Interview: Hudson Taylor
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2015 is set to be a big year for Irish rock duo Hudson Taylor, who finally drop their long-awaited and highly-anticipated debut album Singing For Strangers in March and head out on a sold-out tour to back it up. Brothers Alfie and Harry write songs with an air of classic folk-pop, laid-back and psyche-tinged like the best sixties acoustic sounds. Alfie explains the genesis of their sound, “We grew up listening to a lot of music with a lot of harmony, and sort of folk music I suppose, like Simon and Garfunkel, the Everly Brothers and the Beatles… a lot sixties and seventies kinda stuff.” From an early age the brothers started busking, dropping them into the process of performing and forming a strong part of their musical evolution. “We are influenced a lot by busking and the covers we used to play when busking, because we used to play popular/hit songs, anything from the sixties to now… any sort of era”. The first support act on their Singing For Strangers tour is a musician they’ve been long acquainted with, Jack Morris, and who has continually inspired them, Harry elaborates, “We’ve got a guy on tour with us at the moment, he’s opening for us, he’s about three or four years older than us, his name’s Jack Morris. He got us into song-writing, we used to just play covers before that, and a few years ago, he sort of got Alfie into songwriting, and then by virtue of that got me into it as well.” In the live arena the band have certainly paid their dues, earning spots at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals and supported the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park. Strangely none of these peaks, these don’t register in the bands career-topping moments, as Harry explains, “We’ve got a top five sort of thing, it’s interchangeable - it doesn’t really have an actual top one. We played a gig in Edinburgh the other-day which has gone into my top five just purely because it was so random, it was amazing, there was a power-cut, and so we just busked, we just played completely with no amp.” Alfie adds, “We had a similar gig last year at Glastonbury when there was a power-cut in the middle of our set and that was also in my top five up there with that Edinburgh gig… so we like power-cuts. Also, we got to support the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, which was absolutely mad, that’s a once in a lifetime thing.”
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