TrueHeights – Interview

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Acclaimed young alt-rockers TrueHeights are back with a bang, announcing their new EP “Days We Found”, and their signing to We Are Triumphant. Hailing from the Midlands, the band have quickly picked up a huge amount of momentum from their debut EP “TH15”, and secured themselves a well-established fan base from their time on the road, supporting the likes of Freeze The AtlanticDEAD!Lonely The Brave, and Fatherson. Armed with the addition of guitarist Alex, and a brand new EP which is due for release on the 6th April, TrueHeights are hoping to put some serious heart and meaning back in to the UK’s rock scene.  I catch a moment with lead vocalist Zakk Poland ahead of the release to find out what we can expect from their new material.

Please could you tell me a bit more about yourselves? Have you been in bands previously, and what has driven you to form TrueHeights?

We are a 6 piece rock band from the Midlands. We have all come from very different backgrounds which I think makes our song-writing process very interesting. Myself and my brother Luke have come from a post-hardcore/punk background then we have the Maugham brothers and Kris who have come from a dance/electronic metal background and then Alex who has been a solo singer songwriter for many years – so our ideas are very diverse in the rehearsal studio to say the least! We formed TH because we wanted to unify a few of our favourite things from the genres we all love and create a sound that was accessible to more than the very niche sub-genre’s we were all a part of before.

Your debut mini album release “TH15” received quite a lot of momentum. How have you found the response to your music so far?

Thank you! “TH15” was received better than we could have ever imagined. Its mesmerising being able to travel the country and have crowds singing your songs back to you – it’s very moving.

You’ll be releasing your new EP “Days We Found” on the 6th April. How are you feeling about getting new music out there, and are there any tracks in particular that you’re excited about being heard?

We are SO excited to release “Days We Found”. Some of these songs have been sat behind the curtains for nearly 2 years and now we can finally unveil them to you guys! The response to the singles so far have been mind-blowing and we are so lucky to have such a loyal fanbase that are happy to stick with us for 3 years without releasing any music. We are so excited for the two songs which aren’t due to be released as singles, because the first time anyone will hear them is when they buy the full record. Keep your ears open for “No Tomorrow” and “Maybe”.

How would you say this compares to your previous material, and how do you feel you’ve developed as a band over the past 3 years?

It pushes the boundaries a lot more than “TH15”, in the way that we have collectively tried to diversify our writing style – making 5 very different sounding songs, with the idea that different people will have different favourites. As a band we have played a hell of a lot of shows over the last 3 years and learned a hell of a lot about each other and about our writing style and what works best for us – especially with the addition of Alex. We have become more of a team and everyone brings their own ideas and interpretations on each others work – I feel the sound has matured a great deal.

What’s your writing process and how do you work together to create the final track? Being a 6-piece band, how do you make sure you all have a creative input?

So, normally one of us will bring an idea to the studio and then we will all build on it. Depending on which instrumental idea is presented as a melody core, that is USUALLY what defines the overall sound and feel of the track, i.e “Stay” was written around a synth hook, giving it a more dancy feel. Whereas “Exit Route” was written around a riff idea I had written in my bedroom on an acoustic guitar! When I write on an acoustic guitar I always imagine I’m playing to a huge festival crowd with a huge wall of amplifiers behind me… 9 times out of 10 I’m sat in my room and I can hear my mum hoovering the stairs…SO rock and roll. We usually write a song in a few phases to make sure everyone is 100% happy with their parts, before our producer rips them to shit and makes us re-write them anyway!

Who did you work with for the video to your latest single “Still Moving Colour”, and how does it feel when you get to see the finished videos for your singles?

We worked with a good friend of ours Jay Hillyer (Cabin Boy Jump Ship). His work is awesome! He’s pretty much done most of our videos. He lets us have a lot of creative input on them which is great. We write and direct all of our videos ourselves.

You released an acoustic version of “City Lies” to raise money for Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. Could you tell me why this charity is so close to your hearts, and how the donations helped the centre?

This charity is especially close to our drummer Kris, who’s uncle is an MS sufferer. The whole charity release was conducted by Kris himself. It was such an honour to have such amazing, iconic people on board with us such as Connor Ball (The Vamps), Nothing But Theives, Madina Lake, BBC Introducing etc.

You’re on the last few dates of your current tour, but thinking about all the live dates you’ve ever played, which has been the most memorable and why?

We always tell the story of how I broke Ash’s leg on stage, but that was honestly one of the best moments of my life. I think on a serious note, one of the most memorable ones was MOM Fest in Eindhoven, ND. We got to play our first show overseas to thousands of people and it was mind-blowing. Not only that, but that was Alex’s first ever TH show.

How do you find the music scene in the Midlands? Being a music blogger/gig-goer from the area too I’m interested to hear your thoughts on the local scene and venues.

Yeah we love our local scene. I’m in the firm belief that we wouldn’t be anywhere right now had it not been for that. There’s not an AWFUL lot in the Midlands but that’s what makes events so special. We have so much love for Zephyr Lounge (Leamington), The Phoenix (Coventry), The Kasbah, and pretty much all of the venues in Birmingham. It’s a close-knit scene and we love it!

What are your plans for 2018, and what do you hope to have achieved by the end of the year?

We would love to have another big tour in place and hopefully some more new music! Keep your eyes peeled…

Connect with TrueHeights via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

The Baskervilles – Interview

Wednesday 17th January 2018

Blending raw energy, hip-hop influenced grooves and the syncopated grind of 9 bit guitar, The Baskervilles aim to reflect the voice of anger for anyone in society feeling like they are “currently being dealt a bleak future through the decisions made by the elite few”. Speaking with band members James and Aaron, they explain the political message behind their latest single “Kalashnikov” and what has encouraged them to pour out their anger in this hard-hitting track. Having spent the past year working with producer Tom Donovan, the band have been working hard to push the boundaries of rock music, so I was keen to find out how The Baskervilles formed, how they’re finding their feet in the music world, and most importantly from such a driven band, what we can expect next.

Hello! Please could you tell me some more about the history of the band; where and how did you meet, have you been in bands previously, and what made you decide to form The Baskervilles?

James – So me and Aaron were in a band together, Callum and Blair were in a different band together and we all sort of got tired of our respective outfits and wanted to try something new. The Baskervilles has been our chance to really make the music we want, we don’t set boundaries on what it should be and just follow the ethos of if it feels good, do it.

Your third single ‘Kalashnikov’ was released in December. How are you finding the response to your music so far?

James – The response has been incredible so far, we get all kinds of people commenting on it, tagging their mates on Facebook, that sort of thing.

Aaron – Being on an Indie label means we get to be hands on with everything involved with releasing a single, we learnt a lot with our first two releases and that has really paid of with ‘Kalashnikov’ in terms of reach. Having complete strangers message us to say how much they have enjoyed the track has really been amazing.

You explain that the single is the “voice of anger for anyone who has the sense that we are currently being dealt a bleak future through the decisions made by the elite few.” What is it about this message in particular that has encouraged you to write so passionately about it?

James – I think it’s the zeitgeist right now. ‘Anything is possible’ used to be a ubiquitous message of hope, now it’s like a warning. The president of the US just tweeted a nuclear capable dictator to call him short & fat, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE KIDS. In this country it’s a tad more subtle but the sentiments the same. Grenfell tower is a black smouldering monument to that disparity, the wealthiest borough in the country ignored the pleas of it’s residence to improve fire safety and action was only taken once people literally burned to death. We have a situation where Windsor police have been instructed to crack down on homelessness in the run up to the royal wedding. There is a justifiable anger that the homeless in Windsor are far more likely to see the inside of a cell than anyone directly responsible for people burning to death in Grenfell tower.

How did you find the experience of writing, recording and editing the music video for the single, and who came up with the concept?

Aaron – Creating videos is something I love doing almost as much as making music. One of the biggest benefits to making our own videos is that we can treat them like a visual extension to the song, though this doesn’t necessarily mean a video must be a perfect translation of the lyrics into visual form. With ‘Kalashnikov’, I wanted to create something that visualised the conflicted theme of the song in a way that wouldn’t make the video feel obviously political. Yes, the lyrics do have a political edge to them but at the heart of it the song is conflict. I’m always quite drawn to ideas that contain self-reflection or an internal struggle, and so the idea of having James face off against himself felt like the natural story to tell. The whole band worked really hard on this video, we built the set together, shot the video over two long nights and all contributed ideas that made it into the final edit. I’m very proud of the Kalashnikov video and am currently working on ideas for the next single.

You spent the last year working with producer Tom Donovan. How was the experience for you, and did he help you achieve your aim of trying to push the boundaries of rock music?

James – Tom Donovan is all you hope for in a producer, the guy has an energy that is completely contagious and I don’t think we could of done what we’ve done without him.

Aaron – I think most musicians want to push musical boundaries to some extent, whether that’s their own personal boundaries or the boundaries of an entire genre. Working with Tom has definitely pushed us to try new things in our music, as a band we get really excited about finding cool sounds or creative production techniques. We’re now using Ableton Live during our live shows, which means we can bring all the cool and weird sounds that excite us in the studio to our live performances, pushing our live sound in directions we couldn’t before.  I think as long as we’re making music, we’ll always be trying to push some sort of boundary.

Are you looking to release an EP or album in the near future?

James – There could be one on the horizon, we definitely have the songs for it but we’ve got no money behind us except our own so we prefer to do it single by single in order to compete with our more well-heeled contemporaries. We have often mused aloud about releasing Blair back into his natural habitat but worry his peers will no longer accept him.

Let’s talk instruments; what do you all play and when did you learn?

James – I play the guitar & sing I learnt around 16. Callum plays the guitar but it’s left handed so make of that what you will. Aaron plays the bass and is hoping to learn mid to late 2018. Blair plays the drums and has been known to play dead when startled.

What’s your writing process as a band, and how do you all come together to create the final tracks?

James – Normally I’d come up with a riff and maybe a chorus and show it to the guys. They all sit in these chairs and spin round if they like but stay facing the other way if they don’t. It’s pretty brutal on me but it’s a tradition we try to maintain. Then we have a little home studio where we all get together and turn it into a song, lately we’ve been writing at Toms which has been really working for us.

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

James – The process is pretty bizarre to be honest, you can sit & plan stuff for days but nothing ever goes the way you think it will, it’s best to just go with it, write the best stuff you can and enjoy every second your on stage. We once supported Matt Cardle and I remember asking him in his dressing room how he achieved such success, and he said “who are you and how the fuck did you get in here?”. That advice has really stuck with me, it’s pointless questioning everything and looking to others because who we are and how we got here is really beyond our control. Thanks for everything Matt.

How is the year looking for you with live dates, and are you hoping to get to any festivals?

Aaron – We have a number of shows coming up this month in London, Colchester and Liverpool, all our live dates can be found on our website ( Our big goal for this summer is festivals, but it’s too early to announce anything on that front.

Connect with The Baskervilles via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

We’re No Gentlemen – Interview

Monday 18th December 2017

Hailing from LA, We’re No Gentlemen are a solid female fronted alt-rock band with one mission in mind – world domination! Having formed as a band of like-minded individuals, with the drive and passion to really make something out of their experiences, they released their infectious pop single “Mirror, Mirror.”  After becoming an instant fan favourite, We’re No Gentlemen followed up the release with their hard-hitting track “Night” which steers them in a different direction, and focuses on loss and the emotions felt during it.  Already showcasing their capabilities and versatility, it doesn’t stop there as the band set out to make a living doing what they love, whilst showing others it’s possible to achieve your dreams.

Where and how did the band meet, and what made you decide to form We’re No Gentlemen?

We met in various ways and the internet was a huge help when it came to us linking up. We decided on this group from not only their talent but like-minded attitude as well. Our drive has to do with the fact that most of us come from all over the globe, relocating to the music capital of the world to make our dreams happen. Often times it seems like when you form a group, some members have this attitude of “if we make it, we make it, if not it’s no big deal.” However, we are all committed to working hard to being a successful band.

You released your latest single “Night” a few days ago. How are you finding the response to your music so far?

The response to “Night” has been great so far. Our last music video was for our song “Mirror, Mirror” and the two tracks couldn’t be more different. Both of the tracks are fan favorites, but for different reasons. “Mirror, Mirror” was a fan favorite because it was light, poppy and everyone could sing along. Meanwhile, fans enjoy “Night” because it’s much more of a mature, dark sound for us. So I think fans have enjoyed seeing the contrast and the variety of what we’re capable of.

What’s the story behind the single?

“Night” is a story about loss and the negative emotions you feel as a result. You don’t want to believe the negativity is consuming you, but when a major trauma happens it’s sometimes inevitable. Most members have been affected by suicide so this song is very personal and dear to our hearts.

Who did you work with for the accompanying music video, and how did it feel seeing it finished?

