DEAD REYNOLDS (from l-r): Ben Knowles (bass/vocals), Luke Green (drums), Callum Waterfield (vocals), Luke Reid (guitar), Dom Greenwood (guitar/vocals)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
PHOTO by IAN WARD
Recently, five-piece Dead Reynolds formed, comprised of former members of such bands as Phoenix Calling and The First, and brought out a debut single, entitled ‘Dust’, which showcased an alternative rock sound that is heartfelt and striking.
With a UK tour, EP, and album all to come in the next 12 months, the fledgling outfit spoke to me about all of that, as well as a little more about themselves.
How exactly did the band get together?
All of the lads have been in bands based around the Peterborough/Cambridge music scene, such as Phoenix Calling, The First, Damaged, and Jessie’s Ghost, and so have known each other for a while. Dom from PC was keen to get a new venture going with passionate people, and so far, it’s just worked a treat!
How did the name Dead Reynolds come about?
It’s a tip of the cap to Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds, as we are big fans of both, and Pool Ryan wouldn’t have sounded so good!
What are the band’s main musical influences?
So many. Current bands like Architects, Bring Me The Horizon, Fatherson, Boston Manor, Alter Bridge, but some that go back a bit like the Manic Street Preachers and Feeder, and some that go back a bit further like Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, and Van Halen. We just love rock bands!
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
We have to have a hook. There needs to be a melody to get us interested. Once we have that, then we can generally build out the initial idea into a structure. Words always come later.
The band have just brought out a debut single, entitled ‘Dust’. How was the recording process for that?
Dom wrote the song, took it to the new band, and everyone liked it. Whilst it was written on an acoustic guitar, and it’s now a full band song, it hasn’t changed really.
It was demoed in the studio and then recorded at The Den over three days, mixed by Will Coper and mastered by Ben Cotton. The process was easy, and those guys were so easy to work with!
And what can those who have yet to hear the track expect from it?
Big guitars and chorus with a great hook that we hope will still be buzzing around your head weeks from now!
Later this month, the band are going on an introductory UK tour with Tom Lumley. What can be expected from your live shows?
Who knows? Anything can happen. Tom is great, we really love what he is doing, and we are super excited to be sharing a stage with him. Big songs, loads of noise, and people with smiles on their faces and dancing shoes on their feet!
Tour aside, what are the band’s plans for the near future?
So, our debut EP will be out next March followed by our first album next autumn, and we are looking at doing another tour next spring.
We are also really keen to give something back, so we’re currently looking at doing some nights in our local homeless shelter, as well as playing some street gigs, so that should be interesting!
And finally, what is your long-term aim?
More of the above, and more shows. To make in-roads into the local and national music scene, to talk to anyone that will listen, and to play as much as we can. Also, to make Dead Reynolds a household name!
‘DUST’, THE DEBUT SINGLE FROM DEAD REYNOLDS, IS AVAILABLE NOW.
THE BAND WILL ALSO BE EMBARKING ON A UK TOUR WITH TOM LUMLEY LATER THIS MONTH, FURTHER DETAILS OF WHICH CAN BE FOUND BELOW: