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After delivering their breakthrough debut single 'Bubble Brain' in 2019, Edinburgh-based trio PAGES. have now made their long-awaited return with their blistering sophomore effort 'Black And Blue'.

Channelling the same raw and explosive direction as acts like Royal Blood and Mini Mansions, 'Black And Blue' sees the outfit return in stellar form. With its broad and euphoric tones, killer hooks, and vibrant atmosphere throughout, we hope it isn't too long before they release another gem like this again.

So with the new single out now, we sat down with drummer Jack Lovie to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.


What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?

The first band I fell in love with was a band called “Rush”, which is a bit funny because there’s very little Rush influence in our songs. I can remember being awestruck by their drummer (Neil Peart) and I would watch hours of them playing live when I was a lot younger.

Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?

I was in a few bands, the first one was one in school called “The Part Time Signals” which was just sort of an after school band where we’d jam out our favourite songs. Matt (PAGES. Singer) nearly had an audition for that band but didn’t make the cut in the end!

After that, when I was about 18 I joined a band called Franklin where we were very influenced by “Paramore”, “PVRIS” and bands of that nature.

What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?

I wouldn’t say I/we have a primary inspiration because the songs we write can come from a lot of places. I also think songwriting is one of the best hobbies you can get into. I find it rewarding and engaging trying to create something that didn’t exist before.

What is a song you wish you had written yourself?

That’s a really tough question because there’s so many I wish I could’ve written but “Where The Streets Have No Name” by U2 is up there. In my opinion probably the best intro to a song ever.

If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?

The first PAGES. gig, I dressed up in a white shirt and black trousers. I looked like a waiter. I’d definitely wear something different.

Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?

Prince if that was possible, the man could play anything and everything. He’d hopefully hide my clunkers!

And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?

At the moment I’d say Kacey Musgraves. I’m a big big fan of her work and enjoy her songwriting.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

6ft under.


PAGES.'s new single 'Black And Blue' is available to stream now. Check it out below.


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