For the past few years, PICNIC have been taking the local music scene by storm with their genre-blending sounds. The band’s colourful, sax-driven pop really packs a punch and has earned them a place as one of the most exciting bands in the North East at the moment. Last year saw the six-piece play an exhilarating set to a charged up crowd at This Is Tomorrow. With a slot at Hit The North already confirmed, 2020 seems to be off to a blinding start for the group. We caught up with PICNIC’s guitarist, Eddie to see what the band have in store for 2020.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Funky, pop, fun.
Who or what has influenced your sound the most?
I think Vulfpeck and Carly Rae Jepsen are two of the biggest influences for us. They’re both unapologetically themselves and don’t waste time trying to be “cool”. Steely Dan and Prince should probably get a mention. Being so musically complex and still making pop bangers that people can sing and dance to is such a difficult balance.
What is your favourite song to play live at the moment?
‘Wishful Drinking’, probably. It stuck really early on at live shows, I think that’s because it’s really easy to sing along to. Any song that encourages crowd interaction is the best one.
What are you most excited for in 2020?
All of it. We never go into any year with any expectations so we’re quite happy to just see where this one takes us. We’re all a bit more clued up and industry savvy now, so hopefully people like the new tunes.