SEPIA

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SEPIA (from l-r): Colleen Becker (bass), Derek Falzoi (drums), Ryan Beckelman (vocals/acoustic guitar), Chris Gray (electric guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Drawing from a wide range of musical influences, from the grunge of Nirvana, progressive rock of Pink Floyd, heavy metal of Metallica, to the psychedelia of The Beatles, Baltimore four-piece Sepia specialise in a distinctive, well-crafted sound that utilises catchy hooks, incorporates the use of both acoustic and electric guitars, and provides a few hints of 90’s nostalgia.

In the last couple of years, the band have gone from strength to strength in their home state of Maryland, amassing a devoted following, as well as bringing out two positively-received albums, including recent offering, ‘Drop Dead, Gorgeous…’.

The quartet spoke to me about the new release’s lengthy recording process, the reaction it has had so far, and much more.

How did the band initially get together?

The short answer is we started in 2006. However, the first incarnation started a little earlier in around 2003 when our singer Ryan was serving in Iraq. Ryan’s friend Brad (who was also serving in Iraq) was sent an old broken down acoustic guitar by his wife, and he and Ryan fixed it up and wrote tunes to pass the time.

When they returned home, Ryan and Brad linked up with another guitar player named Chris, and Sepia was born. The acoustic guitar has always been a staple of our songwriting process, as well as being a cornerstone of our sound. Most of our song ideas start out with an acoustic guitar riff of some sort, whether they end up being acoustic-based or not.

Over time, as our songwriting was evolving, we decided we needed some drums to keep us in time, and that was when Derek came in (sometime around 2006/2007).

Around the same time, Brad left for other ventures, and Sepia was once again a trio, with Ryan splitting time between acoustic, bass and vocals. Then in 2009, we brought in Colleen to take over bass duties from Ryan, and that takes us to the Sepia you hear today.

It was around that time that we started to experiment with some of our other alternative/electric rock influences and really started concentrating on the songwriting process. By then, we had a stockpile of originals, so we took the show on the road and two albums later…here we are!

How did you all decide upon the name Sepia?

Really good question! It kind of became a torch that got carried on without 100% knowing where that torch came from. The best answer, according to Ryan, was that the early acoustical songs elicited feelings perceived as sepia tones when writing and performing those songs. Thus, the band became Sepia!

What is the band’s songwriting approach?

For us, it usually starts out as a simple guitar riff, chord progression, or a lyric. Ryan writes the lyrics, but prefers to leave themes up to the interpretation of the listener most times, however, there are definitely common threads on this album.

Lyrically, there are a lot of analogies presented that draw connections between intangibles with objects in everyday life.

With everything being online these days, it’s really easy to spitball ideas back and forth until something sticks. Typically, Chris and Ryan will go back and forth and elaborate on the original idea and then build a few verses around it. Derek has a knack for arranging, so he will then jump in and get everything where it needs to be. Colleen will then come in at the end and work out the rhythm section with Derek to tie it all together.

Though we do write a lot of songs, we try to do something different in each song to make it interesting and unique…especially in the bridge.

For ‘Drop Dead, Gorgeous…’ (the band’s recent album), since we recorded it entirely on our own, we had the luxury of being able to play around with different ideas and sounds that we normally wouldn’t have had time to if we were on the clock in someone else’s studio. We had fun experimenting with synths, strings, keyboards, and of course, more cowbell!

In 2013, you released your debut album, ‘…Break My Heart’, which received much praise. Was that something you all had expecting whilst recording it?

‘…Break My Heart’ was an effort to categorise our eclectic rock, power pop, and acoustic-based variety of tunes that we had been playing for a few years when we did a lot more performing. It was more of taking songs that people already recognised and getting those recorded, with the exception of a few newer songs.

This record was mixed and mastered at Orion Sound Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, and works through the complications of life, with many different literary themes as sub-genres.

Recently, the band brought out the follow-up to that, ‘Drop Dead, Gorgeous…’. How was the recording process for that?

With the exception of the drums, this album was recorded entirely in our home studio. While it was a huge learning curve for us (and most likely why it took us almost four years to complete – ha!), it really gave us the time to think about the songs as a whole, as we were able to layer parts and add various textures.

