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An interview with The Strawberries- Leeds Festival

THE JACK Rocks This Feeling stage made it’s first appearance at Leeds Festival this year, and rock ‘n’ roll band, The Strawberries found themselves worthy of a slot. I chatted to the band about their journey to the stage and their plans for the future…


“Tape does not fix this sh*t,” was murmured as we began the interview. “The mud has splashed everywhere up my docs-bad idea…”


This quote could not sum up everyone’s Leeds Festival experience better in one sentence…


“We turned up this morning feeling a little bit fresh, that can no longer be said I don’t think…”

With it being the both the band’s and stage’s debut at the festival, there was a little confusion regarding the name of the stage from the band…


“We just played This Feeling Jack stage about an hour ago… Jack Rocks This Feeling, yeah that’s the one, we will get there in the end!” they laughed. “That’s the wrong way around, but the right way?”


Despite only forming around nine months ago, the band admitted they had known each other a lot longer than before they become the outfit that is now The Strawberries.


“We were just four people that became a band. We got our sh*t together about nine months ago.” The band explained.


“It just clicked really, we were jamming around for about three months before we became a band, and then one day we found our sound- before that it was so much more casual.”


When asking the band what inspired their style, they replied: “It’s really just one big f**king mixing pot of what we all like…”


“Everyone has very different influences,” they continued: “We’ve got like the obvious ones like The Staves and The Beatles and stuff like that, but we also listen to stuff like Mac Demarco, Tame Impala and The Strokes- a varied amount really.”


“When we come together it makes something entirely different! No one really has any real control, in a way the music controls us really…”


Appearing on the bill alongside a superb Sunday line up at Leeds festival, I thought I’d ask the band who they we’re most looking forward to checking out during the day.


“Hopefully we’re gonna go and see King Gizzard and Fat White Family,” they said, “We really want to see King Gizzard though, and Bang Bang Romeo and Paves too.”


With the highly anticipated headliners, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, also performing on the same day as the band, I asked if they would be going to see their set too.

“We will see where the day takes us, but we may go and see them,” they began to explain: “They’ve got their own flying around (Leeds Festival) today, that’s what we need,” they laughed-“That’s the ultimate goal really!”


What’s more, the band told me what they would be up to after their slot at Leeds Festival.


“We’ve already released our single, ‘Laburnum House,’ but we’re going on tour after this between September and October.”


And given the electric reaction the band received at their hometown at Leeds Festival, the band is certainly one to catch on a tour at a venue near you.


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