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Staying close to their roots: The Centrals pictured at Walthamstow tube station
Where are you from?
We're from Walthamstow, east London.
Names of band members and instruments played?
Joe on guitar and lead vocals; James on bass and backing vocals; Thomas on drums and backing vocals.
How long have you been making music?
We've been together since early 2005.
Style of music and influences?
Our style is probably indie rock n roll but we have a lot of influences. The Jam, The Beatles, The Libertines and obvious stuff like that, as well as Motown and Stax soul, 2-Tone and Trojan ska and loads of other things.
Best moment so far?
It probably came this summer, in 2009, when we headlined an end of summer gig in our home town. Playing gigs is the best part of being in a band and it was just a great atmosphere and a great night.
What song would you most like to cover?
We already do a cover version of Martha and the Vandellas' Heatwave. The original is pretty much perfect but we still enjoy playing our version at gigs.
Visit The Centrals' MySpace, right, for more information. The track that brought them to our attention is from the band's demo and is entitled Sticks and Stones.
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