“I would describe it as country and western through a marshal.”

NozFest had just opened its doors and the atmosphere was already buzzing. There was excitement in the air and there was already a handful of punters ready to watch the first lot of bands. Lotty Whittingham grabbed a quick chat with THE OUTLAW ORCHESTRA about NozFest, their sound and supporting the scene.

Hi guys, thanks for joining us today. First can you introduce yourselves to the readers in terms of what your sound is all about?

Ryan:  Hi, I’m Ryan and I am the drummer/vocalist for The Outlaw Orchestra.

Dave: I’m Dave, I try to sing for The Outlaw Orchestra and try to play guitar.

Pete:  I’m Pete and I barely succeed in trying to play the banjo and lap steel for The Outlaw Orchestra. 

Ryan:  There is also Alex who is the giant violin player who is not here at the moment.

Dave:  It’s because he’s looking for his bass somewhere. Seriously, he messaged me then phoned me to say he was on a train and he will be tracking down my double bass, which is somewhere. In fact, we played a gig in Sheffield and it was about 4am. Alex and I were extremely inebriated sat with about five other bands on the bill, we played in the 02 and at about 4am, we looked out the window and we saw Alex’s double bass laying there in the car park. We realised we had been dropped off at the 02 at 11pm, we taken it out of the taxi, laid it down, went into the hotel and forgotten all about it. I looked out the hotel room at 4am and pointed out his double bass. Nobody had pinched it, it’s too big to steal.

It’s quite amazing that you can lose a double bass in the first place.

Dave:  You can lose a guitar; you hear that all the time but a double bass is huge. So, there you have it, Alex is on his way hopefully with his double bass.

So, we’re here at NozFest today and you’re part of the original line up.

Dave:  I think so, Jodie contacted us a long time ago as a first conception.

Ryan:  I think we were the first or second band she asked

Dave:  Actually, we were first, I’m joking. At the time, she was toying with different venues and as the local boys, she picked our brains as to what’s a good venue. There was a venue we were gunning for that had a kebab shop at the back in Bedford Place, no not really. We suggested The Engine Rooms, we ended up at The 1865 so here we are and it looks like it’s going to go off today.

It’s sold out in advance, punters coming in early for the first lot of bands so it’s looking promising.

Dave:  There’s plenty of bands. Now I’m not sure if you have been to the dressing room area, we were there earlier and we had to leave. We don’t use nearly enough hair spray and nail varnish to be there. We are also way too grounded.

Ryan:  Our leather pants aren’t tight enough.

What about the leopard print?

Dave:  I shit you not, there is a lot of leopard print in that dressing room.

Pete:  It’s basically like Lily Savage’s boudoir up there.

If someone hasn’t seen you guys live before, what can people expect from your live show today?

Dave:  We play country tinged hard rock. We do everything from hard rock to almost country. Pete brings in a new flavour with playing the lap steel, which is traditionally a country and western instrument. I personally love this as it gives the music a different angle. Pete plays the banjo as well; Ryan’s drums and I play guitar with a lot of country and western tuning. I would describe it as country and western through a marshal.

Please tell the readers why it’s important to support the scene.

Dave:  Or we go hungry. You start in your hometown although having said that, no one in our home town knows about us apart from a bus driver the other day he beeped at and shouted out “I love your record mate.” However, usually you are known in your home town. Def Leppard got huge because Sheffield love them. We are bigger in Sheffield than we are in Southampton. So, Sheffield is our adopted home town. So, support your local music then hopefully good things happen from that. So hopefully after playing here today, more people from Southampton will come check us out when we next play The Coach and Horses.

Thank you guys for taking the time to chat and best of luck with the show today.

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