New Brit rockers The Cruel Knives are gearing up for their debut EP Side One's release on Friday 28th July. We're excited by the sound from debut single Kill The Messenger (below) so we asked the band to take on our A-Z challenge!
A song that made you want to make music?
Sid: First seeing a guy play Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” when I was 9. It blew my mind and I went home and locked myself away until I’d forced myself to play it (or until I thought I could play it at any rate). I’ve never heard a single guitarist play that intro properly, and Hendrix played it differently every time, says it all really...
Best rider you've had?
Sid: In Amsterdam or Switzerland we had some guys come round trying to take food, drink and drug orders. When asked if that was the usual thing round here and he just smiled saying, “we’re caterers, we 'cater’ ”, go figure. A weird one was in France one time when we were given bottles of home made wine and a whole Shark. I didn’t like that because I’m a shark fan, but the wine was good.
Craziest moment in the band?
Sid: Haven’t had chance for many yet, but coming up through Heaven’s Basement we really did tirelessly tour every kind of circuit, properly slogged it out before getting to the stage of bigger support slots and then eventually our own decent headline tours. So given that, personally I hadn’t really thought much about accepting the offer to tour with The Pretty Reckless as The Cruel Knives’ debut shows. Not consciously thinking how we’d never actually played these songs together live before, we just went balls in, and it was only really when we stepped on stage and I looked out at the crowd and the guys in the band that I suddenly thought, “oh shit, I actually have no idea what’s gonna happen here”. I think it was mostly chemistry that got us through that one haha, but then we were off to the races.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
Tom: Cause I'm an animal at heart and you just keep me on a fucking leash.
Easiest song you wrote?
Sid: For The Cruel Knives maybe “The Promised Land”? Rob brought an initial idea in and he, Tom and myself sat down together and luckily all had ideas that flowed nicely into each other. Didn’t take long at all, the solo was improvised on the spot when I was doing a demo and that’s the take that's on the finished track. I think little things like that do make a difference, it's honest. That tends to be how most of our songs are written now. One of us brings an idea to the table and we just hash it out together until everyones happy. Works well, it’s kind of like a continuous baton race where you keep handing it back and forth to each other until you cross the finish line.
Favourite song in your set?
Tom: Itch, it gives us a chance to go absolutely mental.
Guest you'd most like to feature on your record?
Sid: Zach de la Rocha, he never misses. Keith Richards too, he’s got that unmistakable “Keith timing” thing that I love. I’m into a, “I really don’t care what the rest of the song is doing”, sounding approach to lead guitar. But to get that right you have to be able to tell exactly what’s going on with everyone else, Keith’s good at that.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Tom: Al is a loud and proud Vegan.
Sid: In fairness he’s probably the least loud about it (laughs).
Jokes you have in the band?
Tom: We have a game called acting the goat which Rob is winning hands down.
Key to writing a song?
Sid: Honesty. And brain power.
Longest distance you've traveled to play a show?
Sid: London to LA, back to London and then back to LA again, in 3 days, then back to London and on to New Zealand & Australia, which was great, didn’t know which way was up down there.