focusing on singles at the moment

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

Early pop-punk bands like Green Day and Blink 182 are my favourite bands, so I’m always going back and listening to them, but current bands like Mom Jeans, PUP and Joyce Manor are also huge inspirations. At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Turnstile who are great, and Death Cab For Cutie as well, anything 00s emo I’m a massive fan of.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We’re from North West England but live in Manchester. Manchester has a great music scene, there’s lots of a great young indie rock bands in the city and always loads of underground and unsigned artists gigs on too. We’ve played with some amazing bands since we’ve been gigging in the city 

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We’re headlining the basement stage of Retro Fest on Tuesday 3rd May and there’ll be some more dates in Manchester this summer which are unannounced yet, so I can’t say too much.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

The key thing is we always try and have fun on stage and not take ourselves too seriously. It’s important people come away from our shows liking us as people rather than just being into the songs. We always have a little surprised involving party poppers too 

Any last words for the fans?

Next single I Wish I Knew The What I Know Now is out this summer, scrolls at the ready!