We are Catching Mangoes – a 5-piece, 70’s inspired Indie Rock band from the South of England.
How did you all meet?
“Myself and Dan met at primary school where we began our musical endeavours. We then found Max the drummer at secondary school and it all went on from there really. We recently acquired the services of Alex on guitar and Louie on keys also to complete the starting 5”.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“I’ve always been a rock fan and have loved old-school bands like Led Zepp and Pink Floyd. I remember when I first started playing guitar I was super into Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer”.
What made you want to be in a band?
“The first band I was in was at school and I thought I may as well put the guitar skills I was learning to use. We then progressed quite nicely and had compliments so I thought I’d continue the voyage, and haven’t stopped since”.
What has been your best gig?
“The last 3 gigs we’ve had have been sell-out shows in Brighton, London and our hometown of Forest Row. All of them have been wicked for different reasons but its been great to get a good audience along singing and dancing to our tunes. With the 2 new members its sounding larger than ever too so these 3 are deffo the best we’ve done”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“Earlier this year we released our debut album called ‘Kevin’s Town’. It follows the story of a young lad called Kevin who is trying to find his long-lost father and discover the truth about his mysterious island. It’s been great fun to make and it’s out everywhere now, streaming and on vinyl!! Its an eclectic mix of genres and sounds but the main theme is 70’s inspired rock n roll”.
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Weird and wonderful”
What makes your band stand out from others?
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a band do a fairytale style, mythological concept album that follows a story so closely that we’ve also written??”
What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
“We are currently working on new material for an EP that we’ll hopefully be bringing out middle of next year. We also have just released a music video for the final single from the album BLOOM ORLANDO which is out now!”
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“Dan once told us if he was on death row he’d get a kebab. I think this personifies everything we’re about”.
Any gig’s coming up?
13th November – Off the Record Festival in Hove
20th December – The Hope & Ruin in Brighton
Come along and boogie with us xoxo
By Siân Parker