Interview: Matt Bishop of The Switches

posted February 19, 2008

by Corinne

Matt Bishop of The Switches

How are you?

A little anxious, but OK.

Let’s hear about Switches. How did the band come together?

We formed at University when Matt placed a message to every student on the University intranet system. For a more detailed story, read the biog on our website - it's all there....www.switchesmusic.co.uk

The band has been together for a few years now and you’re now focusing on the US. What attracts you about the US music scene?

The amazing passion for British bands fans at gigs have, and the fact that I like being in the US.

Do you have any concerns about the new venture?

No, not at all.

“Lay Down The Law” is a really upbeat, vibrant and energetic album but there’s also a great attention to detail with the vocal harmonies. Tell me about making the album.

We've always been obsessed with vocal harmonies, growing up listening to the Beach Boys and Queen. We worked them all out at the demo stage in Matt's bedroom then took them into the studio and recreated them note for note. We made the album in LA with producer Rob Schnapf. It was fun, never a chore.

You’re on tour right now with The Bravery. How’s that going? Any good tour stories?

The tour is going great. They are a bunch of sweet guys and audiences have been great. We got to meet the Vines in LA. They came to our show and Craig Nicholls came to hang out on our bus. Speaking of buses, our bus driver smacked someone over the head with his tyre-beater in Seattle. Much blood!

How are you finding the reaction from US fans different to that of British fans?

US fans are so much more exited than British fans. Louder screams, sexier and prettier.

I read that Matt wrote “hundreds” of songs in his teens. What motivated such prolific songwriting and will the songs ever see the light of day?

A creative mind cannot be dimmed! Lots of the songs were inspired by made up fantasy girls that a teenage boy would think about, as well as songs about useless policeman and poor health. Some of the songs are really good and may well be used at later date.

Who are some underrated bands that you think deserve more attention?

In my opinion, most bands are overrated.

What have you been listening to recently?

I currently am listening to Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, Rivers Cuomo – Alone: The Home Demos, RATATAT – Classics, The Fiery Furnaces – Widow City

If you could have written any song, what song do you wish you had written and why?

Bohemian Rhapsody – it's so clever, musically astonishing and ridiculously brave it makes me depressed.

Anything you would like to add?

I'm a big fan of Eva Mendes.

Thanks for your time!