Littlehampton trio Gloom have recently streamed their new single Force You. We wanted to know more about the band so asked them to take us deeper into their world through our A-Z challenge!
A song that made you want to make music?
Biffy Clyro – ‘57’. In fact, that whole album was just the most refreshing change from hearing ‘Rock DJ’ on repeat.
Best rider you’ve had?
These are quite the rarity for us, so some tap water and beer tokens is great! Parking would be a godsend also.
Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?
Flying to Northern Ireland to record our album was kinda crazy. Like a real budget holiday but you’re carrying your cymbals round all the time.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
Force You’s chorus “agh agh agh agh agh”. Sung with our passion its super deep…trust us.
Easiest song you wrote?
‘Pig’ was almost written in the time it took to jam through so takes the top spot.
Favourite song in your set?
‘Let Me Have Some’ for sure. Feels like a proper pinnacle of the set both mentally and 100% physically! This song takes it out of ya …. in a good way.
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Our musical tastes are so far apart that this would never be agreed on haha – probably for Tom and Simon’s sake a Beatles member, preferably one that’s still living.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Being promised tons of cool shit that in reality will not happen. You learn kinda quick how to sort the shady ones out though.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Tom’s got no left big toe nail.
Jokes you have in the band?
Tom being pinned as the time lord. Able to steal your time from you without you noticing and hide it in his bag.
Key to writing a song?
The key to any good track is having a good chorus, but who are we to give tips on songwriting….yet!
Longest distance you’ve traveled to play a show?
Bristol. Any city that has a ping pong cafe is worth the journey.
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Michael Walsh – a solo singer writer from the heart of Littlehampton. He’s kind of a more street Ed Sheeran.
New band you’d recommend?
Feral Youth – We played a show together at Green Door Store recently and they were fucking amazing. Also the drummer saved Mark’s shit when the drum kit decided to fall apart. She actually was prepared to become a human cymbal stand temporarily. Dedication.
Opening for this band would be ideal?
AC/DC or Guns n Roses. We’d be over the fucking moon with either.
Place you’d most like to tour?
To be honest touring the UK would be more than amazing for us right now. The shows themselves should be way cooler than the trendy town / city / country they might be in.
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
“No matter what they say, don’t let them FORCE YOU!” – Thomas Martin Harfield.
Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?
Kinda weird as the song is called ‘Force You‘ but then the chorus lyrics say “Don’t let them force you” – err now you mention we are unsure hahaha!
See us live at?
07.10.17 – London – The Islington
17.11.17 – London – Surya
24.11.17 – Worthing – Bar 42
02.02.18 – Portsmouth – Icebreaker Festival
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Mixed opinions. Mark hates old music and Simon and Tom can dance between the ages.
We sell lighters at shows or give them out for free if nobody’s buying ‘em. Best merch item ever: Do you smoke? Yes. Buy a lighter then! Do you smoke? No. Do you like candles? Yes. Buy a lighter then!
Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?
We like our songs how they are and playing ‘em live as they are is just the best. Saying that, recently our friend and musical connoisseur Offline Raiders did some mental remixes of some of our tracks and they sound insane!
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean the shows can be the best they can, so in short they make the shows, which make the band!
X-rays or any treatment needed for band related injuries?
Mark played a show with a broken finger but not band related injury. If callouses count Mark’s got a shit tonne from drumming….soooo rock n roll.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Tom – there’s always an excuse even though we know it’s because he’s the time lord.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
The kangaGLOO – bouncy, violent and fast paced and has gloo in its name!