High Tyde are the Brighton based four piece who has been causing quite a stir lately after getting widespread national airplay on both TV and radio. Their tracks are drenched with infectious indie guitar riffs with fun and youthful lyrics, and it’s a sound that they’ve crafted to perfection over the past few years with the releases of their EPs Fuzz and Glow respectively. After embarking on their first UK tour at the tail end of last year, The Wave’s Deputy Editor Shannon Cotton sat down with the band (vocalist and bassist Cody, guitarists Connor and Spencer and drummer Louis) before their penultimate show at Guildford’s Boileroom to find out about the evolution of a High Tyde track and their exciting plans for 2016.
You’re on your first headline tour, what have been your favourite dates to play so far?
Cody: Definitely London and Brighton I think. Brighton because it’s our hometown and it was just so rowdy and London because it was mental playing our first headline show and there being loads of people there.
And you sold out The Barfly…
Cody: Yeah it was rad. So good.
Connor: It was crazy.
Louis: And Birmingham was well fun. It was the first night and on your headline tour you don’t really expect how many people are coming and Birmingham you couldn’t fit many more people in there, and we’d never been to Birmingham as well before.
Cody: All round it was a really successful first headline tour for us, we didn’t expect anything like that, it was wicked.
Connor: Only two more days left.
Are you looking forward to tonight?
Cody: Yeah it should be fun, I’ve never been to Guildford before.
Spencer: This venue is sick.
Louis: My brother played in bands like ten years ago and he’s done this, him and all his mates, so yeah it’s a cool place and I’ve heard a lot about it. It looks cool and sounds cool.
How does a High Tyde song evolve?
Cody: We just lock ourselves away in a room of a night and get a crate of beers and just jam, like throughout the whole night and record the whole thing. Then we’ll cut up bits that we like and then be like, ‘That bit goes with that bit and that bit goes with that bit’ and just whatever comes out comes out. We don’t sit down and think, ‘Oh we’re going to write like this’ or, ‘We’re going to write like that’. It’s just a natural flow of energy for all four of us in one room, and then like lyrics, we’ll just all spit some out and then I’ll expand on them a bit later in the studio and stuff, and then we all just shoot ideas.
Do you have a favourite studio to record in?
Cody: We had one near our hometown in Brighton, this place called Fishersgate.
Louis: Nothing happens in Fishersgate.
Cody: Literally nothing happens in Fishersgate.
Connor: I think we were the loudest thing there.
Cody: Yeah [laughs] exactly, but yeah we had a studio there for like…
Spencer: Proper DIY stuff
Cody: Yeah a proper little deal for like a good half a year, so we were in there like three or four days a week, just smashing out tunes.
In other interviews you’ve said that you’re quite influenced by indie and hip hop, do you consciously make your music try and sound like that?
Louis: Not at all no. I mean I kind of think if you’re listening to a certain record that inspires you you’re not going to go away and be like, ‘I’m going to write exactly like that’, but subconsciously you’ve got that in your head. Say if you’re listening to Kendrick Lamar and you listen to Foals, there is cross similarities between the two. We think about rhythms a lot and how lead lines can fit over rhythms and we like bands who do that, like Foals and Kendrick Lamar.
Spencer: Even when we’re writing though it’s not necessarily indie or hip hop, we kind of spread over most things.
Louis: There’s a lot of weird songs we’ve written.
Cody: Oh we’ve written some crazy weird songs, one day we may release them. We probably won’t, maybe too weird.
Connor: We never really set out to write a certain type of song.
Cody: We just explore everything. If an idea’s put into the room that’s cool, let’s do it. There’s no point not doing it, it might not even be for us but we might as well have a play.
After playing with bands such as Peace, Little Comets and Young Kato, have they given you any tips or advice?
Louis: Little Comets were the best band to ever go on your first proper tour with.
Cody: They’re your friends straight away.
Louis: They’ve done it for so long and they have gone through the never ending cycle of the industry as well. Like when things don’t go your way but they do it themselves anyway, and they just graft it and bands who properly graft it are the best bands.
Cody: We’ve got a lot more solid on tour now as well. We’re not messy, everything’s in place, usually to schedule bar today because of the traffic, but it’s more of a team now. Whereas when we used to go on tour it was quite like individual things and we’d pack a hench suitcase for like one day, whereas now tour’s our home, so they just taught us to treat it like that.
Louis: It’s a bit like getting used to a new class, you know when you go back to school in September or New Year and you’ve switched around with people. When you first go on tour it’s like you all know each other really well but touring and the environment is so different. You’ve got to put up with everyone else’s personalities all the time.
Spencer: I think I can deal with it better being on tour.
Cody: Yeah it’s like this is home and our actual homes are like…
Louis: It’s shit.
Cody: Not shit, but this is what we live for.
So you’re from Brighton, if people are looking to go to a gig and afterparty situation, where are the best places to go out in Brighton?
Louis: I’m going to say where no one else will probably say – The Haunt, because you all hate it now.
Cody: Yeah The Haunt’s good, that’s a good one. There’s loads of cool bars, you’ve just got to go exploring down The Lanes, down The Lanes is where it’s at. There’s loads of cool little bars and you can find some good vibes.
Louis: The Hope and Ruin is cool.
Spencer: I quite like Audio.
Louis: Audio is cool.
Cody: Wait, it’s called Patterns now, Patterns upstairs.
Connor: Brighton’s got a whole load of cool venues and clubs, it’s a great night out.
Cody: Any kind of music you want, it’s there.
Connor: Concorde is sick as well. There’s so many, we just said them all!
Cody: Just go everywhere!
Are there a lot of new bands in Brighton at the moment? What’s the music scene like there?
Louis: I think in every town there’s lots of new bands. Brighton has got this painted image over it like there’s so many bands there and there is so many bands there.
Cody: We live there and it’s decreased in the amount of bands, there used to be a lot of bands in Brighton.
Spencer: Like young bands when we were coming up.
Cody: But obviously we wouldn’t know because we don’t live in Nottingham, we don’t live in Leeds, we don’t know if it’s the same, it might be exactly the same as every single other city, but there’s a fair few.
Louis: There’s like four gigs every night. On each night every venue has a gig on, I think it’s busy. The amount of support bands that are from Brighton, and we’ve got BIMM as well which is the music college.
Cody: It’s cool, you’ve got a range of genres. In Brighton it’s crazy, everyone just doesn’t give a fuck.
It strikes me as quite diverse…
Cody: Yeah definitely.
Louis: Oh Brighton is like the best place to live I think. It’s so diverse and you can do anything you want really and you feel comfortable doing what you want to do.
You have a very good relationship with your fans on social media, has this led to any strange fan encounters?
Cody: [Laughs] not like really, maybe a couple.
Louis: I mean the things is, every band says it, when you’re on tour you kind of get used to it. I’m not saying we’re a big band because we’re not, we’re only just starting, but because you’re seen as being onstage and everyone’s looking at you and thinking you’re like ‘the thing’, you’re the thing that everyone’s coming to see, the thing is everyone’s just normal people. That’s how we see it.
Cody: That’s right. We love to interact with Twitter people on social media as much as we can because then it makes them feel more special, and it’s nice. We enjoy chatting to people and we enjoy chatting to fans because it’s fucking rad. There’s people into our band, that’s so sick! Why wouldn’t I want to speak to those people?
Louis: Why not interact with everyone?
Connor: We all love meeting everyone, you meet so many people.
Cody: You meet some crazy people as well, but they’re the best ones.
What’s on your rider?
Spencer: Chinese tonight.
Cody: We’ve asked for a cut out of someone before.
Louis: Rick James.
Cody: Yeah Rick James. Never got that, hopefully we will one day.
Louis: We’re doing a lot of shows next year so hopefully we’ll get a cardboard cut out.
Cody: It’s usually just cider, beer, water, houmous, pitta bread…we’re pretty boring. Fruit, Monster Munch, we always get Monster Munch.
Louis: These boys love beer and I don’t like beer and I get like two ciders and then our merch guy drinks all the cider.
Cody: I think we asked for an iPad once and we didn’t get that, I was pretty pissed off.
Cody: They should have given us that to be fair, 200 cap venue you know.
Spencer: How dare they [laughs].
What have been your favourite songs and albums of 2015?
Louis: Foals – What Went Down is the best fucking album. Nothing else has really struck me.
Cody: There’s been really good albums this year man. I liked Bring Me The Horizon‘s album, I know it’s completely out of the box but I really enjoyed that album.
Cody: Yeah NAO’s sick.
Spencer: It’s not an album but it’s music.
Cody: I think Foals though, that’s the one.
Louis: Foals stands out. Albums that are from start to finish just good all the way through, there’s not one bad song or not one song you’d consider not the strongest. They’re all strong and they’re the best indie band really. When did Catfish and the Bottlemen‘s album come out? That was last year wasn’t it? Otherwise that would have been it.
Cody: That was a very, very strong album.
Louis: What about Little Comets – Hope Is Just A State Of Mind, when did that come out?
Cody: Yeah that’s a good album as well.
Connor: I’ll have to look at Spotify, I can’t remember.
As a band, what have been your highlights and stand out moments of 2015?
Spencer: Festivals were wicked.
Cody: Festivals were so sick.
Spencer: We did Boardmasters and Y Not? Festival in two weeks in a row and they were just mental.
Cody: It was madness. Just driving in a van to go and play those type of events, it’s just mind equals blown.
Louis: People just coming to watch us, we don’t really expect it. We’re just starting and we’re just building the foundations and for people to come and watch you, if it’s twenty people even, it’s wicked.
Spencer: We’re just so happy that people come along.
Cody: Also I think the main highlight is just we’ve been building up all these years and playing in these towns for this debut headline tour, and it’s finally nearly over. It’s mental, as if we did that, it’s crazy we’ve actually done that.
Spencer: Selling out the shows as well.
Cody: On the bucket list, that’s ticked. First one’s done, but yeah it’s been a mad year.
Speaking of bucket lists, do you have a list of goals you’d like to achieve as a band?
Cody: I think it’s just venues we want to play really.
Louis: If we could do Japan and places that you know you’re on that level where you can tour anywhere.
Cody: I’d like to play with some of our favourite bands like Foals and Two Door Cinema Club. Stuff like that, that would be rad and just smashing festivals out.
Louis: Being a household name, like bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rolling Stones. All these massive bands that everyone has a copy of their albums.
Cody: I want to headline Brixton Academy, that’s on my bucket list. I want to do that, that’s right at the top.
Connor: There’s loads of venues, like in the past three or four years that we’ve gone to as mates just going to gigs. Like we went to gigs at The Barfly and we did The Barfly and that was pretty weird.
Cody: Yeah that was strange.
Louis: Selling out a show where you walked past when you were fourteen and be like, ‘I want to sell that out one day’ and we did it. That was the first venue we wanted to tick off…So on to the next.
And finally, what are your plans for 2016?
Louis: Big. Lots of touring.
Cody: More music, more festivals, more shows and lots more banter.
Spencer: Times two.
Louis: And probably less cider.
Cody: We aren’t going to play it safe so we’ll just say that. It’s going to be a ride, it’s going to be wicked.
Words by Shannon Cotton