Dead Reynolds take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here its the turn of Dead Reynolds to tell us all about themselves.

A song that made you want to make music?

Motorcycle EmptinessManic Street Preachers

Best rider you’ve ever had?

As if we get a rider!!! Would be Polish Vodka on tap whilst on a tour of Poland. Messy but awesome!

Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?

Shooting the video for By Your Side – Ben did the whole thing in a Michael Myers mask! Scary, but more worrying was that it was 35 degrees! Took hours and he was pretty much dehydrated at the end and lost about a stone in weight!

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

Take your lonely sermons and bring them to our Lie – Dust. Leave you to figure that one out!

Easiest song you wrote?

Voices – Came together really quickly from an idea Ben had, melody just fell into place and the lyrics too.

Favourite song in your set?

Lines – banger from the start, got all the drive, passion and sing a long you want!

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

Freddie Mercury – no reason needed!

Too many to name but if we had to choose only 1 – living – Paul Stanley from KISS & dead – Eddie Van Halen both true icons and the reason for the choices just to be wowed and not know what would happen next!

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Time – fitting it all in around work and other stuff

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Luke played drums for the Stranglers when their drummer fell ill, he got the call as someone in his family knew the band and he stepped in for a show!!

Jokes you have in the band?

Mainly aimed at Luke Reid as he is vertically challenged and is an easy target! Plus, he can’t reach you to hit back hahaha!

Key to writing a song?

Needs to be about something, needs to mean something and then channel your thoughts into the words and music.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Poland!!! Warsaw. Did 2 shows and then came home – drove it too in a tour van.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

James Dean Bradfield – not only is he an amazing singer and guitarist, he also plays every instrument on his solo albums including double bass, piano and drums. Having seen the Manics a few times, he is so underrated!

New band you’d recommend?

Dead Reynolds!! No seriously! Check out Sarpa Salpa – great indie rock band we have played with from Northampton.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

I Prevail – we are digging these guys at the moment! Energy, passion and massive break downs.

Place you’d most like to tour?

USA – just would be an experience and play all of the places the bands we grew up listening played!

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you’ll make the news or something. But if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you’ll get to where you want to be.” Eddie Van Halen

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

Voices. Very much based around mental health, thoughts, feelings and actions. In the middle of a pandemic and uncertainty of the future – voices in your head.

See us live at?

Nowhere!! Blame Mr Coronavirus. Bring on 2021!

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Yep I do. Waiting for the CD to come out to get a glimpse of the artwork and reading all the sleeve notes was awesome. Desperate for the next gig to see a band again as the internet didn’t exist was special and really made you appreciate them!

Unusual merchandise?

Not really, standard stuff that people want. Maybe we need to get some!

Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?

Dust has been changed 3 times since we wrote it and the album version that is coming out next year is a real change!

What do your fans mean to you?

Everything! We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them buying the merch and streaming the tracks. We have some amazing characters that follow us all over and send us the nicest messages. Its more of a family!

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

Yep! Only this week Luke our drummer fell off a pier and has severely cut his hand. Needed 2 ops and a skin graft. Good job its lockdown. So lucky he hasn’t damaged any tendons or nerves!

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Callum’s! Standard to be fair. But he would blame Ben and then Ben would agree!

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Rhino – Big, loud and likely to sit on you!!!

Elizabeth Birt

December 15, 2020

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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