The Disraeli Gears appeared on Gosh!Radio Meet the Music on Dec 27th, 2011
By Gabrielle Pantera
LONDON, ENGLAND (Gosh!Radio) 2011/12/21 – “Our inspirations range from The Beatles to Jack White to Little Dragon, so quite an eclectic mix including classic rock, electro and jazz,” says The Disraeli Gears singer-songwriter Teia Fregona. “For about four years the only band I listened to was Red Hot Chili Peppers and their guitarist John Frusciante,” says Tom Kitson.
Guitarist Tom Kitson and singer Teia Fregona began jamming together after a chance encounter at Abbey Road, the studios made famous by The Beatles. After a few years, Fregona picked up a guitar and Tom started singing and The Disraeli Gears became complete with Alex Moorse on drums and Samuel Delves on bass.
Fregona and Kitson write songs together. They begin by just playing around with ideas, phrases, and riffs until eventually they come upon something they both like, “Usually Teia focuses on phrases, and I’ll work on guitar,” says Kitson. “But, we don’t always stick to these roles. When we’re writing together as a band the process is a lot more organic and spontaneous.”
“I’m not sure that when we start writing a song that we have a clear idea or definition of what it will be about,” says Fregona. “Once it forms, the meaning becomes clearer. We’ve written songs about selfish society, about drug use, about the Catch-22 situation of insanity.
Fregona moved to London from South Africa to be a musician. “It was never a question of why,” says Fregona, “rather something that had been an indelible part of me since early childhood.”
Kitson started playing classical guitar quite early on. He says he wasn’t captivated by it at first. “Then my parents bought me an electric guitar for Christmas when I was about twelve, and that was it really.”
The Disraeli Gears are playing a few dates in London and around England and looks forward to a tour of the UK at Easter. They’ve opened for a post-rock band called Killington Fall, but are focusing on music recording to create an EP. “Come early February, we’ll have our material up on all the main channels, until then we do have a single up entitled Rotary which is a free download on our bandcamp,” says Fregona. “Come Summer we’ll be touring again, but on a larger scale and playing as many festivals as possible.”
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