Saint Apache take on the A-Z challenge!

A song that made you want to make music? Thom: one song that really propelled my desire to write music was a band called Crass and the song was called Punk Is Dead. Luis: Alive– Pearl Jam. Great tune from my childhood that I loved. Leo: Well the first song that made me want to […]

A song that made you want to make music?

Thom: one song that really propelled my desire to write music was a band called Crass and the song was called Punk Is Dead.

Luis: AlivePearl Jam. Great tune from my childhood that I loved.

Leo: Well the first song that made me want to pick up guitar was Blink 182What’s My Age Again. My friend was playing it in a music class on guitar in school and it really made me want to play an instrument.

Adam: I never really had one song in particular but it was Led Zeppelin as a band for me.

Best rider you’ve ever had?

Thom: Actually it just so happens it was probably last night! We are in Belgium on tour at the moment and we were paid well and they looked after us with as unlimited beers which was obviously VERY pleasing!

Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?

Thom: We have a lot of crazy times on tour which a lot we can’t mention in an interview!

Leo: Luis once bought 2 snickers bars and ate them in one sitting. The man is a nutter.

Adam: Holy Mackerel!

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

Thom: ‘Our fathers will hear us calling. Even though we’re oceans apart’- That Ship Has Sailed. That particular line is about a distance between something that you care about and feel impossible to reach which is how I was feeling personally at that time of writing.

Easiest song you wrote?

Leo: It was probably was our first song Push On Reckless Night. I went round Thom’s with the song and we just wrote lyrics in about 15 minutes and it ended up being our first single on our Debut EP!

Favourite song in your set?

Luis: The Story Doesn’t Here

Thom: You’re Not A Slave

Adam: Wolf Machine

Leo: Right On The Money

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

Thom: For me it’s Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die. Would love to do a song with him

Leo: I’d Like to hear one of our songs with Josh Todd from Buckcherry on vocals with Thom. The aggression and to-the-point vocals of Josh Todd would make a great guest appearance I feel.

Luis: Ben Thatcher from Royal Blood. The guy has so much energy on stage and effortless in the things he does.

Adam: Jim Morrison if he was still alive. I love his unpredictability of going mad on stage one minute and completely calm the next.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Luis: As an independent band it’s trying to balance work and band life.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Thom: Leo and I used to be in a band in school when I played drums (Badly) at the time.

Leo: The band was called No Idea and to be fair we had no idea what we were doing!

Thom: That is so true but we knew all we wanted to do was play music and have the thrill of playing live.

Jokes you have in the band?

Adam: Making funny Instagram stories and snapchats while on tour. We are constantly are having fun.

Thom: You have to check out our Pirate video on Instagram!

Leo: Well when a plastic sword is 4 Euros in duty free one could not resist!!

Key to writing a song?

Thom: Staying in key!

Leo: Good to be open minded and jam anything you have out in practice. Also always try different things which keeps the band fresh!

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Thom: Manchester I would say. Even though we are in Belgium at the moment Manchester is slightly longer for us to travel to being from Eastbourne.

Adam: I’m sure with us now starting to play Europe I can’t imagine that longest for long.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Adam: Mine has to be Dave Grohl on drums. He was a surprise act at Reading Festival with Them Crooked Vultures.

Thom: Jordan Buckley from Every Time I Die just for his stage performance for his dramatic stage presence.

Luis: James Brown when he supported RHCP at Hyde Park

Leo: For me it was Richie Kotzen. I was literally in awe of the man. What a talent. Effortless in everything and has such an amazing soulful voice along with being one of the best guitarist in the world.

New band you’d recommend?

Thom: There are a few that we have gigged and toured with like Scout Killers who we also have a great relationship with off stage and BEUK who we like to call the crazy Belgians!!

Luis: There is a new band called The Amazons who I feel are a real good up and coming band I heard on Radio 1. Recommend checking them out!

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Leo: I can see us opening for a band like Rage Against the Machine. We share their political views and their raw live energy!

Luis: After seeing Royal Blood the other day I think we would be a great fit supporting them as well.

Place you’d most like to tour?

Thom: North America is a dream for sure. Even South America would be amazing to play. To play Rock In Rio would be unreal.

Luis: To play a show back home in Madeira would be brilliant. Were in the middle of trying to sort that out actually!

Leo: Would absolutely love to play Germany personally. Some great Cities I would love to visit like Berlin and Hamburg.

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

Thom: ‘’You’re not a slave’’. It’s the first track on the new Wolf Machine EP. The name of the track is my quote to the readers. It kind of speaks for itself. Be free and be what you want and don’t let anything hold you back.

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

Thom: The meaning behind Wolf Machine is the corruption of corporations and worldwide governments and the strive for change.

Adam: We wanted to make a statement with this EP. We wanted to take a different route to other bands at the moment.

Thom: The writing was organic and came naturally as we share the same Ideology.

See us live at?

Leo: Next up we are playing the Latest Music Bar in Brighton on May 13th for a rock and hip hop night! Looking forward to that night as it’s something a bit different. Other than that we have Camden, London at the Dublin Castle on the Tuesday after that (16th) and The Water Rats in Kings Cross on the 3rd of June

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

Thom: Music is always evolving and changing so I wouldn’t say either era is better or worse. Just different. Although I take a lot of influence and inspiration from old 70’s Anarcho Punk bands like Crass and Flux Of Pink Indians im also just has influenced by bands like The Chariot and Every Time I Die. So for me any era past, present or future is going to have bands that bring something new and exciting to the table.

Unusual merchandise?

Luis: Gimp Masks and Whips.

Leo: Yes Luis but they are 2nd hand though.

Thom: I couldn’t help but test them out.

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

Thom: We are collaborating with a couple of rappers. One being and up and coming Grime/Rap MC. Would love to make a Grime/Rock song!! Not sure I’ve heard that done before!

What do your fans mean to you?

Thom: Everything really. Its just amazing to have the support and encouragement from them.

Leo: We always have time for fans and anyone into our music. We love meeting new people and enjoy that side of the band!

Xrays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries?

Adam: I cut my finger nearly off at work 5 days before a tour. Had to have stiches which kept opening up in every show. The snare drum was red by the time the tour had finished!!

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

Thom: Adam!

Leo: ADAM!

Luis: ADAM!!

Adam: Adam!

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Thom: if an Emu and a Rhino made a love child. That would be us!

Leo: Which reminds me Thom. I got that DVD you lent me in my bag!

Luis: Can I borrow it please?

Thom: You not done with the first one I lent you? Never did get that back!

Elizabeth Birt

May 8, 2017

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


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