Dreamy electro-pop three-piece Afghan Sand Gang recently saw off the release of their latest single ‘Envy’, released on Cabbage’s record label Brassicka Records. Made up of Matthew Burgess on vocals and synthesisers, Patrick Neville on vocals and guitar and William Owen on bass, the group’s work has been described as a “cross between The Music, MGMT and the Cliff Martinez Drive soundtrack” by Silent Radio. Ahead of the band’s latest appearance in Manchester at Night People on 11th May, we caught up with vocalist and synth-maestro Matthew Burgess.

// Hello Afghan Sand Gang! How would you describe yourselves as a band?

We are a band of Mossley Hill folk who create electronic dream-pop music.

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

We have just released a brand new single last week which is available on all major streaming platforms. We also have a new EP that will be coming out in the next couple of months. Our brand new expanded live show debuts at Night People on 11th May.

// What music have you been listening to this week?

Fishing for Fishies by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard on repeat all day.

// Dream band or artist to share a stage with?

Daft Punk

// What’s the best gig you’ve been to over the last 6 months?

We recently supported our pals The Rhythm Method at YES in Manchester on St. Paddys Day and they got the whole crowd partying to their music. It was certainly the most fun I’ve had at a gig in the last 6 months.

// Do you have any track that is fairly challenging for you to play live? How do you address that?

Pretty much every song is very challenging for me as I have to program the drum machine, play the Korg synth and perform the main vocal on most songs. It results in not even getting to look up to see if anyone is even enjoying it.

// What is your favourite song to perform? Why?

Our finishing song ‘Mantra’ because it was the first song we made and I still feel is one of the best as it just goes on a complete journey and this comes across well live in my opinion.

// What’s your favourite emoji?

🤮

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Afghan Sand Gang perform at Night People on Saturday 11th May. Tickets are available here.

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