If you’re still looking for your summer soundtrack, then look no further than Model Aeroplanes.
The Dundee four-piece have had quite a couple of years; their loyal fanbase is continuing to grow, and they released their debut EP ‘Something Like Heaven’ on Island Records earlier this year. If the so-called British summer weather is getting you down, then all you need is to listen to this band for a quick blast of sunshine.
With a number of tropically-drenched indie pop tracks now under their belt, the band have shown a skill for creating infectious, guitar-driven melodies, bursting with youthful energy and promise of a very bright future ahead. Latest single ‘Whatever Dress Suits You Better’, from their debut EP, has been a fans’ favourite for a while and follows the same winning formula that has previously served them so well; it is full of pounding percussion and colourful guitar rhythms with an addictive chorus.
We caught up with the band to hear about the song, its accompanying video and what’s coming up for Model Aeroplanes…
Hey guys, how’s your summer going? Can you tell us a bit about the new single ‘Whatever Dress Suits You Better’?
Model Aeroplanes: It’s going really well. The weather could be better but apart from that we can’t complain. We’ve had ‘Whatever Dress Suits You Better’ (basically finished) for around two years. Parts have been chopped and changed countless times and now it’s almost a completely different song from the original version but it’s always been a fan favourite. We felt it really had to go on the first EP as to avoid being lost to the ravages of time. It’s a good insight into our constantly changing sound we think.
The new video for it is really cool aswell! What inspired it and how was the filming process?
We were all just brainstorming and came up with the concept over a coffee, we go on these mad tangents when thinking up ideas for videos or artwork. We actually have a full scale Netflix series planned for after we’ve released 10 albums and collaborated with Michael McDonald and the Sugababes. The filming process was loads of fun. We worked with a mysterious guy known as Bovine who is a visual and sonic whizz. We had a constant supply of rum on set which definitely made for an interesting few days of shooting. A good time had by all.
You’ve had a pretty big couple of years. What would you say has been your biggest achievement so far?
I’d have to say our biggest achievement so far is being able to do music as a full time job.
Your EP ‘Something Like Heaven’ went down really well. It was also your first release on Island Records; how’s that experience been?
The whole process of writing and recording it was really fun. It’s been really nice working with Island on the release. They’re a great bunch of people and the label has such a rich heritage.
It’s also festival season of course… what have you got coming up? Any sage advice for festival goers?
We’re playing at T in the Park, Electric Fields, Kendal Calling and some more UK ones. We’re also heading to Independence in Cork and Way Back When in Dortmund and perhaps some more shows abroad. Our advice would have to be, bring wellies, pitch your tent before you start drinking as it is so much harder when you’ve had a few beers, and last but not least, look after your pals.
And finally, what else is in store for the band for the rest of the year?
Along with gigging as much as possible, we’re just going to continue writing new material and releasing. We will have another EP out before the end of the year. Keep your eyes peeled, fam.
This Model Aeroplanes article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson