It’s all gone a bit MPF mad here at Shout Louder HQ. There are so many great bands that we don’t know where to begin! To help you make the most of the festival, we have spoken to a handful of the bands we’re most excited to see. Even if you’re not coming to MPF, there’s plenty to learn and enjoy.
We will be posting every other day in the lead up to Manchester Punk Festival. Check out the full series here.
Band Spotlight: Fresh
Fresh are exactly that: seriously fresh, sharp, poppy tunes from London. They’re part of the Specialist Subject family, playing in a similar style to Shit Present and Honey Joy. At Shout Louder we have been really enjoying their self-titled debut album, which is full of honest, irreverent songwriting and memorable melodies.
We spoke to singer/guitarist Kathryn Woods to learn more.
What can people expect from your set at Manchester Punk Festival?
Lots of riffs and lots of harmonies. I will have had a lot of beer. Also, more importantly, we’ll be testing out new songs!
Which bands are you most excited to see at the festival, and why?
I have never seen The Spook School, and I’ve only seen The Tuts once, so those two are high on my must-see list. The Bennies seem like they’d be fun to watch at a festival, and I’m always excited to see Happy Accidents.
Fresh is the perfect name for your band – that’s exactly what everything you release sound like: fresh. That being said, it’s really hard to search for your band name on the internet. If you weren’t called Fresh, what would you be called?
I have no idea. I think names aren’t as important as people might think. I just wanted a divinité name so that I could write music for something. I didn’t anticipate that people would ever search for us on the internet anyway, so that’s my bad!
On a serious note, it really is a beautiful sound. What inspires you when you’re writing songs?
Sometimes it’s anger about living as a woman with depression, but I also write a lot off feeling happy and peaceful. Whatever floats the narrative at the time!
What other big things are coming up for Fresh this year?
Festival-wise, we will be playing Rock the Baita Fest in Italy, and Fiest in Madrid. I have never been to either of those places!
In May we will be doing some shows with The Beths from New Zealand, and in June we’re doing a UK tour with Great Wight from New York! So we’re keeping busy.
If MPF was the olympics, which festival sport would you win gold in?
Without a doubt, most sunburnt face!
Propagandhi or Iron Chic?
Manchester Trivia: What is your least favourite Oasis song?
Check out Fresh on Facebook and Bandcamp.
At Manchester Punk Festival they are playing in Rebellion at 21:40 on Thursday – make sure you check them out! Consult the MPF Clashfinder for more details.
Check out our full series of Manchester Punk Festival related articles:
- Top 5 MPF Survival Tips (coming soon!)
- Top 10 International Bands to Discover (coming soon!)
- Band Spotlight Interview: Forever Unclean
- Band Spotlight Interview: Brassick
- Band Spotlight Interview: Uniforms
- Band Spotlight Interview: Captain Trips
In the past, we have also interviewed all of these awesome MPF acts: Random Hand, Ducking Punches, Waterweed, Beat The Red Light, Stand Out Riot and Lucinda Livingstone of Kamikaze Girls.
Article by Sarah Williams.