Indietracks interview #18: Countryside

Today we welcome Stephen from Countryside, melodic shoegazers who have been described as producing “epic and dreamy synth-tinged rock” with “hints of Grandaddy and Guided by Voices topped with heavenly laconic vocals and a heady psychedelic sensibility.”
The band recently performed at the Big Pink Cake weekender in Bristol, and we can’t wait to see them in the Derbyshire countryside –surely their natural setting!

Hi Stephen, tell us a little bit about yourselves..

We’re an indie rock band from Somerset, currently based in Bristol. We’ve recently supported Athlete and Secret Machines and are currently finishing off some recordings for a double EP. We’re trying to find our way, a bit like a mountaineer without a map or GPS, using the landscape as a guide…

Ooh, and what music are you enjoying at the moment?


Err loads! Chad van Gaalen, Flaming Lips, Earlimart, Built to spill, Super Furry Animals, Metric, Elliott Smith stuff, Built like Alaska…

Sounds like a good line-up to us! Tell us about an unusual place you’ve played a gig in the past.

We played indietracks a couple of years ago in the little church, which was quite weird… we’ve also played in bowling alleys, tents, fields, bedrooms, strip club, boats and cow shed, so its almost unusual for us to play in a normal venue!


Do you have any surprises planned for the Indietracks festival?

Yes! Nasa have been kind enough to…

OK Stephen – we’ll leave it there! We’ve got lots more band interviews coming up, so do keep on reading!