Miro Magazine's Luke Hall caught up with London's dream pop-four piece Toothpaste where we discussed future plans, influences, favourite new bands and more.

A few weeks ago, London dream-pop four-piece Toothpaste played a single release show at Grow in Hackney for their new single ‘Bedtime’  after a year of solid writing and performing.

The band consists of front-man Amol Prabhu, drummer Sami Parisis, guitarist Jack Gooderidge, and bassist Daisy Edwards. Toothpaste have an exciting future ahead of them from the turn out for their single release show and Miro Magazine’s Luke Hall caught up with the dream-pop four piece prior to a follow up show at The Boiler-room in Guildford, where they discussed future plans, influences, favourite new bands and more.

You guys have just released your latest single ‘Bedtime’. How has the response been so far?

Amol Prabhu: It’s been incredible. We’ve had offers from international venues… I’m joking. It’s been good. People are really receptive to it. We received a few lovely emails.

Sami Parisis: It was really good. We got gigs off the back of it which is really important.

Amol: That’s currently what we’re doing now. This is essentially the ‘Bedtime’ tour that we’re doing right now.

Sami: I think because Daisy [bass player and producer] had spent a lot of time on this, it sounds like an actual song. I think the production is stellar.

Photo Credit: Mykolas Karanauskas


Kudos to you for the quality production, Daisy. Additionally, Simon Scott from Slowdive was a big part of the final song, as he mastered it.

Amol: We were chuffed with that. He’s one of our heroes.

How did that come into fruition?

Daisy Edwards: I’d seen him post on Twitter. He was starting to do production and mixing services. It was around the time we’d finished mixing, so we thought we could email him and see what happens. He emailed back the next morning, and he said he liked the track.

What’s the concept behind the song?

Amol: It’s basically just an ode to the misty nostalgia you get just before you fall asleep. You know that space where you float between layers of your consciousness? You’re half-asleep and half-awake in a sort of mystical dreamland.

So obviously as you said, Simon Scott being a big musical inspiration, what other bands have you been drawing on?

Amol: We’re into a very eclectic bunch. I’m big into Wild Nothing. Jack Tatum, if you’re listening to this, get us on tour mate! No, really we love a bit of everything. We draw heavily on The Beatles and also Placebo.

Jack Gooderidge: We could be a Beatles-Placebo crossover cover band. How 90’s is that?

Amol: Yes, The Beatles, that famous 90’s Britpop band! No, really we like a lot of funk from Nigeria and Ethiopian jazz. There’s lots of major seventh chords in that, which I draw a lot of my stuff from. We just like to make dream pop songs which aren’t boring and leave you standing around staring at your shoes. We want to get people moving as well. That’s crucial to good live show.

Sami: I was saying to Daisy, our live show is massively different from the record.

You recently played your single release show at Hackney’s Grow, which is this interesting glass construct. How was it to perform in such a crazy venue?

Sami: The stage wasn’t flat! I’m a flat-stager.

Amol: Shout out to Jack from Brewer for putting on really great light show for us.

Sami: The sound was surprisingly nice.

You have a lot heavier guitars when playing live. They really cut through well.

Amol:
It wasn’t just us playing, though. Shout out to Truman Dinosaur and Childsplay. It was just a bunch of people having fun. Really good vibes all around.

Jack: Great sound, even better halloumi wraps.


Coming off the back of you guys giving a lot of hype to those London bands, are there any you’re into from the Guildford area?

Daisy: I do like Vinyl Staircase. I used to play with Mike in Bleak House years back, and now he’s an incredible front-man. I’d seen them play at my school’s battle of the bands years ago, but now they’re just incredible.

Amol: It feels like we’re playing abroad, being here tonight. It’s a road trip.

What about London bands?

Amol: Truman, definitely.

Sami: Who they are as people is way more important than what they sound like. We’ve played with a lot of nice sounding bands who aren’t particularly nice people, and that’s an issue. We’re all there to have a nice time.

Amol: I saw a band the other day called Jonathan Scully. They were really good. 90’s Weezer vibes. We’re planning on doing a little two or three day tour with them.

Jack: We played with a band at Windmill called POZI. They had a drummer, bass player, singer and violinist. It was so good. Kind of like a GCSE where you put together a band.

Amol: They’re definitely not a high school band though. We stand for the bands who are trying to make it. I just want the best for them.


What’s next in the pipeline for you guys?

Daisy: We’ve got a few gigs for now. We need to record some more stuff. We’ve got a lot written.

Amol: Hopefully ‘Bedtime’ can be part of an EP we’ve got coming up. We’ve also got some amazing remixes of ‘Bedtime’ coming soon.

Daisy: There’s an amazing one by this guy called Finlay Shakespeare. He’s a modular synth player. He runs his own company and works for Moog Sound Lab at the University of Surrey. There’s another producer called UFO who normally does techno, but has done a spacey, ambient rework. There’s a few more to come.

Sami: We’re trying to keep the momentum going. We’re trying to get more bands together to play with. It’s nice to build a roster of people to have fun with.

Jack: We’re all at the point where we’re having

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