INFINITY

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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!

TIM: See?

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.

CHRIS MUNDAY

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTO by MARTIN KESSEL

Chris Munday has made quite an impact on the Stoke music scene in the last few years.

As frontman of rock band Stone The Alchemist, him and his group have gained a good local reputation with their diverse and honest musical approach.

The outfit have decided to take a break, but Chris is keeping himself busy with his new project, YOUYESYOU.

I chatted to him about his journey so far, and what the future holds.

When did you realise you wanted to get into music?

The moment I hit 15. I’d been into pop music for years and done a few talent shows when I was in High School, but then I heard rock music around the time the nu metal explosion happened and it’s stuck with me even now, and a few years later a friend heard me singing, liked my voice and took me down the path of joining bands.

How did your friend hear you sing in the first place? Was it at one of the school talent shows you did?

We were hanging out once, and I think it was a Meat Loaf song of all things, but yeah, I joined his band and it didn’t really go anywhere, but I just remembered enjoying going to the practices, I left them to join another and that’s when I got into my ‘serious’ bands.

What was the ‘serious’ band you joined?

It was a band called Andraste, with three other ambitious guys that was basically a covers band with our own songs cut in between.

It spiked my creativity and got my voice heard and even had a small following at the time, can’t believe that was almost ten years ago.

How did Stone The Alchemist come about?

It was with a few false starts, I’ll say that, but it kicked in around about 2011 after Jono heard me singing once at a place in Newcastle-under-Lyme called The Rigger, and we did our first gig a few months later.

I rememeber Jard walking in and looking nothing like he does now, but the moment that guy started playing drums I was like “I’ve got to do this.”

Are your parents musical at all?

Yeah, My mum and dad have a real taste for any kind of music really.

In terms of being in a band etc, my mum was in one in the seventies doing backing vocals and my dad has a vinyl collection that must be a mile long, I just know you’ll hear Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner who are nothing short of musical idols to my Mum, whereas my dad has been my gig buddy for years, years ago he took me to see Motorhead and it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to, I’m gonna stop there because I could go on, so in short, yes.

What band was your mother in? And it must have been quite an experience seeing Motorhead in the flesh.

I think she was in a band called Neon Blue, or Neon Light, something like that and yeah, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the warty faced beaut three times, once with Slash. The loss of Lemmy hurt us all.

What bands are you inspired by?

I have way, way too many. Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor will always be my biggest love though, Kyo from Dir en grey in terms of vocal styling.

At the moment I’m digging Sia, Death Spells and Cane Hill, also Korn’s new song kicks ass.

How and where do you get your ideas for songs?

They just sort of grow, sometimes we have an idea and sometimes it’ll be working through trying to get something, I find sometimes some of the best songs come about when we’ve written lyrics first, then we have a general idea for music to fit the mood of the lyrics.

Having been part of the Stoke music scene for a while now, how do you think it has changed since you started out?

The smoking ban has quite possibly been the worst thing for bands, I’ll tell you that, but I think the best bands in Stoke are the ones that endure and last such as Tussk and HeadrusH, and now with Sons of Andal, Sertaline and Alter Eden whose members were all in Blue Origin.

There’s a fantastic scene in Stoke and it’s vast too.

I don’t think I’ve been anywhere else where there’s more than three or four venues in the area where bands can play and Stoke has been awesome in pushing its bands forward.

You’ve recently written some articles for REBEL. Is writing something you would consider doing more of in the future?

I’ll do the odd interview here and there as well as the odd review too, but at the moment, I’ll be focusing on my music and other creative projects.

What are the other creative projects you’re doing?

I’m currently writing an animation called Camden Terrorist Rejects with a very talented artist called Louise Hodkiss, that too should be out this year and we’ll be dropping a tease trailer in the not too distant future so stay tuned!

I’ll look out for that. Can you tell me any more about it?

