Shooting Daggers 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 it’s the turn of Shooting Daggers to tell us all about themselves!

In today’s A-Z challenge, Shooting Daggers take on 26 questions from A-Z all about their music career and the band as a whole!

A song that made you want to make music?

Bea– Butterflies and Hurricanes by Muse, that song is everything.
Sal – Hard one, I always wanted to make music, I remember that System Of A Down was super influential in my early teen years.
Raquel – Agree with Sal, difficult one!
I suppose NIN was one of the bands that influenced me the most. Also seeing Pettybone playing live when I first moved to London was very influential.

Best rider you’ve had?

Denmark (Ilter fest). They had an amazing build-your-own vegan kebab buffet and they gave us a full case of beers. It was amazing.
But we had a lot of great ones, as long as there are vegan snacks we’re happy.

Craziest moment you’ve had in the band?

Probably the time when we played Ilter Fest in Denmark, we slept on the floor in the airport and then once home we had to go play 2 shows with Amyl and the sniffers at the O2 Bristol and O2 Oxford. That was wild for our bodies.
Also a crazy moment was for sure when we played under a thunderstorm at Fluff Fest last year. The crowd was dancing under the rain and at the end of our set a double rainbow appeared in the sky. It was magical.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

Deepest as in the most serious one, then it would be Liar, Missandra or A Guilty Conscience Needs An Accuser because they address serious issues in a very vulnerable way.

Easiest song you wrote?

Bad Seeds. It’s the last one we wrote for Love & Rage. It was kind of a last minute addition to the album but it turned out to be one of our favourites.

Favourite song in your set?

Missandra, Carnage, Liar of the old ones. Bad Seeds and Dare the new ones as they’re so energetic.
Listen to Missandra here.

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

Kat Moss from Scowl.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Struggling to have any time off as we also need to have day jobs to survive. We put all our free time and energy into the band and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Raquel used to be the person who puts hooks in the back of people who do “body suspension”!

Jokes you have in the band?

“Let’s go grab a sandwich or something”
We’re always looking for the nearest supermarket as soon as we arrive at a venue to be sure to have “a sandwich or something” cause we are always thinking about food but we’re also broke so gotta go for that meal deal!

Key to writing a song?

Listen to a lot of music, write bits and bobs in your notes and record riffs when you’re “in the zone”, then put your ideas together and BAM! A song is born.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Glasgow by time in the car.
Bucharest by distance.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Birds in Row. They blew our mind at Beyond the Redshift last October.

New band you’d recommend?

Caution Elderly People

Opening for this band would be ideal?


Place you’d most like to tour?

We would love to tour in Europe soon, especially playing in our countries: Italy, Spain and France.
Japan, the US and Australia in the future are also our dreams.

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

Speak out, get angry, get loud!

Reason for the title of your recent release?

We wanted to express the concept of channelling your rage, frustration and pain and transform them into something good. The pain turns into Love and this love gives you the power and strength for yourself and for the community around you.

See us live at?

On Tour with Spaced
29.3 Manchester @ Manchester Punk Festival
30.3 Bristol @roughtradebristol
31.3 Southampton @ The Hobbit
01.4 Brighton @The Hope and Ruin
02.4 London @ New Cross Inn
A few Fest this summer, 2000 Trees and Burn It Down Fest.
Supporting Unbroken in November at the Dome.
And more to come TBA

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

No. I think people romanticise the “good old days” a lot. Nowadays making music is way more accessible and it means that more people can make music and there are more and better choices.

Unusual merchandise?

We would love to make period pants, carabiners, baby tees (y2k style)

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

We were thinking that it would be cool to have a electronic remix of one of our tracks, so we might make that happen.

What do your fans mean to you?

They obviously mean a lot. We really appreciate their support and kind messages. They keep reminding us why we’re doing what we do.

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

So far we just had muscle pain and lots of blisters. We definitely need a spa day and a chiropractor!

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

We’re never late. If it happens it’s someone else’s fault outside the band, ahem! UBER!

Zoo animal that next describes the personality of your band?

We believe zoos are really sad places, sanctuaries are best.
Our animal would be a squirrel as they roam free all around us in London. We also call each other squirrels!

Elizabeth Birt

April 4, 2024

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


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