Often, we would lay something down and sit on it for a week or two…and then come back and entirely redo it. While the whole process ended up being a lot of fun, it definitely took us down some rabbit holes.

As far as engineering goes, we are fortunate to live in Baltimore with so many talented, like-minded musicians. We linked up with a great local engineer and musician called Ryan Matchett, and he helped to engineer the record and also helped us with the drums, with another friend and musician, Alex Lakis (Killer Penguin Productions), taking care of mastering the record.

They both were able to guide us through the recording process and pick us up and dust everything off when we took a wrong turn. It was an amazing collaborative effort and we learned a lot in the process, almost four years in the making!

I hope you don’t mind me asking, but why did it take you all four years to put it together?

Of course. As much as each of us would like to write and perform full-time, life and families come first. After our first record, we continued to play for a year and a half or so, and then wanted to try to record on our own for the second record. This would allow us the flexibility to take as much time that we needed in order to get the songs as good and tight as we could.

We had a few setbacks, like drums not being up to par. As a fellow friend quipped, “The drums are the devil.” Between life and setbacks, it just happened to take longer than we expected. However, now that we have learned a lot from the process, future efforts should be much quicker!

How has the reaction been to the new album so far?

We have had a lot of good feedback, with some saying that it brings back 90’s nostalgia. Being reminded of the 90’s is something we hear a lot about, in regards to our sound, and is something that we have learned to embrace.

The ’90s were pivotal for us growing up, and the music of that time has always had a strong hold on us, obviously, bands like Nirvana, Weezer, and Faith No More…but with some other bands (new and old) thrown in for good measure (i.e. Husker Du, Alkaline Trio, Dashboard Confessional).

These days, 90’s alternative could be considered “classic rock“, so those bands seem to be making a comeback in places like Internet Radio and XM. We are hoping to lure in those listeners who enjoy the nostalgia of that era as much as we do.

We have been finding success on college radio, a few indie blogs (which can sometimes be aversive to our 90’s sound), as well as some really cool rock publications.

We’ve been on some internet radio broadcasts, and we’ve also be focusing on one of our favorite local performance spots, Frederick, Maryland, featuring in some of the publications there.

The band regularly host headlining events in their home state of Maryland. How is the experience, for you all, of playing live?

When we started playing, we were happy with whichever venue would have us. After a few years playing in Baltimore, we ambitiously wanted to play better venues when we’re normally reserved for cover bands, the music people from this area typically want to hear.

In order to do that, we started hosting events with other bands at a couple of notable venues willing to take a chance on us, and that allowed us to really grow our base and play more frequently.

We love performing, there’s nothing in the world like it, and we’ve played some pretty cool places like Rams Head Live in Baltimore and HMAC in Harrisburg, also some pretty cool local festivals.

It’s great to hear new tunes getting to breathe, and it’s also interesting which songs fans tend to gravitate to. One of our internal success stories of the new album is our oldest song ‘Delaware’, which we think is the only song still in rotation from those earlier Sepia days. We had the opportunity to reinvent it, which started as an acoustic song, and it soon became one that people unanimously seem to like.

And finally, now that ‘Drop Dead, Gorgeous…’ has come out, what are your plans?

Before and after the release of ‘…Break my heart”, we played a lot of shows, and sold CDs and merchandise. For the promotion of the new album, we are only performing select dates over the summer, with a digital release, which is a big difference in approach.

We are employing a truly DIY effort to marketing, reaching out to publications with the goal of getting as much exposure as possible, similar to when we started playing shows. That expansion has taken up a lot of our time with doing podcasts, interviews, etc, and hopefully, will continue to do so!

Also, we’ve already been working on new tunes for our third release, which we are hoping to release later this year. We have drums tracked for four new songs, and we’re just starting to do the vocals and guitars for it.

Our band are most happy when we are making new music and are allowed to be creative with recording and post-production.

