A song that made you want to make music?
When I first picked up the guitar I was obsessed with Iron Maiden. I’d say it was the song The Number of The Beast that made me want to learn how to create that kind of sound. I was mesmerised.
Best rider you’ve ever had?
We’re just happy to have a rider with a few beers and a bag of crisps to be fair!
Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?
Nearly being burned alive on set at the Terminal video! My amp caught fire when the coffin fell over in front of us. Everyone behind the scenes had to run in and drag the equipment away quickly. That was pretty crazy looking back.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
‘I remember being happy looking at the sky and wondering why it’s grey.’ That’s a pretty dark line, in context, it’s through a child’s eyes looking at the world around and while everything’s just happy and fun at a young age you start to grow up and realise the pressures around you and watching the people you love become stressed and just realising the everyday effect of life. Realising that nothing is perfect.
Easiest song you wrote?
Some songs just write themselves. On the album I would say Dead to Me was not easily written but the lyrics seemed to just be there. There was no thinking process really it was more of a scribble on the page that worked and they never changed throughout the recording of the album.
Favourite song in your set?
The March is my favourite to play. It changes though, some songs get different reactions each night while playing so it kind of goes off the energy of the crowd.
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
If I could choose anyone for a guest feature it would have to be Myles Kennedy for a chorus!
Hardest thing about being in a band?
The consistent feeling that you’re not doing enough and you should be playing more, writing more and things like that. I think creative people are hard on themselves though and I get this a lot.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
I used to be in a glam rock band, and there are pictures around. Don’t go looking.
Jokes you have in the band?
There’s not necessarily one we’re just always joking. We’re always taking shots at each other it’s just the way it’s always been.
Key to writing a song?
Don’t force something that isn’t there. Just play and it will come.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Me and Alex used to be in another band years ago. We travelled to Kenya together to play 3 gigs out there! It was a great experience and I’d love to do it again someday!
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Personally I love the innovative direction the new Avenged Sevenfold record has taken. It’s a huge risk to pull out an album like LIBAD but I’m in love with that record. It’s refreshing to see an artist at their level completely disregard any preconceptions of what they will make left and drop something so unique.
New band you’d recommend?
We try and bring our friends who are starting out with us to different places when we play. There’s so many cool and new bands always coming out in your local area and it’s too hard for me to say one but just go to your locals rock bars and clubs in the area! I guarantee there will be an act that is on that night that will blow your expectations away!
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Alice in Chains.
Place you’d most like to tour?
Japan! I’ve never been and I would love to experience the country while touring there!
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
Don’t eat yellow snow. Really, don’t.
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
The album lyrically reflects the past two years of my life and the title really sums up what I’ve been dealing with myself. I think the album is very dark and it’s super personal to me. It’s a little scary and it’s almost making me feel vulnerable in a way that people will now know my feelings and the things I’ve been living with. But, I needed to get this out of me in a constructive way and creating this album was almost a therapeutic process for me.
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The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Yes and no. Without the use of technology that is so easily accessible to us today this album never would have been made. But I agree in some sense around pop music as I feel more specifically around pop music that the feeling and emotion of instruments being played rather than programmed has been lost.
Maybe we’ll do a viagra range one day. Who knows.
Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?
We always try and prepare our songs so that most can be reimagined acoustically if needed. We’re planning to release a few from the album in due course.
What do your fans mean to you?
More than they could imagine.
X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?
Nothing yet. Fingers crossed there won’t be any during tour!
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Alex. He will either of slept in or driven so slow to the gig that we’ve got a 5 minute soundcheck.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
3 clapping seals just happy to still be around.