INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
There was sadness last year when Stoke rock band Already Gone announced they were no more.
However, it wasn’t necessarily the end of the road as three of the group members decided to stay together and start again as Infinity.
With newcomer Pete Baddeley on vocals, the melodic hard rockers have certainly made their mark, receiving much positive feedback for their live shows and debut single, which has been a YouTube hit.
With a growing fanbase and a debut EP out soon, I decided to have a chat with them.
How did you get together?
TIM BUXTON (BASS): Well, me, Dan and Kirk have known each other since school days.
We’ve all played together in previous bands, spent a good few years with our last band and we figured that when we’d start out afresh, we’d stick together.
We were looking for a singer and that’s how Pete found us.
We’ve been working together as a four-piece for the past year or so.
How did the name Infinity come about?
TIM: We needed something memorable and catchy, and something that represented our musical style.
We spent ages thinking of something and Kirk said Infinity would really work.
It’s catchy, it’s easy to remember and we’ve got a ready made logo to go with it.
How would you describe your music?
PETE BADDELEY (VOCALS): HARD ROCK!
TIM: Yeah, good old-fashioned, no-frills hard rock.
PETE: I would say a mixture of the old classic rock and modern rock, good old head bang music!
TIM: We quite enjoy our style, because it’s quite unique, and there isn’t many local bands doing what we do.
It’s different, but it also mixes in well with the majority of the bands we play with without us sounding out of place.
What bands are you inspired by?
TIM: We take our sound from a number of modern bands, like Shinedown, Sixx:AM, Nickelback, Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge, Avenged Sevenfold, Hinder….
DAN NUTT (GUITAR): Yeah, man!
TIM: And we’ve all grown up with the classics that will always be in the back of our minds, the Guns N’ Roses, Metallicas and Motley Crues of the world.
But anything we hear, we try to take the best of it and think about how it can affect our music.
PETE: We’ve been inspired by so many bands we’ve met on the road too.
The other week, you supported Headrush at their reunion gig at the Sugarmill. What was it like playing on the same bill as a band that are seen as legends on the Stoke music scene?
TIM: We’ve known the guys in Headrush for years, dating back to our former bands, and Kirk even spent some time playing for them.
It was great to see they’ve not lost anything in terms of performance, despite them not doing anything for so long.
They’re great guys and it was good to see Andy Law (Headrush’s vocalist) again.
We were really excited to be given the opportunity to play with them on our Sugarmill debut.
How was it playing at the Sugarmill for the first time as Infinity?
TIM: Awesome. We’ve all had so many nights out there in the past watching various bands.
When you’ve seen some of your heroes perform on that stage over they years, it’s always exciting to get up there and stand where they stood.
It helps that we feel we played well and the crowd seemed into it.
PETE: We have all played at the Sugarmill in the past, but in terms of the overall show, it was pretty damn special and I was just flabbergasted for the whole experience, it was a great time!
It’s definitely been our biggest achievement as a band.
TIM: So far!
While I was watching your set, I noticed that Pete was wearing a T-shirt with the words ‘Bacon Strips’ written on it. What was going on there?
PETE: There is this channel on YouTube called Epic Meal Time, which is basically a load of guys making ridiculous sized food and they eat it while getting drunk.
They love bacon and I can kinda relate to that!
TIM: We keep telling Pete that he needs to be cool as a singer, but then he does daft things like that and ruins it, so we kind of given up telling him now.
Is Pete the joker of the band then?
TIM: He likes to think so. Thankfully, you avoided the jokes he was cracking at the Sugarmill.
PETE: My bad jokes are to die for, they literally are!
What’s the difference between a zippy and a hippo?
I’ve no idea.
PETE: Zippo! One is really heavy and the other is a little lighter!
The music scene in the Potteries seems to have a positive vibe to it at the moment. What’s your viewpoint?
TIM: There’s some great bands out there right now.
Since we started, we’ve shared the stage with some real talent, and with some of the bands that are making waves around the country, Stoke is where it’s at for music right now.
PETE: I believe that this is now the best time to support local music, because there are so many great bands at the minute, and so many different styles out there too!
Long may it last, I say.
TIM: Damn right.
PETE: Amen to that!
You have an EP coming out soon. How has it been recording it?
TIM: We’re going to be putting the finishing touches to it in the next few weeks actually.
It’s been a great experience going into the studio, hearing the song evolve throughout the day, putting the little bits at the end to make it sound more polished.
It’s a proper journey that we love to do, even when the pressure is really on when it’s your time to play and to make sure you don’t mess it up.
PETE: We’re taking it slowly at the moment, one step at a time, one song at a time.
It’s a new experience for me to go into a recording studio and I’m loving it!
TIM: Yeah, me, Dan and Kirk have all been in multiple studios in the past.
Paul at Summerbank Studios in Tunstall knows us though, and we have a great time, coming out with a great sound at the end.
PETE: That’s why it’s so catchy!
When you’re writing tracks, is it a group effort or does there tend to be a member of the band who does the majority of the songwriting?
TIM: It’s a group effort definitely. We all have our roles we fill.
Dan’s the main music writer though. We all chip in from time to time, but Dan does the majority of the riffs.
Kirk lays down a beat for them, which is something he does naturally.
Then, it’s usually me and Pete who throw some lyrics on the top.
We all contribute to make it better.
DAN: Like Tim says, it’s a group effort, it all starts from an idea and it just snowballs from there really, starting with a structure or basic skeleton and then we keep adding to it.
Then, you always end up adding and layering in the studio, because that’s where they come to life!
What inspires the lyrics?
TIM: Life, man.
We take aspects of what we know. We like to fuel our songs with things that we’re actually familiar with and feel from day to day, and then make them so people out there can relate to them and know what we’re banging on about.
PETE: Everything that’s going on in this world: pain, love, anger etc.
Some of the lyrics we have are like an open question waiting to be asked.
What have got lined up in the near future?
TIM: Our main concentration is to release our EP, so people can listen to the songs.
Beyond that, we’re planning on gigging as much as we can, getting music videos out there and going on to a full album sometime next year if things go according to plan.
DAN: Yeah, the album ain’t a million miles away in terms of being written or recorded to be fair.
PETE: We are just going to keep getting our music out there, either live or online.
We have big plans and aspirations, and we have started a vlog with highlights from our shows which is great for connecting with people!
What’s your long-term aim?
PETE: Headline Download!
TIM: To get as many people listening to our music as we possibly can.
We want to headline festivals, we want to tour the world, we want thousands of people singing our songs and chanting our name.
We want to play with as many bands as we can, at as many places as we can.
We want to finish playing in 40 years and say ‘Yeah, we’ve done it all’ with no regrets at all.
INFINITY’S DEBUT EP WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR.
YOU CAN SEE HIGHLIGHTS OF THEIR GIGS AT THEIR OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE.