First up is @sophiefultonnn styling the brand new ‘Hawk’ court-inspired trainer. The ‘Hawk’ style translates as a ‘relaxed ‘80s’ trainer making it a top favourite with many influencers. @sophiefultonnn has paired this heritage sneaker with a pair of tailored trousers, a cream T-shirt and she has polished off her outfit with an oversized denim jacket, to create an effortless everyday look.
It’s easy to see why the Gola ‘Bullet Pure’ trainer is a go-to style. This women’s heritage sneaker from Gola is a timeless design; featuring a hot coral wingflash and a marine blue heel tab, which add a pop of colour. @sophia_rosemary has styled her pair of Gola’s with a cute sweater and blue high waisted jeans; a stylish look for a breezy summer day.
If you are on the search for a pair of sneakers that are funky, fun and fabulous then the ‘Grandslam Mode’ pair will certainly tick all your style boxes. @rubymoira has embraced the vibe of this zebra and leopard printed Gola trainer and paired ‘Grandslam Mode’ with dazzling red trousers, a white T-shirt and a trendy leopard print jacket.
Head over to Gola.co.uk to shop the latest Gola women’s styles.
Whether you are an avid trainer buyer who likes to stand out in bright and vibrant styles or someone who likes the classic all white designs, keeping your shoes in pristine condition is a must; no one likes to be walking around in dirty sneakers. Eager to learn some key pointers on how to keep your trainers looking fresh, crisp and in tip-top condition? Well, keep on reading, as this post will unveil all the answers.
The one tip we would recommend for cleaning any pair of trainers is to avoid the washing machine. The washing machine will be your worst enemy because it will only lead to running and discolouration of fabrics.
Gola Grandslam Trident Trainers
Our best-selling court trainer Grandslam features a crisp PU white upper. We all know white trainers are the hardest to keep clean, so in order to get the best results when cleaning white PU we would suggest get your hands on a cloth. Damp the cloth in warm soapy water and lightly wipe over the PU to remove any marks or mud.
Gola Men’s Bullet Suede
Another great classic is the Gola Bullet which incorporates a suede upper. When it comes to suede, we believe in prevention over cure, we would highly recommend buying a suede protector spray. Firstly, make sure the trainers are clean and dry, spray the protector spray from a distance and make sure you leave the spray for at least one hour before wearing your trainers. Alternatively, you can use a suede brush in order to clean suede. By nature, suede attracts dust and the beauty of a suede brush is that it removes dust and evens up the texture, making the trainer look as good as new. If you have mud on your trainers, we would highly recommend letting the mud dry and then lightly apply the suede brush to the soiled area.
Gola Women’s Harrier Leather Trident Trainers
A go-to footwear choice for many of our female customers is the black leather Harrier trainer. We would recommend keeping the Harrier style in the original box as this reduces the amount of sunlight exposed to the leather and increases its life span. Keeping Harrier stored in its original box will help prevent the leather fading and cracking.
Vegan Gola Coaster High Rainbow Drop
Gola’s ever popular Coaster Rainbow style is a classic off white canvas demi boot. A top-tip for keeping this style fresh is to use shoe inserts or newspaper to stuff into the inside of the shoe. Creasing and loss of shape are two of the biggest elements that make trainers look worn and distressed. Using shoe inserts or newspaper can help the trainer keep looking fresh and keep its original shape. When it comes to cleaning canvas the best technique is to use a damp cloth and spot clean to remove any marks.
We hope this post has helped you learn some valuable hacks for keeping your trainers looking fresh and crisp.
In the famous words of the legendary Noddy Holder “It’s Christmas!” Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re struggling on what to buy the brother who has everything or your boyfriend who wants for nothing, Gola has you covered.
Gola Classics Men’s Altitude Trainers
When it comes to Christmas gifting, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Gola trainers for your brother or best friend. For those influenced by the great outdoors, look no further than Gola Altitude. This trainer is the perfect gift, as it features a water resistant coated upper and takes styling cues from the hiking trend. A seasonal colour palette of rhino, navy and forest green complement the multi panelled upper making it an easy trainer to style with jeans or walking attire. The Gola Altitude is also available in grey/shadow/black and khaki/black/moody orange.
