Brit rockers Tailblock recently announced their new EP Think Or Be is set for release on July 13. We asked the band to take on our A-Z challenge to tell us more about themselves!
A song that made you want to make music?
Probably something old, and cheesy like “Photograph” by Def Leppard, or “Crazy” by Aerosmith.
Best rider you’ve ever had?
Any rider would be good, I’m pretty sure we’ve only had beer tokens, which is plenty for us. We played our friend Jon’s wedding, plenty of access to food and booze, does that count?
Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?
Played a gig on a Tuesday night, and it was rammed… pretty crazy.
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
Dunno about deepest, but a favourite of ours is from the chorus of ‘Think Or Be’, it goes “If change is coming, it doesn’t have to change the way we feel”, its fun to sing, we all sing it together, and it gives me chills.
Easiest song you wrote?
Probably “Blisters” off the new EP, pretty much wrote the whole song in a day… surprisingly, people seem to like it.
Favourite song in your set?
I think we all have different ones, usually our favourite song is the newest one, once we have all the bugs worked out. My personal favourite at the moment is ‘Rocket’, but it changes all the time.
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Zac Schulze from ‘Penthouse/Drawstring‘, he shreds, probably the best guitarist I’ve ever met.
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Being available at the same time.
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Jak, our bass player, teaches music to children with disabilities.
Jokes you have in the band?
So many, crappy in jokes that no-one gets.
Key to writing a song?
I’ve been writing songs for years now and I’m still not sure exactly how it works. But usually how it works is, I’ll be playing guitar, not playing anything in particular, and I’ll play a couple chords I like, then go from there. I usually write the music first, then the lyrics, then we get together and sort the song out.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Canterbury, not very far really.
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
New band you’d recommend?
Opening for this band would be ideal?
Samiam. That’d be super cool.
Place you’d most like to tour?
Europe, we could absorb some culture… and lots of food.
Quotation you’d like to pass on to our readers?
“Be true, be brave, stand. All the rest is darkness” from Stephen King’s ‘IT’.
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
‘Think Or Be‘, you can either over think things, or just be, don’t worry so much, and just do what you want. That’s kind of the vibe of the whole EP.
See us live at?
Our next show! Check out our facebook for info on upcoming gigs!
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Right now is always better, people spend way too much time obsessing about old bands, they don’t realise that there are thousands of other new bands they could be listening to.
Having CDs seems kind of unusual nowadays, seems like most people just Spotify or download these days. Otherwise we’re pretty boring, stickers, CDs, t-shirts etc.
Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?
We’ve played acoustic versions of our sets, only a couple times. But I’d rather work on new songs rather than re-work old songs. It would be awesome to hear another band cover one of our songs.
What do your fans mean to you?
We’re incredibly thankful to anyone who has supported us. I’m always amazed when I see people singing along to our songs, that’s pretty much the best thing ever.
X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries?
Besides the usual blisters, cuts, and bruises, thankfully nothing.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Martyn’s… everything is Martyn’s fault.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
Some sort of jungle cat? I have no idea why.