Since moving to Manchester and meeting at local music college meeting at BIMM, indie five-piece Gathering Of Strangers have built up a strong following with regular shows across the city. Their appearance at Night People comes just a few days on from the release of latest single ‘LADY’. We caught up with the band ahead of the show.
Hello Gathering Of Strangers! How would you describe yourself as a band?
// The band comprises of five very different personalities each having separate and personal influences. These in turn effect how we write music as a collective. We are currently writing our most forward thinking and pop driven music to date.
Is there anything you’re working on we should know about?
// We are releasing our single Lady on the 25th of this month, alongside it we will headline Night People in Manchester on the 29th. We are also hoping to release new material in the months following this.
Do you have a favourite venue in Manchester?
// Amongst us we can all agree that The Albert Hall is a strong favourite, we’ve all witnessed some special gigs in this venue and would love to play it given the opportunity.
Dream band or artist to share a stage with?
// As cliché as it is, we all share a deep and uncontrollable love for The Red-Hot Chilli Peppers, they’re a band we can all relate to and have always had around in our lives. It’s a pipe dream but playing with them would be surreal.
If you could master one instrument, what would it be?
// We think it would be wise to master our own instruments first.
What’s the best gig you’ve been to over the last 6 months?
// The 1975 couldn’t be any more relevant as a band at the moment and our Bass player Bruce had the chance to watch one of his favourite bands on their current UK tour. Andre enjoyed Brian Wilson at Doncaster Racecourse and Conor caught Earth Wind & Fire at the Apollo in Manchester.
Do you have any track that is fairly challenging for you to play live? How do you address that?
// There’s no particular song we find most difficult as we work really hard in rehearsals to avoid this issue. Our biggest challenge playing live is capturing the audience, being able to win over a crowd is the most testing yet rewarding part of playing a live show.
Where’s your favourite drinking spot in Manchester?
// Usually in the comfort of our own homes whilst binge watching too much Netflix.
Gathering Of Strangers perform at Night People on Friday 29th March. Tickets are available here.