Introducing Club Paradise, a new four-piece collective hailing from Newcastle who share with us a little more about them and their new quarantine project “Growing Up.” Back in 2018, the band released their debut single which was picked up by Clash Magazine and Shortlist. In the past, Club Paradise has supported acts such as: Kashmere, Vistas, Apre, Larkins, Vant and Saint Raymond, as well as has gained large support from BBC Introducing and Radio X. They’ve been recognized and talked about on multiple occasions as a band to expect big things from and to look out for this year.
Their sound is electric, high impact, and nostalgic and for this particular EP, the records are marked by 80’s synth-rock flares and indie-pop tunes. All 4 individual singles take you on an epic adventure of coming-of-age and going through the motions of navigating youth that feel all too relatable. They remind us in this series of tracks the dreamy, clumsy, angsty, stimulating, and somber whirlwind those years were and reflecting back on them with a romantic, sentimental lens. With the same energy as Walk the Moon and the sonic influence of groups like Foals, Midnight, and Jungle, the band gives us a fresh take on indie-pop-rock that we will want to fall in love with.
Here is our interview:
Channel Sounds [CS]: How did the band come together? Club Paradise’s Ryan Young [RY]: “Me, Jackson and Harry all went to school together, Jackson and Harry had been best friends for years and likewise me and Nathan had grown up together in the same street, we started playing stuff in school and then invited Nathan in to drum and we just haven’t stopped since!” [CS]: What spurred the inspiration behind the project Growing Up? [RY]: “Growing Up is about the reality of just that. It’s about how things don’t turn out exactly as you plan, it’s about taking your head out of the clouds for just a second and coming back to reality. But it’s also about not wanting to get older and even about how disposable everything has became and the lack of cherishing physical photographs or records which is something dear to us.” [CS]: How has music fueled your ability to channel your self-expression? [RY]: “I think it was difficult as teenagers to do so because we were still learning about who we were as people and who we wanted to be, but that’s different now and these little interests and habits and the makeup of who we are as people are much more clear so we’re able to talk about that or have a clear direction of what we want and why and how we’re going to achieve that, I think id add to that the opinion that a lot of people go through similar things and singing about experiences are more relatable than you might realize at first.” [CS]: Who or what inspired you guys to create the sound of music you guys make today? [RY]: We have the most eclectic mix of inspiration amongst the four of us from hip hop to 80s to metal and the blend of all those things including elements of naughties indie is how we’ve ended up where we are now.
[CS]: What is your detour? (what’;s something about you guys that you do outside of music? Could be a fun fact, a hobby, a passion project, etc.)
“Ryan: My detour is quite literally anything that involves creating, from film to animation to design - if it involves being hands on then that’s what I’m probably doing.”
“Jackson: I’m a cricket enthusiast and so much so that I’ve resorted to listening to the TMS broadcast at work on me breaks, when we were recording with Antonio from home I had him on one screen and the cricket on another.”
“Harry: Cycling is my detour. Some longer cycles I have been on include London to Brighton, London to France (jumped the channel with a 180 bunnyhop), and cycling down a part of the French coastline. Equally, I enjoy cycling for short daily errands around London. Very fortunate to have not had my bike nicked yet. Great way to stay active, especially during lockdown.”
“Nathan: I’m gonna say yoga as it’s one thing I wish I’d gotten into a lot earlier on, I only started this year and was getting into the swing of it prior to lockdown. I do this class in a big inflatable cocoon with loads of mood lighting and artificial aromas sprayed around to help you relax, the room’s also heated to 37°C so it gets a little toasty, it’s a perfect way to de-stress and get rid of those drumming aches. It’s not quite the same trying to replicate the atmosphere by myself in my bedroom!”
Thanks guys for chatting with us! I love the detours, and am excited for your music journey!