Exposure: Team William
Team William are four Belgian gentlemen who excel in catchy, guitar-driven pop songs, wrought with energy and heart. So much so, that there isn't even a hint of 'guilty pleasure' about them. Their self-titled debut album is out now and following a brief and successful stint on our fair shores the band will hopefully not be strangers in the future.
At risk of selling them short, here's Floris from the band to tell it like it is:
How did you first meet and form the band?
Team William started as a duo. Myself and Artner come from the same town and we share an interest in pop music with absurd lyrics. We started playing together three years ago against everyone's advice. First we got ourselves a drummer who did not have a drum kit and a bass player who had really cool cowboy boots, but no time to rehearse. Later on we found Borf and D. Once they joined the Team we were ready to roll.
What influences the type of music you make?
Bands like Pavement, Madonna, Wolf Parade, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Daniel Johnston are our main influences. We like simple original pop music with a filthy edge to it. We also really like rainbows, ponys and unicorns.
Do you all have similar music tastes?
Not really. I'm heavily into Pavement and lo-fi singer/songwriters like Daniel Johnston and The Moldy Peaches. Borf and D are more into nineties rock like Afghan Whigs and Centromatic. Artner loves everything Spencer Krug does. But we all like bands that do something original with pop melodies.
How do you decide what makes a good song?
That's really hard. It's so subjective. The only thing you can do is follow your gut feeling I think. Sometimes it helps to ask some friends, but it's dangerous because one bad comment can really change the way you think of a song that might be brilliant after all.
What would you say inspired or motivated your album, both musically and lyrically?
Everything and everybody we saw, heard, loved and smelled over the last ten years.
Do you have a favourite place to play?
I really like small clubs that are fully-packed. People should be able to jump on stage any time they want. And I want to be able to jump into the crowd whenever I feel like.
How do you find the music scene in Belgium? Are there many venues, labels or like-minded bands?
Belgium is an awesome country for musicians. There are so many cool bands and venues to play. But it's really hard to get our music played abroad. Only a few bands like Deus and Soulwax managed to get some attention all over the world and we're all really proud of them for that.
What reaction would you hope people would have when listening to a record or seeing you play a show?
We just want to make people happy.
Do you have a song that you are most proud of?
My favourite Team William song is '70%', but I'm proud of everything we do.
If you could share a stage/play a show with anyone, who would it be and why?
Pavement. Because they're Pavement.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We're gonna play a lot of shows and make a lot of new songs. We hope to do some more shows abroad. We really had a blast in Canada and Scotland. We hope to return there soon.