Photo: Simon Chmiewliski
When did you move to Bristol?
Four years ago. I was a bit all over the place when I moved here from Brighton. I had to reform my band… It took me a while to find my place here, but now I can’t imagine living anywhere else and I’m really proud of the musical community I feel a part of.
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
This is a hard question, as there’s SO much amazing music coming out of Bristol. However Clayton Blizzard will always hold a special place in my heart. Whenever I see him perform, I get something new out of his music. Not only is he an exceptional wordsmith, but his delivery is deeply sincere and heartfelt, yet hilarious at the same time.
What are your go-to places to eat and drink?
Rosemarino’s breakfast is pretty special and feels like a hidden gem. Neck Of The Woods Café in St Werburgh’s Community Centre serves all manner of delicious offerings. It’s also filled with nice plants and friendly staff.
What’s the perfect way to spend a day here?
You can walk a big loop from St Nick’s Market, up Park Street and make your way up to the Suspension Bridge to look out over the whole city. Then head back down and walk along the waterfront and onto the Harbourside. If you stop into the shops, market stalls and pubs along the way, you’ve got yourself a really nice Bristol day out!
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
It’s big enough that there are always exciting things going on, whatever you’re in the mood for, but not too big that you feel overwhelmed – you can get out to the countryside in fifteen minutes. Just by walking down Gloucester Road to Stokes Croft, you can see how culturally and artistically diverse the city is.
And your least favourite?
Any top venues?
To play – The Louisiana always has great sound and a good feel, although The Crofters Rights is also up there for me. To watch – I love St George’s: it’s beautiful and epic and I’ve seen some amazing music happen in there.
Speaking of home, tell us about Ålesund’s new single.
Our new single, ‘Home’ will be out on 15th November. It’s about understanding where you come from and the feeling of belonging. It was based on an Australian friend who lived in Bristol and had travelled the world, suddenly realising her need to go home and reconnect. We have a UK/European tour booked for Feb/March 2020 which will coincide with our new EP release.
If you missed Ålesund’s ‘Shift & Flux’ single launch earlier in the year, catch it here:
Ålesund’s single ‘Home’ will be available to stream on BandCamp from 15th November, followed by an EP, released early in 2020.