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Having all lived in London for most of their lives, the band are now just a ‘stone’s throw’ from each other, with daily walks to maintain contact and the occasional shout from a balcony. The friendships dating back to college led to open conversations about playing together, and when the drummer leaving Alex’s previous band timed well with the group moving nearer to each other, Margot was formed. ‘We kind of talked about playing together. Rob and I had done some stuff together so it kinda made sense’, explained Alex. ‘I especially admired Alex’s songwriting, the way he was writing lyrics and singing in his band… so I thought that would have been fun to work with him’, Ben added. The quiet respect that they have for each other and their craft was evident throughout our conversation as they gently jibed each other with affectionate, dry humour and sarcasm.

It’s about a mate. It’s certainly a tragedy.
He’s had a hardship of sorts.
He’s got a life to look forward, for sure, and so do all of us, but things external, out of his control, took over. He had started to rebuild, to see beyond the internal damp colours, he had a life back. And after losing the comfort of the person he loved, and after coming to terms with all of the pain and the rubble, all the regret, he had a pandemic. Lost job, no soulmate and back living with his family at 27.

He dreamed of an ideal life; he dreamt that he could change his circumstances, he fought against a raging brute that cared little for his dreams, for his determination. He just had to sit and wait, sit and wait, and be still with his ambitions.
It’s about fear, loss, uncertainty, pain, hope and then the recoiling turgid desire for familiarity.

With all of the band members taking influence from various genres of music, the ‘music that [they] bonded around was American indie bands, like Real Estate, and Gear Hunter. That kind of 2010 guitar,’ Ben explained. ‘We all have very eclectic tastes you know,’ Mike continued. ‘I love jazz, and hip hop, and then I love indie music, even though that’s such a broad genre. Khurangbin and Andy Shauf, to shout out a few names!’

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The vinyl release for Falling in Between Days and Walk With Me is one to look forward to on 19th February

With a stream of singles released in their first two years as a band, followed by the release of Margotzeko at the beginning of early 2020, Margot have continued to be ‘on it’, despite the difficult times. 

Writers – Rob Fenner and Alex Hannaway with Alby Cleghorn, Ben Andrewes, Michael Webb

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“Walk With Me” is a song about empathy, depression and the power of talking. All channelled by frontman Alex Hannaway’s pastel vocal hues and the searingly honest delivery.

The track works as a conversation between someone experiencing a depressive episode and another trying to understand. “It’s about listening, friendship, understanding, I’ve had experiences where friends, family members have been patient, they’ve been persistent and caring, and it’s this that has really helped me in my life”We’ve been using home karaoke sessions to blow off steam during the lockdown period. Often feeling confined, bored, angry, frustrated; the elation and release of belting out familiar songs in our living room felt cathartic. So it felt perfect for the video, capturing not only the isolation of lockdown but also the communal, spirited moments too.explains Hannaway.

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Our debut EP is out now. It’s been a long and enjoyable process and we’re over the moon to finally share ‘Margotzeko’ with you all!. Margot comprises of five friends who moved from the suburbs of south London to Peckham after finishing University. In two separate bands at the time, drunken nights out discussing the merits of a merger evolved into the first few rehearsals. It went well – Margot formed in 2018 and released a steady stream of singles across the year.

The band employ a DIY ethic, self-producing their recordings in their home studio. After ending 2019 supporting Swimming Tapes on their UK tour, the band released their debut EP and are set to support Dana Gavanski on her upcoming tour in March 2021.

Margot’s nuanced blend of dream-pop, neo-psychedelia and jangle-guitar create a propulsive, cruising feel.

Released June 9th, 2020