A CHAT WITH SASHA & THE SHADES

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by ZAK SLOMAN

Today, emerging London six-piece Sasha & The Shades have unveiled a new track –
entitled ‘Echoes‘ – which is the first in what will be a series of single releases over
the next few months, and represents another step in a musical journey that began
with a reunion at a gig celebrating frontman Sasha Adamczewski‘s 21st birthday.

I had been studying for a degree in fine art, so I hadn’t seen Tom (Julian-Jones,
guitarist) – who I have been mates with since primary school – for a while“, recalls
Sasha, “I knew that he had been in a couple of blues trios, and when I watched him
play, I was so inspired by how far he had come, in regards to both his sound, and how much fun he seemed to be having on stage performing within a group of musicians.”

After meeting again, the two old friends began to regularly rehearse together, and it
would be during one of those occasions that they would decide on their sonic direction.

Tom knew that I had been writing and playing my own material from a young age, so he suggested that we take some of the strongest material from my back catalogue,
and re-arrange it so it was more suitable to perform with a band.”

They took that idea to a friend of Sasha‘s family who worked in the music industry,
who in turn introduced them to producer Sean Read, who would go on to play a vital role in the band’s odyssey.

Joined by two session musicians, the fledgling collective recorded a three-track
demo, which was then sent to indie label Rough Trade Records, who liked it, but
decided not to pursue their interest in them any further after watching the outfit
play live.

After this rejection, Sasha and Tom both realised that in order to push themselves
further, they would have to make a few adjustments.

With a couple of departures and arrivals, what had been a four-piece became the
current sextet, who then worked hard on enhancing a sound that is rooted in blues-rock and Americana, but also embraces a diverse range of musical genres, as well as developing a stage presence that is atmospheric, powerful, and energetic.

Armed with this attributes, the band began to make an impact on the London underground music scene, also receiving acclaim from critics and fans alike for thought-provoking lyrical content containing themes spanning from mental health to Brexit.

This has culminated in the six-piece performing at this year’s Camden Rocks Festival, as well as in Paris, where they will be playing again after a set at the upcoming Left Of The Dial festival in the Netherlands.

However, despite all of this positivity, Sasha says there is still so much left for him
and his bandmates to achieve.

We want to break further into the blues-rock/Americana scene, we also want to
tour the rest of the UK and Europe, and we also want to keep writing new music, and
we hope we manage to do all of that before the world completely turns to shit.”

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‘ECHOES’ – THE LATEST SINGLE FROM SASHA & THE SHADES – IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND FURTHER INFO ON THIS – AND THE BAND – CAN BE FOUND HERE.

 

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SASHA & THE SHADES

Sasha And The Shades band photo

SASHA & THE SHADES (back row, from l-r): Arthur Palmer (keyboards/accordion/vocals), Sam Rutland (bass/vocals), Tom Julian-Jones (lead guitar/harmonica), Paul Winter-Hart (drums) (front row, from l-r): Sasha Adamczewski (vocals/rhythm guitar), Eli Rose (vocals)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

The atmospheric sound of emerging London six-piece Sasha & The Shades may be rooted in blues-rock and Americana, however, the band embrace a diverse range of genres, including punk and folk, and this is effectively reflected in their lyrical content, with themes spanning from mental health to the world of politics.

With an eagerly-anticipated new single – entitled ‘Echoes‘ – coming out this Friday, frontman Sasha Adamczewski spoke to me in-depth about that, the collective’s journey so far, future ambitions, and much more.

How did the band initially form?

I had been studying for a degree in fine art, and when I had finished that, it was close to my 21st birthday, so I decided, rather than throw a party, I would put on a gig, and get as many of my musical mates that were up for playing to perform.

One of them was Tom, who has been a friend of mine since primary school, and at the time, he had been in a couple of blues trios. I saw him play, and I was so inspired by how far he had come with his sound, and how much fun he seemed to be having on stage as part of a band, that pretty much straight after that, we started to hang out and rehearse with each other again.

Having known each other since we were kids, Tom knew that I had been writing, playing, and singing my own material from a young age, so he suggested that we take some of the strongest parts of my back catalogue, and re-arrange it, so it was more fun and suitable to perform with a band.

