“Every Monday, when the bar we used to work in was closed, we’d sneak back in and bring out amps we’d hidden around the building,” said Normal Average People. “We rehearsed in a back room space, affectionately nicknamed “The Moon Saloon”. The hazed idea of turning it into an iconic music venue sadly never took off.
That legacy continues in their work, as the single ‘Lemo // Memo’ highlights a “wild-west influenced 60s psych joyride, recorded in an abandoned warehouse in Peckham.”
Normal Average People is led by songwriter Sam Gillbanks and producer Emil Lloyd, established whilst the pair shared a flat in South East London and performed together in Sam’s project Gillbanks. Whilst living together Sam and Emil ended up writing a collection of demos that had a bolder, more aggressive sound to them and were heavily focussed around the live recording process. This became the catalyst for creating Normal Average People.
Irreverent, and drizzled in angst that only the initiated can survive, Normal Average People has that “dirt on urban cowboy jeans” vibe, where it coaxes you and nudges with ever effervescent grayness.
It’s a trip.
Their latest EP The Moon Saloon drops August 26th.