ModWear5 - E2 - Ordinary Affair May 15 2014
ModWear 5 with Ordinary Affair Episode 2
Our second 5 minute read / 5 question interviews is with Darren from Darlington’s vastly supported “Ordinary Affair”
1) How did the band come together, and what inspired the name?
I had been playing on my own for a number of years but decided to get another band up and running. At the time Steve and Jimmy were playing in a band called The Kites. I saw they were advertising for an additional guitarist so went down to a rehearsal. We played together for a number of weeks but with one thing and another it never came off. That was August 2012, in the December I noticed an announcement that The Kites had split. The next day I got a call from Jimmy saying Steve and him were interested in starting another band with me. Then the band was formed, within 5 minutes of the conversation Steve came up with the name Ordinary Affair it was pretty much the first name suggested and it just clicked. Steve looked at a few mod bands and put two bands together to get the name. They were of course Secret Affair and The Ordinary Boys.
The next week we had our first rehearsal and had 22 songs ready in that first session. Three weeks after forming we played our first gig in Seaham near Sunderland in January 2013. We received amazing feedback from the venue and people that attended and things have just gone crazy since then. Don't think any of us can believe the support and how popular the band has become in such a short space of time
2) Your playlist spans the decades, which tracks generate the biggest audience reaction?
One of our latest additions is Frank Wilson's Do I Love You. This song has become a huge favourite already and we really enjoy playing it. The Jam tracks such as Town Called Malice always go down well. A lot depends on the venue and the type of audience there is. We try our best to cater for different audiences by playing a bit of everything so there's something for everyone, but at the same time keeping it Mod.
3) Have you ever dabbled with your own material?
Yes I've been writing nearly as long as Ive been playing the guitar. I've been in many bands over the years and nearly always wrote the material for them. In late 2011 I released a debut solo EP called This Is The Modern Times which received a lot of praise from fellow Mods and tracks from it got played on a few Mod Radio Stations especially a song called Cafe De Ville. We hope to be introducing some original material soon. Our aim was to get a big following and get our name known before starting to show our originals. It's also been great fun to play all the songs we grew up with and be able to put our own energy and passion into them. We always aim to put pure energy and passion into all our performances. I mean you have to feel it, live it, put everything you've got into it and the audience will thrive off it.
4) What are your earliest memories of MOD as a subculture?
My parents were always into Tamla Motown, Northern soul and The Style Council when I was growing up so I was brought up on a lot of the music. When I first started playing Oasis's Definitely Maybe and Blurs Parklife had just been released and I loved both Albums, but have to admit was always more keen on Blur. Shortly after, like many younger Mods I saw Quadrophenia and that was it, I was hooked. I'd always felt like an outsider, a bit of a loner. after seeing that film it was like I'd found myself. Something I could be part of, great music, great clothes and I associated a lot of what I was going through at that time (my late teens) with Jimmy in the film.
5) How important is the way the band is styled when you play? Is it something which even needs discussing?
This question makes me laugh. There have been loose discussions around turning up in the same shirts etc. Luckily that has not happened yet, if it does though I'm sure we will be having more discussions. At the end of the day we are mods. What mod does not talk about clothes? It's such a part of us. I think we are lucky so far there has been no band punch ups over Paisley shirts, fingers crossed it won't happen for a while.
You can see Darren (Guitar and Vocals) Steve (Bass) & Jimmy (Drums and Vocals) at Suited and Booted Festival in Alvechurch on Saturday 24th May. https://www.facebook.com/suitedandbooted14
You can also catch the band during June on the 14th at the Town Head Hotel in Lockerbie or on the 28th at Brumby Hall in Scunthorpe. Check out the Ordinary Affair website for all future events: http://ordinaryaffair.webs.com/apps/calendar/showAgenda?calID=7159835&pageNum=1