We worked with producer Henry Arres and emmy award winning set designer Jason Howard on the video. We’re very proud of the video because we feel the storyline of loss is accurately portrayed. You see each member struggling with a loss of some sort. It follows our drummer Vince as he visits a grave site. Meanwhile, vocalist Amanda and lead guitarist Dan experience relationship troubles. Amanda was in an abusive relationship whereas Dan was going through a breakup. Guitarist Rikki loses his job as bassist Daniele struggles with alcoholism. Throughout the video you see our stories intertwine through a live performance.

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

Our writing process usually starts with a guitar riff or scratch playthrough of the song on guitar. It then gets sent to the band where feedback and any changes are given. Vocals and melodies are then formed. The final step is jamming out full band until we are happy with it.

Who are your biggest influences and how do you draw upon your inspirations when writing and performing?

We are inspired by many different artists ranging from PVRIS to even Korn. Vocalist Amanda looks to Ville Valo of the band HIM as inspiration for dark and haunting lyrics and melodies. While looking to Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach for live performance energy.

Can we expect an EP or album release in the near future?

We finished recording our new EP back in November and you can expect the release in early 2018.

What about live dates, do you have any gigs lined up for 2018?

We’re performing in Huntington Beach, CA on December 30th at Gallaghers Pub. As for the new year, we’re playing the Viper Room on January 18th and The Redwood Bar on February 8th in Los Angeles.

Do you remember the first time you performed live together, and how do you feel you’ve evolved since then?

Ever since this lineup was solidified, everything just seemed to click and everyone knew their parts. Being a tight band wasn’t an issue for us. However, early on we wanted to use backing tracks to add some electronics to give our performance a modern feel. The first show we played together, which was in Hollywood, we found out that the venue wasn’t equipped to even run the tracks, haha. It took a few gigs to build a solid fanbase and to get attention from promoters to play at places where the equipment (or lack thereof) wouldn’t be an issue. Other than that, the chemistry has always been there and we’ve always played enthusiastically. There’s always a technical issue behind the scenes from time to time, but 99% of the audience won’t notice them. We don’t let anything take away our focus during our performance.

What’s the ultimate aim for the band and where do you hope your music will take you?

We want to be able to make a living doing what we love, which is music. We want our music to help others the way music has impacted and inspired us. We want to show others that no matter where you come from or what your life experience may be, if you work hard enough it’s possible to achieve your dreams. Ultimately, we want to take over the world.

Connect with We’re No Gentlemen via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Calling Apollo – Interview

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Calling Apollo were one of my favourite finds of 2016, when I was approached to review their debut EP “The Great Depression: Act 1,” and I was instantly taken in by the strength and progressiveness in their sound.  Fresh off the back of touring, Calling Apollo have just released their final single “Light The Way” which will bring Act 1 to a close before opening up the second part of their story in the form of “The Great Depression: Act 2.” The idea behind creating a concept album is quite admirable, it steps out the comfort zone of a usual debut release, and it compliments the bands style. Wanting to find out how the journey over the past year has gone, I speak with lead vocalist Christian Neale who also gives me an insight in to their next release.

It’s been over a year now since the release of your EP “The Great Depression: Act 1.” How has the journey with the EP been for you guys so far?

It’s been great.  The feedback we received for it was beyond complimentary so we definitely cannot complain. And from a personal standpoint it was the first release that I have been part of that I loved from beginning to end. With five people, all with different influences and visions it can be hard to please everyone. There’s a lot of compromise but on this release its safe to say we were all very happy.

How would you say you’ve grown as a band since the release, and will your new material reflect that? 

We have definitely grown. Act I was our first release with Zak on drums so it was an exciting time.  Its safe to say we all know each other a little too well now and can almost predict each others contributions and write with that in mind. The next release is just entering post production as we speak. I wont give too much away but it’s big!

You’ve done quite a lot of touring too. How have you found the response to your music, and have there been any personal highlights? 

We have spent a lot of time on the road promoting this release so it definitely pulled us together as a band and as friends.  Especially those nights after a 400 mile journey and just playing to the bar staff, that’s a real character builder haha.  But that’s all part of it, its depressing at the time but you get over it.  The highlights are usually the bands and people we meet.  Some of the bands we have toured with have gone on to become good mates and in turn leads to new shows and opportunities. That’s band life in a nutshell.

Where have been your favourite venues to perform?

That’s a good question, I’ve been lucky enough to play alot of different places.  Of late I really enjoyed playing ‘The Globe’ in Cardiff with The Answer but headlining a sold out show at the legendary TJ’s in Newport will always have a special place in my heart.

