Being There – Talk runaway drivers, glasses of water and European football (briefly)

Hey Being There, first things first what’s the story behind the band?

James: Hey ShinyShiny New, we met at university in Manchester. After moving down to London at varying intervals we started playing some indie-rock/pop shows together. Last year we recorded an album called “Breaking Away” with Richard Formby (producer with Wild Beasts and Herman Dune) in Leeds and it’s just hit the shelves!

What are your musical influences and how have you gone about creating your vibe?

James: For the album we were influenced by bands like Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, The Hold Steady, The Replacements and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Along with a whole bunch of others.

Is there anything unusual that influences the music?

Sammy: I can’t speak for other bands but I’m really influenced by films, cinema has as much of an impact on me as music, if not more so. So the album was influenced by films like Submarine, Pretty In Pink and The Last Picture House – kind of coming of age movies.

What’s the day-job?

Sammy: We all work for MI5

Do you prefer being in the recording studio or playing live?

Sammy: Nothing beats playing a great show.

Worst live moment?

Sammy: We played a student night in Bristol this year, literally about 3 people there, and then our driver went AWOL so we had to sit in the car park in the rain afterwards. One for the memoirs.

Tell us something we don’t know?

Sammy: There are more molecules in a glass of water than there are glasses of water in the world.

What’s your favorite release of 2012 so far?

Sammy: I really like the new abum by Mt Eerie. I’ve been listening to the new Beach House and Julia Holter albums a lot too. The Moonrise Kingdom soundtrack is amazing as well.

What one song would you add to our summer playlist?

Sammy: Steely Dan – Reeling In The Years

What can we expect from Being There in the next few months?

James: We’re playing a show to launch our album on 18 June at The Lexington. Our friends My Sad Captains will be joining us as well as some cool DJs. Afterwards we’re looking forward to recording some new demos and enjoying some European football.

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