Feel Good Festival: Pacific
Date published: 12 August 2017
Feel Good Festival - Pacific
Rochdale Online caught up with Pacific, a four-piece piano driven rock band fast rising through the ranks of the UK music scene.
Pacific, who are based in Warrington, have been together for nearly six years and are made up of band members: Drew, drums, Dan, bass and keys, Anthony, vocals and piano, and Dave, guitar. Brothers Dan and Anthony, from Northwich, Cheshire, met Dave, also from Northwich, and Drew, from Warrington, through gigs, when they were ‘doing their own thing with music’.
They have already picked up the support from Mark Radcliffe on BBC 6 Music and received airtime on Radio One with their single, ‘Time To Forget’.
Playing eight tracks of original material on the Feel Good Festival main stage, this their first time playing in Rochdale, although they plan to return next year ‘if asked back’.
Anthony said: “We’re looking forward to playing the festival. Hopefully it will be good and very impressive. We’ve actually been mistaken for Razorlight a few times, but we went with it.”
Dave added: “I’ve had a few requests to touch my hair, which I went with.”
When asked about their sound, they commented: “People compare us to Keane and Coldplay, who use piano but we utilise it very differently. It’s the focus of the band and we’re a lot more energetic.
“We’ve had comparisons to Elton John and The Killers, with a hint of Muse. All the bands we grew up with, basically.”
One of their favourite tracks to perform live includes their closing track, ‘Not Telling You’, a rockier tune, and “great live song that really gets the crowd going.”
‘Should Have Known’ is another, one of their newer tracks with a fresh feel that follows an intro as the opening song.
Anthony added: “Blinded, one of our singles is good live too. It’s a big riff and it’s one people will know if they’ve checked us out.”
When asked about the origin of the band’s name, they explained how it was suggested by ‘a guy who used to promote under-18s nights’.
“It’s a one-word name which is good, but it means we’re competing with an ocean on search engines,” they laughed.
Some of their favourite shows to date have included playing at Manchester’s Deaf Institute, Northumberland Live and Lee Stock alongside Newton Faulkner, Tinchy Stryder and Wheatus.
They will next be playing at the Morecambe Carnival and a benefit concert in Putney for Grenfell Tower.
Pacific’s next single, ‘Life in Short’ will be released on 15 September.