Two weeks ago we introduced you to Scottish band Strawberry Ocean Sea, who fresh from their support slot for Glasvegas on their recent Euphoric Heartbreak tour are now preparing for Part 1 of their forthcoming single launch. ‘Down By The River’ will be released on June 4th, and the band have secured a coveted spot on the Vintage Guru stage at Glasgow’s West End Festival on 5th June. Singer Jonny Skinner chats exclusively to Gutter.

What did you learn from your experience of opening for Glasvegas on their latest tour?

It was a great experience, we’ve grown in confidence as a band, and it showed us that we’re ready to make the step up.

You’ve received favourable comparisons to Arcade Fire and early U2 amongst others, but who do you admire?

There [are] a lot of different influences in the band. Musically, we like Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, Phil Spector, The Beatles…the list is endless.

What do you aim to achieve with each live performance?

We aim to make people feel…Hopefully, when people come and see us, we can take them away from the stresses of everyday life, even if it’s just for a couple of seconds, that’s all that matters.

You’re scheduled to perform on the Vintage Guru stage at Glasgow’s West End Festival on 5th June, how important do you feel festivals are for upcoming bands such as yourselves?

I think they’re good for young bands ’cause you’re getting your music out to so many different people. We’re really looking forward to the West End Festival. I’ve been before and it’s chilled, and we’ll be able to have a few drinks and enjoy the sun, if he’s got his hat on…

In terms of writing/recording material, what do you draw on for inspiration?

I’m inspired by most things and situations around me, life in general.

What is the most difficult thing in establishing yourself as a band?

I don’t really look at things being difficult…I think if you stay true to yourself, and it’s honest, then you’ll get to where you want to go.

What do you hope to achieve in the next 12 months?

A record deal, and the chance to record an album.

Down By The River will be available on iTunes on 4th of June.

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