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Awake At Last – Life/Death/Rebirth

Thursday 3rd August 2017

Track Listing:

1. Purgatorium
2. Analysis Paralysis
3. Dark Waltz
4. White Rabbit
5. Constellations
6. Reflections

Awake At Last are a band that I always get excited about.  They first contacted me in 2015 following the release of their King of the World EP and I really enjoyed their sound.  It’s always great to hear about bands and artists from the other side of the pond so I had to interview Awake At Last to find out more.  Since our initial chat things have been moving forward really well for the band; they contacted me again in 2016 to let me know they’d just wrapped up their next EP following a successful Indigogo campaign, and here we are now less than a year later and we can get our ears around their latest offering Life/Death/Rebirth.

Initially when I first listened to the album it reminded me straight away why I really enjoy this band.  So much energy has gone in to the release and there’s a clear progression from their previous material which has been well built upon.  I remember when Never Be A Memory was released, their first single in a couple of years since the King of the World EP and at the time it was apparent how much Awake At Last were evolving.

Speaking with guitarist Imran Xhelili last year ahead of the release he explained that “We’ve definitely pushed ourselves more musically – the guitars are definitely doing a lot more as are the drums, bass and vocal melodies. There’s a lot more energy on the new EP and we’re all confident in the change of direction the progression of our sound, since we would never want to release the same CD twice. We all came together a lot more on the song writing as a full band and were able to blend our influences into this new direction of Awake At Last.”

Opening track Purgatorium provides a great opportunity for lead singer Vincent Torres to showcase the range and quality of his well-established vocals.  The chilling opening is theatrical, with a gradual build-up and a soft sound inviting you in, and then when the progressiveness kicks in all hell breaks loose and you’re thrown straight in to a journey of an EP that tells a story of redemption.  Analysis Paralysis has a dark intro with mighty guitar work and a tasty riff, and opens the way for realisation that you’re in for a much heavier release, and lyrically it’s very poignant too.

It can be really difficult trying to stand out in such a competitive industry, but to me Awake At Last have always gone beyond their ambitions to make the band work, and it’s clear they’re not scared to push in to a genre that others have yet to dare tread.  Dark Waltz and White Rabbit are forcefully vigorous tracks and fill the release with a display that shows they’re not scared to move out of their comfort zone.  I especially enjoy the expression in the lyrics for White Rabbit, with Vincent declaring that “I’m not heartless I just use my heart less” it’s commanding, powerful and relatable.

Constellations is a howling track, and possibly one of my favourites on the EP.  The way in which the drums and guitars work together creates an absolute storm, and how they work the different paces the track goes through is intricate.  I was once told by a friend that drummers don’t get enough attention in bands and this has always stuck with me, so I have to make sure I point out how the drumming really stands out and accelerates in this track.  Keeping up the pace, Reflections brings the grunge and is a lot edgier, but after professing that “we care to much or we don’t care enough, I’m sick of the concept of falling in love” it takes us on a steadier step towards the end of the EP.

Life/Death/Rebirth is a solid release that’s tightly polished and one that Awake At Last should be proud of.  They continue to go from strength to strength and it would be great to see a full album next, or even have these guys signed.  They work hard, tour hard, and do everything they can to make the band work and get their name out there; it’s time these guys were snapped up to a label!  So if you’re in the neighbourhood looking for something new to grace your speakers, give Awake At Last a spin, you won’t be dissapointed.

Connect with Awake At Last via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

VISTA releases sophomore EP ‘Long Live’

Thursday 27th July 2017

Comprised of fierce front woman Hope Vista and guitarist Greg Almeida, VISTA is keeping their momentum alive with their brand new dystopian-themed sophomore EP “Long Live” which was released on the 21st July. Combining both arena and electronic influences to define their anthem rock sound, “Long Live” lyrically focuses mainly on forming an allegiance and finding an ‘oasis’ in a dystopian society. The EP’s concept was designed to mirror current political world events.

