10 Questions with Is Tropical

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on 11 February 2010 in Features

Is Tropical reek a dexterity of devilish amalgamation of genres melting into one another. They're a bunch of adolescent masked freedom-thinking musicians, who, with Egyptian Hip-Hop scaled the country as a joint headline show in all the beer soaked venues that would allow them through their doors. So, before the tour we got the heads-up on what their game plan was...

Hello Is Tropical, welcome to the imaginary sofa of Shout4Music. How's this week treating you?

We're really busy at the moment getting everything together for our single launch, so we're super excited about. The single was released on the 18th of January and it's our first. People seem to like it which is a plus.

We're also sat learning a Wu-Tang cover for an internet TV channel as we speak.

Quick slice of background information on the band for our readers please who are unfamiliar with you...

IS TROPICAL are Gary Barber, Dominic Apa and Simon Milner. We wear masks. We formed in 2009.  We make a range of sounds from raw pop songs to lo-fi dance songs.

Is Tropical's sound like in four words...

Lo-fi, bass heavy, pop.

So, the band is about to tour, are you looking forward to the imminent UK tour and the single launch for 'When O When/Seasick Mutiny'?

It's amazing to actually have something out there that people can get into. The launch is going to be a really good night. We've got a great line-up and an equally good little venue to host it in, so it looks like it may well be a fun sweaty mess. We've been looking forward to touring for a while. There's nothing better than being able to play live to new crowds. We've found that a lot of people outside of London react differently to live music. There's always a great buzz in smaller cities that make a band feel really appreciated.

Are you thrilled with the concept of you and Egyptian Hip Hop headlining a joint tour? What have you heard about the band? Their sound?

We've known Egyptian hip Hop for a little while now and get along really well with them. Their music is great and we're into what they do, and it seems like they feel the same about us. Hit club have picked up on both of our sounds, there's a lot of similarities between our bands without actually sounding like one another.

Any show in particular that you guys are looking forward to?

Dead excited about Glasgow. We've got friends that live there that we don't get to see that often who are part of a great music, and make really interesting music.

The finest moment in Is Tropical existence so far?

Probably when 8 of us were crammed into a Punto burning round Rome looking at the Colosseum out of our trees after a great gig. To be honest probably the Radio 1 play of our single, which was a complete shock as it was never intended for radio.

Using the letters of your band name, name something you love for each letter e.g Ice Shakespeare etc...

I -        Infectious bass lines

S-         Superbomber Man

T-         Turkish Food

R-        Radio 6 presenter 'Steve Lamacq'

O-        'On-time pizza'

P-         Productivity

I-         'Ize of the World'

C-        Cocktail (the film and drink)

A-        Afghan hound jackets

L-        Long johnsIs Tropical reek a dexterity of devilish amalgamation of genres melting into one another. They're a bunch of adolescent masked freedom-thinking musicians, who, with Egyptian Hip-Hop scaled the country as a joint headline show in all the beer soaked venues that would allow them through their doors.

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