Manchester-based three-piece garage punk band TINFOILS consists of George Unitt on Guitar/Vocals, Alex Walker on Drums, and Will Burton on Bass. They released their new single SPITTING across all digital platforms on the 17th of April, so we got the band to tell us more about the track and themselves. Read on to discover more about the trio.
Born in Yorkshire but made in Manchester, TINFOILS are predominantly influenced by contemporary bands such as IDLES, Sleaford Mods, (Thee) Oh Sees, whilst also taking inspiration from several 20th Century punk and post-punk bands such as Buzzcocks and The Fall.
What made you want to get into music?
G: I remember around sixth form I got shown The Amazing Snakeheads. Then it was Fat White Family, Sleaford Mods, Palma Violets, The Wytches… it was amazing. Then I moved to Manchester a few years later and got into Cabbage, seeing them made me want to start a band.
W: For a start, I was always tragically bad at sports, so I was never going to be an athlete. It’s always been something that has piqued my interest so as soon as I could, I started playing instruments
What inspires you to write?
G: Anything that annoys me generally. I like whinging, it’s one of my favourite pastimes. Telly’s shite, the news is wank, celebrities irritate me. Local council, tennis, shoelaces. Nothing is safe from my pointless rage.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far?
W: The work-life-music balance, really. It’s a killer to have to leave gigs early to be up for work or not be able to travel somewhere.
A: Yeah, it’s a shame when we pass up on opportunities because someone isn’t available for it. And we sometimes go a while without rehearsing because one of us going through a busy period at work or something. But we’ve managed so far! Looking forward to the day where we can all earn a living solely through the band, but that could be a way off yet.
G: Lack of transport. Travelling across the country from Manchester to Glasgow to North Wales on the National Express was not ideal, but none of us can drive. Good laugh, though. That and trying to stop people putting a space between Tin and foils. Drives me mad.
What has been the best and worst gig you’ve ever played?
G: I’ve been thinking about this recently, and at the minute, I’m gonna go with Glasgow. Glaswegians are ace, made good friends with a band called Black Clyde and the Tube Disasters, who let us sleep on their floor. It was mad travelling so far and having people in the audience singing along to songs.
For the worst, I’m gonna go with a gig we did at one of our favourite pubs, Spinning Top in Stockport. I got absolutely slaughtered and made a tit of myself, went to the loo in the middle of the set, and didn’t even realise that might be an issue. Not a good look. Gig was good apparently though.
W: Best – Gullivers after a Crimbo off, we just smashed it! Worst – no such thing as a bad gig!
A: I agree with Will! The best for me was Gullivers in Jan this year. Unreal night.
What was the last album you listened to?
G: Divide and Exit by Sleaford Mods. Ruthless, start to finish.
W: Dance to the best of ESG – ESG, mint old school New York disco!
A: I don’t really listen to albums in their entirety very often, but I think the last time I did, it was A Picture of Good Health by Life. Best band to come out of my glorious hometown of Hull in recent times.
If you could support anyone, who would it be and why?
W: (Thee) Oh Sees- brilliant band, and you’d see me in the crowd after!
G: IDLES or Sleaford Mods. Massive inspirations to us.
What other bands or musicians do we need to be checking out right now?
G: I really like Do Nothing at the moment. Great band. We’ve got a playlist we update quite regularly called Foilwrapped for Freshness with all our favourite new music.
A: Since we supported them in February, I’ve been really into SPQR. They were incredible live, and their new songs are banging.
W: Tash Sultana is an amazing musician, and Crumb.
How are the band carrying on during lock down?
G: Alright! Me and Alex have tried to do a bit of writing over the internet, which has going better than I expected. Regular band meetings, in which we get very little done. Not much has changed in that respect.
A: Yeah, it’s not so bad! As well as binging video games and rum, I’ve tried to stay creative while we have the time. I’ve been getting my head around learning the keyboard and been trying to think of ways to incorporate it into our music and our live shows.
W: George and Alex have been great at keeping things moving thankfully- unfortunately for me work, has become swamped, so I’ve been way too busy.
Talk us through the idea behind the new track and video?
W: It initially came from a completely random riff in a band practice but worked so well, and you can hear all our influences in the track.
G: In terms of the lyrics, I wanted to write a song about feeling down and not really having a reason for it, so I thought of that rain that gets you soaking wet without realising. Managed to shoehorn the phrase “golden shower” in as well somehow.
A: With the video, we just wanted to give it a DIY feel because that felt authentic to us. So, we just filmed ourselves being ourselves on our trip to the recording studio in Wolverhampton, and I think it makes for quite a fun video.
When will you feel like you achieved success as a band?
G: Our original aim was just to play A GIG. We did that pretty early on, so everything we get to do on top of that is just a bonus. I would love to get a record out one day, though.
W: Like George said, everything past playing a gig has been a bonus. Can dream of playing Glastonbury but I’ll believe it when I see it!
A: If we can get to the stage where we can put on our own headline gig at The Ritz in Manchester, that would do it for me.
You can listen to more music from the band over on Spotify.