Indie-folk duo, Percival Elliott have released new single, Forever, a track laden with pathos, string arrangements, retro vocal harmonies and hard hitting piano melodies.
From the south coast of England, Olly Hite and Samuel Carter-Brazier united to form Percival Elliot to grace audiences with their poignant lyricism and neo-nostalgic melodies but took some time to speak with The Fountain about the roots of their band name and their enthusiasm to perform in Diagon Alley.
TF: You must be ecstatic about the release of your new single?
Olly: It has been amazing to have it out in the world.
Sam: We’re both extremely proud of what has been achieved so far. I think the reception Forever has received has blown expectations. I’m so glad people are enjoying it.
TF: And what inspired the band name, Percival Elliott?
Olly: Percival Elliott was my great grandfather and he was a legend in his own right. He owned a sweet factory from 1900-1920 and would travel across the country in his horse and cart selling sweets, toys and coffee beans. He loved old clocks and musical instruments. He would go missing for days, family folk law suggests he was a believer in time travel. That’s what my grandma remembers. In the 1920’s he moved to the south of the UK to set up one of the first ice cream emporiums in Brighton UK, in Weston Road.
Sam: Olly brought a dusty old doctors bag full of trinkets and inventions to the studio one day. I think it was then a given that we had to name ourselves in his honour. Maybe the man could see the future as his name and legacy does live on.
TF: Will we have the pleasure of seeing you hit Scotland soon?
Olly: Cor we’d love to come to Scotland and play. Ready the carriage Sam, we’re off beyond the wall.
Sam: I had the great pleasure of staying with a friend during the Edinburgh fringe a few years back and it was amazing. I’d love us to be involved one year, there’s such a buzz about the city during the festival, like Diagon Alley for grown-ups.
TF: What’s it been like to work with the musicians you have such as Fatboy Slim?
Olly: I had residency at the Hanbury Ballroom in Brighton a few years back. It was a very cool place full of creative and good souls, busy as hell! Owned/run by Amanda Blanch and the incredible liquor connoisseur Chris Edwards. Tick followed tock and I got invited to jam at this old abandoned warehouse on Brighton port. It was a mad-house circus, full of vintage studio equipment and analogue toys. You would never know who’d be at the port. Not just musicians, there were artists, models and party people. Some sessions went on for days on end. We became known as the BPA. The Brighton Port Authority. A loose limbed jamming outfit with some incredible musicians. Norman Cook was the Chairman and ring leader. We never planned to make a record but over the years a box was found with these missing tapes. Norman put it out on his own record label (Southern Fried Records.) The album title was I Think We Need A Bigger Boat, Its a great record, go check it out.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
Sam: I think our favourite gig would have to be our first show on tour with Chesney Hawkes. It was a mid-week show in Shrewsbury involving several hen parties. There was a lot of banter between the band and crowd that night. Each show holds a unique place in our hearts. As you get older you start to realise how much touring life is like Spinal Tap.
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