Ahead of the release of Universal Sigh, set to be released on the 7th August, I chatted to Orchard about everything music, and their latest single Universal Sigh
Tell us a bit about the band. Where are you from and how did you all meet?
Hi we’re Orchard and we’re from Staffordshire. We’ve all been playing music from an early age and we met through gigging in different bands. We’d often do shows around Staffordshire together and then we finally got together as this band in 2017.
If you were to sum up your style in three words, what would you say?
Gosh that’s a tough one!
Lots, of, things (that’s three)!
Tell us a bit about your latest single Universal Sigh. What does this song mean to you?
It’s got a killer intro! It was one of the first songs we worked on as a band when we formed. This song is written as a bit of an instruction manual to deal with a diminishing connection with someone close to you. You know, like trying to strike a match that’s soaking wet.
Is this new single a hint at more music on the way?
Yeah! We’ve got more singles coming out through out this year. We’re really excited to get them released!
Who produced this? Have you worked with them before? How was it working with them?
The single was produced by Tom Bishop. We’ve all worked with him over the years when we were in different bands, but we’ve always loved how Tom works! Apart from being an amazing person and producer, he’s a real music lover and just really great in the recording setting. He brought out the best in what we were trying to achieve with this single.
Before the world went crazy, did you get to play many shows? How did they go?
Yeah, we’ve played some amazing sell out shows around the Midlands. We’re looking forward to getting back to it, to promote our music coming out, when we can.
Are you planning to get back on the road as soon as gigs are allowed?
We were constructing our live set, trying to creating the album sound we’d capture before everything was halted so yeah, we’re keen to finish that up and play some shows! It’s been particularly hard for music venues and they’re critical for Artists, so it’ll be ace to see them open their doors again.
If you had an endless budget and no time restrictions, what is one thing you would love to do musically (or generally)?
I’d love to build a music academy based on everything you need to write, create and record music, collaborate and produce artworks and videos and generally be as creative as you want! Think Andy Warhol’s studio with music gear!
What advice would you give to a new band looking to start making music?
Buy a laptop and get writing! Being in a practice room is so important for crafting your sound for shows, but music has changed over the years and the inspiration you can get by using certain software instruments is amazing for setting yourself apart. Be brave with your sound, write what you like and work hard.
Where can we find out more about you?
You can go to check us out by this link and pre save our single ‘Universal Sigh’
Insta – orchard.band
Facebook – Orchard Band
Twitter – @band_orchard
Soundcloud – Orchard
Anything you would like to tell us?
Just to say how much we enjoy playing as a band. We are four close knit mates, who enjoy going out for a beer together and I think this really comes through in our music – both recorded and live shows.
You can check out Universal Sigh, released across all streaming platforms from the 7th. Until then, I’d like to thank the guys for taking the time to answer my questions and wish them the best of luck with their new single