25 July 2011

Fresh Meat Monday - Be Like Pablo

Would you care to introduce yourself?

My name is Ewen Watson and I write songs, sing, play guitar and press buttons on synthesizers in Be Like Pablo. We are from a quiet town in the north east of Scotland but we like to make quite a bit of noise!

How would you describe the music you make?

We make catchy bubblegum pop music with loud guitars, fuzzy Moogs and girl/boy vocal harmonies. We're influeced by classic '60s pop (The Beach Boys), '70s powerpop (The Cars), '80s new wave (The Buggles), '90s alternative (Weezer) and '00s indie (Ben Kweller).

How did you start out making music?

I really wanted to play in a band in my late teens so I taught myself bass guitar and formed one. Nobody else in the band wanted to write songs so I decided to take a stab at it and I've been writing ever since. Its a fun hobby and its good to be able to play music with my friends.

What process goes into the way you write songs?

I'm a real enthusiast for writing songs in strange ways. Once I tried to write a summer song in winter by turning the heating right up in the house and wearing shorts and a t-shirt. But it varies. Sometimes I just sit down with a guitar or at the piano and see what happens, sometimes I just write a melody in my head. Ross, our guitar player also deserves credit as he tells me if any of the parts don't sound very good and I take the song away and work harder on it. I think you need an objective voice to keep you on target. When each song is done, the other band members add their own personal touches with ideas on instrumentation. Its a very inclusive process, really!

What can people expect from your live shows?

A lot of fun, hopefully! We like to jump around and encourage people to join in by singing, clapping and dancing. We aim to be close to Andrew W.K. in terms of positivity but that's impossible to do. So we just make lots of noise and enjoy the performance. We like to make friends at our shows too and I think we are all quite approachable.

What are you all listening to at the moment?

I can't speak for the others but I like to listen to a lot of unsigned bands as its important for me to hear what other artists at our level are doing. For example, right now I'm into The Deportees, The Spook School, Capitals, Bearsuit, Kid Canaveral and Mitchell Museum. All great unsigned bands that are really keeping things fresh. I'm also listening to the new Death Cab for Cutie record and I'm going through a bit of a '90s phase right now too. Its a mixed bag.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in 2011?

We're releasing our new double A side single (Spirit of Adventure/Oh, Emily!) on the 23rd of July which will be available on our website and Bandcamp. We've got a lot of exciting shows coming up including a launch show for the single at Nice N' Sleazy's in Glasgow on the 23rd July and the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival on Saturday 6th August. We've also finished the rough cut of our debut album which we are hoping to pitch to labels and this is our major goal at the moment.

Be Like Pablo - Julianne


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