Self-described as “abrasive, alt-synth pop with pastiche references to Y2K chart toppers”, local indie outfit Mealtime have quickly found fans with a string of shows across the city. We caught up with the band ahead of a headline show at YES this month on a co-headline tour with Wyvern Lingo, with support and Darcie. Last tickets are on sale now for £5.

// How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Mealtime consists of six multi-instrumentalists. We’re abrasive but glossy. We love to look back on early Y2K pop and R&B as a key influence to our sound, but keep it fresh with some hot fresh modern jams too y’know? We eat a lot of hot sauce, communally. Mealtime is our shared baby.

// Is there anything you’re working on that we should know about?

We’ve written and recorded more than an album’s worth of material already, so we’re trying to work out the best way to get that into the world. Maybe a stage play? A rock opera? A re-enactment of the CBBC classic show Get Your Own Back with Dave Benson Phillips? Who knows.

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Do you have a favourite venue in manchester?

There’s so many! Gorilla, Band on The Wall, YES, The White Hotel, The Apollo, Deaf Institute. They’ve all got their own charms and we’re lucky to be in a city with so many vibrant, diverse performance spaces. You can literally walk out any night of the week and find a fantastic show.

// What’s your favourite song to perform and why?

Rain Like This has got to be a highlight, it’s got a great groove when we’re playing it all together. It just feels comfortable. We’re only a few gigs in with our current material so everything it genuinely a joy to play, we’ll see how long that lasts, but we’re loving it at the minute!

// Whats the best gig you’ve been to in the last 6 months?

The Streets at the Apollo, Kero Kero Bonito at Gorilla, eeerrrm, we supported Working Mens Club back in December at The Deaf Institute, who are an amazing new band. They were class to play alongside and their new tune Bad Blood is sick!

// Dream artists to share a stage with

Timbaland/Derek Acorah.

// Best purchase you ever made?

…tickets to our Yes gig, obviously. Erm. Probably a TR-8 drum machine.

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Mealtime perform at YES on Monday 25th February 2019. Tickets are available here.

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