After making a high profile debut at Radio 1’s Big Weekend last year, newfamiliar have release their debut track ‘How Can I?’ via Atlas Artists / Parlophone. Originally from Belfast, Ryan Johnston (vocals) met his bandmates Will Booth (guitar) and Danny Hepworth (guitar) through Wakefield’s creative scene. They have collaborated together in various projects, with newfamiliar representing the realisation of their collective potential.

We got a chance to ask to ask the band members a few questions, here’s what they had to say.

Who were your musical influences growing up?

“We were all influenced by different music but share a respect and appreciation for each others influences, a few are Bill Withers, Lauryn Hill, Bon Iver, Paolo Nutini”.

What has been your best gig?

“Unfortunately, due to the current crisis, we’re yet to play a live show to an audience as newfamiliar. However, in a previous band we got to play at Elland Road was a huge moment for us all, but more so Danny as a Leeds fan! I personally prefer the more intimate gigs and Will just loves to play anywhere”.

Can you tell us a bit about your new single ‘How Can I?”

“It’s a melancholy song with pace and drifting melodies that have an element of hope to them. Lyrically the song is very raw and honest, each of us had either just experienced a major loss or it was imminent and that’s where everything in the song came from. It’s a song we will never forget”.

Can you describe your music in 3 words?

“Soulful, Textured &Cinematic”.

What makes your music stand out?

“It’s honesty and harmonies”.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

“Our fans helped us raise a lot of money so we could build a studio and we are in the process of that at the moment. We have our debut EP coming out in April, the rest of the year beyond that will be full of releases, live streams, plenty of writing and hopefully some live shows!”

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

“That’s a question for us all but I’d like us to be remembered for having integrity”.

Any gig’s coming up?

“Well we’ve got shows on sale for this year, but who knows with the way the world is right now! When the day comes no matter how big or small the gig is it will be one to remember”.

By Siân Parker