Wolverhampton mod/indie rock band The Town, have had a phenomenal past few months performing at endless mod nights, gaining Facebook fans and not forgetting their support slots with popular bands. Counteract managed to have a quick chat with the three-piece band just before they headlined Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms as part of the Uprising Tour 2012.
Lead singer, Jack Fletcher started the band himself with two others before replacing them with the present drummer, Tom Stanforth and Bassist, Clayton Cross. “We met at Walsall college, he kept on eyeing me up when I was playing guitar, thinking man… he’s so sexy he is” Fletcher joked. The Town have a varied sound, “I wouldn’t just class it as indie because some of our songs are a bit rockier” explains Jack before Clayton tells me “some of our songs are quite versatile so it’s not one kind of genre.” Having a mixed sound is probably due to having a mixture of influences including: The Beatles, The Jam, Oasis and even Arctic Monkeys.
The Uprising Tour allows bands to headline at various venues with bands from across the country. “…It’s weird how well you get on with the bands, considering you’ve never met them, you listen to the same music you bond quite easily” explains Clayton when asked about the tour. “It’s hard at that age aswell to get that kind of people into that kind of music, it’s nice, everyone’s into the mod thing aswell” explains Jack. “The best thing about playing in your hometown is when you’re playing your own stuff and people know the words” Clayton explains, Tom and Jack nodding along. The Town clearly have a local, cult following but it’s obvious why; what’s not to like? “We find that most of our fans are middle-aged, which isn’t a problem but we do want to start bringing the younger fans in aswell.”
The Town are about to take things to the next level, they’re due to support Steve Craddock from Ocean Colour Scene and The Moons in Southampton whilst continuing to trek across the country on The Uprising Tour. “Just a bit of luck” Clayton says is what they need to get where they want to be in ten years, which is headlining Glastonbury. “it’s hard, so many bands are out there trying to do it.” Arctic Monkeys are just one of the bands they’d love to support, “if we supported Blur we’d be better than them, have you listened to them live?” Tom pipes up. Controversial…
The Town clearly know what they want and are determined to chase their dreams. With new songs under their belt and good contacts, I think it’s safe to say it’s very likely. The three lads have a good connection and are brilliant live, what more could you want? Watch out, the mod era has been brought back to life.