The 7 song tracklist includes previously released singles “Henchmen” and “Allegiance” as well as a new version of vocalist Hope Vista’s 2015 solo single “Dominance.” With this record cycle, VISTA also introduces the creation of The Oasis, a metaphorical safe haven for listeners to find comfort in through the band’s music and live shows. Talking about the EP, the band states:

“Growing into our sophomore release, we wanted to expand on our simpler beginnings and create a brand, instead of just being a band. The concept for ‘Long Live’ really stemmed from “Henchmen,” which focused on the idea of fighting against the face of oppression in a politically polarizing society. The words “long live” fight against the image of an apocalypse and also mirror where VISTA currently stands. ‘Long Live’ is the product of a lot of frustration and the examination of current events with one goal; to create a sound and concept that has both flare and remarkable depth. The result is something we are immensely proud of and put forward into the world with hopes that we can all fight against the grain in an increasing dystopian society.”

Conceived in late 2015, VISTA released their debut 4-track EP “VERSUS” shortly after, in which their debut single “On The Brink” debuted worldwide on idobi radio. Their name hasn’t been shy in the press since; the band has garnered praise from outlets such as Alternative Press, Rock Sound, Substream, and AXS. Since the start of 2017, VISTA has supported Fueled By Ramen artist Against The Current at Irving Plaza, sold out their first two headlining shows, was named one of “100 Women Kicking Ass In Music” by Alternative Press, and gained rotation on idobi with their January single “Henchmen,” an anti-oppression anthem. “Long Live” serves as VISTA’s sophomore EP, and the band will embark on their first headlining tour in August to promote.

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Connect with VISTA via their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Cameron Jay – Interview

Thursday 29th June 2017

Cameron Jay has been chasing her dreams of becoming a Singer/Songwriter ever since her first music lesson when she was 9 years old.  She is working hard to build herself a successful music career; from her early days of performing at charity festivals, to recording her debut EP, and  having the amazing opportunity to join Sam Bailey on her UK tour earlier this year, Cameron has been gaining continued support.  With such a story to tell I wanted to chat with Cameron to find out about how it’s all going and what to expect next.  Her single ‘I Want You‘ was released on the 4th April and has a great R&B vibe, with her debut EP providing a more emotional and heartfelt ambience to it.  I recommend you give it a listen!

Hello! Please could you tell me more about your early years and what inspired you to become a singer/songwriter at such a young age?

Well I had my first singing lesson at aged 9 years old at school and I knew then that singing was what I wanted to do. I did my grades 1-3 and took part in the festival competitions and I was always marked really well. Unfortunately, a year later I was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer which put all my after school activities on hold but soon after my recovery I took part in a charity competition which I would say paved the way for my whole career leading up to this point now.

I was only 12 at the time of winning the competition and George Walker who was running the show really took a shine to me and continued to support me throughout my early teens years.

The prize was to record and write a single and perform at the Emmerdale Annual Charity Ball that he held in aid of The Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust. From there I joined the girl band with one of the competitions he hosted a year later and we went by the name of ‘Heaven Scent’. We recorded a covers album called ‘From Above’ and performed at the Emmerdale Balls and day time Extravaganza’s for a couple of years before breaking off to do our own thing.

I recorded my first solo covers album when I was 16 in aid of CLAN who supported my recovery after my cancer and then went on to record a single ‘Where Will We Run’ in aid of Just A Drop Charity whilst living in London.

I did a lot in my early years for charity but since then I have released my first EP which showcased my original material for the first time. I worked with so many amazing individuals whilst living in London and this journey has brought so many amazing opportunities from dancing in the Olympics, to performing at Brixton Splash, winning a singing battle, auditioning live in front of Fazer of N-Dubz, travelling to Nairobi, Kenya to perform and I am just so glad I never gave up on my dream to make a career from singing.

What artists did you listen to growing up, and how have they encouraged you and helped you to develop your sound?

