When Nothing Works 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 its the turn of When Nothing Works to tell us all about themselves!

A song that made you want to make music?

O:Bohemian RhapsodyGrew up loving Queen. When I got into music production, the way it was made with the technology available at the time fascinated me.
A: The whole of Origin of Symmetry by Muse.

Best rider you’ve had?

O: Running water and working toilets… Live the dream kids. 
A: He isn’t joking, it’s not glamorous out there. 

Craziest moment you’ve experienced in the band?

O: The state of the world the last 18 months.
A: Absolutely has to be 2020 in its entirety.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

O: Probably all of Hurt/Heal. It’s a pretty deep song about loss.
A:Hurt/Heal was written by our vocalist (Jim) about the loss of someone close; “Death comes for us all, but it came too soon for you” sums up the whole song and lyrical theme. 

Easiest song you wrote?

O: All of them. I’ve only just stepped in on guitar this year. 
A: Hungover Guilt came together really quickly for me, I wrote the song musically and passed it to our vocalist. Almost immediately he had written the vocals and it all came together. 

Favourite song in your set?

O: Hungover Guilt. Super fun riffs to play.
A: Can You Fly Bobby? It’s a short song but is also one of our most aggressive to date.

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

O: Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats. Love that dude.
A: Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath. 

Hardest thing about being in a band?

O: At the moment, keeping the momentum around getting gigs as the industry reopens
A: Balancing all the commitments.  

Interesting fact about one of your members?

O: I used to own HMV. Well, not really, but I might as well have. 
A: Ben (guitar) has acidic hands that can corrode metals. I do not let him touch my guitars. Ever.

Jokes you have in the band?

O: Adam is band Daddy. He looks after all of us.
A: Apparently I’m the joke of the band. 

Key to writing a song?

O: Ask Daddy…
A: Just keep exploring through playing any instrument for long enough until something happens that you just can’t get our of your head.

Longest distance travelled to play a show?

O: So far Camden.
A: We haven’t left the UK yet, and the UK isn’t really that big. 

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

O: Probably Liam from Cancer Bats again. The guy has such energy and positivity. It really inspires me to want to get out there and carpe some diems.
A: La Dispute really made a big impact on me. The lyrical approach and songwriting, especially on the album Wildlife. 

New band you’d recommend?

O: Penelope Tree. Bit different from our sound but if you dig pop/punk with feels they’re 100% for you.
A: Movements.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

O: Cancer Bats. 
A: BTS. Opening for the biggest band in the world in 2021 would be ideal.  

Place you’d most like to tour?

O: Canada. Coast to coast. During hockey season. I basically want to use it as an excuse to see some games.
A: I’d love to visit Australia.

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

O: I’m honestly sh*t on quotes, unless its song lyrics. A favourite of mine is “It is better to destroy. Than to create what is meaningless. So the picture will not be finished” by Every Time I Die
A: Anything by Albert Camus, such as “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your existence is an act of rebellion”.

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

O: Hope This Is Not The End”  to me relates to the fact we played a handful of shows before having to put music to an end for 18 months. 
A: Jim took this line from the song Breakthrough, which is about a previous relationship.

See us live at?

A: Check our socials for announcements, as we are currently busy booking up gigs to make up for the lost time.

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

O: If you mean pre-streaming/internetage,then probably not. Bands like us probably wouldn’t get the exposure without social media and self-promotion. On the other hand, there’s so much competition out there these days, anyone can record, produce and release really high quality music from their living rooms without having to spend any time and money in a studio.
A: It depends on who you ask, but as I see it change is inevitable and should be embraced more than feared.

Unusual merchandise?

O: We had a bright orange hi-vis beanie for a little bit. For our fans who work on building sites.
A: We didn’t sell many of those…

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

O: Other than the obvious ‘acoustic versions’ I’d like to do a swing jazz version of Coward.
A: Probably the obvious acoustic versions.

What do your fans mean to you?

O: Support. Inspiration. Friends.
A: Encouragement and inspiration to continually self improve. 

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

O: My hair needs some treatment. No idea what’s going on there. did have to apply Deep Heat to Jim before the Black Heart gig ‘cause we’re all getting old.
A: Just as WNW went on hiatus I managed to get ulnar nerve entrapment from playing drums. I lost feeling in half my left hand and it took over a year to fully recover.

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

O: Time is a capitalist lie. 
A: Hopefully everybody else’s, because I pride myself on my punctuality.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

O: Sharky!
A: Sloth. 

Elizabeth Birt

November 2, 2021

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


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