Yeah, it’s about four teenagers from the north of London who all kick large amounts of ass, it’ll be a series with episodes similar to an anime, but we’ve got Carl Davis on board too to make it a more immersive experience, we’ve also got Twenty Blocks Away doing the films score and his music is incredible, so please check out our page on Facebook and we’ll keep you posted!!!

What’s happening with Stone The Alchemist? Are you all taking a break, or is that it now?

I’m keeping all that hush hush at the mo, but I’ll be focusing more on YOUYESYOU this year and next.

But, Alchemist will have some news fairly soon on what’s ahead.

Tell me more about YOUYESYOU.

YOUYESYOU are a three-piece from Stoke with a stripped back sound consisting of drums, the noisiest fucking bass guitar heard and me on vocals, it’s more personal in lyrics and a more simple and direct approach in terms of songwriting.

Jord Poole and Liam Stride have been in bands also for years and those two guys were also in Skarlett Arcade a few years back.

What are your plans for the band? An EP, an album maybe?

A few local gigs in Stoke, and the EP should be arriving later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

HEADRUSH – The Sugarmill, Hanley, 23/07/2016

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTOS by GARETH HARDING of 4Q Review

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Most cities have a band that are seen as local legends.

In Stoke-on-Trent, this would apply to rock group Headrush.

The Potteries music scene went into mourning when the band announced they were splitting up in 2013, due to vocalist Andy Law’s move to Australia.

Now, three years later, they are back, although for just one night, revisiting the Sugarmill, where they had bowed out on a high with a triumphant set.

Emerging outfits Jesse’s Divide and Infinity provided solid support for the highly expectant crowd, which let out a huge roar that engulfed the room when it was time for Headrush to come on stage.

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After a substantial time away, they would be forgiven if their set hadn’t been up to scratch, but any fears of that happening went the moment the first guitar string was plucked.

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It was as if they had never been away, playing a cracking set full of their classic tracks, with each member of the band getting back into their stride with ease.

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17-year-old Sam Ogden, who would have been a toddler when Headrush first burst onto the scene, did a great job on the drums and it must have been quite an experience for him.

If they were to never play together again (hopefully, this won’t be the case), it would be of some comfort that the group had performed another legendary set to add to the ones that they had played first time round.

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SHERRY COUNSELLORS

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Sherry Counsellors, an indie pop band from Stoke-on-Trent, have been together for almost a decade, and in that time, have gained a reputation for playing a diversely-influenced sound, which has been met with much acclaim from critics and fans everywhere.

The talented five-piece are also known for their strong live sets, which they’ve played at some of the most iconic UK music venues, including Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

It also forms the basis for their recent EP, ‘As Nature Intended’.

The group seem to be on a roll at the moment, with one of the tracks from the new EP currently topping the worldwide indie pop charts, and now they also have the top three songs in the UK indie pop chart.

I spoke to lead vocalist Keith Mellor about what has made them such a good, successful band.

How did the band first get together?

Me and Chris Dunleavy had been writing and performing acoustically for a while and then we decided to go for the full band.

We met Matt Lewis who initially played drums, but soon showed he was a master guitar player.

Chris Reynolds then came in and added the funky bass, kilt and trumpet, and finally Steve Handley was the latest addition, who has really added a rock dimension to the group.

How did the name Sherry Counsellors come about?

It was very difficult to find a name that hadn’t already been taken!

I was having a few beers at an acoustic night and it just came it to me, I called Chris D and he liked it, so we went for it!

It’s just a pity no-one can spell it!

How would you describe your music?

We are usually placed in the ‘Indie-Pop’ bracket, which is fine by us, as we are currently Number 1 in the Indie-Pop chart in the UK and Globally!

We try to keep everything with a Sherry Counsellors vibe to it, but other than that, a good song is a good song!

In regards to songwriting, is it a group effort or does there tend to be a member of the band who writes the majority of the songs?

The songwriting is always a group effort, every member brings something to each song.

I can bring lyrics, Matt could bring a riff, Steve a drum beat and it can be transferred into a song.

Our main creative force is Chris D, who can often bring complete songs, and is the person we look up to.

What are your musical influences?

Each member of the band has different musical influences, ranging from rock, indie, brass bands, ska, and all these melt together to create the Sherry Counsellors sound.

You’re from Stoke-on-Trent. What is your view of the local music scene currently?

The Stoke-on-Trent music scene has always produced fantastic bands and the current scene is no different.

The bands are taking their music out of Stoke-on-Trent and around the country, which is very pleasing to see, and they are getting the recognition they deserve and putting Stoke on the map as a musical hotspot.

When you’re in the studio, how does the recording process go?

Our album was meticulously recorded with layers, choirs, additional instruments and very high production values.

We all help to produce the records but Matt is our technical guru!

We are proud of the record and how it sounds, but for our new EP we wanted to try and capture the live sound, so that’s how we recorded it – LIVE.

I think it really works and we are very happy with the result.

How is it for you playing live?

Playing live is always amazing and we are very lucky to have played some fantastic gigs in our time and are still getting the opportunities to do so.

Watching the crowd react to our new songs and classic tracks is always the best feeling and we try hard to engage the them throughout the show.

Our fans are just the best fans in the world!

What have you got lined up for the near future?

We have a headline festival appearance at Yewstock this Saturday, more festival appearances during the late summer and then onto Manchester and a big local show at the end of the year.

We also have a special single to release later on in the year and are recording a new EP.

Should keep us busy!

What’s the long-term aim of the band?

To keep going as long as the fans want us.

Next year will be our tenth anniversary, something we are extremely proud of.

We are still headlining festivals, packing our venues, topping charts and the fans, both old and new are still enjoying us after all this time.

We are not finished yet, there is a lot more to come!

‘AS NATURE INTENDED’ IS AVAILABLE TO STREAM OR DOWNLOAD FROM THE BAND’S OFFICIAL SOUNDCLOUD PAGE www.soundcloud.com/sherrycounsellors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONELY THE BRAVE – ‘Things Will Matter’ (4/5)

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REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

‘Things Will Matter’ is the second studio album from Cambridge alternative rock/post-hardcore outfit Lonely The Brave.

Since the release of their debut ‘The Day’s War’ two years ago, the band have gone from strength to strength, with a growing legion of followers and a well-received split album with former member of My Chemical Romance Frank Iero.

With this follow-up, some aspects have remained, with angst-filled lyrics and a sound borrowed from an eclectic mix of influences still key components of the group’s musical make-up.

However, they have also taken an opportunity to experiment somewhat.

The tracks seem to have had more care taken over them, there is less emphasis on anthemic choruses and more on producing songs that are lovingly crafted and have a clear narrative that better relates to the listener.

Another plus point of ‘Things Will Matter’ is that while some groups tend to put their best work at the beginning of an album and the second half is all filler material, Lonely The Brave have spread it out, with both halves containing a cluster of solid tracks.

It’s a strong second album that should enhance the band’s growing reputation, and I shall be keenly interested in what they have next up their sleeve.

TOP TRACK: ‘Rattlesnakes’

 

 

 

 

 

RAGE CAVE

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Rage Cave are a metal band from Stoke-on-Trent, comprising of Max Jefferies on vocals and guitar, Justin Miller as the bassist and Zak Eyrolles on drums.

Having only got together towards the end of last year and playing their first gig a few weeks back, where they were given a good reception at local rock venue The Underground, it seems the fledging group, with their diversely-influenced sound, have a bright future.

I recently chatted to them about what lies ahead.

How did the band first get together?

JUSTIN MILLER (BASS): Me and Zak used to hang around jamming at a studio in Stoke called Star Trek, which is run by a mate of my dad’s.

We began looking for a guitar player and one day, Max turned up.

MAX JEFFERIES (VOCALS/GUITAR): We all used to go to the same school.

I knew Justin had been playing music for a few years, didn’t know that
Zak had been playing the drums for ages and we got together that way.

We initially had a singer, but he never showed.

JUSTIN: He turned out to be a bit rubbish anyway.

MAX: So I had a crack on vocals and it stayed that way.

How did the name Rage Cave come about?

JUSTIN: I was in a band before called The Carriers and when we were thinking of band names, Rage Cave came up.

I thought that sounded cool, so I brought the name with me.

MAX: It kind of goes with what we’re trying to do to be fair.

ZAK EYROLLES (DRUMS): We’re upbeat. We don’t really have that many songs at the moment, even though we do have Secular Sabbath.

MAX: A slowish one yeah. I don’t play guitar on that one, I’m just singing.

It’s a slow part of our set.

How would you describe your music?

MAX: You can kind of say it’s rock. From there, I don’t really know.

JUSTIN: It branches off a little, doesn’t it?

There’s some funk influences there.

MAX: Also Jane’s Addiction, Primus, that sort of thing.

ZAK: Sort of like punk rock, isn’t it?

MAX: The bassist from one of the bands we played with, Lovesick for Mina, said we were quite punky.

It’s kind of straightforward, but there’s also a lot going on at the same time.

How did you get the gig at The Underground?

MAX: I got in contact with Dominic Webber, who’s one of the booking people there.

He told us there was a vacant support slot for a gig headlined by Silverchild, and we just basically said “Yeah”.

ZAK: At the moment, Max is basically the manager.

MAX: Yeah, going on social media etc…

ZAK: He’s getting us all the gigs to be fair.

How long have you all been together?

MAX: We only got together around December, January. Since then, we’ve been practising once a week, for about four, five hours.

During the gig at the Underground, Max’s guitar string snapped. That must have dented your confidence a bit, what with it being your first gig.

MAX: Yeah, it was pretty appalling, and it happened just when we were really getting into it.

ZAK: To be fair, I don’t think a lot of people noticed.

MAX: I think it ruined it for me rather than for others, because as Zak just said, nobody really noticed.

For our next gig, we’ll be much better prepared.

We’ll be playing at The Full Moon, a pub in Newcastle-under-Lyme, supporting a band called Chokehold, which Justin’s dad is a member of.

With the recent European Union referendum resulting in the UK deciding to leave the EU, can you see it affecting the British music industry in any way?

MAX: I think it will in terms of British bands touring Europe.

It’ll definitely be more expensive and more difficult.

It will be more of a nightmare for musicians to come here from overseas, what with visas, work permits etc…

Is it an aim for you to tour Europe one day then?

MAX: Yeah, definitely. Europe more than America really, because they seem to have better crowds, especially in places like Norway and Sweden.

Also, the audiences over there seem to be more dedicated.

What bands/artists are you inspired by?

MAX: I like listening to a lot of stuff. At the moment, I’m listening to a lot of Blink-182, Twenty One Pilots and everything.

I’m also into prog a lot, I went to the Techfest warm-up gig recently, and I like instrumental music, so I try to keep some of that feel in my solos, but it’s very difficult with just one guitarist to try and do that kind of stuff, because the harmonious lead doesn’t really work in a one guitar scenario.

JUSTIN: I listen to a bit of everything. Jazz, funk, that’s what I listen to in my spare time, but it’s not the kind of music I play in the band.

I just love music, to be honest.

ZAK: I don’t really have a specific musical taste. I like all music really, put any radio on and I’ll listen to whatever music’s on it.

MAX: We just collate it all into one thing really.

ZAK: It isn’t about musical taste really. We just see what’s the best fit for our songs.

We all had ideas for riffs before the band started, so we brought them in and put them all together into songs.

MAX: Rather than have just one idea at practice and try and put it all together, we like the idea of jarring it all together.

In a few of our songs, there are jarring differences in certain parts.

We kind of like that, because it represents all of us rather than as individuals.