Growing up listening to Lauryn Hill as well as getting into hip-hop at quite a young age I feel has definitely influenced my writing style but vocally I think Christina Aguilera, Dina Carroll, Carole King, Whitney, Mariah and definitely Celine Dion played a massive part in allowing my vocal range to excel.

My singing teacher left for Australia and I didn’t find anyone else that I felt I resonated with so I would say these artists were like my teachers. Of course, the Spice Girls had a massive influence on me as well which I think every girl aged 7/8 loved the Spice Girls at that time.

As I got older Christina Aguilera was someone who inspired me massively to sing songs that had messages of hope and speak of the things I have been through in life. Her ‘Stripped’ album got me through a really a dark phase in my life and I thank God my dad gave me this album as I would say it really brought me back to being me again after that horrible time.

You released your single ‘I Want You’ on the 4th April from your debut EP ‘Fearless’. How are you finding the response to your music so far?

The reception to ‘I Want You’ has been fantastic actually. So many people enjoyed hearing an upbeat track from me as the songs on my EP ‘Fearless’ are a little more serious and speak about my experiences of leaving my hometown and moving to London and the things I experienced whilst living there. ‘I Want You’ was written with my good friend Junaid who is based in London and was produced by two really cool guys from Derby who go by the name ‘Sound Junkeyz’ and we are looking forward to working on some new music over the next few months.

But to be honest it is extremely difficult being an independent artist because you are juggling so many things from writing songs, booking studio time for track production and recording vocals, whilst trying to liaise with venues and event organisers to book you for their shows and actually pay you for those shows. As well as making sure any new opportunities that arise you create a press release, contact all the media platforms in your local area, then have to chase them up via email and by phone before getting an answer on whether they will run your story or not. This doesn’t include the time needed on social media, meeting and greeting those you follow to show your appreciation and directing them to your music.

Then you have to create visuals for your songs and film directors are certainly not cheap. You are literally doing so much on a very small budget which means you really have to work full time to be able to pull this all together. We really need more hours in a day! So I am currently really needing some more support from radio stations, promoters, agents to support me in getting my music heard across the UK and further afield.

Will there be a video release for the single?

Yes, there will definitely be visuals created for this track. I am going to be holding auditions for dancers & dance groups to come in and dance for us in front of a green screen and their auditions will be used to help create the visuals for this song. Other shots will hopefully be taken outside on a nice sunny day here in Aberdeen which doesn’t happen so often, so we may need to wait until the end of July or beginning of August to film these parts.

How did you find the process of putting your EP together, and were there any obstacles you had to overcome?

Actually, this took a lot longer than expected. It took me around 2 years! I did a lot of sessions with Jay Inkz and Adryan Glysson whilst living in London and I really took my time getting the lyrics and production for each track exactly how I wanted them all before I left London, so that when I moved back home to Aberdeen everything was ready just for me to start recording with Ryan Curtis.

He is someone I trust with recording my vocals and the recording process was pretty quick to be honest. I then researched independent companies in Scotland who could help design my front cover and actually print the CD’s as well as upload them to iTunes and Spotify, etc. At the same time as doing all this I was creating and organising my EP launch for which I hosted a 2 course dinner for 200 guests along with entertainment of 5 support acts and a mini burlesque show. It was so much fun, my only regret was not having someone there to capture professional footage on the evening.

What’s your writing process and how do you draw upon your inspirations?

I tend to write a few different ways… mostly I prefer to work in sessions with other writers as I feel you can capture different views on how the story for the songs could go. If sometimes I’m working with a guitarist I can just freestyle what I’m feeling or thinking in the moment and record a voice note and go back and type the lyrics up afterwards. Living in London was great because you would spend a lot of time on buses and trains and lot of inspiration would come to me in those times travelling back and forward to work or to music sessions.

What did you hope to achieve with ‘Fearless’ and how does it feel hearing the finished record? You have a great voice, and there’s a notable difference in some of the tracks. Was that intentional?

