1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
It was fairly early for all of us, probably around 15/16 when you first realise that it’s ok to like things even if other people don’t. Luckily there was a fair amount of decent bands about at that time for us to latch onto or we’d probably just be busy watching reality TV and following idiots on twitter, which is how I’m led to believe the world spends it’s time these days.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
We all have a very different influences musically. For instance, our keys player is obsessed with instrumental ambient electronica and other such craziness which I would rather eat my own legs than listen to. There are certain common grounds though such as, obviously, The Beatles and some of those great 90s bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre. They probably do influence what we write, they can’t not really, but I don’t think that comes across too much in our music. It’s like making a pie really. Now I can guarantee you if I tried to make a pie it would very much turn out looking nothing like a pie. And it’s a bit like that with music. You put all the ingredients together but come out with something new that you hadn’t intended.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Basically as long as we can remember. At this point I can’t ever remember not being in a band or making music. I’m pretty sure that isn’t actually true of course but things can get kind of hazy. The GREETING COMMITTEE has been ongoing for about three years or so though, first as a recording project then moving onto playing live.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We try not to ‘overplay’ round the north east where we’re based. A lot of bands seem to have some bizarre desire to play 700 gigs a week, which will usually all only be attended by their mums and some bloke who popped in for a pint ‘cos he missed the bus. I admire the enthusiasm but to be honest, if I catch a band on a Friday who I like I’m probably not going to go and see them again two days later. We prefer to space them out a bit and try to make an event. Luckily this also fits perfectly with the fact that we’re all extremely lazy.
Seeing as we’re all equally irritated by the strange custom that is ‘Christmas’ we’re heading back into the studio in Dec/Jan and should be announcing some new dates in the new year.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Probably something insignificant like when you’re in your first rubbish band as a kid and you first get a copy of a CD you’ve made or hear one of your songs on a local radio station for the first time.
Once you get beyond that stage though being in a band tends to be more of a hindrance to having any kind of normal life and becomes more of an annoying obsession than any kind of pleasurable pastime!
It is however something that we have to do. There isn’t really a choice in the matter.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online
Well, apart from pie making websites the best place to hear us is probably on our Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/greetingcommittee). There’s also our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/thegreetingcommittee) but that mainly consists of bizarre drunken rants and pictures of our mostly unacceptable behavior towards ourselves and other people.