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The Generals Interview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Fryatt   
19 08 2010
ImageWith an 80/20 split in favour of local musical talent, Sunderland's Split Festival is an opportunity for up and coming bands like Little Comets, The Mammal Club and The Generals to show their worth alongside established acts such as Detroit Social Club, Maximo Park and The Futureheads. Chris Fryatt ventured out of the Floatation Suite office for the day to meet up with The Generals' front man Dave Cuthbertson to chat about the future of his band and how they feel about supporting some of the region's best acts at Split Festival 2010.

CF: Maximo Park and The Futureheads have performed all over the world, so from a local point of view, how does it feel to be on the same bill at them at Split Festival?

DC:
Well, I think it's an absolutely fantastic thing for us. We've been kicking about quite a while, doing the stuff that The Generals do, all our original stuff, and we've just finished writing our new album and we've just been out gigging that. Barry from The Futureheads came to one of the gigs and heard a couple of tracks from the new album and it snowballed from there. For us to be on the same bill as Maximo Park and the Futureheads, for us, for what they've achieved internationally is a massive thing especially as they are from the region so it's truly inspiring. But at the same time, I feel it's justified as well.

CF: So there success is obviously something you're trying to aspire to...

DC:
Yeah, I think everybody is in the same boat, wanting to achieve something out there regardless of it being the heights of what Maximo are doing, playing the festivals, or Frankie and the Heartstrings who haven't been around that long, but are playing Glastonbury which I think is an absolutely fantastic achievement. I can't see why we can't be there this time next year and like I said previously, I think it's justified and it's our time to get our new album and our music heard out there.

CF: The Split Festival is a great thing for the local music scene in Sunderland so there will be some newer bands looking at what you are doing as well...

DC:
Yeah, definitely. It speaks volumes that there's a Battle Of The Bands to get a slot at Split, which I think is a great idea because it's really hard for people like Barry and the show organisers to get out there and see local bands. I think a good way of not letting the really good bands slip through the net is a Battle Of The Bands and it can be looked at in two ways. It can be looked at as competitive but, in a way, that's a good thing because it makes everybody play and write harder. We've never been into [the music] and practising as hard as we are now with the new album and everything, we've been practising near enough every day to get up to scratch and luckily Barry came, saw the band, and it snowballed from there. He thought we were good enough to play straight away so it's a massive achievement, definitely.

CF: You've mentioned your new album, but what's next for The Generals?

DC:
We've got a couple of gigs in the pipeline. We've been asked to open a new big music venue called Riverside Live in Newcastle, which used to be Sea Nightclub, which they've spent an absolute fortune regenerating. What they are trying to do is, with some involvement from the Carling Academy, have a big music venue as there doesn't seem to be any around at the moment. Again, they have listened to our new stuff, our new album and single, and asked us to open that at the end of August. Then we've got a couple of local gigs just to showcase the new songs and then on to the Split and onwards and upwards from there hopefully.

CF: Where will you be playing the local gigs?

DC:
We'll be playing the likes of Bar Seven and Pure in Sunderland. We've played quite a few gigs in Independent and that's where Barry came to see the band. It's just to get a feel from our fans about the new songs and the direction that we are actually going in and we've finally found our sound that we're really happy with.

CF: So your fans' influence plays a big part in the music and songs that you do?

DC:
Yeah, definitely. I think every band is obviously influenced from somewhere, regardless of whether it be record collections, your fans, ideas that you get into or comedy you get into. I think the Futureheads album is absolutely tremendous and I love Maximo Park's stuff. I've never actually met Maximo until the Split press launch day, but they're a really, really good band. We've been to a couple of festivals just as spectators and I think one of the biggest goals for us is to get our new album and our new songs out there next year.

CF: Great. Well good luck, Dave.

DC:
Cheers mate.
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