scotts Exclusive Interview with Alternative/Indie Band, Pacific

Music / September 6, 2019
by Johanna Roelich

We caught up with Alternative/Indie band from Cheshire; Pacific, ahead of their performance at Night People, Manchester, on the 7th September – a night we personally can’t wait to get in on!

Haven’t heard the guys yet? Well, their sound is unique; electric, upbeat with a dominant focus on the keys and soft but powerful rock vocals.

This year so far have seen the band sell out two shows in Manchester and Northwich, win Y Not Festival’s public vote to play the festival from 1,000s of acts that applied, as well as play live-on-air gig for BBC Introducing following single ‘Clarity’. They’re on their way to big things, and fast!

Get to know brothers & songwriters Anthony Orzel (Vocals/Piano) and Daniel Orzel (Synths/Bass/Backing Vocals), Dave Bithell (Guitars) and Drew Burns (Drums/Percussion) in this exclusive interview.

Can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about how you got into music?

Anthony: Hey, we’re Pacific, a four-piece piano-indie rock band from Manchester! We’re made up of brothers & songwriters  Anthony – frontman (vocals + piano) & Daniel (bassist/synths), alongside Drew (drums) & Dave (guitar). Myself & Dan grew up in a musical fam surrounded by instruments, we started getting into bands in our early teens – and then it all just stemmed from after we wrote our first tune really.

Describe your style in 3 words

Anthemic, energetic… PIANO.

Who have been your biggest influencers?

Anthony: Bands we grew up with: Muse, Kasabian, Foals, Coldplay, Keane – maybe our Dad’s favourite bands were in the back of our heads too. The Police. ELO?!

What’s your biggest achievement of your career so far?

Anthony: Our first BBC Radio 1 play was a big one. In recent times, probably winning the  national Y Not Festival public vote to play the festival!

We saw you guys at Y Not Festival and definitely left us wanting to see more of you! What was your biggest highlight from the festival?

Anthony: Probably our best gig to date. Double free helpings of spicy chicken nuggets from the McDonalds van on the Sunday morning was the definite highlight though.

You’re performing in Manchester on Saturday 7th September, what should your fans expect to see from your performance?

Anthony: Yeah we can’t wait, biggest headline of the year. Couple surprises for sure. New songs! And an exclusive different version of one of our latest singles this year, ‘Bottle This Love’.

What is the best venue you’ve performed in and why?

Anthony: We’ve always loved The Deaf Institute in Manchester. The venue just has such a uniquely cool vibe and a really great sound. Although who knows, Night People may be pip the spot come Saturday.

What’s the one venue you’re yet to play that would be the dream for you guys?

Anthony: My dream venue is the Royal Albert Hall – probably a little above our pay grade at the moment, maybe not!

If you could tour with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Anthony: Muse would be the dream tour support.

Are there any new bands / artists that you’re listening to at the moment that you think are pretty special?

Anthony: So I’ve seen The Blinders three times over the summer (MIF, Y Not Festival & Jimmy’s Liverpool) and I’m in love. The rest of the guys are quite concerned.

What else can we expect to see from Pacific this year?

Anthony: Plenty more gigs – we’ve just announced a support with Red Rum Club which is exciting! Plus (at least!) one more single release before the end of the year, following our most recent drop ‘Time to Forget’.

What is the ultimate dream?

For all of us: Headline slot on the Pyramid Stage. The ultimate!

Head over to Night People this Saturday (7th September) to catch these guys live! Get your tickets.

Photography credit: @barnaby_fairley

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