Indietracks interview #12: Pete Astor

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Interview by Andy Hart (A Fog Of Ideas)

Ex-leader of The Loft, The Weather Prophets, and numerous other esteemed acts, Pete Astor’s songs remain timeless chamber-pop, brimming with wry lyrical insight and haunting melodic hooks. Now with Fortuna POP! his latest offering will be ‘Mr Music’, a bittersweet lament recorded with Veronica Falls and Ultimate Painting mainman James Hoare, continuing the story of indie auteur Astor in perfect style.

Hi Pete, please explain who you are and what you do.
My name is Pete Astor and I’ve done a bunch of things over the years. I think you might be asleep by the time I get to the end of it! Names, dates and guilty parties named and shamed here.

What do you know about Indietracks? Have you attended the festival previously? What are you looking forward to/what are you dreading?
Looking forward to being in the countryside, going for walks, seeing bands and maybe cows.

Will you have any product to sell, if so what? Is it reasonably priced?
My new single Mr. Music on 7″ on Fortuna POP! which is very reasonably priced.

What’s your favourite train?
Flying Scotsman

Describe the ‘look’ you’ll be going for at Indietracks.
Slightly foxed.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing at this year’s festival or are you being helicoptered in 5 minutes before your set and flown straight out again after?
Ralegh Long, Euros Childs, Catenery Wires, Martha, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Tigercats and Steven James Adams, particularly for his hardcore way of dealing with chattering audiences.

If you could pick any band living or deceased to play Indietracks anywhere on the bill on a stage of your choice who’ve never played previously, which band would you pick and on what stage and at what time?
Well, that would have to be The Velvet Underground, 1969 vintage, obviously.

Are there any surprises instore for your 2015 Indietracks performance (you can make stuff up)?
Juggling. Fire eating. Reading.

Any requests from you to the audience?
Try not to *look* bored, even if you are!

What can we expect from a Pete Astor solo set? Does it draw material from all the different projects you’ve been involved in?
It does. I’ll be playing songs from right across the different things I’ve done alongside the new songs. Also a ‘solo’ Pete Astor set at Indie Tracks will be me with all these fantastic people: Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Withered Hand) on vocals, Alison Cotton (The Left Outsides) on viola, Jack Hayter (Hefner) on pedal steel and guitar, Emma Winston on synth bass (Darren Hayman’s Long Parliament, Owl and Mouse) and Susan Milanovic (Feathers) on drums.