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Interview: CheekyCheeky & The Nosebleeds

PUBLISHED: 17:22 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:39 29 October 2010

Having headlined the BBC Introducing stage at this year's Glastonbury Suffolk boys - and Norwich regulars, Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds are riding high. GENEVIEVE MILLS spoke to singer Rory Cottam.

Further listening: Cheeky Cheeky & The Nosebleeds

Having headlined the BBC Introducing stage at this year's Glastonbury Suffolk boys - and Norwich regulars, Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds are riding high. Ahead of their latest show at Norwich Arts Centre, GENEVIEVE MILLS spoke to singer Rory Cottam.

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t How has the touring been going?

Really, really, really well, we have just finished a month long tour; playing to so many people each night is the best job in the world.

t So how did the band form?

We are all old school friends, I went to school with Charlie, one of the guitarists, and other vocalist and Christian, the other guitarist. Our drummer Ali and the bassist Thom were in a band together before. We started out as a sort of gang to start off with, just jamming and when we all played the different instruments to make up a band it just kind of fitted.

t The name of the band is interesting, is there a particular story behind it?

We love the name. It was actually a dream of Charlie's, he dreamt that our drummer had lost his voice and that he didn't speak for about a year and when he finally did speak what he came out with sounded something like 'Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds'. We had a couple of names before that but since that dream we have kept the name. We just loved it the moment we heard the words, it was the right name for us.

t Your MySpace page says that your influences range from pop music from 1955-2008, could you be a little bit more specific?

Nothing really in particular, we love everything from Chuck Berry to toady's bands; just loads of rock and roll! We have always been into listening and playing it and we always will.

t So is there a modern day band you would compare yourselves to?

No, I don't think so. I think our music has a slightly older style to it and at the moment I think it is still a bit premature to compare us to anyone. I think it's quite hard to pigeon hole what we sound like.

t OK, so how would you describe your style on stage?

We play every single gig as if it's our last, and that it might be the last chance we ever get to perform in our lives. Whether we are playing to five or 500 people we give it our all every time. No holding back.

t Have you had any interest from any record labels?

Yes there has been some interest but nothing we can really talk about.

t You have a single out at the moment, do you have an album or EP on the way?

No, at the moment we are working on writing the perfect songs and we have been testing various producers, for us it's a bit early to record an album. But yeah the single is out at the moment and it's called You Let Me Go with a B-side called Can You Tell Her.

t What have you got in store for us at the Arts Centre this Sunday?

Well we will be doing what we do every gig which is playing our hardest as if it's the last. It's not confirmed yet but the band social group may be getting up to play one secret song, which would be amazing!

t So what's next for the band?

We are continuing to write new material and doing loads of press, we have another tour coming up from December 1-9 with a band who are also on the books of our agent which we are excited about, and just looking forward to Christmas really. We have been watching Home Alone a lot in our tour van recently, the ultimate Christmas movie. Then we are hoping to get out some new material in the New Year.

t Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds play Norwich Arts Centre on Sunday. Look out for upcoming tour dates on the guys' MySpace page and new material in the New Year. New Single Let Me Go Fuzzy is out now.

Further listening: Cheeky Cheeky & The Nosebleeds

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