The Famous Company caught up with Cassava – an indie-rock four-piece playing in their hometown for Southampton’s up and coming day festival, Common People. The band proclaim their love for Southampton’s burgeoning music scene, their influences and playing with their heroes:
First off, how was your after party gig with Black Honey last night?
It was really good. Obviously everyone’s coming from Common People, so there was a lot of people with lazy eyes leaning up against the walls.
How do you rate the music scene in Southampton?
In the past year and a half it’s gotten a lot bigger and there’s loads and loads of bands coming out. There’re more people backing it as well, like if you look at the Uncommon Stage today, most of them are local.
Do you have any on-tour essentials?
Beer and water… and somewhere to get food, pretty much [laughs].
Have you played many festivals before?
We’ve played a fair few, we played Common People last year quite a bit earlier, about 2pm. We’ve played a few local ones, and got a few coming up over Summer, should be fun.
How do you compare playing at festivals to standard venues, is there a preference?
It’s fun, the atmosphere and stuff like that. Like today, we went to drop our gear off and there were three bands over there that we know and we’re quite pally with, so you go and have a beer with them. It’s a nicer atmosphere.
Are there any particular bands at Common People you want to see over the weekend?
We’re hoping to catch The Magic Gang, and… Blaenavon… I can’t say it [laughs].
What standout shows have you played so far?
We’ve all got a couple of different ones. We did a couple of sold-out shows in Southampton last year, like the Joiners and that, that was amazing. Like a packed out room of people that’s come purely to see us, that meant quite a bit. But for me, we supported Milburn, and that’s a band that since I was 15, I loved ‘em. So to be on the same bill as them, that was quite special.
Is there an aim for you guys to be signed, or are you happy going it alone?
At the moment, we just want as many shows as we can, we just love playing. Doing shows is our main aim and building up a fanbase, getting loads of music out, and hopefully getting people on board.
But eventually, obviously, we wanna be signed.
Has your music evolved since you first started playing?
Massively, we think it’s matured. Torrin’s got more pedals now [laughs]. We’ve got a bigger sound now, and who we’re influenced by has changed quite a lot. It’s like a pic’n’mix of bands we love. We’ve gotten better; we’ve got more fans [laughs]!
Do you find yourself more inspired by old or current music?
Absolutely everything. One of the blokes I work with started playing The Editors the other day. I haven’t heard them in years, but it’s funny what rubs off on you. We’ve even started listening to psych music a bit, and now we’ve got weird noises in our intros and stuff. So without even realising, we’ve picked that up.
What’s next for Cassava?
We’re going back in the studio over the next couple of months to record a couple more songs, and get a few shows lined up around the country as well as some festivals.
Cassava’s latest single ‘In the End’ is out now!