Karma Club have recently released their EP ‘Smile, Its Good For You’ and the second track ‘Coming Over’ is certainly something to smile about. ‘Coming Over’ lets the instruments do the talking; swapping out lengthy lists of lyrics for meaningful melodies.
It starts with a coy riff being teased before a keen trio of guitar harmonies join in and link together. Throughout the song different melodies are introduced, each taking the limelight momentarily to boast their significance. Simplistic lyrics followed by a driven drumbeat and littered with catchy riffs; ‘Coming Over’ as a classic Indie floor filler in the making.
GIGsoup’s Brad Hennessey caught up with the band to talk inspirations, festival season and chopping boards.
How did you guys meet? How did you decide on your musical style? Was it a creation from mutual influences or a melting pot of personal ideas?
We all met at university. The musical style of the band came together pretty naturally as we all loved a lot of the same bands (Foals, The Cure, Bombay Bicycle Club). Despite having similar influences, we all added our own personal touches to our music which meant we knew how to compliment each other. It’s an amazing feeling that first moment a new song comes together!
You list The 1975, Foals, Joy division and The Cure as notable influence. At each of the bands most popular peaks which one would you choose to collaborate with?
We would love to collaborate with The Cure. We think that when they were at their peak they were one of the best bands in the world, and it would be mad to play gigs as huge as the ones they were playing. Not that we would say no to collaborating with any of those other bands!
Tell us something your fans may not know about Karma Club?
The Karma Club light box we use when we play live was actually made by Tom. Also, the pedal board he uses for his bass was originally a chopping board from Sainsbury’s.
Any big announcements yet to surface for festival season? If not are you looking forward to attending any festivals over the summer?
We can’t wait to play the Alternative Escape festival, we love Brighton and there are some amazing acts playing around town that day. Really really excited to see Rag’n’Bone Man. We’re also going to be heading back into the studio towards the end of the summer for EP 2, more news on that TBA.
If you were headlining your own sell-out stadium gig and you could chose two supporting acts, comprising of one up and coming band and one legendary band, who would choose for support?
For the up and coming band we would choose Pelorus, he makes amazing unique music and he would be a perfect opening act. The for the legendary band we would have to go with Bombay Bicycle Club. We all love them equally and we would love to revive them!
And finally how did the track ‘Coming Over’ come to being? What are its key inspirations and themes?
Coming Over is one of our oldest songs. The song originated with the guitar riff that was originally in a completely different key. Then we added the bass and drum groves, that added all the energy and life into the song. As you can probably tell, the lyrics aren’t necessarily the most complicated in this song, but we really wanted to create a fun track that everyone would be able to dance to.