My intention for Fearless was to ‘let my music do the talking’. That’s why I didn’t go for a front cover with a picture of me on it as I really wanted people to get to know me better through listening to my songs.

You recently supported Sam Bailey on her UK tour. How was the experience for you and what were your personal highlights?

Supporting Sam Bailey has to be the highlight on my year so far! I had heard about the opportunity in April 2016 and I was actually pregnant at the time and I was desperately trying to reach Erica Banks who was the point of contact for the opportunity, and finally when I reached her she said not to worry as the performance wouldn’t be until April 2017. So a year later after my daughter was born I received an email saying that Sam and her team were keen to hear my music and within 5 days they had got back to me to say they would love to have me support her at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen. You can actually see the footage on YouTube.

What other artists are you listening to at the moment, and what was the last album you bought?

The last album I bought was Emeli Sande ‘Long Live The Angels’. I love her music, I love her writing style and of course she is a massive inspiration to me with having came from Aberdeenshire as well. Emeli has a song on that album called ‘Give Me Something’ that I can really relate to because I have felt that after having my baby and becoming a new mum I just didn’t feel like I knew where my place in the music industry would be and really needed something to believe in. But after the opportunity to support Sam came along I released my new single and since then everything has just been flowing effortlessly which is such a blessing!

What can we expect from you next; do you have a goal, and where do you hope your music will take you?

I have been scouted for O’Neill’s Sound Of Summer competition which is sponsored by Jagermeister and I really hope I can get to the semi final in Liverpool. The prize winnings are £6000, studio time in a professional recording studio as well as slot on the Jagerhaus stage at Bestival this year. This is such a great opportunity for me and I really hope I can take it all the way to the final in London so I can see everyone I was working with whilst living there as it’s been over 2 years since I have seen everyone.

I am looking forward to getting back into the studio this year. If I win Sound Of Summer I will be using some of the money to record my first album. I will be performing at our local radio station Northsound’s ‘Little Black Dress’ event on 25th August which is a ladies event to raise money for Cash For Kids charity and I am currently working with Mastermind Promotion who are an award marketing and and PR company based in London and I’m really looking to seeing how our campaign for my new single progresses over the next 3 months :)

Connect with Cameron Jay via her Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Seasonal – Interview

Wednesday 17th May 2017

If you imagine the sounds of New Found Glory and mix that up with emotionally charged lyrics from the likes of Yellowcard then you get Surry’s own pop-rock offering, Seasonal.  Their debut EP ‘Bloom’ is due for release on the 19th May and it’s quite simply a breath of fresh air.  Going in to the studio with the intention of only recording one song, but finding themselves inspired to complete the EP after hearing the final mix; what we’re presented with is a personal, honest and sincere release and I find that very refreshing.  I take a moment to chat with Seasonal who give me an insight in to how the band and EP came together.

For those who are just discovering you please could you tell me a bit more about yourselves?  Have you been in bands previously, and what has driven you to form Seasonal?

Hi! We are Seasonal, just four mates who love making music. Matt, Alex T and Max have all played in a few bands together over recent years, and after jamming together as a 3 piece for a bit, Alex C jumped in to complete the line up as it is. We all always enjoy playing music live with friends whether it’s with the intention of making a band or not. With Seasonal, we jammed as the 4 of us for a couple months, and really liked the direction our music was taking. We decided to write for an EP and here we are!

Your debut EP ‘Bloom’ is due for release on the 19th May. How are you feeling about the release?

We are really happy with how this record sounds. We think it’s got an individual sound and there’s something in there for a lot of people so definitely give it all a spin.

How easy was it to select the final 5 tracks for the EP, and did you write any songs that didn’t make the cut?

We wrote quite a few tracks before we even got to the kind of sound we had originally envisaged. Listening back to demo’s from the practice rooms and home recordings, the tracks changed and grew through the whole process. We had scrapped a few ideas, but once we had the base for the 5 tracks we just worked on them.

