As we grow older our circumstances change faster than our friendship groups, haunted by the feeling of being left behind by your mistakes and missed opportunities. Indie four-piece Club Paradise have managed to savour the euphoria of past memories in their nostalgically-charged new offering ‘Growing Up’.
Driven by billowing drums and animated guitars, the song dances flamboyantly in a continuous motion of intensity, accompanied by frontman Ryan Young’s crisp and granular vocal delivery. As layers of inflected synths side-chain to the kick, the mix pulses with a decadent ferocity, constantly shifting it’s instrumental sequence.
‘Growing Up’ isn’t just about physically getting older, but about how times have changed. It’s about how disposable everything has become, whether that’s music or memories – it’s rare we hold and cherish these things physically anymore. We don’t hold memories on tapes, people stand and wait for limited retail releases worth thousands of pounds just to forget about the items within a month or two, it’s crazy – yet to some people it’s completely normal and to a degree, expected.Club Paradise
The result is an ostentatiously entertaining taste of synth-pop from a group that keep getting better with every release. With the single already gaining airplay on BBC introducing and Radio X, we caught up with the boys to discuss this latest offering and their jouney as a band.
Hey guys its so good to speak to you off the back of your anthemic new single “Growing Up”, Tell us a bit about the meaning behind the song and how it was created.
Growing Up is about the reality of just that. It’s about how things don’t turn out exactly as you plan, it’s about taking your head out of the clouds for just a second and coming back to reality. But it’s also about not wanting to get older and even about how disposable everything has became and the lack of cherishing physical photographs or records which is something dear to us
Newcastle has a rich history of producing some of the countries biggest talents, do you feel a city needs a budding music scene in order
to give up and coming bands a true platform?
I’m not sure if it’s a necessity but it makes it way more fun and interesting to go to gigs where a scene is thriving. When we started out years ago there was hardly a scene in the city but tonnes of cover bands, which meant a lot of the same stuff over and over again, there were a few of us doing our own thing outside of the city centre but now it’s so exciting to go and gig amongst really cool and talented bands, whether it’s necessary or not keeps you on your toes and definitely makes us push ourselves and our creativity
You’ve already gained airplay on Radio X and BBC Introducing, has Radio play made a comeback for new artists to get noticed or should
they focus on building up their online presence?
That’s interesting, it’s chicken and egg really. You want airplay, you want streams, but how will people know to search for you without hearing your music? Similarly how can you get airplay without having a bit of a reputation? I think radios really important for exposure, but I also think that streaming is the heavy hitter when people want to measure which category you fit in or where you’re at
The EP is beautifully orchestrated, balancing moments of harsh modulated with more vintage recording techniques, who would you say
are your biggest influences and where would you guys place your sound at this current time?
Ah thank you! I think we’ve drawn on a lot of influences over those tracks, there’s all sorts of influences in there from The Midnight to White Lies and even Everything Everything, we have an eclectic mix behind us because as individuals we listen to a lot of different stuff. At the moment we’ve been writing a lot of different stuff and I think that’s good because we’ve never wanted to be stagnant to a formula or style, there’s always an 80s influence of some kind in the background, at the minute we’ve all been listening to a band called joan and the new Phoebe Bridgers album is absolutely insane too. It’s quite hard to keep track of but if anyone is interested we have a playlist on Spotify called Club Playlist which we update twice a month, five tracks per person of what we’re listening to right now!
For a lot of bands their name is their brand, how did you choose yours and what does it represent?
Yeah our name is definitely the focus of our brand. It just came up in a storming session I think based around the Amsterdam venue Paradiso, someone started using that right before we launched so we went for Club Paradise which felt so right. We had the logo made based upon the aesthetic we wanted to portray using mood boards and our artwork is another way I feel we elevate the branding too, Kate (our artist/designer) incorporates so much colour and from the get go we always talked about strong colour palettes and an 80s esque style which wasn’t married to one feeling but allows us to still communicate as people, with no walls between us and the audience. It’s so key that we were socially able to talk beyond a brand and as people to whoever reached out to us, so many bands don’t offer that personality and it can feel like a company which doesn’t represent us at all as people