Gola Classics Women’s Grandslam Mode Trainers
Gola’s Grandslam Mode is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face this Christmas. A must-have trainer that is easy to style and will complement anyone’s wardrobe. Perfect to team with joggers, cute dresses or favourite denim. Grandslam mode does it all. Also, available in silver/gold, zebra/leopard and camo/leopard.
Gola Classics Women’s Orchid Platform
Does the woman in your life love to stay on top of trends? Well, a fresh pair of Gola Classics women’s Orchid Platform’s will not disappoint. The detailing on the Orchid Platform ticks all the style boxes. If the gold wingflash detailing isn’t her colour then why not try the classic all-white pair.
Gola bags are perfect for anyone who is looking for a reliable and practical bag; ideal for people on the go or commuting to work, the perfect Christmas gift for him/her. If you are still looking for anymore Christmas gifts. Shop Gola’s full shoe and bag collection today online at www.gola.co.uk
With the rise of veganism as a lifestyle choice and with many of you querying which of our styles are vegan-friendly, Gola is proud to announce the launch of its Gola Classics Vegan range.
But is it really Vegan?
“How can Gola verify that it’s vegan?” we hear you ask. Well, each and every style in the Vegan range has undergone rigorous Ve-MAP chemical testing. Ve-MAP is a new, unique DNA-based testing procedure within the Chem-MAP® family. The testing process identifies any trace of animal DNA from chemicals within our footwear and the manufacturing process. This includes:
Chemicals used in the fabrics
Other materials such as the sole
High risk chemicals are tested to confirm that there is no trace of any animal-derived products, therefore providing authenticity of their animal-free composition.
Don’t just take our word for it: the Gola Classics Vegan range has also been registered by the Vegan Society, the oldest vegan organisation in the world. Founded in 1944 the Vegan Society is a world leader in its field and Gola has partnered with them to give customers additional reassurances.
The collection boasts style!
We have styles for women, men and your mini-me’s! Our range includes the ladies’ Coaster in various styles: Classic, Rainbow, Hi-Tops and Mirror, while we also have our very popular Mark Cox style in a range of colours. A pair of trainers with your dress is undoubtedly one of the chicest and breeziest style combinations this season.
Trainers with a skirt or dress will not only add a dash of nonchalance to your look, but will provide the ease of movement you desire when zipping around town. If you love anything shiny, then you will fall for Coaster Mirror. If you prefer a hi-top, then Coaster High in black or in off white will be a great addition to your shoe-drobe. Our most popular lines are Coaster Rainbow with the rainbow stripes down the side, as well as Tennis Mark Cox in a selection of colours, re: dark green, deep red, Indian teal, vintage blue and blossom.
Our men’s collection includes Comet and Comet Canvas, as well as Tennis Mark Cox and Varsity. If you’re on the lookout for some super convenient footwear that will easily go with your jeans or shorts, it’s only natural to look for a pair of Gola Classics Vegan that will best suit your style. Both Varsity and Comet come in a variety of colour combinations: from navy & powder blue, to deep red & white, there’s a style to suit your needs.
For your mini-me, you can choose between Coaster Rainbow, Coaster Rainbow Velcro and Coaster Velcro. Colourful, easy to put on and off and as comfortable as all Gola styles, they’ll be very much enjoyed by your little ones.
Calling all women…add some sparkle to your festive casual ensembles with our special edition Gola Swarovski collection featuring crystals! Two of our flagship ladies’ styles, ‘Bullet’ and ‘Coaster’ have been glamorously enhanced to ensure you can sparkle 24/7 this Christmas.
The Gola wingflash is upgraded on the ‘Bullet’ trainer by the beautiful application of crystals. Whilst the ‘Coaster’ pump has a crystallised toe cap to give a striking finish to this popular Gola women’s silhouette! Gola Bullet is available in black or off white or opt for the dazzling Gola Coaster in white or black.