Your next single “Light The Way” is also to be the final release from your current EP.  Have you always known you wanted to release this track as a single, and what was the decision behind it being the final one before your next chapter?

To be perfectly honest. We had no plan to release another single. But we were approached by a videographer called Sean Sheridon. He offered to film us on the Bournemouth date of the last tour and put a video together for us. We had no expectations but the guy put together a great video and we thought it would be a waist not to push it. Check him out, great talent and a lovely guy.

What’s the story behind “Light The Way?”

Light the Way is essentially my cry for a leader/politician/icon that can actually represents the working people.  I’m not gonna lie, when Jezza (Jeremy Corbyn) first got on the Labour ballot I was inspired and actually felt like there was chance for something different. Jezza’s not perfect, but neither am I, far from it. We dont need perfect, we need someone with a heart.

You’ve actually just done a surprise drop on the single and accompanying video. What was the idea behind that?

As this released wasn’t planned we thought we would try something a little different than go throught the usual process.

You have mentioned previously that “The Great Depression: Act 1” would be a two-part record. Can we look forward to your next release in the near future?

Yes, Act II is very much on the horizon. We always planned to split the story in two. Where as Act I focuses on the past and present, Act II is all about the future. Where are we headed? What can we all do to try eliminate the all the things that are holding us back as a species? Don’t get me wrong, we don’t have the answers but there’s no harm in asking the questions I guess.

How are things going with your record label “The Signal & The Noise” and will you be releasing your next EP through it too?

The label is a great fall back. We can’t guarantee a label will pick us or our record up, and to be blunt they haven’t haha despite having brilliant reviews for Act I.  Which is fair enough, we are a weird band, we dont fall into a particular genre.  We take from so much, so we receive so many random comparisons.  I’m sure there’s someone out there for us but having our own label reduces the need to rely on that. And you never know, when the band itself becomes less of a priority we have the option of our own label to try and help new up and coming bands.

What do you guys get up to outside of music; are there any particular hobbies that you enjoy?

I used to race go-karts but these days being a dad is my main focus, which I love.  Kev does a lot, he’s always writing, he acts, he also runs a podcast called ‘the table read’ (check it out). Dan is a keen mountain biker and he’s recently joined a roller derby league… which I cant wait to check out. Zak is a drummer through and through, we actually work together outside of the band so I can confirm that if he’s not at his desk he’s watching YouTube videos of drummers; and Luke is always up to something, rock climbing, bike riding, geo caching… extending his kingdom in Minecraft!

Connect with Calling Apollo via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Rosedale – Again

Thursday 14th September 2017

Track Listing:

1. What We Started
2. Snapped In Two
3. This Dissonance
4. Space Mountain
5. Do It All Again

Rosedale started out back in 2004, when Mike Liorti was determined to chase his dream of being in a band; so he convinced his friends to get instruments so they could play together.  The name of the band was born from Rosedale Avenue, the street the band would walk down to the music store to practice the songs they had written on equipment they couldn’t quite afford.  Over the years, Rosedale went through 7 line-up changes, with band members deciding to move on; but Mike Liorti has continued the project as a solo career.  Mike is quite simply a self-confessed workaholic, but an extremely admirable one who continues to chase his dream, because it’s something he still believes in so strongly.

As a band they released 2 EPs together, with Mike continuing to release Rosedale’s debut album in 2012 by himself.  He then set out on a huge tour, starting with the aspirational Vans Warped Tour, before carrying on playing many states across the US and Canada.  Music and travelling are what Mike enjoys most, with him providing the ultimate DIY message “Commit, sacrifice, create, and above all… sustain. You really can do anything if you truly love it and nobody can represent you better than yourself. That really speaks to me.”

So you might be wondering how one person can now do the work of a full pop-rock band.  Well, Mike explains in the promotional video below how he performs whilst playing guitar and keys at the same time, but projects a video of him recording himself playing all the other instruments.  If that wasn’t intricate enough, he also programmes all the lights to be in sync with the show.  If you’re already sold on seeing Rosedale live before I’ve even got in to the review, then check out the promo video below which also talks about Mike’s upcoming North American tour.  I do enjoy writing about artists from the other side of the pond, there really are some great finds out there, but it’s even harder when you can’t get to a show!

