Leeds-band Quentins Basement continue to impress us over and over again with their undying energy and musical style. Just one listen to ‘Lets Get Away’ and instantly you’ll be hit by buoyant rhythms that will make you want to dance and a lyrical savviness that echoes the Arctic Monkeys. We grabbed a chat with lead singer, Callum Talbot, to talk about who inspired him to pick up a guitar and start playing, their first gig together and much more.
Bitter Sweet Symphonies: Who was the first person to inspire you to pick up an instrument and play?
Callum Talbot: “My uncle made me watch a Jimi Hendrix documentary and as soon as I saw him play I just thought ‘Fuck…I fancy a bit of that’ and the ball just rolled from there, got my first guitar for my 8th birthday and haven’t looked back!”
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
“My dad had a banjo and as a kid I was fascinated by it, just ended up teaching myself bits and bobs when I was about 7-8ish!”
When did you realise that music was your passion and you had to pursue it?
“Probably when we first sold out the Cockpit. We were only really young, maybe 16 ish and we packed out room two, there were people wanting photos with us and wanting us to sign things and that. It was surreal haha and since then it’s just been almost like we’re attempting to get that same reaction every gig!”
Where did you play your first gig?
“A rugby club in Horsforth, we barely all fit on the stage!”
What’s your earliest musical memory?
“My uncle and my dad making me choose who I preferred between Elvis and Rod Stewart. I had no idea who either of them were at the time so I chose Elvis cause he was my dad’s musician of choice, then they forced me to listen to them both, and I’m glad they did!”
Who is your favourite songwriter?
“Alex Turner without a shadow of a doubt. I don’t even know what else to say, every single song he’s written whether it solo, with the Arctic Monkeys or The Last Shadow Puppets, there’s always something in every single one of them that blows a little bit of your mind.”
A song lyric that means a lot to me is…
“‘I’m standing alone, I’m watching you all, I’m seeing you sinking’ from Stone Roses – Fools Gold.”
A song that describes my current mood/frame of mind at this time is…