by Danielle Holian
How and when did the band get together?
The band got together about a year ago. We all knew each other from being in different bands and as we all share the same influences we thought it’d be cool to start something fresh together.
What is the story behind the bands name?
When we sent the Spirit of ’58 track to Dave Owens from Wales Online he loved it and wanted to use it in an article online. At the time, we didn’t have a name and needed one to obviously go in the story. As it’s also a title of the first track we wrote as a band, we thought it sounded cool and summed up the edgy-ness of the band and our music.
Who or what are your influences?
We all love The Jam and The Smiths, they’re the most influential artists that shaped the sound of the band! We also love the Britpop era, especially Blur and The Libertines, but also love our fellow Welsh artists too – there’s too many to quote, to be honest!
How has your music evolved since the band began?
Well as its a brand new band I suppose that’d be tricky to answer, but I guess we hope it just continues to move in the direction that feels right and comfortable for us … You’ll have to wait and see I suppose.
Can you briefly describe the music-making process for the band?
Well, Spirit of ’58 was written by all three of us in the studio, which was a first. Normally Dan writes the bare bones of a song and then we shape it together as a band in a smelly practice room! We wouldn’t have it any other way, to be honest!
Where can someone view your music?
Well, we’re on all sources of social media but if you type Argument City into YouTube our videos will pop up! There’ll be more coming soon so keep your eyes peeled!
Do you have any advice for fellow bands?
Just keep going and don’t give up! Being in a band isn’t easy at the beat of times but you’ve got to keep your head held high and do what feels right for you! I’m sure that when people get bored with the usual ‘talent’ shows the time for proper bands will come back around!
Any good band stories?
Rhys was asked for an autograph the other week and he thought it was because he plays bass in Argument City. Unfortunately, the lady looked very disappointed after he signed it because she was expecting Gok Wangs name to appear not Rhys Edwards!
What are the band’s plans for the rest of 2016?
We’re obviously hoping that Wales continue to do us proud in the Euros and hopefully people will continue to download our Welsh footy track as all proceeds go to Ty Hafan. After that, we’re going to release a second single and ten launch our mini album sometime in August! We’ll keep you all posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!
Any last words?
Keep your eyes peeled and watch this space!