Signed to Wichita Recordings off the back of their 2007 self-titled EP, the band enjoyed success with follow-up singles ‘Hitten’ and ‘Home Sweet Home’ and their debut album In Our Space Hero Suits (which made our top albums of 2008 poll at a very respectable 39). With youthful passion and an emphasis on feel-good, dance-inducing anthems, Those Dancing Days are delightfully accessible yet brimming with a soul that belies their tender years. Bassist Mimmi was happy to chat with us about boyfriends, superheroes and what the girls get up to on tour.
Hello! How is the touring going?
Hello! The tour is having a little break at the moment. We worked really hard at the end of the year so we needed a little power nap. But the tours went really well this whole fall. It has been fun to see so many different cities and crowds.
What do you miss most about home when you’re away from it?
Just everyday life. Being able to sleep in your own bed. See your boyfriend and family. Lucky for us we have the band to hang out with during tours.
What are your essentials for touring? Do you have any good luck charms or must-have items you always bring along?
No, not together as a band. Maybe our sound engineer is our lucky charm. He is always with us at least!
How does the band’s writing process work? Are you all democratic, or does someone usually have the final say?
We are very democratic and do all the music together. The lyrics are written individually but then the rest join in and jam the song together.
You’ve covered Britney’s ‘Toxic’. If you had to do a whole album of covers, which would you most like to tackle?
Covers are hard. Because you don’t want to take songs that are too good because you know they can’t get any better. But you still want to do catchy songs that people will enjoy. I would probably say some old one-hit wonder, but a good one! We have in the past covered Shout Out Louds’ ‘100 Degrees’, Al Green’s ‘Wanna Hold Your Hand’ and Alphaville’s ‘Forever Young’.
Who was on your bedroom walls when you were growing up?
I don’t know about the others, but I had many posters! Mostly posters I nicked off lamp poles in the street if there was a band coming to town, with all the tape still on them. I remember a Foo Fighters one, a David Bowie one, and a Rolling Stones one.
Your success in the UK seems to have been immediate. Do you ‘feel’ famous, and if so, how has the album’s success impacted your lives?
I don’t think we feel famous at all. We feel very appreciated and welcome at all of the venues, and people recognise us, but that’s not so strange of course. But we are not famous if by that you mean that people recognise us in the streets. I don’t think the success has impacted our lives other than that we feel very proud and are able to go on more tours!
What usually happens on the tour bus between shows? How do you pass the time?
There is a lot of time to kill! We mostly listen to music or sleep or play in-car games or just talk. I like just sitting with the iPod just looking out the window. England is very beautiful!
If you could be any superhero who would you be?
I think Superman. I like the idea of flying and being ridiculously strong, since I don’t have any muscles at all and I definitely can’t fly.
If you could add a sixth member to the band, who would it be?
A trumpet would be nice to have. So a very nice trumpet player I think!
You named yourselves after a Led Zeppelin song, even though you sound nothing like them. Do you have any favourite bands or albums that would shock your fans?
I have a thing for really cheesy one-hit wonders like ‘Waiting For A Star To Fall’ by Boy Meets Girl. It is one of my absolute favourite songs. Sorry…
Will your next album be in a similar vein to In Our Space Hero Suits, or will you be exploring new genres?
I guess we will find out, we haven’t really started yet. Only a couple of songs. I think we still are going to keep it simple, dancey indie-pop.
The new single, ‘Those Dancing Days’, was released on Monday.