Take style inspiration from our influencer girlfriends that have styled these Gola Classics sneakers.
Fashion trends are all well and good, but what you really want is a classic in your wardrobe. That one item you can go back to again and again and know you will feel and look amazing – your trusty pair of trainers!
At the moment the trend is chunky (and pretty ugly) trainers, where you need to either have legs as long as time to pull them off or style to rival an A-Lister. For the rest of us it is a strange trend, and here at Gola we are all about the classics, the styles you can keep forever and never get bored of, so here are some of our favourite Gola Classics styles that will be your wardrobe staple for a long long time.
The Bullet was originally launched in 1976 and was originally designed as a running shoe for athletes, over the years the trainer has become more of a fashion trainer and has had numerous updates to ensure it is both comfortable and durable. The simple sleek likes of the Bullet means you can pair with both summer dresses or jeans, and the colour options mean you really have something for every outfit. Our favourite is the classic Black/White Bullet.
The women’s coaster is a vulcanised sole plimsoll, the style is popular as it literally goes wit anything! The Coaster was re-introduced into the Gola Classics collection in SS17 and became a best seller, the Coaster Rainbow is one of our most popular Coaster designs – so much so we sell out on a regular basis! Make sure you keep your eye out for the next drop in September – get them before they go!
The Harrier, the most popular men’s Gola Classics style is seen on an array of celebrities like Noel Gallagher to comedian Al Murray. Originally created in 1968 the Harrier was created for athletes to train in, now like the previously mentioned Bullet, it has been updated for a modern trainer lover. Available in an array of colours you can find a pair to suit any mood.
The men’s Coaster is a vulcanised sole plimsoll (like the women’s) and comes with rubber or gum soles, the classic simple style is key to its longstanding success and can be worn in winter with our leather styles and summer with the canvas. Why not buy a pair now, you won’t regret it.
When fashion trends talk, we listen. This season bright, bold colours are the talk of the fashion town and we have three women’s Gola trainers that are ticking all the boxes for this trend.
The Gola Classics women’s Coaster Neon collection celebrates colour. The simple silhouette of the women’s Coaster trainer is a perfect canvas for the bright colours, making each style the statement of your outfit. The three colourways are Neon Coral, a bold Coral colour which paired with a pair of white jeans and a denim shirt would make a summer statement. The Coaster Neon Yellow is a highlighter yellow colourway, team this with dark denim to really make your shoes stand out. The Coaster Neon Pastel Pink is the last colourway, this style is girly and vibrant and can be paired with a summer dress or jeans.
The women’s Gola Classics Coaster trainer was first introduced into the Gola collection in the 70’s and has since become a firm favourite, the style has a vulcanised sole and canvas upper creating a trainer that is versatile and comfortable.
Happy birthday Harrier, you have been a long and trusty friend to our wardrobe. To celebrate Harrier turning 50, we’ve taken the silhouette back to where it all began; using classic colourways from when Harrier first burst onto the sport shoe scene but with clever modern updates, this collection is everything you need this summer.
Back in 1968, Harrier was the multi-purpose training shoe of choice. Built for track and field, the gym or the pitch, Harrier led the way in sports footwear. Originally launched in statement making white/red, this colourway was soon partnered with royal blue/white as a fellow option but as the years have progressed Harrier’s colour options have run into the hundreds. Never shy of making a statement the original design featured a durable gristle rubber sole, suede toe cap, rubber toe guard, padded insole and of course the signatory contrast Gola wingflash branding.
As Harrier moved into the ‘70s it developed a new life in the form of a leisure shoe. This multi-purpose training shoe was now equally at home on the track as it was on football terraces up and down the UK. From here Harrier transcended into music culture, with a cult following from key names of the day such as The Jam. Over the decades other fans of Harrier included Duran Duran, Oasis, Robbie Williams, Jude Law and Paul Weller. For Harrier’s 50th anniversary we have seen the son’s and daughters of rock royalty wear these styles with as much style as the first time around. Raff Law (son of Jude law) and Anais Gallagher (daughter of Noel Gallagher) are two of the names sporting the new Harrier style.
