Formed together during their time at university in Manchester, Pavé is a 6-piece consisting of lead vocalist Alanya-Jade, guitarists Jordi Shevlin and Kevin Peate, bassist Leila Sumner, Synthesist Lam Evan Do and drummer Ben Pursehouse.
Capturing elements of New Wave, alt rock and Shoegaze With a blend of unapologetic lyrics, dreamy synths sparkled over heavy riffs and sing-along hooks, Pavé set out to offer a new sound starting with their debut single ‘Loves Arcade’ released March 13th 2020.’
What first got you into music and when was it?
Music has played a massive role in my household since I was born and I have always been fascinated with putting sounds and melodies together but a stand out point of my life would be when I was 13 I attended music therapy. I got to attend the studio every week and learnt how to translate my thoughts and feelings into lyrics which turned out to be a super special time in my life that definitely shaped me into the songwriter I am now.
Who inspired you to make music?
My influences change on a day to day basis. During the early stages of my career I was heavily influenced by pop punk bands such as Paramore and Tonight alive whereas now, id say the music I write with PAVÉ is a lot more influenced by the likes of YONAKA, PVRIS and The Amazons.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
PAVÉ’S sound is full of sexy riffs and and catchy vocal melodies and our sound changes with every song we write. We are big fans of music ranging from house to Punk rock so in a time when bands feel pressured to write in a specific genre to target a certain audience, we enjoy the freedom of playing around with sounds and genres and mixing them together. I think that is what gives us such a unique sound.
What is your creative process like?
I believe that the best songs we have, are the ones that have written themselves. We suck at sitting down together and trying to force intentional new music. The best songs we have written are the ones that have come from when we are jamming together during rehearsals. If something stands out to us then I will put a vocal melody to it, record it on my phone and then take it home and have it play on repeat whilst I’m tidying the house, in the shower or traveling somewhere and naturally, lyrics come out whilst I’m humming to the melody.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
Matthew Murphy from The wombats is without a doubt the best songwriter out there at the moment so I would love to collaborate with him!
If you could support one band, who would it be?
My favorite band of all time are Bring Me the Horizon. It would be a dream come true to support them. But I would also love to support The Amazons, imagine getting to watch them do their thing on stage every night. For that reason alone I would love to support them.
What is the one message you would give your audience and what message would you give the MU readers?
Don’t allow anyone to tell you your dreams won’t come true. As long as you put your heart into everything that you do, then the world is your oyster.
What is the most useless talent you have?
Im an absolute pro at uno and will beat everyone who challenges me to a game!
What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for music?
If I wasn’t in a band, I would attend gigs and write about people who were. Iv always loved writing and when I was younger my dream was to be a journalist. I think now, I would like to go into PR and marketing for businesses.
Where have you performed?
PAVÉ haven’t strayed to far out of Manchester yet but my favorite gig would ironically be one of our worst. We played West street Live in Sheffield and anyone who knows that venue knows you never know what audience you are going to get and its safe to say that we got an audience who weren’t going to be making an appearance at our next gigs haha. We struck really unlucky as 3 out of the 5 bands due to play on the night dropped out that morning due to a storm. It took us 5 hours to make a one hour journey there and when we got on stage the audience made it clear they weren’t going to be asking for more. But I turned and looked towards Kevin And Lam and saw how happy they were to be playing on that stage and I was reminded that whilst ever we are having fun, the gig has been successful. We knew we had nothing to lose at this point so we just had a great time playing on stage with our best friends. Our next gig is on the 23rd of May at Gullivers and we can’t wait to play such a great venue.
How do you feel the internet has impacted the music industry and you specifically?
Depending on what point of your career you are at in this industry, would definitely influence a completely different response but for myself and the rest of PAVÉ, social media and the online world has been nothing but great for us. One of my favorite things to do with the band is to go busking and coming home after a long day and receiving messages from people who enjoyed our set who then connect with us online makes it all worth while. It gives us that chance to connect with fans who wouldn’t necessarily feel comfortable or who are unable to come over to us in real life.
What is your favourite song to perform and why?
Tyrant. Every time we play that song live we all feel like the baddest bunch of rockstars on stage. It seems to be a fan favorite at our gigs too!
What is the most trouble you have gotten into?
I’d love to say I live the life of a true rockstar and get up to no good all the time but I think the most trouble I have ever gotten into would be when I was caught skipping class with my friend in high school.
If you could only listen to one album from now on what would it be?
This is a really hard choice because my favorite album changes on a daily basis depending on my mood. I think It would be The Amazons - Future dust. Ben’s (Drummer) would be Songs for the death by Queens of the Stone Age, Lam’s (Synth) choice is vive la vie -Klub des Loosers, Kevin’s (Guitar) is To Pimp a butterfly - Kendrick Lamar, Leila (bass) would choose Phase by Jack Garratt and Jordi (Guitar) would choice The dark side of the moon by Pink Floyd
What is the best advice you have been given?
If life gets so tough that you don’t feel like you can carry on, then it can’t get any worse, therefor it can only get better so keep pushing through and watch the best days of your life unravel.
If you could change anything what would it be?
I would make everyone a little more accepting of other people. There seems to be a need in the world to judge people if they don’t fit into the ‘norm’ but who decided what normal was? One thing my mum always said to me growing up is that the people society think are uncool, are usually the coolest as they are the ones who aren’t scared to stand out from the crowd - and whats cooler than being fearless and believing in who you are?
Which bands do you think are currently under-rated or that people should look out for?
Two bands that stick out for me would be JCK and Dutch Criminal Record. If you are a fan of The Night café or The magic Gang then Dutch criminal record are the ones for you and JCK has one of the freshest sounds I have come across in a while, lovely lads too!
What is next for you?
With PAVÉ, we are at the very beginning of our careers so with the release of our debut single just landing I would like to think that many exciting opportunities are on the horizon. We have something special that we are super excited about releasing this April if all goes to plan so keep your eyes open for that!
What was the driving force behind your new release, are there specific subject matters dealt with?
Loves Arcade is a song that champions inclusive love. It shouts for the acceptance of love with no gender and is a fight against those who deem anything but love between and man and a woman to be evil. In a world like today, it is important to remind ourselves how powerful love is and can override the feeling of hate. Whilst ever we are able to love and be loved, the world will be okay.
What was the process for writing and recording the release, are there any aspects of the production that were interesting or that you were keen to incorporate?
Loves arcade is the first song the band wrote. Jordi wrote the music and lyrics alongside our previous bass player and brought it forward to the band. Just like the rest of our songs we jammed out the main structure and it is what it has become today! We recorded the track with Lewis Bland, a student at Salford University in their music departments recording studio over the space of a couple days. It was our first time as a band in the studio and has definitely become one of my favorite parts of being in a band.
When and how are you launching the new release?
The next release is a remix of the track, remixed by Nicky Miles! This will hopefully be going out at the end of this month and will be available on Spotify and iTunes!
How are you hoping it will be received, have you changed your sound from previous releases to this one?
It is a different sound to what we have previously released but I am super excited to play in a different field and reach out to a new audience!