We recently caught up with Claws, one of the artists we nominated for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, for a quick chat to find out more about them and to see how they feel about making the 2016 longlist.

ML: Congratulations on making it onto the longlist for this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, how does it feel to make the list?

CLAWS: Thankyou! It feels great! – to be picked out of thousands of entrants makes us feel pretty special & lucky. I've had a listen to a lot of the other acts on the list & there is so much good stuff coming out of the UK at the moment.

ML: Seems that you guys are definitely into your gigs from the amount of live shows you've been playing recently, what do you like about playing live?

CLAWS: Playing to completely different people & getting different reactions from different crowds. It's always fun getting to travel & see different places. Also, getting to properly interact with people who like your music & meet other bands in the same situations as you.

ML: Have you been to Glastonbury before, and what would it mean to you to play there?

CLAWS: We haven't, but I think we have collectively been to almost every other UK festival. Glastonbury is a huge deal & to be able to play it would be a dream come true. We all love going to festivals – it’s the highlight of our year.
ML: What made you decide to enter this years ETC? Have you entered before?

CLAWS: I saw it advertised on the Glastonbury website and thought I would give it a shot. We have never entered before & feel very lucky to be chosen for the longlist.

ML: Lets say you make it to the main stage at Glastonbury, what's the three things you have on your tour rider?

CLAWS: Pizza, Beer & Simpsons Lego Figures

ML: For those who don't know you, how would you describe your sound/style, and what are you influences?

CLAWS: We are a mixture of sounds all rolled into one. I would describe us as surf-punk with a sprinkle of pop. We all have different musical influences but my Top 3 personal influences would have to be Weezer, The Cribs & Best Coast.

ML: What does 2016 have in store for Claws?

CLAWS: We are going to be releasing a new 4 track EP in the summer & hopefully touring around the UK & Europe towards the end of the year.

ML: Where can we find out more about you?

Twitter: @ClawsUK
Instagram: @clawsband