Never steering far from its original form, Harrier has stood the test of fashion cycles and footwear fads to have survived five decades and be Gola’s best selling footwear style. In recognition of this accolade, Gola has launched a special edition anniversary edit of Harrier. With the design staying true to the style’s 1968 roots, the special edition is a no gimmick, purist silhouette; it’s confident, genuine and unique. There’s only one Harrier.
Inspired and named after Gola’s 1975 Flyer style, this lightweight option combines classic jogger style with modern materials. This season sees the addition of fresh and current new colourways which give a contemporary edge to this heritage shape.
The jogger silhouette is becoming more and more popular with the men’s style set, with durable and comfy materials allowing comfort and fashion forward designs you can really make your mark in this updated classic style.
Colourways come in popular white/gum for a fresh and clean addition to your outfit, with more bold colourways such as blue/navy/orange for those who want to stand out with their footwear. Classic navy/gum is a bestseller and proves that dark trainers really are a trend staple for men.
If you’re choosing your warm-weather wardrobe and need some footwear inspiration, check out our top shoes for summer 2017. We’ve looked at what’s tearing up the catwalks across the world right now to give you a clear-cut run-down of how to get ahead of the game this summer.
From sliders to snakeskin, our top picks for the best shoes in summer 2017 touch on a wide range of quirky designs that promise an interesting look this summer.
Top in our list of shoes for summer 2017 is the chic wraparound sandal, which are designed to be comfy, flat footwear — as sandals should be — but with a stylish twist. These sandals have extra material for winding around your ankle or even your lower leg to add some glamour to an otherwise ordinary shoe. This shows off your skin beautifully and it also adds to the security of your sandal which are notorious for flying off with the odd meaningful stride.
Platform and flatform shoes
Think Baby Spice in the Wannabe video and we need say no more. Platform shoes are dragging the legendary 1990s into today and will be a huge summer 2017 shoe trend. You’ll be able to get these in a range of colours, with open and closed toe options and materials, too.
Coming with the platform is the next generation of super-elevating shoes: the flatform. Set to join it’s cousin in taking summer 2017 by storm, the flatform shoe has the same sassy appeal — just a completely even base. Plat-and-flat-forms are real statement-makers, so they look great in bold colours with a neutral outfit. However, we’d also suggest you go for a type with an ankle-strap to make sure you don’t fall off them.
Kitten heel shoes
We never thought we’d see the day the divisive kitten heel would be in a ‘summer trend’ list, but here she is. Kitten heels — high-heels’ meeker and milder sister — are coming back with a bang this season. But, when you think about it, why not? They’re the ideal shoe to add a touch of height without becoming uncomfortable, plus they’re versatile enough to wear for both smart/casual and dressy events.
Wear them with sheer stockings of go barefoot and get a pair with an ankle strap for added support.
Re-visiting the 90s
The next 1990s-inspired theme to hit summer 2017 will be the 90s streetwear shoes. Those chunky trainers with big logos are going to be all the rage — especially for men. On top of that, the cool and casual sneaker is due to be a common footwear choice for boys this season, too. We think this type of laid back footwear looks great with slim-fit jeans or chinos and a checked shirt.
Boots might not be the first shoe to spring to mind for a warm weather outfit choice, but they will actually be a top trend for shoes in summer 2017. Thigh-high and ankle boots in all kinds of fabrics having been up and down the catwalks lately and there seems to be a focus on warm colours (perhaps to match the climate). So, choose your favourite material and get a pair of summer boots in orange or yellow to fit the trend.
Incredibly thin stiletto heels are also set to be popular shoes for summer 2017. Flying in the face of the aforementioned chunky platform trend, the next season will also feature thinner-than-ever footwear options. If you’re a skilled high-heel walker, this is the shoe for you.
