What are your names?
Danny Bowles – Singer and Rhythm guitar
Matt Brodrick – Lead Guitar
Pete Beer – Drums
Jimmy Beer – Bass
What is your genre of music?
Our music has been described as modern sounding Brit-pop, which would make sense as that era of music has had a massive influence on our sound.
Give us a little bio about you…
We were originally founded by myself (Danny) and Matt back in August 2016. We met through a mutual friend and immediately realized we had very similar tastes in music. Pete then joined in September of that year and the 3 of us started to get together to write music. Jimmy, Pete’s brother, made it 4 in the October and picked up bass. The main reason we started the band was the fact we shared a dissatisfaction in modern guitar music and wanted to create sound that was more reminiscent of the late 80’s early 90’s guitar sound.
What made you go in to music?
A passion for and love of guitar music, and the frustration that nothing was getting us excited about modern bands anymore.
Are you a signed?
Not at the moment.
You have your EP ‘The Mill’ released, tell us more about it.
The Mill is 4 track EP consisting of a mix of old school rock and roll as well as a more melodic sound. All 4 songs came together at the practice studio we use in Preston called The Mill, which is where the name of the EP came from. The EP portrays an example of the sound we want to embrace and I think you can hear a lot of influences in it such as Oasis, Stone Roses, The Verve, Arctic Monkeys and The Charlatans…there are more but I’d be here all day.
What was the writing process like?
Where’s the Belief? And Having an Angel Stay was written on acoustic at home by me (Danny). I then took them into the studio to work on with the band. Frame of Mind and Northern Lights were created by the band at the studio and I added the words to them later on. Each song reflects real life and how we all feel about society nowadays.
What was the recording process like?
We recorded the EP at MJM Recording Studios with Mark Jones. It was a really laid back, enjoyable process. Mark has a way of making you feel really comfortable and relaxed which just adds to the process of getting the tracks right. It was done over one weekend back in February this year.
What message are you trying to get out?
Belief! Belief is one of the most important things in life. It’s the thing that drives people but at the same time holds people back. Our message is one of trusting in yourself and chasing your dreams. Understanding that not everything in life is perfect but believing that things will get better.
Describe each track in two words.
Frame of Mind – Funky Rock
Where’s the Belief? – We Believe!
Northern Lights – Fan favourite
Having an Angel Stay – Soppy acoustic
Do you have gigs coming up?
Yeah we’ve had a busy summer playing all over the North West and we’ve got a few more booked in and few more in the pipeline. Our next gig is a headline slot at The Waterloo Music bar in Blackpool on 14 July. After this we’re at Sound basement in Liverpool on 27 July, Old Courts in Wigan on 14 September and we may have another couple of Manchester gigs in between.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Nothing at the moment.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Absolutely, as long as they are right for us. You can contact us on our facebook or twitter page or via email@example.com
What else do you have planned this year?
We’re back at MJM in July to record our new single which we are hoping to release in late august. Then we want to continue on gigging and getting some new tunes down ready to release another EP in late 2018. We may have a big gig announcement for December as well, you’ll have to keep checking our socials for that.
Who are your influences?
We have an array of influences from 90’s Brit pop to 60’s rock n roll. We have quite an eclectic mix as a band to be fair.
Which TV channel would you like one of your songs to be played on?
All of them.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I don’t believe you can look for inspiration to write music, I believe the inspiration finds you.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Who knows?…. Would love to say a number 1 best selling album under our belts but how can you predict that? At least we have the belief in ourselves, but you’ve gotta take everyday as it comes. We believe our music is good enough to make it into the mainstream but if it doesn’t so what? We aint doing this for money or fame, we are doing this because we all love music and that will never change.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We all work full time, although we are finding it increasingly harder to concentrate on work now we have had a taste for the studio.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
I don’t think there was any song in particular, just all of the influences we’ve spoken about have had a massive influence on us all.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Chase the music not the fame. The minute you start chasing the money is when the creative juices stop. You should want to chase the perfect sound and live performance rather than the ego. That will come if you get the music right.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
The Eagle and Child boozer.
You’re coming off tour… (Does everyone want to say there 3 things?????)
We’ve not been on a proper tour yet so I’d guess…
1/ Where do you go first? – The Eagle and Child
2/ Who do you see first? – My dog
3/ What do you eat first? – Barburrito