You’re from the Potteries. What’s your view of the local music scene?

MAX: It’s pretty good really. At the moment, there’s a few bands around that are quite good.

Sertraline, the band we’re supporting when we play at The Sugarmill in August, they’ve been on a massive tour of places like Manchester and Birmingham and now they’re returning to Stoke.

There’s a few other local bands, like Psyence, which we saw at the Lymelight festival a few months back, they’re really, really good.

There seems to be a lot of indie bands as well that I don’t listen to myself, but it’s good to see so much music coming out of Stoke at the moment, because it’s not really a place you would normally associate as being known for music.

In terms of songwriting, is it a group effort or is it down to just one or two of you?

MAX: It’s mainly me and Justin.

ZAK: Yeah, they usually come up with a melody and rhythm, and I’ll add a drum beat to it.

MAX: Zak will sometimes chip in, telling us “It’ll sound better like this, it’ll sound better like that.”

But it’s me and Justin who come up with most of the ideas.

It’s not often we’ll write an entire song in one go.

ZAK: It’s usually a three-week progress.

MAX: Three or four practices and then we’ve kind of got a base for a song.

ZAK: In the first week, we’ll bring our ideas, see what works, what doesn’t.

Second week, someone will bring in ideas for lyrics.

Then in the third week, we polish it all up, see how it works.

JUSTIN: I’m all about the breakdowns, me!

MAX: Yeah, you’re good at them! They’re not as in metal breakdowns, where it’s all chuggy.

We do have a song like that, but the rest are all like, you slap a lot in the breakdowns, and I try to keep up what he’s playing, because he’s really, really good with the bass.

JUSTIN: I make some complicated riffs. I sit there and I’m like “how can I make this more complicated?”

Have you got anything lined up for the near future?

MAX: We’d like to something out by the end of this year definitely.

Whether it’s all the songs we’ve written so far or not will be an economical thing, whether we can afford to record them all.

JUSTIN: We’ll try and do as many as we can.

Personally, I’d rather wait until mid next year and then release an eight track EP, rather than do a four track EP out this year.

MAX: Yeah, it’ll probably end up with something like that, and we’ll want to get the best recording we can, because there’s no point half-arsing it.

ZAK: If we do it for mid next year, as Justin said, it’ll give us more time to polish it all up and make everything sound the best it can.

What’s the long-term aim for Rage Cave?

MAX: Personally, I’d like to go on tour around the UK, that’s kind of a minimum really.

That is where I would feel successful, as it were, like I’ve done what I’ve wanted to do, and I can probably see us do that in the next year or so, going round pubs and clubs playing gigs.

I’d be happy with that, but I think everyone’s ultimate goal is to get to Europe,  then maybe America, play academies, then arenas whatever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SILVERCHILD – The Underground, Hanley, 25/06/2016

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTOS by RICHARD ROSS of Thunderbolt Photography

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A mesmerising set was played by Stoke-on-Trent band Silverchild on their homecoming at local venue The Underground.

Back in the Potteries to launch their forthcoming debut EP, the group played music that harked back to a sound reminiscent of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

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It was simple but effective, as within the first minute of going on stage, they pretty much had the audience in the palm of their hand.

Alex Hiley’s vocals were a perfect companion to the guitar riffs and drum beats, she definitely has what is called a proper rock voice.

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The support, all local groups, were just as good, making for a great gig overall.

Circus Junkie Rebels looked and played like a band who have a bright future ahead of them, Lovesick for Mina had a strong set, considering their vocalist Letitia Turner was six months pregnant, and brand new group Rage Cave made a brilliant debut, merely shrugging off what could have been an catastrophic moment for them when one of  vocalist/guitarist Max Jefferies’s guitar strings snapped.

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In an era of autotune, manufactured music and epic production values, it was refreshing to see a talented outfit such as Silverchild play back-to-basics heavy rock and to great effect too.

SILVERCHILD’S DEBUT EP WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR.