The Stow are a band on the up. Last year saw them make their Glastonbury debut and they were named Best Live Act 2010 by the Emerging Talent Awards. However, Haydn, Shi, Gus, Dave and Matt seem set to make 2011 bigger and better. Walthamstow Scene caught up with Haydn from The Stow to find out more.
Hi Haydn. How long have you lived in Walthamstow?
I was born in Mile End and moved down to Walthamstow when I was about 8, been in and around the area ever since.
Tell us about the sound of The Stow.
Our sound is growing so it’s hard to explain at the moment. We are really fusing pop/rock/indie and soul to a whole new level. It’s still The Stow sound, just a lot fuller, if that makes sense.
What inspired you to form a band?
I was a solo artist and loved live music. I used to work with the old drummer Will and decided to try and see if we could do, what at first was meant to be just a straight live hip-hop band…oh, how we have strayed!
You’ve got an E.P. of covers coming out. Who have been your main influences?
Our influences again are a mixed bag. Someone once described us as the bastard child of Pete Doherty and Jay-Z which I always thought was cool.
Aside from the covers E.P., what else is on the horizon for The Stow?
This year is an exciting year for us. As well as the new E.P. we will be putting out music, shooting music videos and getting out of the capital more. We’ve got a lot of dates lined up around the country that we are looking forward to, doing a lot more support slots – in fact we’ve got one coming up supporting Giggs [at The Fleece in Bristol on 22 January 2011].
What’s been the best show you’ve ever played, and what made it special?
Wow. I never really know what to say when asked that, we have had a great year. So many nights stand out. Off the top of my head Club NME at KOKO was a great night…no, actually A Night with The Stow at Cargo in November was amazing. Filling the main room of Cargo with a tube strike on and weather that would make an Eskimo shiver was nice to see, we’ve got people who really love what we do.
What’s the one thing that can be done to improve Walthamstow?
Walthamstow for me needs more venues for people to play music! There isn’t really anywhere.
Who’s your favourite band/artist/composer and why?
I really love Arctic Monkeys. I just think Alex Turner is a genius. I am really digging a classical band called Aston at the moment as well. They’re from Australia and they do covers of everyone from Muse and Coldplay to Rhianna and Britney Spears. If we do an album this year I really, really want to try and see if we could work with them
What’s your favourite thing about Walthamstow?
Continental Drifts! They are a talent agency that works in the Walthamstow area and they have supported us so much over the past year or so. They’ve got a barge on the docks by Tottenham Hale!