The raw, angst-driven, don’t-take-things-too-seriously group of lads from the West of Scotland popped up on our radar when they opened up for Start Static and Divides on the opening night of King Tuts’ “New Year’s Revolution” on the first Saturday of 2015.
With a mix of vibrant youth and a tongue that’s so firmly in cheek they’d be forgiven for a permanent speech impediment, this band seem to be quite popular with the pop-punk crowd and caught up in a movement that seems to be sweeping across all corners of the country right now.
We fired some questions to the guys to find out a little more about this weirdly named band of funsters with the penchant for a satirical video and a well-structured lyrical pun – here’s what they had to say.
Who are Picnic Basket Nosedive and where do you come from?
We’re just a ragtag group of misfits from the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. We realised that there wasn’t much money in travelling in a van solving mysteries so we decided to travel in a van making even less money performing our easy on the ear pop punk jams all over the UK!
Introduce the band members?
Darren Coles (Vocals)
Kevin McCormack (Guitar/Vocals)
Ryan Print (Guitar/Vocals)
Lewis Print (Bass)
We recently found our new drummer but are yet to announce! All will be revealed soon…
How did you come up with the name Picnic Basket Nosedive?
We’ve somehow managed to gain a fan-base on our band’s name and even more ridiculous song titles alone! People are sometimes more excited over what we’re going to call the next song than actually hearing th song itself and that’s okay with us. We’ve been asked many times if the band’s name has any sexual connotations but in all honesty the real meaning behind it is so boring we like to allude to the mystery that surrounds it. We’re just a very hungry band. Literally.
How long have you been together?
As a band we’ve been around for years but only really started taking this seriously for the last 2 once we realised there are people out there genuinely interested in our music. We have changed drastically in that time – as we’ve improved with our instruments – we’ve become much more technical while keeping our foot firmly in the pop punk realm. Lyrically we’ve gone from comical subjects to a source of venting youth angst while keeping the tongue firmly in cheek.
Have/Do you play(ed) in other bands?
Darren is the only original member of the band but growing up Darren and Ryan were both in heavier bands. Before Kevin joined he was originally an acoustic singer-songwriter and this is Lewis’ first proper band.
How do you approach recording your material?
The majority of the writing process is conducted from Darren’s bedroom (the only magic that ever happens in there, wheyyyy!) and all tied up, finished at Tasty HQ – our practice space. We all chip in with parts but Darren is the primary lyricist.
Any new material on the horizon?
We are currently writing new music and will have a new single ‘Save Yourself The Trouble’ coming in the next month!
How do you go about writing a song?
In more recent times we have been equal in writing parts but it was predominantly Darren who wrote the majority of material, it’s been his baby for a long time after all! As we’ve grown together as the current lineup we’ve started to develop our own unique sound through our collective influences and are inspired by a lot of the same subject matters. It’s now very democratic!
How would you describe your sound to our readers who have not yet heard you?
Like a very riffy Blink 182, or as a Top 40 loving friend once described it – “a pure heavy version of Busted”.
What is the one stand out track everyone should hear?
Our most popular song would have to be Stay Classy Jennifer, it’s a live favourite and a lot of fun to sing along to! We also feel the best track that sums up the full extent of who we are would have to be The Same Old Fashioned New Year.
I recently watched your video for Meshuggah, We’re Going Down – tell us all about it!
It was definitely an idea that was in the works for a while. You see far too many lazy bands regurgitating the same arbitrary ideas and we love making fun of people so it felt right. We realise the irony of being a band in a genre full of regurgitated ideas but if you can’t make fun of yourself, you should just slap yourself in the face.
What is the best gig you’ve played so far?
Having played literally hundreds of gigs over the years it’s very hard to pick a particular one. The first time we played King Tuts was definitely a personal accomplishment, we started to feel like we mattered at that point.
What can fans expect from the live show?
A group of lads in their early to mid twenties acting like petulant toddlers. Darren loves to climb and dry hump things.
If you could land a dream support slot, who would it be with, and why?
Our favourite bands are Four Year Strong, Say Anything, The Wonder Years, and Coheed and Cambria. I suppose opening for any of them would be a dream come true, obviously opening for a massive band in our genre like Blink 182 (Ed: unlikely now) or A Day To Remember would be an amazing experience too.
What’s next for Picnic Basket Nosedive?
We’ll be going back out on tour in April and be demoing for a new EP. We’re just aiming to play to anyone who wants to listen to us and maybe rack up a couple of festival slots.
Where can people keep in touch and follow your movements?
Being a band with a quirky name you can find us easily with a quick Google search. You can find our music on all popular digital distribution sites. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter
How important do you think an online presence is?
Social networking is a very integral part of our modern society, but due to an over-saturation of bands all vying for attention we are trying to get back to grassroots and make a more personal touch with the experience as a band. We go to other local shows, flyer everywhere we can and talk to people more in person about the band and what we’re up to.
Online is a great way to build a fan-base all over the world, but if you should always strive to make yourselves a hometown hero first, and that’s through getting out there and making yourselves known in a personal matter.