What are your names?
So, we’re made up of Sean Davies – Vocals, Chris Prichard – Lead Guitar, Jack Barnes – Bass and Dan Dyson on Drums
What is the band’s name?
How did you come up with the band’s name?
It’s been such a long time we can’t really remember if there is any meaning behind it. We reckon it was just something thrown out there that ended up sticking.
What is your genre of music?
It kind of varies with new tunes we write but we’d definitely say someone in the area of alt-rock at the moment.
Give us a little bio about you as a band.
We’re a four-piece based in Manchester but hail from across the UK. Sean and Chris are from North Wales, Dan is from Leamington Spa and Jack is from Manchester. We are an alt-rock band who pride ourselves in our live shows with songs from a whole range of influences
What made you go in to music?
For all of us it would be going to a gig when we were younger and thinking ‘that’s what I want to be doing with my life’
Are you a signed?
You have released your new single ‘Apologies’, tell us more about the single.
So, the single is the second one we’re releasing off our upcoming EP ‘Dour, Yet Charming’; following the release of our track ‘Painkiller’ earlier in the year. This single is also going to have our first video in a couple of years, as soon as lockdown ends and we can get back to filming.
What is the meaning behind the single?
The song is an apology, with the lyrics normally written by Sean about things he’s done, seen or experienced. We think the song will have different meanings for different people.
Describe the track in two words.
That’s a tough one! We don’t think two words will do it justice.
What was the writing process like?
The writing process usually starts with an idea from any of us. We could just be in the studio jamming or one of us could come to practice with lyrics, a riff or groove and then we just start to work around that. We’ve never really structured it and just see what we come up with until a song is developed.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was quite a simple one to be honest. We’d had the track written for a while and had been playing it at shows and during our most recent tour so by the time we reached the studio we just had to lay down our parts and crack on with it.
Who did you work with on the single?
We got Phil Bulleyment to master the tracks, we think he did a great job!
Our guitarist Chris mixed all recordings in the studio.
Oh and Jay Ratcliffe
Will we a music video for the track?
You will! It’s almost finished and you can see snippets on our Instagram page. We will finish filming when we can all see each other again and it will be out asap, It was all filmed and edited by our mate Aidan Rodnight
Will we see a EP or Album and if so what can we expect?
Yep, our new EP, ‘Dour, Yet Charming’ will be released later this year, with Apologise being the second and final single from it.
Do you have any online shows coming up?
Not yet, we’re hoping it won’t be too long until we can gig again. You can watch Sean do an acoustic cover of Apologise on our social though
What else can we expect in 2020?
Who knows right now to be honest. All we’re certain on is the release of our new EP which will have a crazy launch show in September in Manchester!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Not yet, but we’ve got some great mates in other up and coming bands such as Vala, Horla, The Zangwills, Swamp Chicken, Namsakē to name just a few so we’ll see what happens.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Sure, if the shoe fits. Just message us on Facebook or Instagram, we’re a friendly bunch and always up for a chat
Do you play any instruments?
None of us really stray far from what we play in the band to be honest but this could change if we decide to try new things.
Who are your influences?
We have a proper mix of influences, ranging from The Cure and Joy Division to Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chilli Peppers or Kings of Leon; the list is huge.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Usually from things we experience or how we’re feeling. Sometimes we might have a sound in mind and try and write something towards that though.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Fingers crossed doing music full-time. Managing to keep the lights on and food on the table with it would be great.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Well, all of us are working or studying, with Sean and Dan working in restaurants, Chris for an AV company and Jack is starting Uni in September.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
For Sean, it’s definitely A Letter to Elise by The Cure, for Dan it’s Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys because it’s the first song he ever covered in a band.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
The bands that make it are the ones that persevere and keep going. Don’t stop just because you don’t hit the big time within 2 years, keep going and you never know what will happen.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Just keep pushing and writing. We’ve written so many songs that have been scrapped or forgotten about, you’ve just got to trust the process and the opportunities will come. Also, gig…as much as possible.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Throw enough sh*t and something will stick – Chris Prichard
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Northern Quarter for sure. Full of great independent music venues, restaurants, shops, everything you need really.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? To the shower, probably long overdue by this point.
2/ Who do you see first? Girlfriends or Parents probably.
3/What do you eat first? McDonalds or Burger King for one last time before detox begins
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Sean – Leads
Chris – Pedal Boards
Jack – Leads
Dan – Sticks
All of us – money for pre-gig meal deal.