Fresh from dropping shimmering new anthem ‘Hot Mess’, we get to know the Reading quintet for more than just their joyous indie bangers.

Creating guitar-pop that’s equal parts fierce to breezy, Saltwater Sun are a breath of fresh air in a musical landscape packed with an often tiring must-have-it-all stamina. The five-piece – hailing from Reading – are making indie exciting again, with infectious melodies, brazen riffs and shoegazey pop hooks, sugared with the impeccable vocal of frontwoman Jen Stearnes. Following on from callous cut ‘The Wire’ , Saltwater Sun’s latest offering is a summer scorcher, a plea to be care-free and let go:

We hit Jen with our quickfire questions…

Three words to describe your music…
Electrifying shimmery indiepop

Favourite ever film…
There Will Be Blood of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, mood dependent…

Favourite Instagram account…
@drunkpeopledoingthings does exactly what it says on the tin. Needless to say, it’s incredible.

The best venue we’ve played…
We love the Mighty Duck in Brighton when The Great Escape is on. It’s a proper little sweatbox and everyone is always up for it.

The song I can’t listen to…
King Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas because it’s one of a few songs that are on rotation in my head and essentially acts as the hold music of my brain.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
We’ll defer this to bassist Rob, who is essentially a collector of terrible jobs. Be it Burger King, call centres or digging up the road, that boy’s done it all.

My favourite meal to cook…
Joel whips up a pretty good vegan chilli. We’re a group of fairly reluctant cooks, in all honesty. Crisps for life!

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Benny, our drummer, watched The Bootleg Beatles instead to the actual Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013, so we should probably pick them… and sack Benny.

My favourite word…
Nefarious. It sounds like what it means.

If I had a superpower I’d want it to be…
Teleportation! You could go anywhere in seconds and could see the whole world as well as all those friends in far flung corners.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
The John Peel stage at Glastonbury, which is my spiritual home.

I think you should listen to…
Car Seat Headrest. Excellent music, excellent lyrics and an excellent live act.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
The Beastie Boys. I had a chance to see them at Brixton many moons ago, but had a GCSE and missed it. I think it might be my biggest regret in life. Now Yauch is gone I’ll never have a chance.

Catch Saltwater Sun supporting Off Bloom on 19th July at The Old Blue Last, or throughout their September headline tour.