We wanted to get to know more about Phoenix Calling ahead of their Our Lost Hearts record being released on Friday November 17, so we asked the band to take on the AZ challenge!
A song that made you want to make music?
Yesterday Went Too Soon – Feeder. Amazing lyrics, heartfelt and real
Best rider you have had?
We had a whole bar set up in the dressing room in Warsaw Poland! Not pretty
Craziest moment in the band?
Jason our bass player waking up and then trying to get out of a moving van on the highway in Poland! Could have ended differently!
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
Darkness follows me, So I learn how to breath
And it echoes at me, Suffering inside of me,
It’s the path that I chose, Is it so hard for you to admit?
Easiest song you wrote?
Bring The Roof Down from Forget Your Ghosts – took 45mins! Just fell into place
Favourite song in your set?
Atlas – it’s a kicker, really hits you and we get to rock out!
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Where to start…? Oli Sykes! To hear Steve singing and Oli screaming would be sick
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Time! With our jobs and families we would love to be getting together everyday but it’s hard so we do as much as we can!
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Jase is a strong man and has competed, he has pulled a 10-tonne truck!
Jokes you have in the band?
We still rib Jase about trying to get out of a moving van! However Steve our front man is the comedian (well he thinks so!) he can make a joke of anything and we all end up laughing!!
Key to writing a song?
Be honest and say what you want to say, don’t try and make it fit! Be true to the subject and enjoy it
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
London to Warsaw – Krakow and return in 3 days!
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
I am a guitarist so all of the greats spring to mind! Eddie VH, Clapton, Brian May etc however it would have to be Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge just the voice and the guitar playing and to see it live was amazing!
New band you’d recommend?
The Xcerts – amazing.
Stone Broken – Seriously good!
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Place you’d most like to tour?
Quote that you’d like to pass on to our readers?
“Have a bad day? Put your hand on your heart. Feel that? That’s called purpose. You’re alive for a reason. Don’t give up!”
Reason for the title of your forthcoming release?
Personal experiences, the way life can suck the life out of you, we become faceless and soulless, empty hearts with the way of the world
See us live at?
18.11.2017 – Peterborough, Met Lounge
19.11.2017 – Cambridge, Portland Arms
20.11.2017 – Manchester, The Witchwood
21.11.2017 – Glasgow, Audio
22.11.2017 – Milton Keynes, MK11
26.11.2017 – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
28.11.2017 – London, Black Heart (Camden)
01.12.2017 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 3
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Yeah, there were more bands pioneering and setting the scene, legends paving the way and breaking the mould. Stadium bands with massive personas!
Lighters with a bottle opener at the bottom! Not to promote smoking or drinking though!
Variations you’d like to do on one of your songs?
We did a stripped back acoustic version of Hold onto Glory with an orchestra! Sounded really beautiful
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! We wouldn’t be able to do this if it weren’t for them! They know the words which means so much to us
X-rays or any other treatments needed for band injuries?
Yep! I broke 3 ribs in Poland, getting on stage I slipped and landed on my amp head! Seriously painful!
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Steve’s! But he will blame me, it could be the vans fault!!!
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
A lion headed eagle with a bit of monkey, bull and shark thrown in!