Music can make your trips more memorable this year—especially if you check out the local music scene. Whether you’re in London or Liverpool, you’ll find emerging musicians like the Stowaways to provide the perfect soundtrack to that smashing British holiday. The Stowaways, an emerging indie rock band, play the London music scene and have performed at a number of venues, including the 2012 London Olympic Games.
As the Stowaways’ fame spreads, other artists are tuning in to listen. Colin Rivera, the lead singer of the American-British alternative pop rock band the Lovecapades, says, “I like their sound a lot. The British guitar tone is gorgeous, and they certainly have the vocal quality present in a lot of mainstream British rock.”
For this exclusive interview, Stowaway spoke with Rudi Falla, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter of the Stowaways.
How did you come up with the word “Stowaways” for your band name?
We just liked the sound of it. We brainstormed for ages, and that seemed to have kind of a familiar ring to it. That’s the only reason for it really. Why are you called Stowaway magazine?
Because we want our readers to have a fun adventure and just stow away to some place exciting—and enjoy it by reading our magazine.
Awesome—I guess that’s not many miles off the vibes of our music.
We want our songs to shine through, big and strong. We’re kind of changing our direction right in the minute. We’re just trying to broaden our spectrum on what we write about. And we’re bringing in some other influences from South Africa and listening to American bands like Tori Y Moi or Washed Out. That’s kind of the ambient vibe.
Is there a reason behind this change in your sound?
We want to have a more defined sound that you can hear and go,
“Oh, that’s the Stowaways.” Something like that where we could have an album, and the songs could sit as a continuous body of work.
What was it like playing for an international audience at the London Olympics in 2012?
It was awesome. It was amazing just to be involved in the whole Olympics and to go into the park and soak up the atmosphere. We had such good times at the Olympics and the Paralympics as well. It was awesome.
With your success at the Olympics, do you think you’ll be traveling to the United States any time soon?
We’d love to. [Chuckles.] Our housemate went there last March. I was playing bass with him, so I got to go over, and it was amazing. So, I’d like to get the Stowaways on it. It’s the next avenue we’ll be working on.
What’s it like to travel with your band?
We love getting out of London because London can be kind of a tough crowd. Sometimes everyone’s quite stoic, you know; they just stand and watch whether they’re enjoying it or not. [Laughs.] They just kind of don’t move at all.
We love getting out. We’d love to get some gigs in Europe because we love traveling, and we’d love to be on tour in 2013. Generally, that’s a good way to do it, especially if you can get your way paid as well.
Where’s your favorite venue to play at in London?
Favorite venue—probably the KOKO in London. It’s really cool. Just a nice place. It has an old theater-type vibe, but it’s really cool.
So, if our readers were to visit London and wanted to get the best music, where should they go?
For indie music or alternative stuff like that, there’s a venue called XOYO. They’ve got some real cool acts there. That’s near Old Street in central northeast London.
What advice do you have for musicians who are trying to begin the adventure of starting a band?
What we’ve decided to do is pull back from gigging too much and not worry about chasing management or chasing industry people too much. We’ve just focused on the songs—that should always be the priority, really. So I’d say, “Don’t forget about the songs.”