The Survival Code take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know many of the artists out there. Here it is the turn of The Survival Code to take on the challenge.

A song that made you want to make music?

ZeroThe Smashing Pumpkins

Best rider you’ve ever had?

All The beer and food we could consume

Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?

A manager who disappeared off the face of the earth with 5 months work and no results

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

“The song I came to sing remains unsung until this day, wasted our time, fixing, broken strings (based on the Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore)

Easiest song you wrote?

Centre of the universe” from our MMXV album

Favourite song in your set?

Broken Strings, it always goes down well and gets a crowd going

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

Chino Moreno 

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Not playing Glastonbury

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Gary once won two guitar scholarships for classical guitar

Jokes you have in the band?

That our real name is “The Survival Cloud” as it always rains when we’re on tour

Key to writing a song?

Trying not to over complicate things

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Southampton -> Leeds -> London was a spicy 3 days

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio / Blink 182)

New band you’d recommend?

Kid Kapichi 

Opening for this band would be ideal?

Press To MECO

Place you’d most like to tour?

The US

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

“It won’t be easy, but it is the answer, breaking things to make something beautiful”

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

It is an old lyric from an old song Gary had as a kid from a solo project and it feels as poignant now as before. “cross to carry, coffin to fill” , seems to make sense for all of our journeys in life, and as there’s two of us it made sense to make it plural

See us live at?

15th Aug – Big Red (London)

23rd Oct – Bunkhouse (Swansea)

24th Oct – Fuel (Cardiff)

25th Oct – Slaughtered Lamb (London)

26th Oct – The Hope & Ruin (Brighton)

28th Oct – The Tin and the coal Vaults (Coventry)

29th Oct – Chameleon (Nottingham)

30th Oct – Castle Hotel (Manchester)

31st Oct – Outpost (Liverpool) , 2nd Nov – Old England (Bristol)

3rd Nov – Suburbia (Southampton)

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

Certainly for our genre of music! We’ve been in London 9 years and the amount of venues we played that were bastions of the community and a right of passage that have closed without replacement is staggering. That alone has made the terrain more competitive and colder than it was years ago

Unusual merchandise?

We had drumsticks with our name and logo on them for a while, not very extreme, we were surprised they sold though as the name and logo were very small

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

Our songs have a lot of parts going on that make the sounds. We love up tempo music but we would love to do a stripped down version of some of our songs for a different sort of album. Many of the songs have legs played slower and emphasising the moving parts by focusing on them more and using space and silence – (something we don’t usually do) :). Not necessarily acoustic, but would involve a lot of stringed instruments

What do your fans mean to you?

There is no show without them! We appreciate every message, like, comment or interaction – good or bad tbh! We don’t mind criticism and some is fair and some is not and others often help point out a fair balanced view. So we’ve been lucky and can’t wait to get our new EP out and tour at the end of 2019

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

Just chiropractor, sports massage and rest really – not the most rock and roll

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

Simon’s, I’d be early to my own funeral

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

A Tiger : relentless, determined, strong , slightly cautious and extremely energetic!

Elizabeth Birt

August 2, 2019

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


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