Sepia Album Cover

‘DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS’, THE SOPHOMORE ALBUM FROM SEPIA, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE MUSIC, AMAZON MUSIC, BANDCAMP, SOUNDCLOUD, AND THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.sepiaband.com

FURTHER INFO ON SEPIA CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/SepiaBand

TWITTER: twitter.com/sepiaband

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/SepiaBand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ROSEN RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND DETAIL UPCOMING DEBUT EP PLANS

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Highly-rated crossover crew Rosen continue their emergence with the release of their self-titled new EP, which arrives on Friday 27th July. Before then, the London-based quintet have dropped a new track, ‘Reverie’.

Since arriving on the scene last year, Rosen have wooed fans and industry tastemakers alike for their politically triggered hip-hop/nu metal amalgamation that takes influence from Korn and Hacktivist, spanning through to Rage Against The Machine and Limp Bizkit.

The band are comprised of a culturally diverse group with members originating from all corners of the globe, and this wider world view has only served to shape and sharpen the five-piece’s outlook.

With a strong social consciousness, and song topics ranging from social media and egotism, through to censorship and general apathy, the outfit have a loud and forceful voice.

Their debut single, ‘High Tech Low Life’, created solid awareness for the fiery quintet, and when they delivered their sophomore single and video, ‘Riot’, earlier this year, the track furthered the crossover crew’s reach even more, as it picked up acclaim from the likes of Moshville, Vents magazine, Alt Corner, Broken Arrow magazine, and radio airplay on Total Rock.

Rosen now kick on again with the release of their self-titled debut EP, which lands on 27th July, and be sure to catch the band live as they hit the road this summer.

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ROSEN’S UPCOMING SELF-TITLED DEBUT EP WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 27.

YOU CAN STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE ROSEN’S MUSIC FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, AMAZON MUSIC, BANDCAMP, SOUNDCLOUD, AND THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE rosenofficial.com

FURTHER INFO ON ROSEN CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/RosenOfficialUK

TWITTER: twitter.com/rosenofficial

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/rosen.official

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

HIGHLY-RATED LONDON QUINTET GHOULS UNVEIL NEW SINGLE AND ANNOUNCE FURTHER UK TOUR DATES

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British quintet Ghouls are an outfit that continue to grow with every release.

Following on from a succession of critically acclaimed EPs and albums that have garnered praise from leading industry tastemakers including Kerrang!, Rock Sound,
Punktastic, and Kerrang! TV, the highly-rated punk rockers now push forward again with the release of their new single, ‘Internet Famous’, which is now available via all streaming outlets, through The Animal Farm. The Londoners have also unveiled a video for the track.

Ghouls began to make their mark in 2013 with their debut album, ‘Ten Thousand Words On’. The quintet performed a sell-out show at The Monarch in Camden, wooing a glut of fans, including Frank Turner.

Since then, the five-piece have gone from strength to strength, regularly touring throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Australia, as well as playing a host of leading UK and international festivals including 2000Trees, Boardmasters, Hit The Deck, NASS, Jera On Air (Netherlands), Mighty Sounds (Czech Republic), The Fest (USA), Takedown, Turbulence Festival, En Nord Beat (France), and Tramlines, as well as supporting the likes of Less Than Jake, Slaves, The Skints, The Ataris, Sonic Boom Six, Random Hand, OPM, ROAM, and more.

With a diverse range of musical backgrounds, Ghouls have earned a reputation for being extremely tough to categorise, as they do not conform to any particular genre, with their main objective being to create original, inspiring music that will draw in the listener.

The band also possess an impressive DIY ethos and have, to date, achieved everything due to sheer hard work and gritty determination.

Frontman Benedict Goold remarks: “Our best attribute as a band and as people is that we’ve never waited for things to happen – it’s always been about making things happen. We wanted to put out an album, so instead of waiting for a label and funding, we did a Kickstarter campaign, and self-released our first album. We wanted to tour the USA, so instead of waiting for an agent, we DIY’d a tour and made it happen.

Ghouls’s new single is being backed by a UK tour, and later this year, they will crossing the Atlantic to undertake another run of shows in the US.

Ghouls Single Cover

‘INTERNET FAMOUS’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM GHOULS, RELEASED THROUGH THE ANIMAL FARM, IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS.

THE BAND ARE CURRENTLY ON A UK TOUR PROMOTING THE RECENT TRACK. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

Ghouls tour poster

MORE INFO ON GHOULS CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/ghoulsuk

TWITTER: twitter.com/ghoulsuk

INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/ghoulsuk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/ghoulsuk

 

EMERGING SCOTTISH PUNKS DEAD BY MONDAY UNVEIL NEW TRACK AND REVEAL DEBUT EP PLANS

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Scottish punk rockers Dead By Monday aim to stake their claim with the release of their debut EP, ‘Almost Punk’, out on Friday 27th July. The four-piece, from Glasgow, have also just released a lyric video for the explosive track, ‘Dead Souls’.

Dead By Monday have been burrowing away since 2016, crafting and honing their potent sound. Originally setting out to write politically-charged punk rock songs, the quartet soon evolved and began to create something heavier and acutely self-aware.

With Murray “Muzza” Taylor (vocals), Ciaran Whyte (drums), Declan “Sweet D” Buist (bass) and Paddy Chapman (guitar), the band have pooled from a slew of musical influences, sweeping from Rage Against The Machine and The Dillinger Escape Plan, through to NOFX and Gallows.

After months of perfecting their set, Dead By Monday started to lay siege on their homeland and beyond.

A plethora of fiery live shows soon followed, including supports with The Living End, Daggermouth, Annewrage and WRCKG, which has happily helped them scoop up widespread praise for their energetic and scintillating live performances, all in anticipation of laying down plans for their debut EP.

Presenting four edgy and formidable punk-fuelled tracks, ‘Almost Punk’ is direct and catchy, yet intense enough to burrow deep paths into the cranium. From the anthemic guile of ‘The First’, to the ballsy energetic beatings of their new single, ‘Dead Souls’, the four-piece have produced a record that is an ideal showcase for their fiercely energetic sound.

The collective’s guitarist, Paddy Chapman, comments about the EP: “‘Almost Punk’ is a multi-faceted release, drawing inspiration from hardcore breakdowns, classic rock licks, progressive drums and the political rage of the punk bands of old. It’s a sharp and aggressive EP, that we hope, will leave you nodding your head for days!

Dead By Monday EP Cover

‘ALMOST PUNK’, THE DEBUT EP FROM DEAD BY MONDAY, WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 27.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/DeadbyMonday

TWITTER: twitter.com/deadbymondayuk

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/deadbymonday_uk

BANDCAMP: deadbymonday.bandcamp.com

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

TAILBLOCK

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Emerging Kent three-piece Tailblock are an outfit all set to make 2018 their breakthrough year, what with an eagerly-awaited follow-up to their well-received 2016 debut offering, as well as a busy schedule of live shows planned.

When we spoke recently, the band revealed further details of the upcoming release, including the recording process, and what their growing fan base can expect from it, as well as telling me a little more about themselves, their journey so far, and future ambitions.

How did the band get together?

We’ve all known each other for over a decade from playing in other bands. We always wanted to do something together, and the timing was right. Gary had some ideas for songs he wanted to do right from the start, so it all fell into place pretty smoothly.

From where did the name Tailblock originate?

Tailblock is a skateboard trick, and also part of an acoustic guitar. We didn’t necessarily want a name related to skateboarding, but it’s obscure enough that only other skateboarders will get it. We also didn’t want a name that instantly makes you think of a genre of music.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

Really straightforward. Gary will come up with the foundation of the song on guitar, and then he will bring it to me and Martyn in the rehearsal room. Then, we’ll flesh it out and piece it together as a band. Three-piece bands are the best.

What inspires the band lyrically?

I know Gary tends to write a lot about general life experiences and interactions with people, they’re often quite emotive. I like the idea of people reading lyrics and taking what they need from them, we’ve all got our favourite lines from our songs for different reasons.

At the end of 2016, you brought out your debut EP, ‘Burn Your Bridges’. Did any of you expect the overwhelmingly positive response that it got?