Going back to the birthday gig, and also there was Johnny Mac, who has been a family friend – and has worked in the music industry – for years, and he was super keen to get me to be more active in regards to my music, so he introduced myself and Tom to a producer, Sean Read, who in turn introduced us to two session musicians, Ali Friend and Daisy Palmer, who unfortunately are no longer in the band.

We all then recorded a three-track demo, which Johnny then sent over to Rough Trade Records, who despite loving the record, decided not to further pursue their interest in us after seeing one of our live sets.

After that, we decided to work on improving our stage performances, as well as producing more new material, and each time we got another opportunity, we grabbed it with both hands.

Now, we are a six-piece, who can best be described as a patchwork of old and new friends, who are all top musicians, and are also some of the kindest people that I have ever met.

How did the name Sasha & The Shades come about?

The Shades are a big part of it. It was very much Tom’s suggestion, and he made references towards a blues band he really liked. However, I think there is a strong metaphor within it as well – for how much the band and frontperson need each other, to make it a more captivating performance.

Actually, the best frontwomen and men are the best because they have the tightest group behind them who create the standard of playing and communication on stage, which allows for all individuals to perform without thinking about what they are doing and come together as a group.

It’s a standard and space that we are constantly trying to get to, as well as a debate that fascinates, as both do well from stepping out of and into each other’s shadows.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

I think it’s really mixed. When we started, as I have said before, it was a question of using of my own back catalogue of songs, and then re-arranging these with the band.

However, it’s now reached a really exciting point where everyone within the group – particularly Eli and Arthur – are contributing to this process, and naturally the band want to be involved in the writing process and share their own ideas from the start.

Generally as a rule, Eli and myself will meet, and I will have written the basis of chords and sections for the song, then we’ll do the lyrics, which, depending on which one of us wants to lead, I might have written more or less lyrics myself.

We’ll then sort out the harmonies and where they fit together, and then once it’s laid out, we’ll start rehearsing in the studio with rest of the lads, and we always want to make sure that it utilises the range of instrumentation there is to offer within the group, and most importantly has enough light, shade, and dynamics.

What inspires the band lyrically?

That’s probably my favourite question, as there are so many ways into writing lyrics and our sound, which currently has the freedom to go in whatever direction it feels, and we try not to limit ourselves in what we are prepared to talk about.

There are the great fantasists and storytellers such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, there is what’s going on inside of you and one’s own mental health, and both ‘Echoes‘ and ‘Paint the Sky‘ are good examples of this.

Obviously, there is the political side of things, and we put out a song in May this year, called ‘Who Are You In Bed With‘, which is about Grenfell Tower and the fire that happened there in 2017, and then there are also relationships and compromises and changes that are required for these to exist or not.

You have just brought out a video for your upcoming single, entitled ‘Echoes’. How has the immediate reaction been to it?

It’s been really good. We have been working with Ben Willmott from New Build PR, who has been really helpful, we’ve also had a couple of bits of press, and most recently, we did an interview with Gigslutz about the band and new single. We also had Chris Patmore give the video and track a share and mention on his podcast for Joyzine Podcast Alliance on Mixcloud.

Before that, the music video for ‘Echoes‘ received Video Of The Week by God Is In the TV, and it was premiered by Americana UK.

And the track is the first in what will be a series of single releases over the next few months. How was the recording process for them?

It was really fun, as the band and myself have been working with Sean Reed for the last couple of years, and we always enjoy his setup and studio. With mixing and mastering, it took about just over two weeks, so it was quite an intense turnaround at the start and some long days in there as well, but it was all worth it in the end.

Most importantly, although the tracks are all quite different, and are about quite a mix of subjects, it felt like we really came out of the studio this time with a much more defined and connected band sound.

Also, what can be expected from the new songs?

An even bigger soundscape, as we really embraced a mix of instruments we now have within the group, with highlights including some really nice harmonica solos from Tom, as well as some accordion playing by Arthur.

Also, there has been a shift in the vocals, as it was really important this time round to show how Eli’s vocals and role has moved on from just a backing vocals capacity, and ‘Echoes‘ is a strong example of this.

However, ‘Girls‘ – which will be the last of our single releases, and that will be out on November 15 – is probably the most obvious incarnation of the band’s more partnership-based vocal style, as it is a hilarious but poignant look at sexual politics, with myself and Eli firing verbal salvos at each other from both sides of the gender divide.

The band have performed at various venues across London, in Paris, and played at the Camden Rocks festival earlier this summer. How were they as experiences?

There were all great experiences, with Paris being a particular highlight of ours, as we played at a really cool venue called Le Truskel for our friend Malina Malgan, who runs a great night called PrettyMalina presents Parisian High over there.

The Camden Rocks festival has been on my list as a thing I’ve wanted to be able to say I’ve done with the band for a while, so it was great to finally be able to do it, and I do like gigging in London, as there is an amazing network of people that we get to meet through gigging within it.

Last summer, we also played a festival in Belgium called La Truite Magique, and we are going back to Rotterdam soon to play at a festival called Left Of The Dial, and actually, we’re hoping to make a mini-tour of it by doing Paris with Malina again the night before we do that.

And how is it being on stage overall?

It’s the one place where life makes sense, and it is also the best high that you can possibly get, as it’s better than any induced effect or feeling that alcohol or drugs can give you, but equally as a result, when it does not work out, it can have a rather severe comedown.

However, I work in a kitchen full-time, alongside doing the music, to be able to pay for it all, and the hours can be quite unforgiving, as it can be 60+ hours a week sometimes, and therefore you’ve got to grab every moment the music hands you, so we just try to have fun with it and keep it real.

Singles and European dates aside, what have you got planned for the near future?

We’ve got friends with connections in Amsterdam, so we are currently putting pressure on the booking agent who is from an agency called Trying Your Luck to find some other bits.

However for next summer, we definitely want to try and get out to Europe a bit more and do some serious touring there, because despite loving the people you meet through the London gigging scene, there is a real generosity and fairness on the European festival scene, which does just not exist in the same way across quite a lot of the UK, particularly in London, where things are so competitive that until you’re someone, you really are no-one.

That said, there are definitely some other cities within the UK that myself and the band would like to spend some more time in and have connections to.

There is some brilliant stuff going on in Manchester, as I know of some really good bands from there through the south London scene, and Eli knows the former bassist for the Arctic Monkeys, who still lives in Sheffield, and runs music nights in the city, so we’re hoping to get something there.

I also would love for the band to be doing far more within the blues-rock/Americana scene, as the line-up for the Black Deer Festival this year looked pretty amazing, and so we would really want to do that next year.

My brother Saul – who is in the Fat White Family – is also good friends with a band I am a huge fan of called Daddy Long Legs, so we’re hoping to maybe do some touring or even gigging with them.

Also, they are slightly of a different genre, but I’m good friends with Gabi Garbutt And The Illuminations, as Sean Reed is that group, and they’re making some great stuff at the moment, so we’re hoping to do some gigs with them soon.

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

In addition to what I have just said, we are currently unsigned, and we don’t really have any form of management, so we’re on the lookout for that, we want to keep writing new music, and we hope that we can make it before the world completely turns to shit.

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‘ECHOES’ – THE LATEST SINGLE FROM SASHA & THE SHADES – WILL BE RELEASED THIS FRIDAY, WITH MORE TRACK RELEASES TO COME OVER THE NEW FEW MONTHS, AND FURTHER INFO ON THIS – AND THE BAND – CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

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LOUZADA – ‘The Z Files’

(Self-released)
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REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

When I interviewed London collective Louzada recently, they told me that ‘The Z Files‘ – their debut EP – would “mark a paradigm shift in the music world“, and would “prove that rock is still very much alive“, which were rather bold statements to make from a band who up until this point had only brought out a couple of singles, but each of the five tracks that comprise this first offering provide justification – in their own way – for the outfit’s pre-release confidence.

A powerful statement of intent is made with opener ‘All Over The World‘, which sees the collective take from one of their key musical influences – in this case, AC/DC – and put a unique spin on it, resulting in a truly engaging mix of semi-melodic vocals, mesmerising guitar riffery, chunky bass lines, and pounding drum beats.

Dreaming Of You‘ continues in this retro vein, albeit with lighter, more positive tones, with poppier choruses and layered vocal deliveries accompanying lyrical content that perfectly captures what it is like to be young and in love.

Third number ‘Drown‘ is pretty much the antithesis of this, a proper anthem in the style of the Foo Fighters, containing aggressive vibes, an overall faster pace, and lyrics which frankly cover life in an abusive relationship, along with the resulting deterioration in mental health that often brings.

What’s Coming Now‘ sees the band continue down the intense, anthemic route, and the track is a bit of a headbanger, what with its high energy, frequent chanting, and vocals that are almost being screamed out.

Closer ‘Demons‘ is a song of two halves, with the first part dealing with an individual’s battle with their personal demons, conveyed through emotive vocals, and accompanied by a slow tempo. However, the second half sees the collective turn this on its head, with everything quickly gathering pace, and building in intensity, until the track reaches an earth-shattering climax done at almost breakneck speed, which effectively represents the individual’s determination to rid themselves of the demons present within them.

Overall, ‘The Z Files‘, with its well-crafted songs and relatable, thought-provoking lyrics, has to be one of the strongest debut EPs I have heard in a long time, and it makes me wonder just how much better Louzada could get in the future.

(4/5)

TOP TRACK:Drown

 

 

 

 

LOUZADA – ‘The Z Files’ TRACK-BY-TRACK

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by ZAK SLOMAN

Louzada will be unveiling debut EP ‘The Z Files‘ this Friday, and with it being highly-anticipated by the London hard rock outfit’s rapidly-growing legion of followers, the band recently took the time to go through the upcoming release with me.

INITIAL IDEA

Our idea for ‘The Z Files‘ was to create something striking, in terms of both how it looked and how it sounded. We enlisted the services of Visual Decay Art & Design to create the wanted poster-style front cover.

The title fitted well, because it portrayed the band as being on the run and showing off our new breed of rock and roll everywhere we go. It sounds clichéd, but we feel this concept, and who we are matched perfectly!

‘ALL OVER THE WORLD’

This song is simply a powerful expression of who we are and what we aspire to do, therefore we deemed it to be the perfect opener for the EP. Lots of our idols started off their albums in the exact same fashion!

We basically wrote this song with one question in mind, “How can we make this song sound as much like AC/DC as possible?” Obviously the subject of this song is something that those guys have been doing for so many years, so we thought it was the perfect formula to follow! Everything about this song screams AC/DC from start to finish.

‘DREAMING OF YOU’

This is definitely our most commercially successful song on the EP. Every band has their sing-along favourite, and this is ours! This one has a summer vibe to it; it’s about meeting a girl and falling in love!

In terms of musicality, we took our hard rock sound and incorporated blues and a pop-style chorus into it, as these are two things that many music fans can instantly identify. We took our inspiration from 80’s glam bands such as Whitesnake and Mötley Crüe in both the instrumentation and vocal styles.

‘DROWN’

This is another song that we intended to relate with our listeners on an emotional level, and another one with a story behind it that many people can relate to. It portrays the situation of an abusive relationship, where one party is being controlled, used, and lied to by the other, and the lyrics depict the feelings and thoughts of the sufferer as the situation progresses.

The title of the song speaks for itself; anybody in an abusive situation feels their sanity and mental health slowly deteriorating. It also depicts the moment that the sufferer says enough is enough and fights back. The melodies and chord progressions here were largely inspired by modern alternative rock bands such as the Foo Fighters and Nickelback.

‘WHAT’S COMING NOW’

This is the most aggressive track on the EP, and it really shows off our influences from bands such as Metallica and Motörhead. This one can be interpreted in several ways, for example, some may interpret it as our response to current issues in the world, and the chaos that ensues as a result.

However, others may interpret it in a more music-oriented way. The chorus starts with the line, “The world isn’t ready for what’s coming now…“. In this way, it refers to our new rock sound, which we want to show off to the world.

