OXBLOODS (from l-r): Matty Ashton (bass), Matt Lunn (guitar), Charlie Cothliff (vocals), Alex Binnington (drums), Chris Horrocks (guitar)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Up-and-coming Manchester five-piece Oxbloods may only have recently released their debut single, ‘Clinton’, and have yet to play live, but they already have a determination to unleash an engaging, vibrant blend of alternative rock and pop, with relatable lyrical content, on a modern audience.
The band went into more detail with me about the plans, the reaction that ‘Clinton’ has had up to now, as well as their upcoming first album, ‘Collisions’.
How did the band get together?
CHRIS HORROCKS (guitar): Alex and Matt both studied together in Manchester, and decided to start writing for a new project. After a few days, me and Matty joined in with writing, and we decided to give the whole band thing a shot.
We wrote a few songs, then began a quite tedious search for a single that ended the second we met Charlie, and as the cliched term goes, the rest is history.
From where did the name Oxbloods originate?
MATTY ASHTON (bass): It’s named after Chris’s red Doc Martens. We think?
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
MATT LUNN (guitar): The upcoming EP, ‘Collisions’, was written mostly in each other’s home studios, bouncing ideas back and forth online. Most of us are used to writing songs together as a group, so it was a fun challenge to write things in a more studio-based setting where you could really think about the finished recording.
What inspires the band lyrically?
CHARLIE COTHLIFF (vocals): The past, present, and the future. The calm before the storm, the destruction, and the aftermath of companionships, friendships and relationships.
You recently released a debut single, ‘Clinton’. How has the reaction been to that up to now?
CHARLIE: The reaction has been brilliant so far. We’ve been working on this behind closed doors for what feels like forever, so sharing it with others and getting a positive response feels fantastic.
And that track was taken from the band’s upcoming first EP, ‘Collisions’. How has the recording process been?
ALEX BINNINGTON (drums): Taking songs you’ve produced and recorded yourself to a new person to pick apart and re-record is a really interesting process. Sure, it does take longer than a standard recording cycle, but we’re really happy with the results.
What can be expected of the EP?
CHRIS: Music. Songs to be specific. Seven of them. With gaps in between them. Those are the best parts.
How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?
CHRIS: Not sure, ask us again after we’ve done our first gig (laughs). Nah, in all seriousness, we’ve all gigged tonnes in our previous bands, and we love it. It’s easily my favourite part of music.
What are your plans once ‘Collisions’ has come out?
MATT: We intend to begin writing a few new singles and prepare for EP number two, as soon as possible, really. Depending on how much coffee we drink, it could even be out before the end of this year, who knows?
What is the band’s long-term aim?
CHARLIE: To just continue writing music that we love and having a way to share it with the world is all we aim towards really. If people like it, then that’s even better.
‘COLLISIONS’, THE SELF-RELEASED DEBUT EP FROM OXBLOODS, WILL BE RELEASED ON APRIL 20.
THE BAND’S FIRST SINGLE, ‘CLINTON’, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM AND DOWNLOAD FROM ALL MAJOR MUSIC STREAMING SITES.
FURTHER INFO ON OXBLOODS CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES: