INTERVIEW

“”I really wanted to be on The OC and then it got cancelled,” says Stricken City guitarist Iain. “‘Five Metres Apart’ was originally called ‘The OC Song’ because I thought it would be perfect for the end of The OC. But now I’ve got no dreams left, unless we could re-unite the cast for one […]

“”I really wanted to be on The OC and then it got cancelled,” says Stricken City guitarist Iain. “‘Five Metres Apart’ was originally called ‘The OC Song’ because I thought it would be perfect for the end of The OC. But now I’ve got no dreams left, unless we could re-unite the cast for one of our videos.”

It may well be Iain’s personal ambitions, rather than his band’s collective goal in this lifetime, but before he can confirm that being the case, the Loud And Quiet dictaphone is quickly stopped. Bassist Dom’s head is in his hands but we’ve not felt this good since Summer and Seth first arrived on T4. We’ve found our soul mates, in band form.

You, however, needn’t be a fan of ideological teen dramas to equally embrace this close-knit family of indie enthusiasts. And no, they don’t sound like Death Cab For Cutie, Bright Eyes, The Killers or any other US college-radio rockers that have lived Iain’s dream before him.

Along with the bowled-cut guitarist, Stricken City are Rebekah Raa (a mesmerising front-woman who embodies all the best bits of Karen O and PJ Harvey on stage), Dominic Whiteland (a bassist who’s sometimes dub/reggae hooks are proof that 4 strings can still be the most essential element to a band), lady’s man Kit Godfrey (with a name like that, drums, of course) and new nearly-full-time keyboardist, Espen (or ‘Cherubs guitarist Espen’ as you may know him). Rebekah and Iain primarily write the tunes, influenced only by greats that you should love, from Bow Wow Wow to The Velvet Underground.

Some have panicked when hearing the band’s work to date, bundling them in the box marked ‘The Long Blondes’, due to Rebekah fronting the group. “People say I sound like Bjork, which I don’t like, but only because I’m not trying to, and I don’t think I do anyway,” says the singer of another lazy comparison that’s been flung her way.
The truth is whatever you compare the singer’s angelic, forlorn vocals to – along with Iain’s often sparse guitar parts – you’re going to trump yourself, because Stricken City are no transparent, buck-chasing indie guitar band. Rather like The Horrors, they simply aim to make interesting music together and so far they’ve achieved just that.

Today London, tomorrow The OC! “

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