‘DEMONS’

This one is the most complex song on the EP. The changes in the groove and tempo in the second half of the song, and the intense playing style of all the instruments make it a suitable closing track.

It talks about mental health, which is something that continues to be a huge issue, especially in the music industry, and the first half portrays an individual battling the demons in his head, feeling like he has nowhere to go, and nobody to turn to, however, the second half of the song portrays the person’s determination to battle his demons and ultimately win his fight.

Bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Helloween, and Alice In Chains were a huge influence on us when writing this song with the slow-to-fast tempo change, the guitar melodies, the vocal styles, and the intense double kick drum towards the end.

In summary, this song is our way of encouraging those who are struggling that they can and will overcome any obstacle, no matter the size.

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‘THE Z FILES’ – THE DEBUT EP FROM LOUZADA – WILL BE RELEASED THIS FRIDAY, AND FURTHER INFO ON THIS – AND THE BAND – CAN BE FOUND HERE & HERE.

 

A CHAT WITH LOUZADA

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by ZAK SLOMAN

This Friday, London collective Louzada will be releasing their debut EP – entitled ‘The Z Files‘ – which will undoubtedly see the band build on their rapidly-growing reputation.

Formed in the autumn of 2017 by vocalist Jason Payne, bassist Ted Phipps, and drummer Izzy Taylor, who were all students at the UK capital’s British And Irish Modern Music Institute (or BIMM for short) campus, the then-trio – whose name originated from Jason‘s home town in his native Portugal – got to work straight away, meeting on a daily basis to rehearse.

However, the wheels would only be put into further motion when the outfit began to collaborate with esteemed producer Stuart Epps – who has worked in the past with such legendary musical names as Led Zeppelin, Oasis, and George Harrison.

We enjoyed the time we spent with Stuart“, the band say, “He really helped us to grow in regards to both our sound, and as musicians.

This experience gave the collective the confidence to further develop a diversely-influenced hard rock sound that takes no prisoners, strikes the right balance of retro and contemporary, and is accompanied by lyrical content inspired by issues that are relatable to listeners everywhere, which is something that they first effectively showcased last year with inaugural track, ‘Dreaming Of You‘.

That song was a real game-changer, because as a result of that, we came to be one of the most streamed London bands on ReverbNation, and we started to get plenty of invitations to play live shows.

From there, Louzada began to really make a mark on the city’s underground live music scene, impressing crowds with mesmerising, high-energy sets, including one at the Camden Rocks Festival earlier this summer, and this is something that the outfit – who recently added rhythm guitarist Johnny Hail to their ranks – are keen to capture with the upcoming release.

The EP will mark a paradigm shift in the music world. It has a very powerful sound with a driving pulse, and it’s going to show the world that rock isn’t dead – it is actually very much alive and well.

It is a bold statement from a band who have so far only brought out a handful of singles, however, having now successfully broken through into a scene where many musicians have gone before, and have failed spectacularly, it has to be justified.

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‘THE Z FILES’ – THE DEBUT EP FROM LOUZADA – WILL BE RELEASED THIS FRIDAY, AND FURTHER INFO ON THIS – AND THE BAND – CAN BE FOUND HERE.

 

LOUZADA

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LOUZADA (from l-r): Jason Payne (vocals/lead guitar), Johnny Hail (rhythm guitar), Izzy Taylor (drums/vocals), Ted Phipps (bass/vocals)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

From LondonLouzada have firmly established themselves on the city’s underground live music scene since forming in late 2017 with a no-holds-barred hard rock sound that truly manages to strike the right balance of retro and contemporary, and now, with a highly-anticipated debut EP – entitled ‘The Z Files‘ – set for release later this week, the band went into detail with me about that, as well as themselves.

How did the band initially form?

The band started in September 2017, with the three original members: Jason, Ted, and Izzy. We were fellow BIMM London students, and we started straight away, rehearsing every day, and recently, we met our new member, Johnny, who is currently filling the role of rhythm guitarist.

How did the name Louzada come about?

