PRIMES (from l-r): Reece Ryan (drums/vocals), Ollie Kitchen (vocals/bass), Sarah Monteith-Skelton (guitar/vocals)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Influenced by the likes of Feeder, Catfish And The Bottlemen, and the Foo Fighters, fledgling Scottish three-piece Primes effectively combine gritty rock grooves, harmonies, and captivating tunes in order to bring to the table an anthemic alternative rock sound.
With this, as well as a formidable live presence, the band are making their mark on Scotland‘s music scene, and having recently unveiled a new single, ‘Dreamer And I‘, we had to chat with the trio, and the following is what they had to say to me:
How did the band first get together?
Sarah and Reece had already started jamming together, and Sarah and Ollie already knew each other from their local scene. On a night out, Sarah asked Ollie if he would like to jam with us, and after the first jam together, we knew it worked.
How did the name Primes come about?
We liked the definition of the word “prime“: the state or time of greatest vigour or success in a person’s life, and we felt it was an apt name for the band with regards to what we are trying to achieve musically.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
We find it important that everyone has an equal input. We usually start off with a guitar riff, bassline, or drum groove etc, and then build around the song around it.
After the music is nailed down, Ollie will go away and write some lyrics, and after that, we then arrange the song and practice it until we find the best arrangement.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Feelings, emotions, and life in general.
So far, you have brought out six singles, including most recently ‘Dreamer And I’, all to positive reviews. How has the response to the tracks been for you all personally?
We all are so proud of what the band has already achieved. It’s amazing to have such positive feedback. It really makes all of our hard work and effort feel like we are gradually actually achieving what we are trying to.
The band have performed at venues and festivals across Scotland, and have supported the likes of Red Rum Club and Ghostwriter. How were they as experiences?
Every new experience can only benefit us. The more experiences, the better, really. We have been fortunate enough to have already played at great venues, festivals, and alongside some incredible bands, and we thrive for experiences like these for us to develop as a band, network, and to make friends in the industry.
And how is it overall playing live?
We love playing live. That’s the reason we are in a band. There’s no better feeling than a high-energy gig.
What are your plans for the near future?
We have another new release at the beginning of next year, and we also want to play live as much as possible.
And lastly, what is the band’s long-term aim?
The sky is the limit.
‘DREAMER AND I’ – THE LATEST SINGLE FROM PRIMES – IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES: