Guildford (UK) based indie pop duo Son of Cabe take influence from 80s pop, electronic and indie music to fuse their own unique sonic blend. Originating as a solo project by songwriter/producer Conor McCabe, but completed when he met drummer and co-producer Jack Holland at university. They cut their teeth performing at pubs and clubs in and around London and have since found themselves as frequent features on BBC Introducing the South and performed at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Their most popular single ‘Let Go’ with electro-funk producer twiddy, has accumulated over 270,000 streams to date and received reviews from the likes of EARMILK and Acid Stag, along with BBC radio airplay.
We got a chance to ask Conor some questions, here’s what he had to say.
How did you meet?
“We met at university, Jack studied drums and I studied music production. We both took an elective module in music therapy and met each other in the class.”
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“Mine were: The Killers, Jay-Z, The Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Charli XCX, Twenty One Pilots and The 1975 to name a few.
Jack’s: Eminem, Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, The Killers, The Weeknd, Guns n Roses and The Levellers.”
How do you find the process from writing lyrics to creating a song?
“Pretty fluid to be honest, as I’m primarily a producer. I normally start on the guitar, come up with chords and melodies I like and then write lyrics over them, record it into Ableton then send it over to Jack, for him to work on drums and other melodies. Then we build the song up from there. Sometimes it works the other way where I produce an instrumental and then write lyrics over it, it differs song to song.”
You have a new single called ‘Whistler’, can you tell us a bit more about it?
“It’s about wanting to escape from toxic people and a toxic environment. I was sick and tired of always seeing negative news headlines and constantly being berated for being positive/happy by the people I was surrounded by at the time. I wrote the bulk of the lyrics early last year and we worked on it through lockdown to get it finished along with our good friend and producer Jordan Twiddy.”
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Cathartic, optimistic and boppy.”
For anyone who hasn’t heard any of your music yet, what should they expect to hear?
“Indie pop esq vocals, fat bass sounds, goey synths, bright guitars and big drums.”
What makes your band stand out from others?
“Sonically we fuse electronic and indie pop music with 80s influences and lyrically we bring pop sounding toplines with a whole lotta meaning.”
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“To shoot a music video for Whistler (which has so far sadly been pushed back due to Covid-19) and we’re going back into the studio to finish off a string of new songs.”
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“For being an example of shared human experience. Once you’ve stripped the sonic elements from our music, the lyrics cover things I’ve been through/going through and parts of myself I’m working on. So I’d love people to take solace in that and to be reminded that no matter what you’re going through/have been through, you’re not and never will be alone.”
Do you have any gigs coming up?
“We currently have one show scheduled for March next year (Covid depending), but until then we plan to release a bunch of music and some live videos.”
By Siân Parker