Interview: Nathan Pointon / The Lapels (Part 2)

FRESH FACES: The Lapels

Nathan Pointon in Part two of our Interview with ROg: TheRockPopBlog

The Lapels from left to right: Nathan Pointon (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Andy Lewis (Vocals, Lead Gutiar), Will Sabey (Bass-Guitar), Adam Bloor (drums) — all photography by Jason Bridges



Life has more to offer to The Lapels then just keeping their bills paid and hanging out in the same pubs forever. Adam, Nathan, Andy and Lewis are thoroughbred musicians and want to become the next big rock ’n‘ roll band in the UK.

In the second part of our interview Natahn gives us an insight into his thoughts on the current state of pop music, how The Lapels prepare for their gigs and what they think about Bavarian beer.






ROg: 
Most of you guys have just reached your twenties.
Adam is only fifteen years old. What do you have to do to get so well at such a
young age?

Nathan: 
Thank you! I would say that as a band, our
secret is simply just to rehearse everything properly and scrutinise each track
and make sure everything sounds good! 
Then literally just practice and practice until you can play stuff is
really the only advice I can give to get good at a young age.

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ROg: 
What are your recommendations to other young
lads who are trying to start a band?

Nathan
My recommendations for other people wanting
to start a band is make sure you have the right line up. You see so many bands
that have got weak links in them so you want everyone to be competent on their
instrument. And other than that you just want to gig constantly and get as much
experience as possible really.

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ROg
And what does a young band in 2019 have to do to
get noticed?
Nathan: 
To get noticed this day and age you just got
to keep plugging away and take every opportunity and hope you get a fan base to
like the material you write.
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ROg: 
You played nearly 50 gigs in 2018, didn‘t you?
That is a lot of experience you have gained in your first year. How did it feel
to get on stage for the first time as The Lapels?

Nathan
For all of us really, it wasn’t the first
time we’d played in front of people but obviously it was the first time we’d
played together live but from my memory it was pretty decent and everyone
played well so it wasn’t really a massive deal for any of us. 
Andy Lewis is the lead guitarist of the band and plays an Epiphone Casino
— all photography by Jason Bridges
ROg: 
How do you prepare for a live show?
Nathan: 
None of us really do anything special before a
gig really apart from have a few beers but I always stay in bed for the whole
day before a gig and that’s sort of become a routine for me and a running joke
within the band as I need to preserve my energy as it were. 

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ROg: 
So you have got enough energy for the aftershow parties! What do you do after your gigs?
Nathan: 
We do go on some nights out after gigs or go
back to Will’s house and get very drunk.

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ROg: 
What do you do besides playing music?
Nathan: 
We just play music really but other than that
we like to buy nice clothes and that and go down the pub and watch the
footy.  
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ROg: 
What are your thoughts of the current state of
pop music?
Nathan: 
One word. Dire. In desperate need of a good
rock n roll band to get rid of all this chart pop nonsense. 
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ROg: 
Are there any plans for a debut album?
Nathan: 
We have nothing in terms of debut album quite
yet. However we do have a series of releases planned during 2019. Starting with
Come And Have A Go b/w This Wretched Town on January 19th.


Who works a lot, may also celebrate! The Lapels like to bump into a successful gig. — all photography by Jason Bridges


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ROg: 
What else can we expect from The Lapels in
2019?
Nathan: 
Got some quality tunes coming out and we’ve
got a few radio sessions and hopefully just keep building our profile up. To
coincide with this first release we will be promoting throughout the UK and
Europe in the form of live shows, radio sessions and interviews.
ROg: 
Have you ever been to Germany and do you have
any plans on touring outside the UK?

Nathan: 
We can’t say we’ve ever been to Germany although
I’m sure we’d have a good laugh over there and yeah we’d love to tour outside
oft he UK at some point. 

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ROg: 
Since I’m from Bavaria and we have some kind
of a history in crafting beer, I just have to ask you this: What is your
favorite brand of beer?


Nathan: 
We like to drink Kronenbourg 1664 and Stella
Artois. 

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ROg
Disappointing from a Bavarian point of view… Have you ever tried Bavarian beer?

Nathan
Not, yet! But We’ll definitely give Bavarian beer a try at some point!
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“Come And Have A Go b/w This Wretched Town” is available on 7” Vinyl and all
digital stores since January 19th 2019.



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Josef Erl

Musizierender Schreiberling aus den Tiefen eines von Landwirtschaft besetzten Niederbayerns. Umringt von Feldwegen und Gülle-Tanks, kämpft er für eine lokale Musikszene, die zwar nicht tot ist, doch langsam aber sicher aus ihrem wohlverdienten Schönheitsschlaf erwachen dürfte.

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