Making my way back to my friends at Wolf Alice in Leeds, covered in blood (my nose had connected with a much bigger and much meatier shoulder and hadn’t been able to take it), I found them stood with Joe Spink, lead singer of one of the most promising new bands to emerge from Leeds; The Indigo Project. Although I had previously heard of the band, I had never actually got round to actually listening to them. This soon changed. Releasing an EP in early April, and since then playing several triumphant home town gigs at the Key Club and during Live at Leeds, The Indigo Project have gone from strength to strength. In the first of a regular feature, I choose The Indigo Project as local band of the month for May.I spoke to Joe, lead singer of The Indigo Project, to find out more about the band.
First off, what was it like to play Live at Leeds 2016?
It was a brilliant experience, playing to a packed Faversham was awesome, we loved it! We were very well received!
What is your favourite thing about the music scene in Leeds?
The brilliant network that is set up, it is good for climbing up the scene, working with Futuresound (the main promoter in Leeds) and having the chance to play some huge gigs.
Which other upcoming band would you most like to receive widespread success?
That’s a difficult one, we have lots of good friends in bands, but I think the band who deserve it the most would be King No-One.
How difficult is it to get a band going at such a young age?
Difficult, it’s hard to get in with the promoters, and the industry in general, never mind being able to afford your gear.
Which artists do you think inspire the band the most?
Catfish and the Bottlemen, Foo Fighters, King No-One, Arctic Monkeys and Circa Waves.
Where did the inspiration come from for your EP artwork?
It was inspired by the second track; Wise Man.
Which song are you most proud of on the EP?
We’d have to say the main single; ‘Taste It’.
I’ve had ‘Wise man’ stuck in my head since I heard it, what song has been on your earphones/in your head most at the moment?
Wolves of Winter by Biffy Clyro.
Have you got any plans for new music?
Indeed we do, we are recording our next single over the summer with legendary Leeds producer; Ed Heaton. We will be releasing it later this year, with a huge launch show.
And finally, have you got any gigs coming up?
We’re playing the O2 academy in Leeds for the centre stage final on 27th July.
The centre stage final will see The Indigo Project go into competition with many other great local acts for the chance to perform at Leeds festival, in aid of Martin House Children’s Hospice. It would be a great opportunity to see brilliant live music, and support a local charity, so get down there if you can.
You can visit The Indigo Project’s Soundcloud to hear tracks ‘Wise Man’ and ‘Taste It’ from the EP.
Thanks so much to Joe for talking to me and I hope to see The Indigo Project rising up through the indie music scene.