The skinny stiletto looks incredibly elegant and really makes you get the picture-perfect posture in order to stay steady. You’ll be able to get these in all kinds of materials and styles. Go for a peep-toe variety or try on a pair with lots of wraps and straps going above your ankle.
Emphasis on great outdoors
A major summer 2017 shoe trend is the great outdoors. Khaki shades, camouflage options, durable trainers, and bulky, lace-up boots are going to be smash hits for trend-setting men — particularly if they wear them with windcheater jackets and a backpack.
Summer 2017 is going to be splattered with yellow. A huge next-season trend in shoes, this bright and sunny shade will be available across all kinds of footwear, from men’s canvas espadrilles to women’s ankle boots.
Black and white checks and off-white
If you’re not into fresh-out-the-box-looking white shoes and prefer something a bit less high maintenance, shoes in summer 2017 are going to be more off-white for your convenience. Less blinding and easier to keep looking good, off-white and cream plimsolls or trainers are great accessories to match with a block colour shirt and plain jeans.
If you do stick with white, why not add some flair to them with a pen? Drawing and writing on plain sneakers are going to be big in summer 2017, so get a pack of colours and make yours stand out.
Rounded heels are the ultimate shoe. They give you elevation for longer-looking legs, yet don’t offer the same level of falling-risk as standard high heels. Round-heel shoes are in this summer, and we particularly like the ones featuring contrasting colours between the heel and main shoe to show off the design.
Sandals with socks and boots
Our shoes for summer 2017 list wouldn’t be complete without this beauty of a trend. Wearing socks, tights or stockings with your sandals is going to be a top fashion style, which goes completely against what we thought was good dress etiquette. If you like the look of a pair of sandals, but don’t want your feet on show, it’s a great solution and there’s obviously a huge range of varieties you can choose from to get a different look every time.
Gleaming sandals, heels and boots are set to be the finish-of-choice this summer, too. That polished look is a fantastic fit for classy nights out and we suppose it makes sense to get something shiny to catch the sun when the warm weather hits.
Lot of laces
Every top fashion designer is going to be on the lace trend next season. From multi-coloured laces that contrast the shoe they tie up, to dainty types that cover just the top of your foot. You can even buy new laces to go with a plain pair of sneakers and plimsolls to add some flair to your footwear.
Open back footwear/slingback shoes
Shoes for summer 2017 are going to heavily feature open-back footwear. Jetting off somewhere hot on holiday or even just enjoying the nice weather at home means that you’ll probably want a shoe that’s airy and breathable. This slingback trend — with just a single strip going around your heel — will come in a range of thin and thick straps to suit the feel you want. Plus, you’ll be able to choose from a good mix of casual and formal looks so you can get the right look for a particular event.
Summer 2017 shoes are going to benefit from a heavy dose of athletic inspiration. You’ll find lots of sneakers, plimsolls and retro trainers on the soles of people next season, which is perfect if you want a comfy day shoe that still looks like you put the effort in.
Perhaps not everyone’s bag, but snakeskin has also made our grand ‘shoes for summer 2017’ run-down. Don’t just go for the typical snakeskin colour, though. The trend this year will see snakeskin in all kinds of bold and beautiful shades and you’ll find plenty of combo-fabric varieties if you don’t want your entire shoe in full serpent mode.
If you like the coolness and breathability of sliders, but aren’t really into bright and bold designs, go for Moroccan slippers instead. Summer 2017 will bring a touch of the exotic thanks to an influx of this footwear type — also know as babouche slippers — which will mainly feature a subtle colour palette and simpler styles.
Sliders over flip-flops
Obviously, the flip-flop is a staple part of anyone’s summer. But this year, it might have some competition. Funky sliders in a rainbow of the brightest colours and embellished with sequins and flower patterns are set to strut the shops, promenades and beer garden terraces in summer 2017. Comfy and eye-catching, we’ve already seen great designs from fashion’s leading names, including Prada, Miu Miu and Dolce & Gabbana.
Olivia’s style is the perfect blend of cool, classic and contemporary, and her blog — What Olivia Did — has become a go-to guide for beauty, fashion and lifestyle.
