The Low-Down: Joe Symes & The Loving Kind (Interview)



“Expect the unexpected” – Colin (Joe Symes & The Loving Kind)

After the release of their debut album, Liverpool band Joe Symes & The Loving Kind have toured all over the UK performing their new material from their self-titled album. They have played some major support slots including Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene/Paul Weller), The Blockheads, Dodgy, XTC, Bloc Party and Alt-J, headlining Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Aftershow Party. In addition to this they have played the Festival circuit, and have come to the attention of Creation Management’s Alan McGee. Their album has been well received in America, with magazine and airplay all over the world.

 ‘Scousedellia’ – Alan McGee, Creation

The release of their last double A side single ‘Things Get Better/I’m Gonna Find Out Someday’, showcased how they have progressed with increasingly energetic live performances and a heavier sound; but still keeping their distinctive feel found on the first album. ‘Things Get Better’ has already attracted attention at home and abroad, BBC Introducing, being played at Anfield (Liverpool Football Club) on match days, and major international airplay.


In 2016, the band were asked to play Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Aftershow Party once again at the 02 Academy Liverpool, as well as featuring on LFC TV (Liverpool Football Club’s official TV station) Bay TV’s Arts Alive show, and Radio City Talk (105.9 FM). This summer they have been performing at Festivals around the U.K alongside bands such as Dave McCabe (The Zutons), Space, The Icicle Works, and The Christians, and commencing work on their long awaited second album.

I interviewed this fantastic band prior to their participation in a concert for Hillsborough to find out more about their background, who they are, their tour and what it’s like to have such good support in their home city.




Can you tell us a bit about how the band started and where the ‘Loving Kind’ part of your name came from?

Joe…..I was playing acoustic gigs in and around the north west as a solo artist. Colin, who I have been friends with for many years, asked if I want any help from him playing bongo’s on the gigs I was playing, so I said Yes. We then started to audition band members and there was a lot to go through. We then met Stef, our bass player, and it’s been great since Colin came up with the name The Loving Kind.

Colin….Joe, with me accompanying him at time, had quickly began to make waves around here even at that early stage, and it would’ve confused people to go under a totally new name, so we decided to expand on what we already had, as it will. “The Loving Kind” is a line from the R.E.M song Get Up. It was the first thing that came to mind, and was agreed on immediately. It just rolls off the tongue. Joe Symes and the Loving: simple, memorable, classic.

Briefly describe each band member in 3 words?

Stef.….bad ass bassist

Joe….Tripple Amalgamatory Eddibleness

 Colin.…Surreal, stylish, mad.

You’re from Liverpool, and seem to have had a lot of support, e.g. featuring on Liverpool F.C’s TV channel, and your song being played at matches. That must be a nice feeling and a boost to have that support from home?

Joe….Yeah, it’s great all the support we are getting even from around the world. Long may it continue.

Stef.…Yeah it’s good to get the support!

Colin.…It’s like anything really. You start here, and make your way out to other places. Constant expanding.

On the same subject I see you are playing a gig ‘Hillsborough Truth & Justice Delivered’ at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool on 28th August. How did you become involved with the gig? It’s an emotional subject for the people of Liverpool in particular?

Stef….it’s an honour to be asked to play!

Joe….Yeah it’s great to be involved with the event and it is very close to the people of Liverpool, we are happy to play and show our support, even for any event that raises awareness. We became involved when the promoter asked would we show our support to which we said Yes.


You’ve been touring all over the UK since the release of your debut album. What have been your favourite memories of that tour?

Colin….We’ve been to many places, and played so many gigs; it all kind of gets jumbled up. I remember we done a gig at Bradford University on an outdoor stage, and people in the audience started taking their clothes off. It was raining too, by the way. That was…….interesting.

Joe.…Having a great time, meeting loads of interesting people, playing the top venues all over the UK, going to Abbey Road Studio’s, signing autographs, it’s been great and we still are having a great time.

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You’ve also picked up some great support slots including the Blockheads, Dodgy and Alt-J. What’s been your favourite so far and why? Did you pick up any useful advice along the way?

Stef....Supporting The Rutles is the gig I really want to do,just waiting for that call off Neil ☺ all u need is cash!

Joe….Just to believe in what we are doing and how well we are doing for a band that’s self managed, The Blockheads gig was great to do they were really great to get on with, playing at Noel Gallagher’s high flying birds official aftershow party twice and headlining it twice was awesome, really pleased we headlined them two gigs at the main stage of the 02 Academy 1 in Liverpool. Supporting Steve Craddock also was great, nice that his promoter asked us not to play the last song LOUD as Steve didn’t want us to upstage him LOL

Colin.…The gig with Block Party and Alt-J at Scala in London was good. The venue is an old converted cinema from the 30’s/40’s. The second Gallagher Aftershow Party at the O2 Academy Liverpool from this year was brilliant.

Tell us more about your last double A Side ‘Things Get Better’/’I’m Gonna Find Out Someday’?

Joe….It’s not on our debut album and it won’t be on our new album. We don’t want to con the public buy making them buy the same thing twice. It has also had 3 weeks BBC Introducing & BBC 6 music feature.

Stef.…Great 2 songs ! Live favourites!

Finally, what can we expect in the near future from Joe Symes & The Loving Kind?

Stef.…Really cool tunes !!!

Colin….Expect the unexpected.

Joe….More new music

‘A sonic construction which you’re going to have in your head for days at a time’ – The Independent


Thanks to the guys for taking the time to answer my questions, love hearing new music and I’m loving their well crafted tunes. Good luck with future endeavours and keep us posted!


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