We’ve been asking a few questions of the bands playing at this year's FUTURE CITY FESTIVAL. In this round we talk to a band that have released two EPs, played a mighty set supporting The Bats at Nivara Lounge last year, and are one of the HUP staffs’ favourite bands; The Scones!
HUP: Tell us about The Scones!
The Scones: We are Julian (Hamilton, vocals, guitar), Greg (Auckland, guitar, vocals), Dave (Auckland, bass) and Mike (Auckland, drums). Julian and Greg went to school together in Auckland, and were in bands together. After a gap of several years we thought about making music again, and in about 2011 we advertised for a drummer (Mike), and later Dave joined. Our first gig in Hamilton was in 2012.
HUP: How would you describe your band to someone that hasn’t heard you before?
The Scones: Modern old-time indie pop-rock. Flying Nun-inspired. Less Gordons, more Bats. Smarty-pants lyrics (sometimes).
HUP: What is your favourite song to play live?
The Scones: It changes, but currently it is ‘Ode To The Mountains’, a lively set-closer.
HUP: Tell us about the best gig you’ve ever been to… (playing or not playing)
The Scones: So many to choose from. Bandfandango 2016 was cool; a privilege to see Closet Octopus in action. We played that night too, and had our best ever crowd reaction. Any gig involving The Beths. Anything better than that was too long ago.
HUP: Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Future City 2018?
The Scones: The Datsuns.
HUP: Give us your best Hamilton fact or story!
The Scones: Hamilton is one of the few cities in the world with an almost exact antipodal city (Cordoba in Spain)