Boxteles – Be My Ray Bans

 

Boxteles – Be My Ray Bans

Boxteles – Be My Ray Bans

 

ARTIST NAME: Boxteles

 

SONG TITLE: Be My Ray-Bans

 

ALBUM TITLE: F.A.D.E EP

 

RELEASE DATE: 24/04/2020

 

GENRE: Indie-Rock

 

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There isn’t much that can stand in the way of this new, West Yorkshire band as their loud, boisterous arsenal of belters make their way through Britain like a bull in a china shop!

 

Boxteles are here to stay and have no intention of stopping this chaos until their ear-wormy rock records are well and truly imprinted in everybody’s heads (and playlists). This is music written for football stadiums!

 

Named after the old-school box TVs many of us had in our living-rooms growing up, Boxteles (pronounced Box-Tellys) comprise vocalist and guitarist Tom Bedford, guitarist Brad Mack, bassist Alex ‘Rex’ Richardson, and drummer Ryan ‘Ry’ Smith.  Look out for these lads playing a stage near you and make sure you catch their show and you will not be disappointed!

 

The band formed in the summer months of 2018 and have already started taking over by: building an army of dedicated fans, perfecting an air-tight live show, and supporting some of the best live acts the UK has to offer including Kyle Falconer of The View, Glass Caves, Larkins and many more.

 

These boys have started 2020 with a B-B-B-Bang, selling out their very first headline show in their hometown of Huddersfield at the infamous venue, The Parish. They have also got big plans to blow your sliders off with brand-new summer anthem ‘Be My Ray-Bans,’ scheduled for release on 24th April 2020. Look out for these lads playing a stage near you and make sure you catch their show and you will not be disappointed!

 

Rex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ ROLLA.

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Tom Bedford and I’m the lead singer-songwriter from Boxteles. I also fancy myself as a bit of a content creator.

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Tell us about the history of Boxteles.

I started playing guitar when I was about 7 years old but it wasn’t until I was about 13 that I started seriously considering it as a possible career path (I was always a rock-star in my mid-class daydreams but that’s as far as it went until my teens).

 

It was then, I decided to apply to a performance course at my local college, unlike many of my friends that were planning on taking academic subjects (That was never my thing). Since then I haven’t looked back. I’ve been writing songs and playing in bands up until now.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

I have tried many times to describe Boxteles in a genre, but it never seems to cut the mustard.

 

I believe we’re too “Rock” for “Indie”, and far too “Indie” for “Rock”. Because of this, I will leave it up to you lovely people that are reading this to give us a genre/pigeon-hole us. 🙂

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What is the story behind ‘Be My Ray-Bans’?

We wanted to write the next ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra, the next ‘Despacito’ by Louis Fonsi!

 

We wanted a summer banger. We wanted to encapsulate the feeling that the sun brings to the people of Britain when it comes over the hills and shines down on our beer gardens.

 

We wanted to emulate the excitement of getting on that plane, the one that takes you to “paradise” after a hard year of working through the bitter cold of the English rain.

 

We think we managed to pull all this off with ‘Be My Ray-Bans.’ To us, it is our catchy, “ear-wormy” slice of sunny gold that we hope has something for everyone who listens!

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What problems do you face as a musician?

Now, I think that we can all agree that the one enemy we all face is COVID-19.

 

It is making it frustratingly hard for up and coming acts like us to get in front of people.

 

Obviously, before the pandemic, we could just arrange a gig in a new town/city to gain new fans/get our music in front of more people.

 

Now we are looking into YouTube and live streams such as Twitch and Facebook Live to try and get our name around.

 

It’s safe to say that there’ll be a lot of people that will come out of this as professional tech support!

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Discuss the recording and production of ‘Be My Ray-Bans.’

As always, we used our trusty sound wizard, Pieter “Pirate” Reitkerk and our amazing artist Lüdia Stahlschmidt, as we do with all our recordings and artworks.

 

We generally will have a couple of play-throughs in our rehearsal space, making notes of what we want where.

 

We then get into the studio and that’s where the magic truly happens.

 

The rest of the band love performing and getting sweaty, but my true passion is with the mics and the leads. On stage you create memories but, in the studio, you create immortality in the form of a great record.

 

This song in particular, we decided to go for a classic rock recording style with pop elements. It was a risk, but we feel it paid off, wouldn’t you agree?

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List the names of blogs, radio, or television stations that have supported you so far.

