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The Retrospectives

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Sheffield’s classic rockers, The Retrospectives, talk us through their greatest passions and formative inspirations.

First single you bought

Will: I think the first single I ever bought was ‘It Wasn’t Me’ by Shaggy, probably on cassette tape.

First album you bought

Tom: Around 10 or 11, just when I started playing guitar I bought Are You Experienced. I remember it being on a list of players to listen to, given to me by my guitar teacher as some kind of homework. It’s probably one of the reasons I kept on playing guitar to be honest.

Favourite artist of all time

Will: That’s way too hard a question to answer!! We’re both really big fans of John Mayer, Ryan Adams, and also all the great songwriters from the 60s and 70s. Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Springsteen, Led Zeppelin. To nail it down to one would be impossible I think.

Favourite current artist

Tom: In terms of new stuff we’ve been listening to, The War on Drugs have probably been one of our favourites in terms of new music. The album Lost in the Dream has been a big influence on us over the past year or so. The songwriting and arrangements are just incredible.

Favourite period in music history

Will: Probably the 70s. We’re big fans of different stuff from every era. But there’s something about the songwriting, playing and production techniques from that era that really resonate with us.

Albums we listen to a lot from that era are My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, Fire and Water by Free, just to name a handful. I think the fact everything is so guitar-based means we can connect with it really easily.

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Tom: I’d probably go with Johnny Depp in the film Blow.

Best gig you’ve been to

Tom: We both went to see John Mayer twice last year, once at Wembley and another time at the 02 in London. We’d been fans for a long time but due to him being out of action after having vocal surgery neither of us had ever seen him. So it was a pretty big deal for us when he was back out touring.

The songs and the level of musicianship was just at another level. It was emotional to say the least.

Favourite festival

Will: I’d probably have to go with Tramlines, which is an urban festival that takes place in Sheffield every year. It’s not the most obvious answer as most people would go with one of the big major outdoor festivals, but this one has a special place in our hearts just because it’s when the spotlight is on the scene that we and all our friends are a part of all year round. There’s just a great atmosphere in the city and it’s a time for us to really celebrate the music of our home town.

Favourite movie

Will: School of Rock. I’m not sure that one needs much explaining.

Favourite TV show

Tom: Friends. Again I don’t think we need to explain that one!

Favourite book

Tom: I’ll have to go with High Fidelity by Nick Hornby.

Favourite guitarist

Tom: I think my favourite guitar player would be John Mayer. I think it takes great skill to have world class ability and not show it off all the time.

He can do the big solos but he’s also capable of collaborating and not necessarily being the centre of attention, and instead just sitting in the groove. His tone is also incredibly recognisable, you know his playing as soon as you hear it.

The Retropsectives’ new single 'Confusion' is out June 29 

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