India Electric Co to play new Beehive centre
PUBLISHED: 15:45 16 April 2014
As they prepare for the launch of their first album as India Electric Company, Cole Stacey and Joseph O'Keefe will be performing at Honiton's new Beehive centre this Saturday. Ellis Taylor talks to Cole Stacey about festivals, celebrating with half a pint, and all things Devon.
Having grown up together Cole and Joseph have joined together to create what Cole describes as “sometimes folk but sometimes not”, a sound created by traditional instruments in a non-traditional way.
“We’ve been working together for about two and a half years, we’ve done a couple of tours together under our own names,” explains Cole. The talented guys have only used India Electric Co as their title for the past six months, having decided that their full names are a bit too much for people to remember following a performance at Glastonbury.
It has just been confirmed that they will be playing Glastonbury again this year following a host of successes, including touring with Midge Ure and Show of Hands. It is clear that India Electric Co have a lot going for them, “I think the highlight probably has to be the first radio play on BBC radio three,” says Cole with an obvious tone of excitement, “we love gigging live and everything but to be played on the show that you listen to the most was humbling and we celebrated with half an otter amber at the The Holt in Honiton, which is about as rock and roll as it gets really!”
Cole and Joseph are more than happy to stick to their not-so-rock-and-roll roots in the Devon countryside, as they are both still currently living in the county and have recorded two albums here. “I think that there’s a certain knowledge and understanding with Devon audiences,” Cole tells me, “you can definitely feel that there’s a relation there, that they can relate to the songs better than say a London crowd”.
Since India Electric Company clearly love performing in Devon, the Beehive centre is the perfect spot for the guys to perform a few new songs. “I went to school in Honiton and it’s something that’s taken a long time to come through you know, it’s been 20 years, and in my opinion it’s the best thing to happen to Honiton in that time,” exclaims Cole, “it’s amazing that it is opening and we get to perform there, we’re really excited.”
If the local music scene has gotten Cole and Joseph hooked, then what else does Cole love so much about the county? “I think the best thing about Devon is that its integrity is there for all to see, it is what it is and it enables someone like me to be creative and have a creative passion”. We definitely agree.