So far, we’ve been lucky enough to have been supported by BBC Introducing, Jorvik FM, Sine FM, Radio Wigwam, Radio KC, The Pentatonic Magazine, Rock-Regeneration and countless more…

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Tell us about your music career, experience, and future goals.

So far, we have released three singles (four if you count ‘Be My Ray-Bans’) and we have plans to release another 2 singles and a 5 track E.P in 2020.

 

We were also honoured to have played a headline show at our home away from home, The Parish, Huddersfield. Considering that when we started, we played at a working man’s club to an elderly couple (a very polite elderly couple at that), we feel we’ve made some progress!

 

Our future plans are very simple. Keep writing and playing for all those who will listen until we’re playing on the F***ing moon! As long as there are stages to play and studios to record in, Boxteles will make bangers. End of.

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What inspires you to write, compose, and sing?

Inspiration comes from so many places. It can come in the form of a fleeting thought or a long daydream – A past relationship or a current fling. A messy breakup or a civil parting of ways.  A great night out or a long walk home.

 

I write songs about my life, my thoughts and my experiences. Doing so gets me through the day. If you’re ever feeling down, nervous or excited, try writing a song. I guarantee it will be great!

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What is your top-secret behind making a hit song?

I shouldn’t say much, but what I can say is…Good songs can come from any of the corners of our minds if it sounds good and makes you feel good then it more than likely is good!

 

When we make music, we make sure it is catchy. That’s the most important rule we have. Most other elements are fair game!

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What advice would you give to an up and coming artist?

GET ON STAGE! If you wait until you’re ready, you will never be ready.

 

The more you play on stage, the less nerves you get and the more experience you will gain until you are unstoppable!

 

DON’T SPEND YOUR EARNINGS!

 

Even if it’s £20… Save it and reinvest into your act. That might be graphics, t-shirts, or recording time. Nothing comes for free so you must save all the money that your act makes.

 

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR ACT NAME ON STAGE WITH YOU! Even if it’s an A4 piece of paper. Generally, with all the excitement and partying, people will forget your name. Have it written down so it stays in people’s memories. Also, say your band name 5 – 10 times a show for good measure!

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Who is your favourite artist to collaborate with?

Rolla! Go check out those lads! The best “wanky”, Manchester band around!

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How would you spend a million pounds?

I think as a musician the obvious answer would have to be buying all the instruments that you’ve dreamed about being able to afford growing up.

 

On top of that the usual answers such as cars, a big house and travelling the world.

 

For me, though I would have to donate it all towards research on space travel as I’ve always been fascinated by what’s out there and the technological advancements that it would help bring to the world.

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How do you manage other activities with your music career?

As anyone who makes music will know, it is hard to balance your creating with the rest of your life.

 

We put a lot of time, money and effort into the band, but we also must allow ourselves time to see our friends and family, as well as time for hobbies. We don’t know how but we somehow make it work.

 

Personally, I love to kick it with video games and stand-up comedy, and I find the odd hour here and there for such activities.

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What does ‘Boxteles’ mean?

“Named after the old-school box TVs many of us had in our living-rooms growing up…”

 

It’s something we all had. It’s also (in our opinion) a very northern expression.

 

It symbolizes family time, home time and the working class all gathered around the silver screen as if to worship the shrine of popular culture.

 

It’s something we miss when we’re not around and something that we don’t want when we’re stuck with it.

 

We’ve seen some of the best and worst things that humanity has created whilst using it.

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What does ‘Be My Ray-Bans’ Mean?

‘Be My Ray-Bans’ is in reference to two people looking out for one another. It’s describing the protection and security offered in a relationship.

 

 I’ll be your sunscreen lotion

 

I won’t come off in the ocean

 

Come on girl, take my hand

 

But when the sun blares, be my ray-bans

 

 I’ll be your rubber dinghy

 

I won’t deflate when you need me

 

A holiday romance

 

But when the sun blares, be my ray bans

 

This basically means “I’ll look out for you but in return, you need to look out for me”

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State the title of the E.P and the reason for choosing the title.

We decided to call the E.P the ‘F.A.D.E EP’ because, in its full title, it covers the feeling that we all have when aging. F*** About, Die Eventually.

 

The songs are about partying with friends, romantic endeavours, potential regrets, and trying to escape the towns we grew up in. We have all felt this way at times, therefore we thought we’d name our E.P after it.

 


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