Playing our Old Blue Last x Ben Sherman showcase gig on Thursday 6th June, we caught up with Paris Youth Foundation to find out more about them and their music.
Tell us about the band. How do you all know each other and how did Paris Youth Foundation begin?
Hey we’re Paris youth foundation, we’re a 5 piece indie band from Liverpool. A couple of us have been friends for 10 years or more, we grew up going to the same gigs and festivals and dreamt about doing it ourselves one day. We then adopted a few friends from an amazing music university in Liverpool called LIPA and gave it a go. We released our first song and a week later we were BBC introducing artist of the week and booked our first ever gig at Reading Festival. Sounds too good to be true but I promise it is. We haven’t looked back since.
Liverpool has produced so many brilliant musicians and bands. How has growing up in Liverpool informed your music taste?
Liverpool is one of the most famous music cities in the world. If you’re making music in our city, even if you’re unaware of it, the city will be having an effect on you. Music is in the city’s blood. Anyone who is writing music in the city has the city’s history and passion for music flowing throwing them.
What is the process of making a song with PYF from start to finish?
PYF songs start in my bedroom with my two string guitar. I always think if a song sounds ok with your melody and a two string guitar then it’s a good place to start. I then take it to our practise room and work on a fully functional guitar until I think it’s ready. Then I’ll play it to boys, that will be the chord progressions the melodies and lyrics. Then the boys will all do their magic and then it becomes Paris Youth Foundation.
What’s your desert island album?
Kevin - The National - High Violet
Tom - Bombay Bicycle Club - I had the blues but I shook them loose
Jamie - Foals - Total life forever
John - Radiohead - In Rainbows
Paul - Foals – Antidotes
You’re currently on tour, what are you doing to keep yourself interested between shows?
We love football. Currently enjoying the reds beating Barcelona to get to the champions league final. But there’s also Everton fans and a Blackpool fan in our band. So mainly in between shows it’s a lot of football and a lot of doggo memes. They are our two favourite things. Obviously Game of Thrones is on at the min too which we love but I don’t want to talk about that for too long in case Jamie spoils last week’s episode for me again.
The Nights are for Thinking About You, what can you tell us about this EP, what is something you haven’t told anyone about this EP?
We’ve been working hard on it for a long time and now it’s out were so proud of it. It’s four songs that tell a story of a long distance break up and all the silly things we do for love. If you know our band at all you know we love a sad song and this EP is no exception. I keep saying that I wanted to write sad songs but not conventional ones so I keep describing them as sad songs you can dance to. Something I’ve never told anyone about this EP is that I wrote I Can’t Keep up With Your Love (Which is the last song on the EP) three days before we went into record it.
You will soon be playing at the Ben Sherman store on Carnaby St, what draws you to working with the brand?
It’s one of the most iconic brands in the world. I don’t think there’s anywhere in the world that won’t have heard of Ben Sherman. We all grew up wearing the brand and for us to be asked to work together with you guys is a massive deal. We can’t wait to test our new Ben Sherman stage wardrobe out.
What does Ben Sherman mean to you?
Ben Sherman means tradition and history to us. It’s been around forever and will be around forever. It’s a staple in anyone’s wardrobe and everyone at one point in their life will have owned something Ben Sherman. We’re very proud to be working alongside such a prestigious brand.
Being chosen as a PRS Foundation momentum artist is an amazing achievement, what do you hope to gain from their funding and support?
PRS have helped us out dramatically. We probably wouldn’t be answering these questions without them. They give us the financial stability and backing to pursue our dream. We are able to tour the country without worrying about the boring aspects of petrol and van hire and concentrate on the important part the music. We will be eternally grateful to them for that.