Our main goal was to please ourselves, but obviously, we wanted people to like it as much as we did. At the time, I think we were just stoked to be making music together. It’s awesome that people are singing along to those tracks at shows, and asking if certain tracks are on the set list.

The band have just completed work on their upcoming follow-up, ‘Think Or Be’, coming out this July. How was the recording process?

It was great, working with Ian Sadler is always a pleasure. We recorded ‘Burn Your Bridges’ with him also. He’s got this knack for getting the best performances out of you…and he’s a real sweetie.

And how will it be different to the debut release?

I’d say it’s more upbeat, a little less melancholy, but still represents our sound. We went a bit heavier on a couple of tracks, which was nice.

How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?

We love playing live. We have a lot of fun, and love it when people get involved. We’ve made a lot of friends with other bands we’d never have met if not for forming Tailblock, some of which even come out to support, even if they’re not on the bill.

You have some UK and European dates in the pipeline. Can you give me any further info on them at all?

We’re heading around deepest, darkest Kent and beyond, as always, and occasionally dipping our toe into London’s waters. We’re heading to Poco Loco in Chatham on June 30, which is always a blast, and we’re currently trying to work some European dates into our busy schedule.

And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?

As many shows as possible, but the main goal next is to make an album. We’ve started writing new songs already with that in mind, so we’re excited for the future.

Tailblock EP Cover

‘THINK OR BE’, THE SOPHOMORE EP FROM TAILBLOCK, WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 13.

FURTHER INFO ON THIS, AND THE BAND, CAN BE FOUND HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

BREAK OUT DAY

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BREAK OUT DAY (from l-r): Jason Weisbein (lead guitar/backing vocals), Brandon Wimberly (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Perry Dornbush (drums), Andrew Weisbein (bass/backing vocals)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

With a sound that they describe as a “fairly cohesive blend of late 90’s/early 00’s pop-punk, along with modern alternative rock“, influenced by such outfits as Blink-182, All Time Low, and Fall Out Boy, New York four-piece Break Out Day are currently taking their home state’s underground music scene by storm.

However, the band are not going to stop there, as they have high ambitions, including taking themselves across the US, and add to an already growing fan base.

At the end of March, the quartet brought out their second EP, ‘Echoes Of The Past’, and they recently spoke to me about its recording process, reaction, as well as their current tour promoting the release, which will culminate in a show in Manhattan later this month.

How did the band form?

Andrew and Jason started the band while in high school and performed at a few school functions with a friend of theirs on drums. Shortly after graduating in 2011, we released a demo EP, entitled ‘Loud Words From Quiet Kids’.

After a string of summer shows in 2012, we were looking for a new drummer, and recruited Perry in the spring of 2013. Before we went into the studio that July, we added a fourth member to be the lead singer and play rhythm guitar.

After we released our first EP in September 2013, entitled ‘The Nights That Made It’, we found ourselves looking for a new singer/guitarist. Perry recruited his friend Brandon, whom he met at Syracuse University, to join as the new member, and he officially joined in November 2016.

The formation of the band wasn’t the easiest or simplest process for us, but we’re happy with the results.

From where did the name Break Out Day originate?

Jason took the term “Break Out” from the All Time Low song ‘Break Out! Break Out!’, and Andrew decided to add the word “Day” after.

What is the band’s songwriting approach?

Each song has been written differently. Sometimes, the music comes before the lyrics, sometimes, the lyrics come before the music, and sometimes, it’s a combination of both. We’ve never been shy about voicing our opinions, so when a new song is finally complete, it truly is a by-product of all of our meticulous efforts.

What inspires the band lyrically?

With the first EP, which came out back in 2013, the lyrics focused primarily on experiences we had while we were in high school and our early college years. Now, five years later, we’re now writing about a lot of post-grad themes: anxiety, depression, and a more introspective analysis of our personal relationships.

At the end of March, you brought out your second EP, ‘Echoes Of The Past’. How was the recording process for that?

All of the tracking for the EP was done courtesy of Shane Stanton, a mutual friend of ours, at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey.

