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LIVE PREVIEW: Communion New Faces Tour 2015

This November Communion’s New Faces tour will embark on its fourth trip around the UK. The tour boasts the label’s finest line up so far, with music provided by Brighton’s very own vocal wonder-man Jack Watts, Shrewbury’s soulful Dan Owen, London indie-groove pop outfit Flyte, and topping the bill are the enchanting Yorkshire duo, Seafret.

We grabbed a few minutes with each of the acts ahead of the tour to chat more about what they do and why this tour is a must-see.

FLYTE

The Communion New Faces tour is happening this November, it’s helped launch many artists in the live arena. Looking back at who has previously played, which act would’ve been a must see for Flyte?

We were lucky enough to have Annie Eve support us when we headlined Oslo in London, she put on a wonderful show, very dark and atmospheric. Kimberly Anne also played with us at the Electric Ballroom and we were well impressed, fantastic voice.

You focus on maintaining a lyrical depth to your songs, often focussing on serious real life situations, what drew you to writing songs this way?

The best lyrics are an attempt to explain or make sense of reality in some way. All the songwriters we love have been able to do this distinctively. That’s what we’re aspiring towards. If the words mean something to someone then the music will too. 

A song we’re listening to right now… Grace Lightman – Vapour Trails’

Flyte Social Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter

SEAFRET

The Communion New Faces tour is happening this November, it’s helped launch many artists in the live arena. Looking back at who has previously played, which act would’ve been a must see for Seafret?

For us, Annie Eve is a must see. We saw her perform at Communions Bushstock festival a few years ago and she blew us away. 

Your song titles carry vivid imagery, and also tend to follow a nautical theme, which also relates to your band name. Do you often find yourselves thinking about the sea?

All the time, we think of the sea and think of home. You kind of take it for granted growing up there but the sea has always played a big part in our lives, we grew up right next to it in Bridlington. 

We’ve written songs based on what’s happening around us and naturally use words that give images of the sea.

Moving to London was a really exciting and inspiring thing for us, but at the same time, it also made us appreciate and  be grateful for where we come from.

A song we’re listening to right now… ‘Nathaniel Rateliff – ‘You Should Have Seen The Other Guy’

Seafret Social Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter

JACK WATTS

The Communion New Faces tour is happening this November, it’s helped launch many artists in the live arena. Looking back at who has previously played, which act would’ve been a must see for you?  

The act that would be a must see for me would be Fyfe, his melodies are incredible and the way the music sounds complex in a relaxed way always resonates with me. 

Your voice is stunning, who are the vocalists that you looked up to when you were growing up?

I think the obvious person to mention would be Jeff Buckley, because he really was the first musician that conveyed pure emotion to me on all levels, through the words, his vocals and the music. I was flawed as soon as I heard Mojo Pin. But I also really looked up to Ryan Adams vocally because of the genuine emotion that comes across in such an unstructured way. I also love Angel Olsen’s voice purely because it makes me want to cry before even listening to what she’s saying, but I also admire the way she varies her tone to suit the mood of the song and pulls it off every time.

A song I’m listening to right now… ‘Luke Temple – Florida’

Jack Watts Social Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter

DAN OWEN

The Communion New Faces tour is happening this November, it’s helped launch many artists in the live arena. Looking back at who has previously played, which act would’ve been a must see for you?

Amber Run are a great band.  Saw them this year at Barn on the Farm and thought they were brilliant. They watched my set too and we got to hang out a bit after which was cool.

I saw you support Rae Morris recently, and you really impressed me. For most of us, we have preconceptions about what we expect to see from an acoustic performer, but you totally knocked it out of the park, you have so much energy and a unique way of delivering the songs. What’s usually running through your head when you’re up on-stage?

It’s a mixture of putting myself back into the situation I was in when I wrote the song, and half monitoring the crowd for ways I can possibly make the gig better.  I find I feed off of a crowd’s reaction and up my game.

A song I’m listening to right now… ‘Edward Sharpe Mag Zeros – Home’

Dan Owen Social Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter

The Communion New Faces tour kicks off in Manchester on 19th November, and will run throughout the UK, before it culminates in Brighton on 26th November. Tickets are available here and the full list of tour dates are below.

Thu 19 Nov: Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Fri 20 Nov: Studio 2, Liverpool
Sat 21 Nov: Rainbow, Birmingham
Mon 23 Nov: The Bullingdon, Oxford
Tue 24 Nov: Louisiana, Bristol
Wed 25 Nov: St Stephen’s Church, London
Thu 26 Nov: Green Door Store, Brighton
Charlotte Holroyd
A lover of music and cinema. Constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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