British electro-indie-pop band The Cads have exclusively chatted to BerlinLondon. Be prepared – not only can they sing but they're funny too.
How would you describe each other’s characters?
James – Placid, friendly and mischievous, like a newborn turtle that's been dunked in PVA glue and rolled in the clippings at a barbers.
Nathan – Friendly but quick tempered giant, a great friend to have but don't try and cross his bridge because he'll come out from underneath and try and swat you with his mighty fists.
Tom – Warm, erudite, like a pirate who's been brought to the year 2015 to be a Geography teacher.
Stef – Outgoing, driven, relentless, can sniff a drop of blood in the ocean from a mile away, SHARK.
Why did you all decide to get involved in music?
Because we wanted a bit of a challenge and we can do everything else already, so we picked the thing we're all collectively worst at.
How did you form the band?
We met at the midnight release of 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' in Waterstones, Ipswich. They had one copy left so, despite having never met each other before, we decided to all chip in and share the copy. Having to go through the journey of Dumbledore's death together, it created an unbreakable vow between us. Thus 'The Cads' was formed.
What’s a regular day in the life of a Cad?
All of us apart from Nathan play an enormous amount of table tennis, practicing almost 10 hours a day. Garrithy just swims up and down the river under his bridge all day, then we meet for 45 minutes and do a practice before bed. (we wish… our days consist of drinking tea, playing Fifa, and not practicing music, amongst other things)
Where did the name ‘The Cads’ come from?
We wanted it originally to be called 'The Dads' but none of us are dads, and the name was already taken. So we just went with something that rhymed.
Do you have nicknames for each other?
No, except Garrithy, who we sometimes call Nathan, Daddy Boob who we sometimes call James or Princess who we sometimes call Stef.
You have often performed in Germany. Where has been your favourite place which you have visited?
Nathan said he had a really nice time in Morocco as a kid.
Who would be your dream person to collaborate with?
Blind Lemon Jefferson, we all really dig his vibe. If he was around today, he'd definitely be playing synth and providing some BV's for us.
Do you write all your songs yourselves? Where do you get your inspiration?
Most of the songs come fully formed to Nathan in prophetic visions that he has, then its just a race against the clock to get to the studio and get them down before he forgets them.
What tracks are you listening to at the moment?
1. James: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Garden
2. Tom: Beach House – Lazuli
3. Stef: The Wanted – Glad You Came
What is your favourite song which you have produced?
We're really happy with the new album, but not really sure what song to choose as the favourite?
What are you working on at the moment?
Getting good grades in our GCSE's so we can go to sixth form.
You have performed at Latitude Festival as well as at a variety of gigs. Do you prefer playing festivals or venues?
I dont think there's really a preference, they're two different atmospheres, festival goers are up for dancing and getting on it and we get to see other bands which is always a plus. At venues there's a more focused audience and people are there to see you instead of coming across you by chance. They're different experiences but there both good experiences.
What’s the most entertaining thing that has happened on tour?
Our manager. He's an absolute comical genius most of the time anyway, but being with him 24/7 on tour just makes it even better. We've had too many laughs to even think about choosing the most entertaining… some that will only ever be heard by the ears of a Cad.
Please complete this sentence: I couldn’t live without my…
Berlin or London? Why?
Berlin, because we've been to London many times before, and we don't feel like we've seen enough of Berlin yet. It might change… but I doubt it.