We recorded ‘The Party’s Over’, the one single off the EP, back in April last year, after giving Brandon a chance to add his own flavour to it. That song was released last July, while we were still in the midst of writing and arranging both ‘Deleted Imagery’ and ‘One More Night’.

We went back into the studio in the fall to record those two tracks, along with an acoustic rendition of ‘Too Bad You’re Lying’, the opening track from our debut EP.

Being in the studio as a unit gave us all a unique opportunity to be put under the microscope. As uncomfortable as that can be at times, it’s incredibly beneficial in terms of measuring our growth as musicians, and as people.

And how has the reaction been to the new EP so far?

In the month following the release of the new EP, we’ve received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from family, friends, and fans alike.

It’s always refreshing to wake up to a praiseworthy social media notification or an e-mail from Bandcamp, saying somebody has actually bought your music. It’s an indescribable feeling.

We put a lot of time and work into writing and recording the EP, and hearing such passionate/positive feedback makes it all worth it.

We still have a little less than a month until our official EP release show in Manhattan, with a few other bands made up of our contemporaries from Long Island and New Jersey, so until then, we’ll keep our momentum, moving forward until it’s time for the next phase.

It’s also been cool to hear that each new song has been called a favourite by many people. We’re excited by that, because these new songs are different from one another, as well as showcasing different elements of the band, and it’s nice to hear that they’re all resonating with fans.

The band are currently touring their home state of New York. How is the experience, for you all, of playing live?

We love playing live, and we’re excited to be playing our new songs. Every show is different, so we rehearse a lot and make sure we’re the best we can be, and we always have a great time playing on stage.

After the tour has been completed, what are your plans?

We’ll regroup, and most likely start working on new song ideas, while simultaneously planning a summer full of shows.

And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?

All of us want this to be a career, so we’re going to be focused on writing new music and building a following. We’d love to to hit the road at some point in the near future, and put ourselves in a position to grow, because nobody wants to be playing to the floorboards.

Break Out Day EP Cover

‘ECHOES OF THE PAST’, THE SECOND EP FROM BREAK OUT DAY, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, AMAZON MUSIC, BANDCAMP, AND THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.breakoutday.com

THE BAND ARE ALSO CURRENTLY TOURING THEIR HOME STATE OF NEW YORK. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

Break Out Day tour poster

MORE INFO ON BREAK OUT DAY CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/breakoutday

TWITTER: twitter.com/breakoutday

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/breakoutday

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

MALLORY KNOX – PART 2

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

In the second part of my interview with top alternative rock quartet Mallory Knox, their guitarists, Joe Savins and James Gillett, spoke to me about the band’s current UK tour, their journey and achievements over the last nine years, and the advice they would give to emerging outfits.

You said that ‘Black Holes’ was a taster of what was to come on the band’s fourth album. Have you set a date for its release yet?

JOE SAVINS (lead guitar/backing vocals): No, we’re not even close, really. I mean we’ve only recently sorted out a new record deal, but the plan is to just keep on writing and capitalise on those moments, like we don’t think we’re going to go into a studio and record an entire album over a four-week period, I think we just want to keep writing, then recording, then write some more, then record some more, catch those moments of inspiration across the year, instead of recording it all in one go, then maybe writing something better, and then regretting that we didn’t put it on the album, or maybe realising that we want to change direction halfway through recording, we just want to give ourselves the best chance with this line-up change, and be as free and creative as possible, so to answer your question, no, there isn’t an album release date yet.

(Joe and James laugh)

You’re currently on a UK tour. How has that been going so far?

JOE: It’s been great. It’s just one of them, where everything feels like a massive judgement at the moment, rather like when we brought ‘Black Holes’ out, it’s the first time that we have done headline shows, and thought, “People may not like this“, because obviously, we’re playing old songs, but with Sam singing, and even though he wrote those songs, and in a way, he’s taken them back, you never know if people are going to accept it or not, you know.

It’s almost like it throws up a whole new problem, because people are so attached to them, and we’re essentially putting a fresh take on them, but everyone’s been really great, they’ve literally been shouting out words of support for Sam, saying, like, “You’re doing this better than Mikey!“, and I think, “Lovely stuff“, but you know, it’s one of those things where we have had a total show of support, they’re not there just to listen to the music, they’re there to back us, and I’m really feeling that this tour.

