Blue Nation Q&A

We sat down with Blue Nation ahead of their headline show at The Sunflower Lounge on Saturday 28th September to find out more about the band.

Can you tell us more about yourselves and how the band got together?
We’ve been together about 3 years now and one of the first things we did was write and record our latest album “The Kaftan Society”. Luke (Bass) and I (Neil, singer & Guitarist) had a mutual friend who put us in touch with each other and I scoured the internet looking for Chris (drums)

Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
I (Neil) came up with the name Blue Nation while watching the news one night. The news is obsessed with painting a certain story to keep everyone in place and down so it kind of hit me that as a nation we look at things the wrong way sometimes. So that’s how the name Blue Nation came about.

What inspires you to write and create music?
Everything and anything really. It can be a situation that one of us experiences or one we see enfolding in-front of us. One of the songs on the new album is about a train ride from London to Birmingham and a girl I sat next to.

Tell us about any upcoming releases for the band…
We have just released the album on Vinyl and the response has been incredible. The need and want for vinyl has always been there but we never expected this reaction. We have just started writing again so expect some new tunes in the future.

Are there any local artists that you recommend we listen to?
Top 3 would have to be MeMe Detroit, The Pagans and VSDN. The Birmingham scene is alive and well at the moment which is great for not only bands but the industry!

What’s next for you guys after this show and into 2020?
Touring and spreading the word of the album. In 2020 we may head into the studio but we want to play to as many people as possible so that’s the focus!

If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
Good question, I think we are all different so all three of us would say different things but for me, it would have to be Foo Fighters I reckon. Yeah that ones on the list for sure!

Do you have any pre or post gig rituals? If so what and why?
All three of us have different ways of preparing but we are all pretty relaxed. Chris is normally warming up while I do my vocal warm ups and Luke is normally messing about and quoting spinal tap as we walk to the stage.

What’s your favourite Birmingham hang out?
Our fave hangout is the Night Owl for sure. If we play a local gig then we end up there for sure. The cover of the album was actually taken at the Night Owl!

And finally, what can people expect from your show at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham on 28/09/2019?
On the 28th expect some surprises! I’m not saying anymore than that!