Hailing from East London, Free Money are an investment you need to make. The compelling quartet have just dropped their self-titled debut EP and it’s a thunderously theatrical debut full of punchy lines and instantly chant-along choruses.
First getting together back in 2016, a regroup and revamp – mostly through the group finally getting a physical drummer as opposed to a drum machine – has seen the band blossom into one of the buzziest newbies around.
With a headline show at Sebright Arms tonight, we caught up with the guys to find out just how we too can become a part of the Bank of Free Money.
Hey guys! How are you?
Vibing, on the road, driving to the country to write some music. No complaints!
Can you quickly introduce yourselves?
We are George Le Beats Page “the beats master”, C M Pelling Masterbasser/Harmony Guru/Keyboard Wizard, Chappers Le Dog Riff Goblin/Larynx Buster, Harry Sizzler Wrist Twister/Pitch Shifter.
Amazing. Back to the beginning how did you all meet?
The three of us met at art school (Harry, Chappers, Charlie) with our final piece of the puzzle, George, who fell from the heavens onto our drum throne earlier this year.
Where do you pull your influences from?
It’s a melting pot of all our eclectic musical tastes, from our daily experiences and the world around us.
Was is fairly harmonious getting to the free money sound?
Free Money started as a much more raucous affair, but after finding ourselves without a drummer in early 2018 we turned to writing music with a drum machine. This really opened things up and let us become the band we are now… It also helped that we found a new drummer that plays like a machine. It’s all worked out very nicely Thank you very much if we do say so ourselves.
You’ve just dropped your EP, tell us how it came to be…
It’s called “The Free Money” EP. The amazing Dan White of Buff Records arrived on the scene just as we found this sound. It was perfect timing, really, as he helped us develop some of the demos we’d been making into what became the record.
What makes this the best introduction to Free Money?
The record has a common theme running throughout, one of positivity in uncertain times, with each song a different story. They quite obviously come from a personal place, we don’t try and hide that, but we hope it’s something the listeners can relate to, I think that makes it a good introduction to us.
What do you want people to take away from the record?
Kind of answered this one above, the final track on the EP is called “Everything’s Fine”, which was a contending title for the record. Can you see where we’re coming from?
How’s the reception been so far?
It feels great just to have the music out there. Big up Jack Saunders for all the plays!
What are you guys working on now?
We’re writing the next record, the music video for “Moving On” which we shot yesterday, it was golden. The live show, making it as slick as possible, and doing lots of them.
What exciting things have you got planned for this year?
We have our final show of 2018 at The Sebright Arms. As for 2019, we want to release said music we’re writing at the moment and play all of the shows. Gigs coming out of our the ears.
How do we become members of the Bank of Free Money?
It’s easy, all you have to do is come to one of our shows.