Inspired by Spotify, Pinterest and the style on the streets of London, Olivia’s look is fresh and relaxed with a feminine twist, making her an obvious choice for the campaign.
Olivia rated Gola Classics as colourful, current and extremely practical — basically able to go with pretty much anything and comfortable enough to walk in for hours on end. More than that, she loved how these shoes look both classic and on trend at the same time, which gives them a retro appeal which is really ‘of the moment’.
Olivia’s chosen style was the Gola Classics Women’s Tennis Trainers. Integrating flawlessly with her personal look, she loves how classic they are, that she can style them with jeans or a dress, and that they perfectly complement her girly style.
If you want an everyday but super stylish outfit, Olivia suggests matching Gola Tennis Trainers with pale blue wash jeans, a white T-shirt and a bomber jacket. The perfect combo for that laidback, ‘just-thrown-on’ look.
Gola Classics Women’s Specialist Trainers
Next up were our Gola Classics Women’s Specialist Trainers, a great option when you want to add a pop of colour to your look. Olivia chose Specialist in sky blue but you can get the style in loads of different colours, from gold to navy.
Her top tip if you treat yourself to a pair of Gola Specialist Trainers is to wear them with something in a similar colour for a relaxed yet stylishly coordinated look.
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Since launching debut album ‘Young Chasers’ in 2015, Liverpudlian-born band, Circa Waves, has made an incredible impact on the music scene. From sell-out tours to performances at Glastonbury, the band has grown both lyrically and musically to become one of the most respected bands on the circuit.
Currently on a UK tour and enjoying massive success with newly-released second album ‘Different Creatures’, Gola caught up with Circa Waves’ guitarist, songwriter and lead singer, Kieran Shundall, to find out more about the roots, present and future of Circa Waves.
There’s a significant change in sound between ‘Different Creatures’ and your first record ‘Young Chasers’. It’s a bit grittier and your lyrics are about darker themes, like alcoholism and depression. Was this shift a conscious decision with this record or was it something that came naturally from growing as part of Circa Waves?
KS: It was just what came out naturally when I started writing in early 2016. Our first record was more about looking back, but the lyrics in ‘Different Creatures’ are very present. It all came out of its own accord, really.
You worked with Alan Moulder on this album, who is the producer that worked with The Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. These bands have quite a distinctively raw, distorted sound. Did you seek him out because you wanted that sound, was it something he just created organically, or was it a bit of both?
KS: A bit of both, really. Alan has made every legendary rock record and the great thing is that he has all the knowledge. If you want that specific sound, he’s usually got the pedal that did that sound.
I think we asked one time: “How do you get the snare sound from that record?” and he just texted Butch Vig and got whatever snare it was, whatever mic was used, and within two hours had them both there ready to go. He’s got such a wealth of knowledge and information to get what you need. He’s also really patient and able to reach inside an artist’s brain and pull out the best, which is great for us because we don’t speak fluent musical language.
It seems like you knew exactly how you wanted each instrument to sound in every song. When you were writing, did you have a clear idea of how you wanted the album to turn out?
KS: Yeah. A lot of the demos did sound quite similar to the end result you heard. I’ve got a meticulous ‘demo-ing’ obsession. I think it’s a good foundation to have for an artist to go into the studio and say: “Let’s just make this but do it better”. Obviously, Alan is very gifted at doing that.
As much as you seem to have a specific idea in mind with ‘Different Creatures’, it sounds completely natural and doesn’t come across as over-polished. For example, I noticed you chose to keep in a comment you make about someone texting you at the end of one of the songs on the album…
KS: That was actually all orchestrated! We did loads of fake overdubs.
Really?! So did Alan try to get the right mics for how you wanted that to come across?
KS: Nah, in all seriousness, it’s something that we’ve all always loved. Like when you listen to old Beatles records and you can hear them all talking to each other. As a listener, it sucks you in straight away, which is what you want. For me, I always remember being able to hear when the Arctic Monkeys click the distortion pedal off at the end of their first record.
