This week saw Brighton band Reckless Intentions release their debut EP Lights. The reviews speak for themselves… “Lights is the kind of debut record you want to make” and “blistering nugget of pure pop punk delight” hint at what’s to come. They are currently in the middle of a heavy promotion schedule but had time to drop into the The Astronomer to record a SoundCheck session and a quick Q&A with guitarist and lead singer Matty Halliwell.
DISORDER: What are you working on right now?
MATTY: Well we’re releasing our debut EP this month, so we’re throwing everything at playing as many shows as possible, getting ourselves out there and getting it to people’s ears! We’ve already started work on new material, which hopefully we’ll be able to add to our setlist in the next few weeks. It’s sounding really different and fresh, so we’re excited to move onto the next project.
What people, places or things inspire you?
I’m quite a nostalgic person, so I take a lot of inspiration from some of the more cliché parts of life - simple things like roadtrips, bumpy romances and all that. In terms of myself as a person, I’ve always had a soft spot for The Bay Area in California, which itself is filled with clichéd lifestyles, and wanting to eventually live there has driven a lot of the things that I’ve done both musically and personally. Most of the bands that inspire my songwriting come from that sort of area, and when I’ve visited there it’s left me with a huge love for the way of life and the imagery of San Francisco/Oakland.
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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
I think the music scene is probably the best in the country here. It’s big enough that you can go under the radar while you’re growing as musicians, but once you’re ready to step up there are just so many opportunities to get yourselves out there and play to large audiences. DIY shows are particularly successful here, so it really suits us as a band. Having the beach on your doorstep is never a bad thing either!
What is your ultimate ambition?
The first 4 shows I ever went to see when I was a kid (Take That, Coldplay, Muse and Green Day) were all at Wembley Stadium, so playing a show there has been a life long ambition of mine. Obviously it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do, but we’ll see…
What/where do you like to eat or drink?
Unfortunately, they’ve just started delivering Mcdonalds in my area, which means I’ll probably be extremely broke and overweight in a few months’ time. The thing about Mcdonalds is that it’s a manageable thing to enjoy, because normally you walk past it once or twice a week, but having that temptation there 24/7 is unwise to say the least.
What do you like the least about yourself?
Probably the fact that I’m a very self-critical person, which is a bit of an ironic response. If we play a show where the sound isn’t great/we’re not completely on top of our game I’ll beat myself up a fair bit, which I think is something that the boys might find a bit tiring as well!
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What talent do you wish you had?
I’d love to play the drums. I always wanted to as a kid, but it was too ‘noisy’ so I never had the chance. I reckon if I could figure out the whole ‘moving your feet and arms at different times’ thing I’d be set though.
What can you recommend that you’ve never been paid to endorse or been gifted?
I’ve got a banging Christmas jumper, I think it might’ve been from Sainsbury’s or something but it’s super comfy. 10/10. Would recommend.
What would you do if you were not doing this?
I don’t have a clue, to be honest. I’ve never got on well with retail jobs, and the idea of working 9–5, Monday to Friday isn’t very appealing to me. I’d probably go back to my old job delivering pizzas and see if I can find somewhere that pays over £6.75 an hour.