Indie/post-punk with strong American influences perfect for fans of East-Coast American post-punk/indie with slightly darker tastes.
Our background is pretty typical of most bands in Manchester at the moment. We all moved here for uni and met through having mutual friends and interests. We eventually decided to come together musically and have grown closer and closer ever since. In many ways, we’re all best friends now, which is nice. We all met in Manchester, but come from all over the place (Doncaster, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Stoke and Keighley). We are Alex Rave (vocals), Connor Scotford (lead guitar), Josh Franks (rhythm guitar), Joe Fowler (bass), Ben Hallet (keys and backing vocals) and Will Metcalfe (drums).
We’ve been in numerous bands over the years, and so we probably started performing around age 15-16. In terms of playing together, we played our first gig together with Lice back in March 2020, but our first as Separator came last month at YES with The Goa Express.
Q & A.
FOR THOSE THAT HAVEN’T HEARD OF YOU BEFORE, DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN ONE SENTENCE.
Alex: Early noughties alternative brought to present.
Will: A bromantic, creative release from the mundane life of 30 hours a week work contracts
Ben: Separator is exciting, playing with some of your best mates, making the best music you’ve ever made, that’s as exciting as it gets
I think we are fundamentally influenced by heroes of ours like Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Iceage etc., but in terms of the sound that we *attempt* to emulate, bands like Interpol, The Strokes and Protomartyr are very important to us.
SHARE WITH US AN INTERESTING ANECDOTE ABOUT ONE OF YOUR SONGS.
We don’t play it anymore, but we have an old song written purely in spite of a saga between two of us that lived together and a landlord who tried overcharging without any legal grounds to do so. Hard to believe, I know…
IF YOU WERE TO BE DESCRIBED AS AN ANIMAL, WHICH WOULD IT BE?
Joe: All of the above
YOU ARE SENT TO MARS, NO CHECK-IN BAGGAGE, AND YOU CAN TAKE ONE RECORD – WHICH ONE?
Alex: Kid A, Radiohead
Will: Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, Arctic Monkeys
Joe: Turn On the Bright Lights, Interpol
Ben: The Dreaming Room – Laura Mvula
Connor: Pure Comedy – Father John Misty
YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC VENUE IN THE U.K.?
Ben: Albert Hall to watch someone is fantastic, love having the choice to sit on the benches or get sweaty in the middle.
Alex: Queens Social Club
Will: Brudenell Social
Joe: Bridlington Spa/Deaf Institute
Connor: Deaf Institute
WE ARE PROUDLY SUBCULTURE-INSPIRED. HOW ABOUT YOU?
Subcultures are wonderful things. The way that individuals attach themselves to a particular scene or culture, and the way it dictates and influences taste in things from fashion to films, ideologies to interests, is utterly fascinating.