It’s immersive, isn’t it? It takes you right into the studio.
KS: Yeah, you’re in the studio with them. I’ve always wanted that. No matter how big the production — and it’s big on some of these songs — I still want it to feel personal to everyone listening to us.
The album has been very successful so far. Do you feel you’ve now reached a place as a band, commercially or artistically, where you’re happy with where you are?
KS: No, I don’t think we’re content at all, really. We are really proud of what we have achieved and what we’ve done, but I don’t think we will ever think we have made it. Even when we’re headlining festivals, we’ll want to headline two festivals.
Any musician who is content should probably give up. You’ll stop making music that means something to you. We’ve got that drive and just want to keep moving up and up. We’re really happy with the album, but we want to keep pushing it as far as we can take it.
I think that takes a lot of confidence as a band. Is that how you feel?
KS: Yeah. I think when we first started we were just happy to actually be in a band. You get a record deal and take everything with a pinch of salt. You go: “Well, we’re just glad we’re here!”.
But over the last few years, we’ve seen the reactions that we’ve had and we’ve watched ourselves getting bigger and better. That alone makes you more confident. It’s hard not to be when you see 10,000 people singing your songs back to you! It’s such a massive boost. We want more of that.
It seems like Circa Waves is a band that has worked from the ground up. Do you think it’s harder, particularly as quite a working-class group, to take that path?
KS: I think we pride ourselves on being a live band that have toured continuously. Since we were all about 14 years old, we’ve been playing live and honing our craft, and we’re definitely happy to have made our name that way and not through some awful TV show.
We’ve played the toilet circuit (a network of small music venues that hosts rising rock, indie and metal bands) many times over to get to this point. Hopefully, people will see how we did it and it’ll inspire them to grow their own band that way and not look for the easy way into it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who think you just have to go on ‘The Voice’, or whatever, to make it.
But, is it hard to support yourself when you’re starting out and not seeing that kind of success?
KS: When we were first in bands, we all had jobs and would practice at night. With Circa Waves, we got signed really early which gives you a foundation of cash to live on. Not much, but enough to get by and just concentrate on being a band and making music. So, I don’t know, sometimes you’ve just got to put yourself out there and do it.
You said you pride yourself on being a live band, as it’s where you built character and honed your craft. Is there any particular way you approach performing live? Is it an entirely different performance or do you go out and play with the same energy and enthusiasm that you did in the studio?
KS: I suppose it is a bit of a performance. I don’t walk around the way I do on stage in real life. You have to have a bit of swagger when you’re in front of people.
Yeah, I’m sure Nick Cave doesn’t walk around on stage the way he does in real life, either. You are playing a bit of a role, aren’t you?
KS: It is a bit of a role. I think we are very aware of our fans and they’ve all paid £15 to come and see us, so we owe them that amount of entertainment. We do put everything into it and at the end of each gig, we’re sweating and our hands are bleeding. I don’t know any other bands at the moment who are as active as us in our genre. We do absolutely give it everything.
Are there any other bands right now that inspire you?
KS: The Vryll Society. They’re really cool, sort of like early The Verve. I’ve always loved the singer, Mike Ellis. He’s such a confident guy and actually reminds me of a young Mick Jagger. He’s a brilliant songwriter, too, so I’m really intrigued to see what he does next. I also heard Zuzu on Huw Stephens recently, who’s really cool, and Clean Cut Kid are doing well at the moment, I think.
Do you put much thought into your fashion when you’re on stage? Is there an image you aspire to when you’re performing?
KS: Elvis. We all try to be Elvis… As a band, we try to put a bit of effort into our look but we don’t wear guy-liner. Yet.
So, when you talked about ambition, you meant glam rock?
KS: Yeah. Flares and guy-liner.
That could be the next stage for Circa Waves.
KS: That’s the next level.
Circa Waves are made up of bandmates Kieran Shudall, Sam Rourke, Colin Jones, and Joe Falconer. The boys are currently touring across the UK, supported by INHEAVEN and The Magic Gang, and their latest album is available to buy now.