The Baltics are a four piece band from Newcastle made up by Shay Bagnall (Lead vocals and Bass Guitar), Josh Thurlow (Lead Guitar), Guy Robson (Rhythm Guitar) and Adam Marshall (Drums/Percussion and Backing Vocals). With their catchy indie melodies, distinct vocals and a mixture of equal parts synth-pop and Brit-Pop, The Baltics have developed a distinct and eclectic sound that is utterly compelling.

Josh was kind enough to answer some questions for us, here’s what he had to say.

Can you tell us a bit about the band?

“We’re a 4 piece band based in Newcastle. We formed in August 2019 and have experienced exponential growth beyond any of our wildest dreams. We make music which no one in the mainstream will make. You can attach any genre you want to us but we see ourselves as a guitar band”

How did you all meet? 

“It’s a long story, I [Josh] was looking for a band and my mate from school knew Shay so she got us in contact. From there they played together for 6 months. Out of chance, Guy and Adam put a cover of  Karma Police  on their story. I only had Guy’s social media because we played together on a football team years and years ago. It’s miraculous how we met but we’re all glad it happened”

Who were your musical influences growing up? 

“Our influences are probably really apparent in the single. There’s a lot of britpop in there and we take instrumental ideas from the 80s, hence the use of the synthesiser. I’m the biggest Oasis fan anyone could meet. Shay likes them too but ventures more into indie as he likes Sam Fender. Guy is into the Grunge scene and it’s pretty obvious who he’s influenced by considering he’s saved as Cobain in my phone. Adam probably has the most popular taste out of the entire band. He grew up with Queen and enjoys The Beatles a lot”

What made you want to be in a band? 

“The industry is on its knees and the quality of mainstream music is a bit shit. People want a guitar band who take a more vintage style and adopt no bubble-gum pop styles. We’re all about writing about the big issues which affect people like us and aim to make our music as relatable to teenage life as we can”

What has been your best gig? 

“It’s gotta be the first one. Walking out to a hundred friends and a few strangers for the first time is an unmatchable feeling. It was 5th October 2019 in support of another local band – Rain. We were diabolical musically but everyone has to learn and we’ve grown”  

Can you tell us a bit about your music?

“Carbon Theme Park is out now to stream. We spent a long time perfecting it. The launch was extremely successful and we’ve already surpassed any expectation we could’ve had. It’s a political song that Shay wrote and it attacks the way our climate is ignored by economically biased politicians”

Describe your music in 3 words. 

“It’s hard to put into words but the best way to describe it. Synthy Guitar Music”

What makes your band stand out from others? 

“Our songs carry a much different vibe to the underground Newcastle scene. Everyone sounds like a typical indie band and you might label us as one but like I mentioned earlier, our influences are vastly different and when you add those all together, our sound is formed”

What are your plans for the rest of 2020? 

“Shay is hard at work writing during lockdown and we hope to    release another single before the year is gone. The main goal is to enjoy making music and gig loads”

If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be? 

“We don’t need to be remembered for anything. We’re living the moment and enjoying the ride. The fun and everything that goes with being in a band is all that matters”

Any gigs coming up?  

“Aye, a few. On July 27th they we’re supporting Sirocco and The Harriets on their UK tour for the Newcastle leg. We had another headline show booked for April 12th which is sold out. The date will be rescheduled and all previous tickets remain valid. We’re playing a charity festival – Steel Town Fest- in support of CALM”

Siân Parker