INTERVIEW: Sophie and the GiantsPosted by: Richard Abbey
We caught up with bass player Bailey Stapledon from Sheffield’s adopted sons (and daughter) ahead of their O2 Academy gig this weekend with Joe Carnall Jnr
Sophie and the Giants are practitioners of innovative, left-leaning pop: a raw fusion of the band’s collective influences, which range from the likes of Siouxsie Sioux and Blondie to Radiohead and Jamie T.
The band was formed by Sophie (vocals and guitar), Chris Hill (drums), Bailey Stapledon (bass) and Toby Holmes (guitar) while all four of them were still at college. Shortly after graduation they moved to their adoptive hometown of Sheffield where they’ve been refining their intense, life-affirming sound.
Recently they’ve been taking their music on the road, supporting Tom Grennan on the European tour, as well as select dates across the UK, playing with other like-minded acts. With only a handful of headline shows to their bow, but an ever increasing pile of killer singles, the band are set to take 2019 by storm.
We caught up with bass-playing band member Bailey Stapledon.
You’re being tipped for big things in 2019 – no pressure then!
This is really big for us. We’re planning for a big year and can’t wait to show you all what’s to come.
How would you describe your sound?
We make pop music, with alternative influences.
Photo credit: Will Ireland
What were the high points of 2018?
Our tour across Europe with Tom Grennan in September was an incredible experience and we got to play our debut headline show in London this October. We’ve also got a few more shows lined up for December, including our first headline show in our adopted hometown Sheffield.
Touring with Tom Grennan must have been an experience?
It was amazing! Playing in Europe was a bucket list moment. The cities and the people really blew us away.
What can we expect to see in 2019?
We’re not sure how much we can give away just yet but definitely keep your eyes peeled. Maybe new music? Maybe a tour? All will be revealed soon...
Which current artists do you admire?
We’re all huge fans of Wolf Alice and Phantogram currently.
We’d been really lucky to get the chance to write with Jon McClure up in Sheffield whilst living in Guildford, and we fell in love with the city. Alongside all the music history here and bands we admire, we could afford to live here and spend as much time as possible practising and writing. So it’s the perfect place for us to be right now.
What’s the Sheffield music scene like at the minute?
We personally think the Sheffield scene is on a revival, a lot of new bands and artists are coming through the cracks and creating a really exciting new scene.
Your top tips for a night out in Sheffield?
Definitely the The Wick At Both Ends on West Street or Great Gatsby. Unless you’re looking for a wild one, in which case look no further than West Street Live!
Are you, Chris and Toby actually giants?
Well that’s the thing ... Chris and Toby are definitely average height but I’m the tallest. Maybe still not quite giant though...
What can we get you for Christmas?
Definitely some thick socks please! But if you happen to have a spare Ferrari lying around...