The band have been around for nine years now. When you formed, did you ever expect to achieve what you have?

JAMES GILLETT (rhythm guitar/backing vocals): Well, this was a thing for us. At the beginning, it was just a mess around, we were putting our own money into the band, recording an EP and stuff, and it sort of snowballed from there.

Like Joe said earlier, it came about very quickly, and we sort of got carried away. We were always really grateful and keen, but it was always like something new was coming in, and we were all so chuffed about it, to just be going in the direction we were heading in, because it was always a dream of ours to play music and make a living out of it, because early on, you’re working two jobs, the band is just a bit of fun, but it got to the stage where you had to quit your jobs, and devote yourself full-time, but unless it started to pick up quickly, it was going to end, and you would’ve had to have got a proper job again, so yeah, we didn’t think we ever expected it, we’ve always been kind of pessimistic about those sort of things, and early on, the fans were hanging on to us, we weren’t getting any support tours, because no-one would want to take us out, and that was so frustrating, because we just wanted to be out there touring, and we knew from what people who just heard us on the underground scene where saying, there was a bit of hype about us, which felt good.

I think one of the biggest support tours we did early on was with Don Broco, because when they took us out, that was such a great tour, and I still remember to this day, when we played Manchester, starting our set, and the crowd just going mental for us.

It was insane, because we were only playing in a small venue, and it was something we just weren’t expecting.

For us, everything we do is an achievement.

JOE: Yeah, it was just one of those weird things, like what James just said about the support tours, at the start, we just played around Cambridge and the surrounding area, and we were struggling to get out of that bubble, because I don’t think we were considered to be a cool band by other bands and people in the music industry at the time.

A prime example of a cool band are The 1975, I mean I love that band, but almost immediately, it seemed like everyone wanted to be associated with them, whereas at the beginning, we never had that.

Any achievement that we have made has come as a complete surprise for us, I mean we were pessimistic, we didn’t really fancy our chances. We didn’t have much backing then, and it was our fans who took it and ran with it, really.

It was them that made us, the fact that our fan base spread through word-of-mouth, not through any favours from the music industry.

What advice would you give to any emerging bands/artists out there?

JOE: It’s hard, because there’s so much stuff that we look back on, that now, we would have done so much differently, for example, we wouldn’t have written a certain song in the way we did, we would have changed certain aspects of our sound, but at the end of the day, if we hadn’t done things in a certain way, we would never have learnt from them.

What I would say is just consider everything you do, and don’t be flippant with anything, because it’s going to be there forever, you know what I mean?

If you write a song that you’re not 100% sure of, it will always be there, so just really consider everything you do, what you look like, everything you say, because it won’t disappear.

JAMES: Every part of it is so important these days, the look, the online presence, especially, the photos you put up on social media, the way you portray yourself, and it’s a shame to a certain extent, because it should be about the music, but at the end of the day, you can’t fight it, because that’s how it is now.

Some bands are big because they’re cool, and people want to look like them, even though their music might be shite, but because there’s all this hype around them, they’re seen as cool, and it can be a fashion thing sometimes, that could be why they’re so big, but you should still put your all into the music, because at the end of the day, that is still the most important thing, but like I said earlier, every part of it is so important now, you can’t just go and play your music wearing trackies, even though you may think it looks cool.

If you’ve got a passion for it, then you should take every aspect of it seriously.

Mallory Knox Single Cover

‘BLACK HOLES’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM MALLORY KNOX, RELEASED THROUGH WOLF AT YOUR DOOR RECORDS/SILVA SCREEN RECORDS, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, AMAZON MUSIC, DEEZER, SOUNDCLOUD, AND THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.malloryknox.com

MALLORY KNOX ARE ALSO CURRENTLY ON A UK TOUR. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

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THE BAND WILL ALSO BE PLAYING SOME UK FESTIVALS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. FOR FURTHER INFO, CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/malloryknoxuk

TWITTER: twitter.com/MalloryKnoxband

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/malloryknoxband

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com