The Lottery Winners are an up-and-coming band that have recently erupted from Lancashire, storming Manchester and London with their unique brand of indie-pop: www.facebook.com/thelotterywinners
‘So what can we expect from your new single?’
‘Well, it’s called Something to Leave the House For, and it kind of goes like: Doooo, do do do doooooo, do do do dooooo, do do do dooo, doo do do do do dooooo. Released September 3rd.’
Since they first graced the unsigned indie-pop scene just over three years ago, The Lottery Winners seem to have lived and breathed the philosophy ‘The Only Way Is Up’, with a touch of luck, and a wealth of relentless tenacity. Amidst a hectic week in London, they still take the time to promote their new single and their upcoming tour to their loyal fans.
‘The people that listen to our music are far superior to everyone else in the world and I love them,’ says front-man Thom Rylance, renowned for stage antics and a unique knack for gaining a rapport with any and every crowd. ‘When we hit 5,000 fans on Facebook – which for a little, unsigned band from Lancashire is quite impressive – we cracked open a celebratory bottle of Ribena and it was quite a nice moment.’
The band regularly round up a few hundred auditors at each of their performances, a number that has been rapidly rising since they first formed in Leigh, back in 2008. ‘It’s become apparent that our gigs are getter bigger and better as time passes. There seems to be more and more people wearing our t-shirt and singing our words. It still fills me with butterflies when I see people that I don’t know singing the lyrics to some rubbish little song I wrote once in my bedroom.’ Rylance jokes, ‘It fills me with moths when they get the lyrics wrong. Learn it, idiots.’
That is a classic example of how The Lottery Winners have made such amazing progress in such a short time: they don’t take themselves seriously. Anyone who has had the pleasure of attending a Lottery Winners gig will understand the sheer amount of energy that they inject into the indie-pop scene, resuscitating its stale corpse into something that is alive and damn loud about it.
It certainly helps that each member of the band is incredibly well-equipped to give a truly professional performance. Aside from Thom Rylance, who gives the band a distinct voice on the stage and flavour in the songs, Katie Lloyd incessantly shatters convention with an abundance of technical skill and confidence in her bass playing, whilst retaining a huge sense of humility. Lead guitarist Rob Lally delivers a plethora of catchy riffs and licks that make for a gentle provision of melody behind the vocals, and he is just about the nicest person you will ever meet.
Most recently, though, is the addition of new drummer Joe Singleton, who has been given the heavy burden of filling the shoes of previous drummer Alex Langford-Taylor. ‘He’s the glass slipper to our smooth, feminine foot,’ Rylance comments, ‘and most importantly, he’s got the groove. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to join our little family.’
With the addition of Singleton as the new rhythmic force that is driving The Lottery Winners forward, the band think back to their original sound, and how it has changed over the course of their career so far. ‘I think, as with all things, we’ve matured and progressed from our first attempts. When I listen back to our early recordings, I think we sound young and silly, but at the same time I think that bears a form of naivety that’s almost charming.’
Over their three-and-a-half year lifespan, The Lottery Winners have built an impressive portfolio of gigs and collaborations, playing huge festivals on home soil, as well as a few overseas, and featuring on radio stations such as Rock FM, and BBC Radio 1. ‘We’ve worked with people that we idolise and that we never thought we would ever get to meet, but I’m not into name-dropping. I was saying that to Simon Cowell the other day.’
The greatest thing about this band is that, despite going places, they never let their journey through the musical ranks affect their attitude that, essentially, being in a band needs to be fun. It’s something that they keep at the centres of both their music and their performance.
You can get their new single, ‘Something to Leave the House For’, from September 3rd. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thelotterywinners.
Jonathan Taylor spends his days working for Appliances Online but outside of work, he loves discovering new bands, getting to a multitude of top-class gigs from the best local bands, and playing his guitar in his bedroom. All alone. Crying.