We wanted to pay homage to a Portuguese town called Lousada, since our lead singer is from there. We love to perform here, and our first international show was there at a festival known as Grandiosas 18.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

Jason usually writes the main riff, or the first idea for a song, then the band all get together to start the arrangements, adding more instrumentation to the main idea. We could say that our music is very much influenced by our idols, but we add our own messages that we want to get across, as well as our own personality.

In effect, we add a 21st century vibe to our 80’s hard rock sound, the 80’s being the era that has influenced us the most.

What inspires the band lyrically?

We could say that we get inspired by everything that it is real in this world, for example, our current political issues, things we like and do, as well as what isn’t real and can’t be seen so clearly, for example, the search for our purpose in life, more metaphysical and philosophical themes, and our imagination of what surrounds us mentally and physically.

Last year, you brought out your debut single, entitled ‘Dreaming Of You’. How was the immediate response to it?

As a result of that song, we came to be one of the most streamed London bands on ReverbNation, and we started to get plenty of invitations to play shows.

And shortly, the band will be unveiling ‘The Z Files’, their first EP. How was the recording process for that?

We entered the studio with everything very organised and well structured, but from the first day onwards, every song started to change. Our producer got involved both lyrically, and in the songwriting, and we all think it is safe to say that we gained a lot of experience, and developed our music to get a unique sound that anybody will easily identify as a Louzada song.

Also, the new release was produced by Alessio Garavello, who has worked with the likes of A New Tomorrow and Dragonforce. How was working with him as an experience?

Working with Alessio was fantastic since he put his heart and soul into the making of the album, he pushed us towards a very good musical direction, and he always demanded the best version of the musicians we are.

And what can be expected from the EP?

The Z Files‘ will mark a paradigm shift in the music world. It has a very powerful, energetic sound with a driving pulse, and it is going to show the world that rock isn’t dead – it is very much alive and well.

The band performed at the Camden Rocks festival earlier this summer, and have also played at venues across London. How is the overall live experience for you all?

It has been a very pleasant experience for us, and it made it possible for us to grow as musicians, and as human beings.

EP aside, what are your plans for the near future?

We will keep on rolling with the shows- we actually have a very special one at the O2 Academy Islington in December! We’ll keep on engaging with our fans doing all kinds of musical activities during the rest of this year, and next year, we’ll start our first big tour. Also, we have some surprises coming soon for our fans.

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

We want to establish ourselves as a very well respected band in the music industry, we also want to keep expanding our horizons in the art we create, as well as in the distances our music and shows can achieve.

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‘THE Z FILES’ – THE DEBUT EP FROM LOUZADA – WILL BE RELEASED THIS FRIDAY, AND FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

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GLASS PEAKS

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GLASS PEAKS (from l-r): Grant Tugwell (drums), Alf Jefferies (vocals/guitar), Jake Cox (guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTO by ANT ADAMS

Since forming in 2016, Glass Peaks have been consistently honing a diversely-influenced sound that is harmonic, laden with hooks, and an effective showcase for their musical talents, which has resulted in the band amassing a dedicated and rapidly-growing fan base, as well as plaudits from much of the British music press, and having just unveiled ‘Asbestos‘ – their new single – along with an accompanying video filmed at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, the Kent three-piece spoke to me about all of that, their influences, songwriting approach, future plans, and much more.

How did the band initially form?

ALF JEFFERIES (vocals/bass)Grant and Jake used to be in a band together a few years back. I spotted a video they posted online when they initially formed Glass Peaks, loved the sound they were creating, and I pretty much begged to be involved, and here we are three years later!

JAKE COX (guitar): I had worked out in the US for a few months, and on my return, I knew the first thing I wanted to do was to form a fresh new band, and three years later, here we are.

How did the name Glass Peaks come about?

ALFJake, Grant, and an old member of the band were sat in a chicken shop when they were trying to figure out the name. They had already landed on “Peaks” because of Grant‘s love of the show ‘Twin Peaks‘, and Jake wanting some aspect of nature in the bands name.

They were plucking random words out, and seeing what fit, and then realised they were sat opposite a glass shop. Thus, Glass Peaks was born out of chicken and double glazing. 

