29 Jul 2016

HSS Artist Profile: La Bête Blooms

Head over to the Humber Street Sesh on 6 August and you’ll find these lovelies, La Bête Blooms.

The Pixies influence on 90s alt rock has undoubtedly continued to inspire many bands over the years and La Bête Blooms are a prime example. The Hull-based group drift through outbursts of raw energy into dark, disturbing melodies much like the Boston four piece, which sound both uplifting and incredibly sinister at the same time. No prizes for guessing that Kim Deal is a massive influence given how prominent the bass lines lie between tracks, although you can hear many more in there. Intentional or not, there’s some definite similarities in mood to Radiohead with some elements reminiscent of Elliot Smith with an added intensity.

Pixies inspo aside though, La Bête Blooms – made up of singer and guitarist Daniel Mawer, John Copley on lead guitar, Jack Gallagher on bass, Louisa Robinson on synth, and a mix between Josh Meredith and James Cliff on drums, dependent on who’s not busy doing ‘grown up’ stuff – have together created a distinctive sound which throws together a mix of wailing guitar tones with passionate vocal lines that always seem to float above and beyond the mix.

La Bête Blooms – photo © Sarah Aylward

In terms of inspiration, their self titled EP aimed to reference the positive and negative public perceptions of Hull over the years, outlining what the city has been up against in the past. Daniel has been the brains behind much of the music, including the group’s name (thrown together using a selection of words which sounded interesting in his scrapbook). Dan is now the last man standing since the group started back in 2011, when he originally met most members through various music nights around Hull.

After laying out the ideas for their songs, Dan whips up rough demos before bringing them to the band. ‘I pray they don’t hate my new ideas’ says Dan. ‘If it then passes John’s seal of approval, we’ll have a go at the song and butcher it until it works for everyone.’ Generally they all offer their own creative input.

John and Jack listen to a lot of La Dispute – they like listening to singers who sound like they’re having a mental breakdown. Louisa knows the best new alternative music before it’s even been made yet and I just love being sad, closing the curtains, hiding behind the sofa and listening to Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys.


Daniel Mawer

As well as performing at this year’s Humber Street Sesh on 6 August, the group will all be busy working. ‘Louisa’s on the bar, James Cliff will be cooking things at Thieving Harry’s, and John and I will be stage managing at different venues’ says Dan. ‘There’s only Jack who won’t be knackered by the time we go on at 9.20pm!’

Considering the views of most bands in the city, it doesn’t take a genius to work out the The New Adelphi Club is one of their top venues to play too. ‘It’s a place we will love unconditionally forever and ever.’ says Dan. ‘The Deaf Institute in Manchester was also a really cool venue to play last December and The Tin in Coventry served us up a really nice veggie curry.’

In Hull you can generally always rely on the creative community to be incredibly supportive towards each other, which the group know all too well.

In Hull nobody’s ever allowed to get too big for their boots, it’s a Hull trait we love. If anyone hears even a sniff of a clique in Hull, Facebook statuses fly all over the place. The whole scene talks to each other a lot and makes things happen as a collective. We are all willing each other to succeed and I think that’s what makes our community so special to others.


Daniel Mawer

After recording at The Nave in Leeds with producer Matt Peel in February, the group will be releasing their first single from their latest E.P. on 30 September, Breaking In. With plans to tour consistently until the end of the year and a second E.P. release scheduled in early 2017, the group will soon be back in the studio to release more by the end of next year.

With Hull becoming UK City of Culture in 2017, Dan commented, ‘It’s an exciting time for everyone involved in the local creative community. LIFE and Vulgarians are really flying the flag for Hull right now. We love The Hubbards too, but then so does everyone, as well as Fronteers who are doing well and always have cute haircuts. No Nothings are an another exciting band who scare the hell out of us’.

The whole E.P will be released in January 2017 through both Warren Records and The Adult Teeth Recording Company ‘two great labels, run by two of the nicest people you could ever meet’ says Dan.

La Bête Blooms will play this year’s Humber Street Sesh on the Warren Records Strummerville stage in Früit on 6 August.

Wristbands are available via Hull Box Office or call 01482 221113 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm)

Alternatively, you can go pick up your wristbands over the counter at Chinese Laundry, Beasleys Clothing,Thieving Harry’s, Früit, The Polar Bear, East Park Chippy, Bed Boutique, Poorboy Boutique, Queens Hotel Hull, O’Rileys, Disc Discovery, Minster Records and selected Barclay’s Banks (King Edward Street, Hessle Road, Holderness Road, Cottingham Road, Hessle, Beverley, Cottingham).

Band photo © Josh Moore.


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