Having drive and ambition is a good start to a successful career, but how does the music compare?  Well,  listening to “Again” and being instantly reminded of the likes of New Found GloryJimmy Eat World, and Angels & Airwaves, this release already sits nicely within my collection.  There’s certainly a gap in the market for a new act to push through, especially since the likes of pop-rock veterans New Found Glory are heading out on their 20th anniversary tour, and also Yellowcard recently decided to call it a day.

“What We Started” is a passionate opening track and I can’t help thinking that it plays homage to the band, since Mike explained in the video that the title of the EP comes from needing to continue to do things in life to succeed, and repetition is key to sustain.  That’s exactly what Mike is doing here, carrying on with the vision he had all those years ago.  “Snapped In Two” has a vigorous opening and is a melodic track, which provides heavier hooks and relatable lyrics.  The production of the EP as a whole is great, but this tracks stands out even more; with an intro that pounces straight in with beating drums that continue throughout, and the progressiveness of the guitar leading us along.  “This Dissonance” is the closest you’ll get to a slowed down pop-punk ballad, and provides Mike the opportunity to showcase his vocal talents.  In fact, the start of this track reminds me of Owl City as it has a beautiful violin to start followed by a light touch of the guitar, reminiscent of the soft sounds heard in “Fireflies.”

Carrying on, I’m not entirely sure whether the next track “Space Mountain” has anything to do with the rollercoaster, but it has taken me a few listens to get my head around it.  It’s a whirlwind of a song and I found it hard to keep up with the complicated lyrics working alongside the hectic track.  However, finishing off the EP is the very enjoyable “Do It All Again” which is an acoustic track thats starts off and continues with just Mike and his ukulele.  A very pleasing way to finish off an EP which continues to showcase Rosedale and what one man and his vision can accomplish.

Connect with Rosedale via Website, Facebook and Twitter.

The Sheratons – Interview

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Pinned as a good young, old fashioned indie pop band, with a sound defined as ’80’s Paisley Underground Brew,’ The Sheratons are a four-piece hailing from Bradford.  Although they are only just starting out, their single “Better Days” has an accomplished sound that feels as though it would fit nicely within the late 60’s era; which would simply be put down to their mutual love of music.  The single talks about getting older and missing the younger years – a safe haven for any upcoming band to write about, providing the euphoria to remind us of those halcyon days.  It’s refreshing to chat with a band who are dipping their toes in to a slightly different genre, and taking inspiration from not only the artists they grew up listening to, but from the other local bands currently on the scene.

When and how did the band meet, and what made you decide to form The Sheratons?

Kane our frontman founded the band around 3 years ago under many incarnations until around a year back we stuck with the lineup we have now. Me, James and Kane all grew up in Bingley with Kane and I meeting through primary school and then meeting James at Bingley Grammar. We found Emma after a previous drummer left and we asked at a local music school if they had any willing to be in a band, and sure enough this brilliant drummer showed up. The Sheratons was formed through a mutual love of music; I believe if you play an instrument you naturally want to be in a band.

How would you define your sound? You have such an eclectic mix of inspirations, but for anyone listening to you for the first time, how would you describe it?

It’s even hard for us to define our sound, we simply would describe it as The Sheratons. But we have been known to fit into the 80’s Paisley scene and compared to such bands as The La’s.

Could you tell me more about your debut single “Better Days” and what the song is about?

Better Days is our first studio single, the song represents getting older and realising how easy it was when you were younger, yet you didnt realise it at the time, and you wish you could go back.

Will there be a video release for the single?

We do plan on getting a video released in the near future.

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

Usually the writing process is very independant where one member will come back with a basic song, however for Better Days it was a real communal effort and represents the band as a whole. The intro bass riff was whipped up by our bassist James, the drum beat was created there and then by our extremely talented drummer Emma, and the rest of the song just came together.  

Can we expect an EP or album release in the near future?

Definitely we have been in the studio recording some new stuff which I’m excited to release.

What’s the music scene like in Bingley? With Leeds on your doorstep I imagine there to be a lot of good venues about, or do you prefer to go further afield?

Venue wise for Bingley there isnt one haha, but for the musicians residing within there are some great bands starting to emerge, such as The Flukes and Critical Reaction who all met and grew up in Bingley. However if we are looking for proper music scene you have to travel into Leeds where the scene is unbelievable right now, a stupid amount of good bands are playing the many venues in Leeds.

How are you feeling about your upcoming tour dates, and will you be testing any new music out on the crowds that hasn’t been heard before?