Listening through the EP the lyrics are very honest and at times emotional. You’ve mentioned they’ve been written through personal experiences. How does it feel listening back knowing the songs represent a certain period in your life?

Lyrically, we didn’t want to write about anything too generic without it meaning something to ourselves, so we kept the content quite personal. There are some very emotional topics like ‘Homeward’ which is about losing a close friend, so these tracks do hold a place in our hearts. It wasn’t really what everyone else sings about for us, it was the stories we wanted to tell, and we think this has given the delivery of the vocals a truly genuine powerful presence.

Who are your biggest musical influences? How have they encouraged you and helped to develop your sound?

We are massive fans of a lot of older bands like Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday, as well as more current bands like Transit, Have Mercy and A Will Away. If you’re familiar with these bands you can definitely hear the influence they have had on our songwriting, and if you haven’t heard any of these bands, give them a chance.

How do you feel you have developed as a band since forming in 2016, and why is now the right time to release your EP?

We only started playing as the four of us in February/March time, so we did jump in to recording the record pretty quickly. We finished the record in late November 2016, and thought we would hold on to it for a couple months just while the madness of Christmas and new year passed. We showed it about to a few people and considered how best to put it out. The songs are fairly upbeat on the whole so we did want to release it in the summer, and decided on mid May. Whether its the right time is another thing, but we definitely had no reason to hold on to it any longer.

Who did you work with for the video on your lead single ‘Certainty’ and how did it feel seeing it complete?

We chose to work with a close friend of Matt’s for the video. Jon Fraser is a professional photographer who did our original promotional shots. He expressed interest into getting into videography also and had heard the track and really wanted to work with us on it. This is actually his first project, but you can see from the video, the shots all look amazing and we are stoked with the outcome. It’s always exciting to see your first video as a band. There’s a second video coming very soon so keep your eyes peeled!

Being in the early stages of your music career how are you finding the process? You’ve decided to self-release your EP; are you doing other things outside the band to help fund your music?

The process itself is enjoyable. It’s always going to be frustrating trying to get your foot in the door, but if you’re not putting the effort in it shows. So we just keep working on the band and producing content and booking shows. We all have careers as well during the week, so we do like to keep ourselves busy, but wouldn’t be able to have this record if we didn’t!

Are you managing your own social media accounts, and how important is it for you to connect with fans this way?

Yes we manage all our own social media accounts. It is vitally important to keep in touch with anyone who is showing your band interest at this stage. If people are not willing to share your music and show their friends just because you haven’t responded to them, that’s not a risk we’re willing to take. Every like and share does count, its just how the business is. It’s early days but we are very active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in keeping anyone interested up to date with us.

What’s next for Seasonal and where do you hope your music will take you?

We’re just looking to develop our live profile and arrange a tour at the moment and make sure the release of the record goes smoothly. We’ve got a second video for another track on the EP coming shortly after the release so there’s something fresh to keep your eyes out for. We’ve got a few shows coming up also so do check out our socials to keep up to date with these.

Connect with Seasonal via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This Party – Interview

Tuesday 16th May 2017

Brighton is a town that’s known for its thriving music scene, so when This Party landed in my mailbox with their single ‘Lover’ taken from their debut EP, also titled ‘Lover’, I was keen to talk to the band and find out more about how they’ve managed to get everyone so excited.  Having already been picked up by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing South with their catchy indie-pop vibes, I’m already praying for those long summer days that we know are just waiting to push through the clouds; and it’s certain to lift your spirits too.  I speak with Lead Singer, Matt Macneill, who gives me an insight into how it all started for the band and the direction they’re hoping to take.

Hello! Could you tell me a bit more about your “chance encounter” at the Smiths tribute gig that lead you to forming the band?  What made you decide to start This Party and was this the first time you all met?

Sure, a couple of us had previously been in a band together and were looking to start something new. Incidentally we bumped into each other at a Smiths tribute night were we met the other two, one was the drummer in the tribute act, the other was being the Morrissey. All four of us were introduced and not long after we began playing music together.

