Q&A with indie rock band The British IBM

Cambridge-based indie rock band The British IBM are pleased to announce that their new album “Play the Game” will be released on 21st February 2020. Offering a guitar layered mesh of indie rock and down-tempo, folk-tinged Americana the new material is reminiscent of the husky, melancholic dirges of Lambchop combined with the sensitive song-writing of the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura and Perfume Genius.

With an aesthetic recalling the bizarre retro-futurist world of Richard Ayoade’s adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s literary classic The Double, the band launched in 2012 fronted by singer/songwriter Adrian Killens, joined live by David Martin (bass) and Scott Wilson (percussion).

See our exclusive interview with the band below

Which three albums have influenced you the most creatively?To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?

Indie rock for nerds.
 Eels – “Beautiful Freak”, Bluetones – “Expecting to Fly”, R.E.M. – “New Adventures in Hi-Fi”


Tell us about the key pieces of equipment that you use to define your sound?

Fender Blues Junior and a Rickenbacker 330

Is there any “non-musical” ingredient that is essential to crafting your sound?

In the words of Andy Dufresne,  “time and pressure”.

Studio work and music creation, or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

It changes year by year but at the moment it’s all about the creation. Writing, crafting demos and spending time in the studio.

What has been your most memorable performance so far?

Playing several gigs at the CGE expo in Vegas a few years ago. Was at the Riviera shortly before it was demolished.

And which performance would you prefer to forget?

Did a small village pub that kept giving us shots of Sambuca between every song. Things got pretty messy.

Any new or emerging artists on your radar?

American Wrestlers are great and Dave and Scott’s other band Death to Slow Music.

If you could collaborate with, or perform alongside any artist, who would it be? And why?

Spending some time with Peter Buck and getting some of his input and jangly guitars onto a song would be pretty awesome.

If you weren’t a musician what would you be?

Dot Com Millionaire.

Trent Reznor once said “To me, rock music was never meant to be safe. I think there needs to be an element of intrigue, mystery, subversiveness. Your parents should hate it.” What are your thoughts on this statement?

I love Trent but that sounds like a deliberate radio sound-byte. I can’t imagine crafting music based on that particular piece of advice.

Tell us about any upcoming shows or releases you have in the pipeline.

Nothing at the moment.



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