A multi-cultural threesome, the band are less informed by
where they come from, it’s more about the ambience they create.
“I don’t think musically we are influenced by America or London,”
says Cherise; an outlook that
seems to fit with their inception having formed simply through boredom and wanting to hear music they actually liked.
And so a languid, comfortable style emanates through the band as Cherises’ propulsive drums ebb and flow with Conan’s
rhythmical string work, but it’s Pete’s vocals that make Graffiti Island electrifying.
His deadpan delivery entices you in with a nonchalant style; acid sharp wit
and an almost mantra like repetitiveness combining to make
Graffiti Island truly unique.
Clearly just as sharp off the stage as on, Pete peppers small talk with equally dry material as his lyrics.
“We are never really aware of people coming to see us, in my mind they just
happen to be there having a nice time,” he drawls, even if they do have an audience, found via the Internet.
“We have had a lot of interest from other countries on the internet,” admits
“Our sound isn’t English, probably because of the stuff we listen to and Pete’s voice is obviously not English.”
“I think with English bands the audience are more inclined to look at what’s going on in major music magazines rather than looking on the internet,”
“Underground music seems harder to find here.” When it comes to the World Wide Web, the threesome seem well within their comfort zone.
Keeping in theme with the exotic band name, Pete used to write a blog entitled ‘Voodoo Village’; a sideways look at outsider art and freaks of nature.
Conan’s love for the arcane now thrives on the web too – “I think blogs
are awesome, they are like fanzines used to be.
The next generation has seized it now and it’s become socially acceptable.” And it’s here where the band’s love of imagery has a chance to flourish.
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