Your music is released through your own independent record label called ‘Moscow Let’s Go’.  What was the decision behind setting up a record label and how did it come about?

I think we just wanted a platform with which to release our future records. Something with our own brand on it that we could experiment with and grow ourselves.

Have you worked with any other artists on your label?

No, it’s really in its infancy (we’re currently on record number 2) but we plan to in the future. With each release we do we’re sort of ‘ironing out the creases’ if you see what I mean, but when the time is right we’ll go for it.

Already being championed by the likes of Steve Lamacq and the BBC Introducing platform must have been a great boost for you.  How are you finding the response to your music so far?

It’s fair to say the BBC have been really supportive. We found ourselves getting airplay and doing a live session on BBC Introducing South only a couple of months after getting started and they’ve been great ever since. Generally we’re delighted with the response but we’re still refining our sound all the time. With each record we put out we feel we’re getting closer to where we want to be.

Your debut EP is due for release on the 15th May.  What can we expect from it?

It’s an upbeat ‘rough round the edges’ energetic record. The EP wasn’t actually originally planned. After a really positive studio session we decided to record three of the tracks right then and there on the day so there’s a certain spontaneity to the record. There’s an excitement of playing something brand new that hopefully comes through.

How did you find the process of putting the EP together; did you face any challenges and how did you overcome them?

Three of the tracks were really quick easy and incredibly natural. However, one of them was re-recorded and rearranged differently to try and get the feel right. It’s not always your best songs that work better in the studio. There’s a random nature to it all. Some songs take an entirely new approach to record them, others just work perfectly as they are.

Which tracks are you most excited about?

I think the answer would be different for each of us so I couldn’t say one way or the other. We love them all for different reasons. They capture the stories and emotions we were going through at the time.

What is your writing process as a band and how do you all come together to create the final track?

I (Matt) usually come up with the basic tune and arrangement of the song before passing it on to Hal, Marcus and Tom to put their signature sounds on it.

Being in the early stages of your music career, how are you finding the whole process and have you been given any lasting advice?

‘Turning heads’ – that’s what we call it when your music makes a real emotional connection with people who have never heard you before. It’s the best feeling in the world and makes all the work worthwhile. As for advice, that’s one thing we’re always out the look out for. The best advice I’ve heard is to just to keep on writing, even if you write something terrible. If you ever completely stop then it becomes near impossible to start again so keep going until you get something great.

Connect with This Party via Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

Slydigs – Interview

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Slydigs are a rock and roll four-piece hailing from Warrington and are possibly one of the most exciting bands I’ve heard in a while.  The first release from their new EP ‘How Animal Are You‘ is an absolute earworm and I haven’t been able to get it out my head for days.  Having already supported the likes of The Who, Pete Docherty, and Catfish and the Bottlemen, these guys are on the road to pushing their music even further and it’s easy to see there are much bigger things around the corner.  Jumping at the opportunity to interview the band I catch up with Lead Guitarist, Louis Menguy to find out more about the band and their latest release.

I’m pleased to be introduced to guys, really enjoying your style and sound of a brit-rock revival.  What has drawn you to this genre?

Thank you! To be honest it wasn’t a conscious decision to go for a particular genre it just came out of us when we started to play music together. The music we create is a product of our influences and shared love of the same artists. We all share the same love of bands such as The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Stones and artist like Dylan and Hendrix so when we started to play together and get competent on our instruments, our writing developed we were able to channel some of our influences through our music and make it our own. To us it just felt totally natural to create this kind of music.

When did you all start playing music and have you been in bands previously?

For me (Louis) and Dean, Slydigs was the first band we’ve been in, we started it up a couple of years after we left school and have been slogging away ever since. At the very beginning we had another bass player and drummer but they were replaced by Pete and Ben after a couple of years. Pete was playing in my brothers band at the time and when things started to fizzle out for them we jumped at the chance to ask Pete to join us. Ben was trying to get his own band off the ground when we asked him to join, we asked him just before we set off on a tour of Ireland and gave him about 30 songs to learn in a week, needless to say he pulled it off and we’ve all been together since. We’ve all been mates since before being in a band and I think that really makes a big difference, we know not to take each other to seriously and can be relaxed around each other which helps us express ourselves more freely.

Could you tell me more about your new EP ‘How Animal Are You’ and what we can expect from it? How does it compare to your previous material?

The songs on ‘How Animal Are You’ are written by me and Dean and they all came about during an unusual point in our musical careers. Over the past couple of years we made a transition from working on building sites and factories and practicing every night in Warrington, to being asked to support the likes of The Who and go on tours of America and Europe with them. I think this time in our lives and the experiences we encountered really had a major influence on the music we were creating for the EP. You can feel the excitement in tracks such as ‘How Animal Are You’ and ‘Give It Up Brother’ but also there’s a real sense of where we came from in songs such as ‘The Kids Feel Underrated’ and ‘Suburban Confinement’. Altogether I think it’s a great snap shot of where we are at now and a great statement of intent for the future.

Where did you record the EP and who did you work with?

We recorded the EP with record producer and long time friend of the band John Kettle at his studios in Wigan. John’s a talented guy who has a real nack for bringing out the best in us and capturing our live sound on record. He’s also a good friend so we all feel able to express our likes and dislikes to him during the recording process as does he when it comes to input on our songs which I think is very important.

You’ve got a number of releases behind you now. What was the decision behind releasing another EP, and are there any plans for a full album?

We have a lot of material as me and Dean are always constantly writing so we wanted to get some songs out there while we are looking for the right label. Since our tours of America and Europe we have been inundated with messages through social media from all over the world asking when can they hear new music, or where can they buy the tracks we have been playing live. We thought we may as well strike while the irons hot and get some of our material out there by a self release. And we’ve been really excited about the music we’ve been creating recently and just want people to hear what we have been up to.

Are there any particular favourite tracks that you’re looking forward to performing live on your upcoming tour?

It’s always really enjoyable to try out new songs at gigs and see the response. I’m very excited to try them all but I think ‘How Animal Are You’ and ‘Give It Up Brother’ will be big crowd pleasers. They’re the kind of songs that I think everyone will go mad for as they are full on Rock n Roll stompers.

Speaking of tours, you supported The Who on their 50th anniversary tour. How was that experience? It must have been a serious ‘pinch me’ moment.

Yeah it was unbelievable really, The Who have obviously been a massive influence on us from the very start. Recently they put a tweet out saying that we were one of their favourite bands to support them in recent years which really means the world to us. We got such a fantastic response night after night and got invited back to support them in America and Europe. It’s a huge accolade for us to have the backing of such an iconic band that we admire so much, and it’s really given us the confidence and self belief that we are on the right track.

Have there been any other personal highlights so far?

Yeah it feels like there’s been so many recently! Going over to America and Canada was a big highlight for me, getting to see places like Toronto, Vancouver, LA and San Francisco. North America welcomed us with open arms and everyone was so friendly and loved what we were doing. It’s a big ambition of ours to get back out there as soon as we can.

What do you all get up to when you’re not writing or performing, are there any particular hobbies you enjoy?

We are all really close friends so when we aren’t performing or practicing we like hanging out together. We enjoy going out and socialising, watching gigs together and all that. To be honest though our music takes up most of our spare time and we wouldn’t want it any other way!

Finally, if you were invited to perform on the BBC Live Lounge which song would you cover and why?

We’ve been trying out a few covers over the years, one of our favourites to do is ‘Oh Well’ by Peter Greens Fleetwood Mac. We love that track and it always goes down a storm but it’s quite close to our genre. I think with BBC live lounge some of the best and most memorable sessions are when bands really push the boat out and try something that’s completely different from their sound. I quite like ‘I Need A Dollar’ by Aloe Blacc. I’ve always liked the lyrics and sentiment behind that song and we could probably do a cool version of it I recon.

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