JAKE: That’s the true story, but we like to tell people it’s because when you’re at the peak of life, love, your career etc, it’s like walking on glass, so tread carefully, as it could fall through at any point.

What are the band’s main musical influences?

ALFFoals, Radiohead, Reverb, and all things a bit sad.

JAKE: I think we’re all heavily influenced by all things 80’s & 90’s.

GRANT TUGWELL (drums)TEARS FOR FEARS!

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

ALF: It varies, to be honest. I write lyrics/lines/poems all of the time without music, so there’s always ideas knocking about – however musically, we usually approach it as a three. One of us may have a riff, a beat, or a melody in mind, and we’ll then build around it.

More recently, I’ve been bringing almost fully-constructed tracks to the guys, and we’ve tweaked them from there, but that’s not always the case!

GRANT: Musically, I go with what sounds right. If it rolls, it rolls, if not, I try and throw a spanner in, and throw it in a completely different direction.

What inspires the band lyrically?

ALF: I usually write lyrics centered around anything I feel particularly strongly about, or something that has left a profound effect on me, but the downside to that is that it’s usually quite sad and bleak.

I suppose the upshot of that is that I’m able to get things off my chest, and I find songwriting to be a form of therapy, really, because if I didn’t have the ability to get whatever I’m feeling out in music, I wouldn’t know how to release it, so it’s a good thing, ultimately. 

You have just unveiled a new single, entitled ‘Asbestos’. How was the recording process for that?

ALF: We recorded ‘Asbestos‘ with our friend Erim, who is based near to our practice space in Jake and Grant‘s home town. It’s always very nice to work on music with a great friend.

GRANT: The process was smooth. The song really nicely came together, as we had an idea of how we wanted it to sound, and when we added the cherries on top, it was only more sweet.

And the band were invited to the iconic Abbey Road Studios to record a live version of the track. How did that come about?

ALF: Our friend Liam was lucky enough to be studying at the Abbey Road Institute, and kindly invited us along to record a session.

That was really special for us, and we used it as an opportunity to invite the incredible Danny Lowman along to capture footage of the session on the day as well, which you can check out on YouTube

Also, recording at Abbey Road must have been quite an experience for you all.

JAKE: It was truly magical. Such an inspiring place.

GRANT:  It really was, as it’s something not a lot of people get to do. I didn’t think I’d ever walk those hallowed halls.

The band have supported the likes of The Amazons and White Lies, and have also performed at such festivals as Camden Rocks and Isle Of Wight. How were they as experiences?

JAKE: Amazing and very messy. I don’t think we’ve ever just played a show and gone straight home, as we like to make the most out of our gigs, and keep the night going until the early hours until Grant has been sick in his hands, or something rank, but yeah, supporting big bands is always fun, and there’s nothing better then playing festivals.

GRANT: Getting to see Depeche Mode live was a dream I was able to experience, so pretty awesome!

And how is it playing live on stage?

JAKE: Energy, energy, energy. We will always give it 100% up on the stage, and I feel we have such a beautiful connection up there.

GRANT: Euphoric. Getting up there with these two doing something I love is something that I wouldn’t pass up for anything.

ALF: I genuinely love nothing more than playing live on stage, as the adrenaline kick I get from it is like nothing else. We’re very energetic and throw everything into our live show, and if I come off stage and haven’t broken into an intense sweat, then I’ve not done my job properly.

We work incredibly hard up there, and we give it absolutely everything we have every single time. 

Now that ‘Asbestos’ has been released, what are your plans?

ALF: We’re writing a lot at the moment, so we plan to continue writing, recording, and pressing on with releasing new music. We put out our first track of the year back in February, and we vowed that we would make this the year to release a lot more music into the world.

We’re definitely sticking to that, so expect to hear a lot of new material from us before 2020 arrives. 

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

ALF: We want to make this our living, you know. We live for this band, and for the music we create together, so we’ll continue to grow our fan base, play lots of shows, release music, and try to push the boundaries of what is possible as independent artists in today’s industry. 

JAKE: To be sponsored by Nando’s.

GRANT: To keep making music that we love, and to create experiences with people who come and see us.

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