Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
Hatcham Social are Toby Kidd (lead vocals, guitar), Finn Kidd (drums, vocals) and David Claxton (guitar, vocals). “We formed in 2009” Toby tells us. “We wanted to make sounds with guitars. We grew up surrounded by rave culture, dance music, etc. We felt that synths sounded like the music our dads liked. So we wanted guitars. We also love synths, but we wanted to create something that was stark against that. We wanted to make something visceral and rooted in pop songs but with punk energy and attitude. We were very influenced by Postcard Records, The Pastels, Jesus and Mary Chain and all that post punk and indie pop attitude. Although we wanted to create our own version, not a repeat.”
WHAT are they singing about?
“The inspiration changes over time, with each record, and we are all inspired by different aspects of ideas I guess. With the new record The Birthday Of The World the jumping off point was something we all felt in the song To The Moon (Is This The Way Man Will Survive) on our previous record Cutting Up The Present Leaks Out The Future. We felt there was more to explore there.”
We loosely found ourselves writing about the end of mankind on earth and the escape to the stars, namely mainly Mars…but via some other ideas…
“We feed of ideas in films, books, comics, short stories. But underneath is really a reaction to the way we feel the world around us is, and the lives we are experiencing.”
WHERE are they from?
“Me and Finnigan grew up in mid Wales, much of our lives around towns called Llanidloes and Newtown. David grew up in Cheltenham, and spent some time in Bristol. But me and Finnigan have lived in London for a long time, Finnigan moving here when he was 15. I was 18 when I moved here. So really London has shaped us as adults.”
“I find that the exposure to so many people in London and the scenes that grow up and fizzle out constantly gives you (if you open your eyes to it) a huge amount of ideas to explore. On the contrary the solitude and isolation, nature’s cold winters wind, that we found growing up, give you a place to explore your limits and own ideas without much to distract you.”
WHY are they called ‘Hatcham Social’?
“We formed in 2009 after being in other bands. We wanted a name that spoke about being outside. We did not want to try and emulate the same sounds as everyone else trying to get on the radio. We wanted to make outsider music. We found that New Cross used to be called Hatcham and that Hatcham meant ‘an old clearing in the woods’. In our minds it kind of fit. We would create our own clearing. A bit romantic perhaps. Not sure what we think of it now. It is there now. A bond. A glue. For all our work since.”
WHEN can I see them live?
Hatcham Social set off on their own self curated headline UK Tour that will aim to celebrate local talent in November 2015.
NOV 24TH MANCHESTER – GULLIVERS(w/Douga). Tickets
NOV 25TH GLASGOW – HUG AND PINT(w/ Dave Fazer). Tickets
NOV 26TH BIRMINGHAM – THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE. Tickets
NOV 27TH LONDON – VICE HOUSE PARTY @ OLD BLUE LAST Event