Ballboy’s love affair with independent music began in 1999 with the release of their first EP ‘Silver Suits for Astronauts’ on SL Records. Since then, four further albums have followed – ‘Club Anthems 2001’ (An EP compilation,) ‘A Guide for the Daylight Hours,’ ‘The Sash My Father Wore and Other Stories’ and ‘The Royal Theatre.’ A fifth album is now in the pipeline. They have toured the UK umpteen times as well as the USA and Sweden. John Peel was a huge fan and they recorded four Peel sessions, including a live Christmas broadcast from John’s house, the ultimate honour.
Hello Ballboy! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourselves….
Gordon: We are 3 boys and a girl from Edinburgh, Scotland. We make music, but not the kind you have to write down with squiggles on fancy paper (apart from Pete the Cello Genius).
Alexa: Two girls if you count Veronica the melodica.
Tell us about an unusual place you’ve played a gig in the past
Gordon: Nothing springs to mind from the last year, but the most unusual one ever was either by the side of a primary school swimming pool or on a makeshift stage on a front lawn in Sweden.
Alexa: Birmingham 😉
Do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year?
Gordon: We have a new album “I worked on the ships” out in August and I have a play with music that I have cowritten opening in November.
Alexa: I need to get 2 more rabies boosters
Do any band members have any particular skills, hobbies or claims to fame you wish to share?
Gordon: I can juggle, Nick can cure headaches, Gary can make whole new worlds out of PVC glue and old hair, and Alexa has rabies.
Nick: I can also cure hiccups.
Alexa: I would like to point out that I don’t have rabies in case they don’t let me in at the English border. But I can make puffin noises.
What’s going to be on your compilation tapes as you travel down to Indietracks?
Gordon: iPod on shuffle so it could be anything really, but the new Wave Pictures album will be on there at some point.
Alexa: Roxette – which may mean I get kicked out of the van before Newcastle.
Do you have any surprises planned for the Indietracks festival?
Gordon: Any surprises will probably be a surprise to us too.
Alexa: for health and safety shouldn’t we mention that Nick is planning on jumping off a crane onto a car bonnet?
What attracted you to play the Indietracks festival?
Gordon: Independent music….in the countryside…in the summer…with trains!
Alexa: Two words – steam train
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the Indietracks festival, and why?
Gordon: The Wave Pictures because they are the best new band (ie new to me) that I’ve heard in the last few years.
Alexa: The Smittens
Thanks everyone! We’ll look forward to catching you on the main stage on Saturday….