Band Interview: The Proposal

Why did you pick your band name?

We were struggling to think of a name for our band for quite a few weeks! Eventually our bassist came up with the name, when he said ‘so what do we propose for a name?!…oh …hang on…The Proposal!’

Who writes the songs, what are they about?

I (Lindz) write the songs at home on my guitar or keys and then bring them to practice – then then play them to the rest of the band and then they add all their parts – which really make the songs what they are. The band came about this way really – I had written loads of songs and roped the boys into playing…they all met each other for the first time ever at our first band practice – even though I knew them all individually from other bands and the pub! Lately our guitarist Benjie has written riffs/chord structures and then I’ve added lyrics to them.
The songs are about life – either first hand experiences or stories I’ve heard.

What is your favourite song that you’ve produced?

For me this is REALLY hard to answer it changes frequently! Overall as a band we love to perform Nobody Knows as it starts off quite minimal and dark but builds to be quite powerful. Our audiences have commented that they also like Ghost Writing, Time Is Not Enough, Rip up the Distance, and Secret Pleasures.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever played and why?

We’re torn: we love playing The Old Courts – and at the Noise For Nepal 1 gig as we felt like we really ‘clicked’ as a band for the first time on that day, but also our last gig, at the Korova Bar in Preston was amazing – great venue, atmosphere and the audience were getting really into it and involved.

If you could gig with any musician alive or dead who would you pick?
We all have so many different influences it’s hard to choose anyone in particular…Pulp, Television, Ash, The Kinks, The Stone Roses, Pink Floyd…our list could go on forever!

How much time do you put into your music per week?

We practice once a week at Urban Sounds – but being really good mates we all speak pretty much every day to plan gigs etc.

Any big news this year we should know about?

Obviously playing Wigan Live Festival is a massive thing for us as we weren’t ready last year, and missed out…so we’re excited to be a part of it this year!
We’re looking forward to a busy autumn and are looking forward to playing gigs in Wigan, St Helens, Preston, Manchester and we’ve been invited to play a single launch in London with our friends The Buddha Pests. We’re also hoping to gig in Northern Ireland and finish off some recording with a view to maybe releasing an album on CD later in year.

Listen to, and read more about The Proposal here