The whole band is extremely exciting about the upcoming tour, some of the venues we have played before, such as The Zanzibar Club in Liverpool which was an amazing night in which we packed the place out, however there is some which we haven’t such as Manchester Academy, which is a huge opportunity for us. For new music you will just have to be there to see 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?

The whole process is alot more than it seems, alot of work goes into what we do whether it be hunting hours on end for gigs or travelling across the country in a small car. However some lasting advice I could give to any upcoming band is that the actual music is only 20% of what goes into a band, the rest is business, because at the end of the day your band is your business and you have to work to make it a success.

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

As mentioned previously the upcoming bands in Bingley, such as Critical Reaction and The Flukes who have some new music on the way so listen out for that. Also some great bands who are part of our tour such as New Columbia who are a great listen. For the last album I personally bought I believe it was London Calling by The Clash on Vinyl, an absolute classic from the punk days.

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The Rah’s – Interview

Monday 11th September 2017

It’s fair to say that some of my most favourite discoveries over the years have come out of Scotland, so I was looking forward to checking out The Rah’s as they’ve spent a lot of time developing their sound.  Forming back in 2011, the band already have 2 EP’s under their belt, and with the recent addition of Chris on keys and backing vocals, and a fresh approach to their music; they’re back with their latest single “The Time Is Now.”  Labelled as ‘ranting rock’ we’re presented with a fresh approach to a single written a number of years ago. It certainly packs a punch and with a sold out hometown show, it’s already building up a lot of momentum.

For those just discovering you please could you tell me a bit more about yourselves?  Have you been in bands previously and what has drawn you to form The Rah’s?

We are 4 lads from a small seaside town called Prestonpans which is located on the outskirts of Edinburgh. We have a great passion for music, especially when playing it live. We have all been close friends from a very young age and decided to form a cover band (Feedback) to test our music skills and creativity. A decision was made to change our name to The Rah’s in 2011 as we began to write our own material and take things a little more serious.

Where did the name “The Rah’s” come from?

The name The Rah’s was a drunken idea that looked good on paper and sounded good… so we went with it! A ‘Rah’ is the complete opposite of us by the way, I know it’s stupid but we decided to research it after we had changed our name. Oops.

You’ve had a great run so far since forming in 2011, but have recently gone through some changes along the way.  How would you say you’ve developed as a band?

You could say we have matured both mentally and musically, some may disagree with the mentally part though. We’ve changed our sound a lot over the years but we all feel the music we are producing at this stage is by far our best.

How are you finding the response to your music so far?

The response is overwhelming really. Never thought us 4 young lads from Prestonpans would be travelling up and down the country playing our own music to thousands of music lovers.

What’s the story behind your latest single “The Time Is Now” and what inspired you to write the song?

It was wrote back in 2012/13 and we later dropped it from the set. We decided to give it a revisit last year as we missed playing it. It needed a bit more grit and drive to bring it up to standard so that’s what we gave it. We sent the demo to James Darkin in Dublin and his instant reply was “that’s the one”.

Could you tell me about your writing and recording process? How do you work to put a track together with each other’s skills?

Writing we do in many different ways, majority of the time it starts with a guitar riff or chord pattern and we basically make it up from there. Recently we have started writing the structure of the songs down on massive sheets of paper which we had never done before but I guess our brain cells are slowing melting away so there’s no other way! If anyone has any ideas we chuck them in, test them out and if they don’t work someone else has a shot.

Your music has been released through your own independent record label called “EH32 RECORDS.” What was the decision behind setting up a record label and how did it come about?

It was partly our managers decision. It looks a lot more professional I guess and hopefully attract bigger labels to swoop in.

Can we expect an EP or album release in the near future?

We are going to stick with singles for now, maybe an EP soon. Don’t want to rush ourselves into an album at this stage as there’s always room for improvement.

How far have you taken your music? You’ve picked up a good fan following in Scotland, but how are you finding the crowds further afield?

Furthest we’ve been from home is Ireland but hopefully that will change in the near future. The reaction to our live music from them the folks across the border has been superb, Ireland especially loved us… possibly due to the amount of drink we consumed with them. Our manager is based in Ireland so that helps a lot and now we are working with James Darkin who is based in Dublin, we have a right Irish connection you could say.

If you could pick a song by any artist past or present that you could say you wish you had written, what would it be and why?

Think I’ve been asked this one before and I said Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody… cos why not?

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