Peterborough pop punk quartet Photo Finish do what they love and love what they do – that love is of course, music. Since forming only two years ago, Alex Bullivant (vocals/rhythm guitar), Pete Godly (lead guitar), Luke Davis (bass guitar) and Jordan Graham (drums) – have gone from strength to strength. Their debut EP, EP Phone Home was followed by headlining small festivals and touring the UK.
A no-nonsense band, incredibly humble, has a new track on the horizon entitled Empty Frames. On the cusp of its release, Photo Finish had a chat with AMNplify – check it out below!
How and when did the band form?
We started back in the middle of 2015. We were all playing in different bands at the time, but wanted to try a different genre and head in a bit of a different direction to the music we were currently playing. So, we joined forces a little bit to create Photo Finish. We actually got called a supergroup when we formed, that was kind of cool.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?
I guess for me playing music started out as a hobby for us all and then we wanted to take it a little further and start collaborating. The band formed and we got better as musicians. You come to realise that what you do in life is what you love to do. It’s such a simple concept, but it took us a while to grasp that we could actually do something with this.
Who are your main musical influences?
We all have very different styles as we all came from different backgrounds of music. We listen to a lot of pop punk obviously, but we also listen to a lot of ska-punk and artists like Frank Turner etc. Our new music is definitely heavier than our original EP; you can hear a lot more of those influences coming in.
What can you reveal about the upcoming track, Empty Frames?
It is fast, really fast. That’s all we can tell you right now.
How does the new track differ to the EP, Phone Home?
It’s a lot more mature; musicians will understand what we mean by that. We spent a lot longer really fine tuning the details on this one and it shows in places. The song was re-written about four times.
What inspires your song writing?
We all write about different things, which give us a bit of diversity. We try to make no song the same. One of our first tracks Find Her is about being led on and used as a one-night stand. Then Pete wrote Reality which is about buying your kids useful gifts for Christmas and not things that make them believe that they are a Disney princess or whatever. You kind of had to be there to get it.
What makes Photo Finish different to similar sounding bands?
Musically, not much. We aren’t fussed about being different. We’re branded as ‘generi-core’ and that’s fine with us. Our shows are a lot of fun though. We try to spend more time off stage than on it and we do our best to get everyone involved and having a good time.
What has been your most memorable career highlight to date?
Our first tour is probably the obvious one for us all, something we all wanted to do as musicians and we got the opportunity to go on tour for a week across England. So many memories were made.
What is something you want to achieve career-wise that you haven’t done yet?
If our parents became proud of us; that would be cool.
If you could play any venue in the world, where would it be and why?
The standard answer is probably something like ‘Wembley’ or ‘The O2’ or maybe the Sydney Opera House. The sickest show we could do however would be a house party show. They just look like such a laugh really. For us, it isn’t about playing to thousands of people. The number of people watching us doesn’t bother any of us. It’s about making every one of those ‘watchers’ have a decent time. That’s why we do this.
AMNPLIFY – DB
Connect with PHOTO FINISH:
- Maggie Sapet