We spoke to Cliché Cult front man Jimmy Sweeney about their debut single, writing in lockdown and what inspires their sound.
Fresh of the back of their debut single ‘Common Ground’, Leeds band Cliché Cult are already planning new music and shows for next year. Their jangly guitar sound hold shoegaze undertones but with a more lo-fi indie feel. We asked singer Jimmy Sweeney a few questions to find out what it’s all about.
You just released your first single, ‘Common Ground’, can you tell us what it’s about?
It’s about confrontation, how people deal with it differently to others and how you can go through life agreeing to things without voicing your own opinion at times.
How have you found writing songs and being creative during lock down?
I think it’s been as productive as ever. I’ve spent plenty of time isolating with a pen, notebook and an acoustic guitar regardless of a lockdown, it is a familiar environment for me to be in.
How did Cliché Cult come together?
We all met online through adverts, I’d posted a couple of demo’s out and then we all went for a few pints together and we shared each other’s ideas and experiences. Shortly after we got in a band room and started writing music together.
How do you feel where you’re from inspired your sound?
I feel like we have quite a raw, working class sound that isn’t overproduced. I think because Leeds can be so vibrant and animated yet at the same time quite bleak and gritty, those contrasting elements are evident in our music.
Fans of what other artists would be fans of you?
Joy Division, The Smiths, The Strokes, just indie fans in general….hopefully!
As a band, what are you looking forward to in 2021?
We’re looking forward to releasing more music and playing live.
What’s your earliest music memory?
Listening to Tears for Fears in my Dads car. I must have heard Head over Heels a thousand times but it never gets old.
Outside of other artists, what is your biggest influence when song writing?
I like to write lyrics that people can relate to on a deeper scale, obvious topics that surprisingly haven’t been touched on before always inspire me.
When can we expect new music?
End of January/early February next year.
Who are your favourite bands right now?
I’m enjoying the band FEET at the moment, they do a fantastic cover of Harry Nilssons Everybody’s Talkin’ on youtube. Fontaines DC are amazing, I’ve hammered the Hero’s Death record. I’ve also been listening to Willie J Healey.
What’s the best way for people to find out about what you have coming up?
Check out ‘Common Ground’ below: