Issue 6- One To Watch: Being There

Much has been made of Being There’s sunny disposition. The anticipation of heat waves, trips to the seaside and girls in short dresses is palpable in their songs. Perhaps its no surprise then that they supported the ‘happiest band in Britain’, Noah and the Whale.

Being There genre hop between indie, pop and shoegaze. They met at Manchester University, relocated after to the Big Smoke and in the past year, things have started to kick off. They are releasing their next single with Young and Lost Club, which frontman, Sam, explains is quite the compliment: “They have an amazing record with picking cool bands before they get big. They’re a great label so we’re very happy they want to work with us”.

Sam cites bands from all over the indiesphere as inspiration- The Hold Steady, Pains of Being Pure At Heart and rather surprisingly, The Boss. “I would say Bruce Springsteen was the biggest influence; just the nostalgia and the power of his music”. Their sound is a lot more understated than the Springsteen reference might suggest though. Single 17 sounds more akin to the Belle & Sebastian school of nostalgia ridden indie-pop mixed with an eye for a killer guitar hook like early Ash.

Supporting label mates Noah and the Whale has been one of the more remarkable moments in the life of the band so far. Sam reflects upon the experience as fun: “Mainly because you’re guaranteed to play to a big audience every night, which isn’t always the case when you’re a small band starting out,” And where does Sam think Being There will be in 5 years time? “At Wembley Stadium, of course. With U2 in support”. Such blue sky thinking seems highly appropriate for a band whose sound displays such innocent, blissed out and unadulterated enjoyment.

Words: Woody Whyte

Illustrations: Scott Jessop